English Proficiency Requirement and Conditional Acceptance

  • English Language Requirement and Conditional Acceptance

    International students are required to demonstrate proof of English proficiency before they can be accepted to the CIA. This can be done in one of two ways:

    1. through a language exam.
    2. or by completing a course of study at an approved language school.

    Note: Native English speakers who are not U.S. Citizens may be eligible for a waiver for this requirement. Contact your admissions counselor for more information regarding English waivers.

    1. English Proficiency Exams

    You may complete and submit your scores from one of the following language exams as proof of English proficiency:

    • IELTS—Overall minimum score of 6.0
    • TOEFL—Overall minimum score of 80 with a minimum band score of 20 in each section
    • Pearson—Overall minimum score of 53
    • Cambridge English—Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 180, with minimum score of 175 in each skill
    • DuoLingo—Overall minimum score of 105
    • LanguageCert—Overall minimum score of 33

    2. Language School: Conditional Acceptance to the CIA

    Conditional acceptance means that there are still terms that need to be met before your CIA acceptance can be finalized, in this case: English skills. If you do not have the skills to successfully complete a language exam, you may select a conditional acceptance pathway to the CIA. The CIA works with the following language schools:

    Local to the CIA: SUNY New Paltz Haggerty English Language Program (HELP)

    A residential Intensive Academic English program right here in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley! Complete the HELP Level 4 Academic Pathway Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz to meet the CIA’s English Language Proficiency requirement.

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    The process to apply for conditional acceptance is as follows:

    1. Apply to the CIA using our online application form.
    2. Submit all application materials along with a letter indicating your intention to study English at one of our approved schools.
    3. If you meet our admissions criteria, you will be issued a letter indicating your conditional acceptance.
    4. Apply to one of the language schools listed above.
    5. Upon completion of your course of study at the language school, send the CIA your certificate of completion or transcript.
    6. Students who complete language programs are expected to enroll at CIA on the next available entry date.

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    Stephen Sobierajsk, Associate Director—International AdmissionsStephen Sobierajski
    Associate Director—International Admissions

    Specializes in assisting international students

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