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    English Proficiency Requirements and Conditional Acceptance

  • English Language Requirements 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 the following ways:

    1. Through an approved English proficiency exam.
    2. By completing a program of study at an approved language school.
    3. By meeting the eligibility requirements of our waiver policy.

    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 with a minimum band score of 5.5 in each section.
    • TOEFL—Overall minimum score of 80 with a minimum band score of 20 in each section (Note that we also accept the Home Edition or the Paper Edition).
    • Pearson—Overall minimum score of 53.
    • Cambridge English—Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 180, with minimum score of 175 in each skill.

    Exam score results must be dated within two years of the intended start date.

    2. Language School: Conditional Admission to the CIA

    Conditional (or provisional) admission 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 admission 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 admission is as follows:

    1. Apply to the CIA using our online application form.
    2. Submit all application materials along with an e-mail to admissions@culinary.edu indicating your intention to study English at one of our approved schools. Please indicate which partner school in your e-mail.
    3. If you meet our academic admissions criteria, you will be issued a letter indicating your provisional 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.

    3. Proof of English Waiver Policy

    All international applicants whose education has been primarily outside the United States of America must provide objective evidence of proficiency in the English language as indicated with our above requirements. However, the following exceptions apply:

    • Applicants who have received a score of A, B, or C (6–9) on the GCE O-Level, A-Level, GCSE, or IGCSE English Language (First Language) exam within the past two years.
    • Applicants who have taken IB English Lang and Lit, SL/HL, within the past two years and with a minimum score of 5.
    • Applicants who have completed three years or more in (non-ESL) English courses in U.S. accredited high schools with a grade of C or higher. Must have studied in the U.S. within two years of the intended start date. Transcripts will be reviewed by the Admissions Office to determine eligibility.
    • Applicants who have received a U.S. bachelor’s degree or U.S. master’s degree, or who have completed a minimum of two years of full-time academic study with a grade of C or higher in (non-ESL) English courses, at an accredited post-secondary institution within the U.S. Must have studied in the U.S. within two years of the intended start date. Transcripts will be reviewed by the Admissions Office to determine eligibility.
    • Applicants primarily educated in English in the following countries/territories:

      Anguilla Ghana* Nigeria*
      Antigua and Barbuda Gibraltar Sierra Leone
      Australia Grenada Singapore*
      Bahamas Guernsey South Africa
      Barbados Guyana St. Helena
      Belize Ireland St. Kitts and Nevis
      Bermuda Isle of Man St. Lucia
      Botswana Jamaica St. Vincent and the Grenadines
      British Virgin Islands Jersey Tanzania
      Canada (except Quebec) Kenya* Trinidad and Tobago
      Cayman Islands Lesotho* Turks and Caicos Islands
      Dominica Liberia Uganda*
      Eswatini (Swaziland)* Malawi* United Kingdom
      Falkland Islands Micronesia United States Territories
      Fiji Montserrat Zambia
      Gambia, The New Zealand Zimbabwe

      *English language proficiency test only waived for applicants from English language educational systems.

    Any questions regarding a waiver of the English language proficiency requirement can be submitted to admissions@culinary.edu.

    The Culinary Institute of American reserves the right to require evidence of English language proficiency for all applicants, the adequacy of which shall be at the sole discretion of the CIA Admissions Office.

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