Reduced Hours and Activities During Late July/August

We love to welcome campus visitors, but before you make your plans, please note that amazing changes are underway at the CIA campuses during the summer and our visiting hours and restaurant hours may be affected.

Please note that classes for degree and certificate program students at all of our U.S. campuses will not be in session from July 28–August 21, 2017. Classes will resume on August 22.


  • The Admissions Office at all three campuses will be open to welcome prospective students and their families.


  • Since many of our restaurants rely on our students for the full CIA dining experience, please refer to for the most up-to-the-minute information.
  • At the New York campus, all restaurants will be closed during this period.
  • At our California campus locations (Copia and Greystone), The Restaurant at CIA Copia and The Bakery Café by illy will be open.
  • At the Texas campus, Nao will be open for lunch and the outdoor taco stand will also be open.

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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.

    CAE Exam
    Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) exam with an overall score of 180 and a minimum score of 175 in each section.

    International Student Conditional Acceptance for Language Instruction:

    In lieu of an English Proficiency exam, you may also enroll and complete a program from one of our approved language schools. Learn More >

    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.