Summer Programs

Our programs vary from year to year. Come see us in Cloud 212 (Ocean Campus) for more information on upcoming programs.

Summer 2015

A Taste of Oaxaca, Mexico:

June 30 - July 18, 2015

The food of Oaxaca stands out as one of the richest and most diverse in all of Mexico. Based on a synthesis of Spanish and Indigenous legacies, it greatly differs from the standard Mexican food commonly found in the U.S. Oaxacan cuisine is known for its many moles, which are complex sauces made of chiles, herbs and spices; for its corn products, such as tlayudas and delicious regional tamales; for its nuanced mescal, a locally cultivated, distilled and aged beverage; and for the Oaxacan chocolate culture with its fresh beans roasted and ground according to the customer's preferences and family traditions.

Our three-week program offers an intensive introduction to Oaxacan cuisine, through hands-on cooking classes, demonstrations and field trips to a mescal distillery, a cheese producer, a bakery, and food markets. Classes will be taught by local "celebrity" chefs, such as Susanna Trilling, author of the cookbook "Seasons of My Heart" and a contributor to PBS, as well as Oaxacan restaurateurs and others whose cooking skills have been passed down through the generations.

The Instituto Cultural Oaxaca (ICO) will serve as our host in Oaxaca. The ICO, a Spanish as a Second Language school, housed in a gracious 19th century estate, will be the location of our language classes and some of our cooking classes.

Located in southern Mexico, Oaxaca lies nestled in a valley surrounded by tropical mountains. The city boasts colonial monuments, archaeological treasures and exquisite architecture, which will serve as a dramatic backdrop for our culinary explorations.

If you are interested in studying in Oaxaca with us this summer, please let us know so that we can add you to a mailing list for this program. The brochure and application for Summer 2015 should be available sometime during February 2015. You can call us at 415-239-3778 or send us an email at to request a copy.

To learn more about the program in Oaxaca for summer 2015, you can also click on the toolbar marked "Academics", "Itinerary", "Costs", etc. for further information on this program.

Summer Study in Paris:

July 1 - 30, 2015

This summer CCSF will be offering an intensive French Language and Civilization Program as part of a consortium of California Community Colleges and Cal State Universites.

Free Program Previews will take place at 11 am on December 6, 2014, January 24, February 14, March 14, and April 14, 2015 and will be held at the CCSF Downtown Campus, located at 88 Fourth Street and Mission Streets, Room 618. You can also contact Dr. Tom Blair at 415-334-4222 or by email at for further information, or visit the program website:

If you would like a brochure and application for this program, please stop by Cloud 212 or call 415-239-3778.