The CIA San Antonio is a unique education and research center dedicated to raising the profile of Latin American cuisines and culinary traditions. When students are immersed in San Antonio campus life, there are plenty of ways to get the most out of their experience. Students can hang out with classmates at the Pearl complex or browse the local Farmers' Market. The area boasts a vibrant dining scene and retail shops. Students can also engage with the local community at special events like Tamales at Pearl, Paella Challenge, and Fiesta, or at the San Antonio's world-famous River Walk. The walk is lined with restaurants and shops; its pathways, waterfalls, and outdoor art invite endless exploration. CIA San Antonio also hosts annual Latin Flavors, American Kitchens and Healthy Flavors, Healthy Kids conferences right on campus.