The Culinary Institute of America

  • International Admissions Requirements

    International students must follow the same admission procedures as applicants from the United States AND satisfy two (2) additional requirements.

    Requirement Number One (1) – The Test of English as a Foreign Language:

    All instruction will occur in English. If your native language is other than English, you will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which includes the Test of Written English and is administered by the Educational Testing Service, should be part of your application file. There are two types of TOEFL that we accept:

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

    We will accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam with a score of 6.0.

    PTE Academic
    We will accept the Pearson Language Test (PTE) with an overall score of 53.

    International Student Provisional Acceptance for Language Instruction:

    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.

    Students should submit a letter indicating their intention to attend ELS prior to attending the CIA. The student's file is then reviewed for academic ability, financial support, and food service experience. If the student is admissible, they will then receive a Provisional Acceptance.

    Students then submit a certificate of successful completion of level 112 from the ELS Language program.

    Requirement Number Two (2) – Financial Support:
    In order for you to obtain your Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20), international students must show proof of financial support when applying to the CIA. Proof of financial support must include:

    • Declaration of Financial Intent (PDF) from your sponsor.
    • Original bank statement or bank letter showing proof of funds for one academic year (U.S. $42,000).
    • All documents must be in English or translated into English with the original copies.

    Note: International students must pay the non-refundable $50 application fee with an international money order drawn on a U.S. bank or with a check in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank. Alternately, you can pay by credit card if you complete your application online.

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