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The program’s first two years focus on developing culinary skills through significant hands-on experience in kitchen classrooms and on-campus restaurants. You’ll explore fundamental and advanced cooking techniques that will prepare you to work in fine-dining kitchens and a variety of foodservice operations.

In your junior and senior years, you’ll practice cooking Latin, South American, Mediterranean, Asian and other world cuisines. You’ll gain real-world experience through an internship at a restaurant in Chicago or beyond. You will also hone your business skills by exploring strategies for planning, building, promoting, and running a flourishing food business. Our curriculum teaches financial, marketing and personnel management savvy that will help you advance into managerial positions across the industry.

With Kendall’s strong general education foundation, you’ll also gain math, computer, language, communication and problem-solving skills that are vital to success in any career.


The following are some highlights of the Bachelor’s in Culinary Arts at Kendall College curriculum:

  • Starting a Food and Beverage Business – People often dream of starting a restaurant, bar, catering or other food service business. This course covers the realities from beginning to end, including conceptualization, feasibility, financing, staffing and structure, opening the business, and ongoing operations and marketing. Students will learn about food and beverage trends, site analysis, competitive positioning, marketing and other essential factors in food service business success.
  • Entrepreneurship – Using case studies and testimonials, this advanced course analyzes business start-ups—both successes and failures—to identify key factors in successful business launches.
  • Global Flavors – Gain a global perspective of culinary cultures and cuisines with a focus on flavor profiles. Through lectures and the preparation of traditional dishes, you will explore how culture and geography influence the foods of the world.
  • Introduction to Beer, Wine and Spirits – Explore the full wine spectrum to create delicious food pairings in the restaurant setting. Learn the legal aspects of alcohol service and how to identify and serve spirits and beer.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      Time to completion may vary and is dependent on the student’s course load and successful completion of the courses.

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Professional Cookery
  • Stocks, Sauces, and Soups
  • Methods Of Cooking
  • Quantity Food Production
  • Breakfast Production
  • Advanced Skills
  • Baking and Pastry

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

    More about PTE Academic

General Requirements

  • Complete application, available at www.nl.edu/applyonline
  • Official transcripts from all institutions where you registered and/or attended. In order to be considered official, transcripts must arrive in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution.
  • Applicants with less than 10 semester hours of transferable college credit must submit an official high school transcript, sealed in the original envelope with graduation date posted.
  • Official military transcripts, military certificates (including Army, Navy, Marine Joint Services or CCAS-Air Force transcripts), nationally recognized certificates and CLEP/DANTES test scores may also be submitted for evaluation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16082 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8041 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    16082 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8041 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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We are pleased to announce that for all students starting in the Summer 2020 (July) term, NLU is offering brand new, reduced tuition rates for Kendall College programs! The new international tuition rates are listed below:

$8,041 Rack Rate Tuition per Term at 14+ QH Per Term 

  • Reduced from $8,443 Rack Rate Tuition per Term at 14+ QH Per Term
  • Savings of $402 per term, $4,824 lifetime savings when completing 12 terms

Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


10% Automatic Opportunity Scholarship 
  • Applies to All NLU Undergraduate Programs including Hospitality Management
  • Eligible to Freshman and Transfer Students
25% Automatic Opportunity Scholarship 
  • Applies to All Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Programs
  • Eligible to Freshman and Transfer Students
50% #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship 
  • Awarded to Two Students Every Fall Term
  • Eligible to Freshman Undergraduate Students Only
  • Deadline is July 1st

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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