Higher Diploma in Culinary Arts

International Culinary Institute (ICI)
Hong Kong
Advanced Diploma
Study mode
2 years
Total tuition fee (local)
Contact the university / college
Total tuition fee (foreign)
USD 15,033

About this course

  • Prepares students to work in the vibrant and ever-growing catering industry, and develops their intellectual and professional competencies to meet the industry's demand for a new generation of chefs possessing not only multi-culinary and management skills, but also a professional mindset and work attitude
  • Provides a broad range of topics in Chinese and Western culinary arts and sciences and clusters of culinary stream specific modules to enhance student's knowledge and skills in national / international culinary arts, in order to help students realise their interests and career aspirations
  • Structured to guide students to attain knowledge in culinary niches and develop management know-how in culinary operations and catering businesses in a holistic manner

Students may choose one of the following Streams so as to enhance their professional knowledge and skills in the respective study area :

  • Western Cuisine (ICI campus)
  • Chinese Cuisine (CCI campus)*

Students will enter a Stream in the third semester, subject to their choice, academic performance and availability of places in the Stream.

*Remark: Chinese stream is not applicable to non-local students.

Entry Requirements

International Students:

  • Applicants with academic qualifications obtained in secondary or tertiary institutions outside Hong Kong will be assessed individually by the departments concerned.
  • IGCSE, GCE, International Baccalaureate (IB) or other overseas qualifications which are comparable with the required levels of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education will be accepted.
  • IELTS overall score at 5 or equivalent


Year 1 :

  • Chinese & Western cuisine in practice
  • Culinary theory
  • Food hygiene & safety
  • Food & beverage service
  • Wine & spirits fundamentals
  • Menu planning & development
  • Accounting for catering management
  • Food nutrition for chefs
  • Introduction to management & organisations
  • Food commodities
  • Human resource management
  • Vocational English & Putonghua
  • Work Integrated Learning*

Year 2 :

  • Culinary modules in Chinese or Western cuisine steam
  • Kitchen management
  • Services marketing
  • Law & ethics for catering business
  • Career planning & development
  • Vocational English & Putonghua

*Depending on the job nature and study programme, Work Integrated Learning will be arranged at an appropriate time during the period of study.

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