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1st Quarter 2024 Newsletter

CIL Family,

This November will be the start of our new Fiscal Year at CIL along with the 25-year anniversary milestone. The Senior Leadership Team has been busy with new initiatives to help improve student-focused outcomes.

With that in mind, I would like to introduce our latest initiative within our International Study Tour offering. It is the ‘French Practicum Study Voyage’.

Mr. Alain Lenotre has contributed his time and effort to secure an affiliation with SOFITEL Golfe d'Ajaccio Thalassa sea & spa in Corsica, France. Its uniqueness combines a full 10-week practicum and an international study tour in one.

We welcome students to make themselves familiar with the information below and apply if interested in participating during their practicum phase.

French Practicum Study Voyage


Three teams are expected with 2 to 3 students each.

Dates of the practicum/departure and return to Houston are to be determined.


SOFITEL Golfe d'Ajaccio Thalassa sea & spa ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

South of Corsica

Domaine de la Pointe, Golfe d'Ajaccio, 20166 Porticcio, France


Students in Associate Degree Programs - Culinary Arts or Baking & Pastry Arts (students must complete all academic and lab courses before the beginning of their practicum).

The student(s) must have completed an Introductory French course. (tutoring will be made available if needed).

With Whom:

Chef Stephan Remon

Bilingual in English and French

After working in Canada, Hungary, and Austria with the Sofitel brand, Stéphan Rémon pursues his passion in one of the most beautiful hotels in Corsica: the Sofitel Golf in Ajaccio, Thalassa Sea & Spa. Exploiting the unique terroir of the island of beauty, made of wild ingredients from the sea and the mountains, hand in hand with the best artisans of Corsica, its cuisine is Mediterranean, influenced by the flavors and ingredients gleaned during his travels around the world, which make for an original cuisine. Freshness, taste, and aesthetics are the main pillars.

Working Conditions:

  • Practicum hours: 35 to 39 hours per week

  • Students have an opportunity to earn a stipend

  • Two consecutive days off per week

Meals will be provided by SOFITEL.

Uniform and cooking equipment provided by SOFITEL. (only security shoes are required ...from students)


Individual rooms (private bathroom included in a bungalow) are located within 10 minutes walking distance from the hotel and 10 minutes from Porticcio village and beach.


Two Flight Route: 1 - Houston to Paris CDG (Paris Charles de Gualle Airport) / 2 - Paris ORLY to Ajaccio (Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport)

Between the two airports in Paris, students will need to rent a cab with an expected cost of approximately €80 at the student’s expense.

Free Taxi transfer will be available from Ajaccio airport to SOFITEL on arrival.

A student may finance The International Study Tour for flight costs by using student loans or cash payments. An amount of 1,800 dollars has been set as a baseline cost for tickets. If the baseline dollar amount is less than the cost of tickets, CIL will subsidize the balance.

A valid Passport needed for students to obtain a Travel Visa to France will need to be arranged with CIL.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in this exceptional opportunity to fulfill your practicum requirements in a prestigious 5-star hotel spa resort in France, you can submit your request with the documents below to;

Teresa Zabala, email, or call 713.358.5078.

  • Photo of student in uniform

  • Letter of Candidacy (from your Program Director)

  • A 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) or above is required

  • A minimum of a 2.0 GPA in the French class

Deadline for application with a Letter of :

Team A: 03/11/2024 - 05/16/2024 ➡ ASAP/Before 11/30/2023

Team B: 05/20/2024 - 07/25/2024 ➡ ASAP/Before 02/29/2024

Team C: 08/05/2024 - 10/10/22024 ➡ ASAP/Before 05/31/2024

Dr. Arturo Cervantes

College Director/COO

Culinary Insittute Lenorte


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