The Culinary Institute of America

  • International Admissions Requirements

    We’re here to help you with the admissions process. All students follow the same admission procedures, with two additional requirements for international students:

    Requirement Number One (1) – The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
    All instruction at The Culinary Institute of America is in English. If your native language is other than English, you will be required to show proficiency in the English language. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) should be part of your application file. There are two types of TOEFL that we accept:

    1. IBT – Internet-based test
      We require a score of 80 with a minimum score of 20 on each section. This is the most common test and the CIA-preferred exam.
    2. PBT – Paper-based test
      We require a score of 550.

    Other accepted tests:

    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam with a score of 6.0.

    PTE Academic
    Pearson Language Test (PTE) with a score of 53.

    International Student Provisional Acceptance for Language Instruction:

    In lieu of the TOEFL score, you may also enroll and complete a program at an ELS Language Center. We accept completion of this program up to level 112. You must submit a certificate of successful completion from ELS to the CIA.

    Requirement Number Two (2) – Financial Support:
    You are required to obtain a Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility), and must show proof of financial support that includes:

    All documents must be in English or translated into English with the original copies.

    Note: Please submit the $50 application fee with your admissions application. Payment may be made by international money order drawn on a U.S. bank, check in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank, or credit card if you complete your application online.

    Visa Requirements

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