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:

    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

    IELTS
    We will also accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam with a score of 7.0.

    Exceptions
    International students who are from countries whose official language is English do not have to submit a TOEFL score. International students that have been schooled in English, can provide us with an official copy of their transcript and we will determine whether or not we can waive the TOEFL requirement. We look for several years of instruction solely in English without English as a second language and that the student received solid marks.

    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. Prior to being assigned an entry date or leaving the country, the student must take the Compass Math/English exams. If the student does leave the country without taking Compass, the student will then need to provide official TOEFL scores. Students who place into a minimum of A Block, will be given an entry date.

    If a student does not place into A Block via the Compass Math/English exam, the student will need to return to ELS for three months of additional English study. If students who have attended an ELS program find themselves unprepared for college level classes, they are able to return to the ELS program to continue their study.


    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:

    • Original bank statement or bank letter showing proof of funds on account by your sponsor
    • Letter of Financial Support (PDF 18 KB) from your sponsor stating that they intend to cover all tuition and living expenses while you study at the CIA totaling $41,000 for the Certificate program, $82,000 USD for the Associate Degree, or $162,000 for the Bachelor's Degree
    • 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.