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  • CIA International Students Admissions Requirements

    Requirements for All Students

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    Ready to get started on your exciting culinary journey? First, create your online account and complete the application form. We’re here to help international students with the admissions process. All students follow the same CIA admission procedures, with two additional requirements for international students.

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    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 an English Proficiency exam, you may also enroll and complete a program from one of the following two language schools:

    • English Language School (ELS): We accept completion of level 112 at ELS Language Centers. You must submit a certificate of successful completion from ELS to CIA.
    • International Mid Pacific College (IMPAC): We accept completion of the IMPAC Level 5-Low Advanced course combined with a 75+ score on the Michigan Test of English Language. You must submit a certificate of completion from IMPAC to CIA.

    Requirement Number Two (2)—
    Financial Support:

    Students must show proof of financial support that includes:

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