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Study Abroad, A Student’s Perspective

Culinary Student Jennifer Morgan

“I am learning so much, and have a lot of responsibility like working alone, doing pastry ordering, and even creating my own desserts for the menu. Coming to Switzerland has completely changed my life and has been the best decision I have ever made. It made me a stronger person, and I have learned so much and know I will keep learning!”

This is what Culinary Arts student Jennifer Morgan has to say about completing her externship at Seehotel Kastanienbaum, an upscale restaurant in Switzerland.

Jennifer, who is enrolled in the Culinary Arts Study Abroad program at the Culinary Institute Switzerland (CIS), started in the Culinary Arts major at IUP in 2010 after graduating from Kiski High School in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania.

She completed three semesters of culinary classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts before heading off to Switzerland, where she took six months of CIS classes before beginning her six-month paid externship in the industry.

Some of the classes Jennifer took in Switzerland include European Gourmet Cuisine, European Pastry and Chocolate, and German.

Jennifer Morgans Showpiece

The European Gourmet Cuisine class studied European national and regional cuisines, from the traditional to the modern, by preparing a wide range of recipes, including typical appetizers, fish, vegetarian, and main course dishes.

The European Pastry and Chocolate class, which Jennifer “absolutely loved,” studied the modern pastry kitchen, including traditional Swiss and European cakes, tortes, rolls, breads, cookies and biscuits, modern recipes and trends, truffles, pralines and chocolates, sugar, and chocolate show pieces. She participated in a competition and won second place for her chocolate showpiece (see picture).

Jennifer Morgan's Dessert

German language classes were required because her industry experience was to be in a German-speaking region of Switzerland.

When Jennifer completes the externship portion of the study abroad program, she will have completed the requirements to graduate from both the Culinary Institute Switzerland and the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts. Completion of the two programs also gives her the ability to apply 63 credits towards the B.S. degree in Hospitality Management at IUP.