The Culinary Institute of America

  • ELS Information

    The CIA and ELS

    The CIA has a specific partnership with ELS Language Centers and will accept completion of that program, up to level 112, in lieu of the TOEFL score. International students must first meet all other admissions requirements in order to pursue this option:

    • Fulfill the six-month foodservice experience requirement—students must complete this requirement before applying to the CIA.
    • Have the available finances required for their program of study.
    • Submit their application along with a letter indicating their intention to attend ELS prior to attending the CIA.
    • When all documents have been received by the CIA, the student's file will then be reviewed for academic ability and food service experience. If the student is admissible, they will then receive a Provisional Acceptance to the CIA.

    Students must then select and attend an ELS center in the United States. After successful completion of level 112 from the ELS Language program, student must submit their certificate of completion to the CIA. Students who have attended an ELS program and find themselves unprepared for college level classes, will be able to return to the ELS program to continue their study.