International Students

New England Culinary Institute is the educational choice for students from more than 30 countries around the world!

Our Office of International Admissions is here to help make the application process as simple as possible for you.

NECI is authorized by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service to enroll international students. International students wishing to enroll must meet the same requirements as other applicants. International (non-US citizen) students who do not speak English as their first language need to demonstrate English language proficiency.

International students applying for the Bachelor of Arts or the Associate of Occupational Studies in Food and Beverage Business Management and the Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts (on ground or online) are required to earn a minimum score of 550 paper-based, 79-80 internet-based, or 213 computer-based on the TOEFL exam; or a recommended minimum score of 6 on the IELTS; or an equivalent proficiency exam. Students applying for the Associate of  Occupational Studies in Culinary Arts, or Baking and Pastry Arts, or the certificate programs, are required to earn a minimum score of 500 paper-based, 61 internet based, or 173 computer-based on the TOEFL exam; or a recommended minimum score of 5 on the IELTS; or equivalent proficiency exam. SAT scores will not be accepted in lieu of TOEFL or IELTS scores. Admissions requirements for all programs include the submission of official transcripts documenting completion of high school diploma, GED, or college degree (refer to Transcript Requirements by Program).

In addition, international transcripts must meet the following requirements:

  • International transcripts must be translated and/or evaluated by an educational service approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services; such evaluation provides official certification regarding the US equivalent of the level of education received and translation to English, if required. For a list of all of NACES® members, visit naces.org/members.htm
  • Transcripts from Canadian institutions that are in English and are issued by institutions approved by the Ministry of Education or Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada will be accepted without evaluation.
  • Transcripts from international institutions accredited through accrediting agencies approved by the US Department of Education may be exempt from foreign transcript evaluation requirements. All international students (non-US citizens) must submit an Affidavit of Support (INS Form I-134), notarized at a bank by a notary public, as a statement of financial responsibility. When formally accepted, the Office of Admissions will issue the forms required to apply for the appropriate Visa.
  • F-1 students must maintain legal F-1 status, have a social security number, and work no more than a total of 20-hours per week. The 20-hour per week limit while school is in session applies to all types of on-campus employment.

International students are not eligible for financial aid from the Unites States Federal Government. This means that international students will need to pay for their education at NECI with their own funds, a sponsor’s funds, and/or some form of loan or financial assistance outside of the U.S. government. We can be flexible with your payment options and will work with you to set up a payment plan if needed; however, payment in full is required to maintain your enrollment in the program.

TERI loans are available to international students. In order to be eligible for this loan, you must have a co-signer who has good credit and is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident for at least the past two years. You can find more information about the loan at www.teri.org.

All FBBM, Online FBBM, and Bachelor of Arts (BA) Programs

All Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) and Certificate Programs

TOEFL Requirements

Recommended minimum score of

  • 550 paper-based
  • 79-80 internet-based
  • 213 computer-based

Recommended minimum score of

  • 500 paper-based
  • 61 internet-based
  • 173 computer-based

IELTS Requirements

Recommended minimum score of 6

Recommended minimum score of 5

  • An official copy of your TOEFL or IELTS scores if you did not attend an English-speaking school.
  • Requirements for both TOEFL and IELTS are below. SAT scores may not be submitted in lieu of TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Our areas of admissions application review include but are not limited to:

  • Industry understanding and experience (e.g., work experience, vocational classes). Please include a resume where possible.
  • Academics (e.g., GPA, and grade report details).
  • Essay, including grammar, spelling, content, length, and creativity.
  • Interest, motivation, and passion for the industry.
  • Extracurricular activities (e.g., team sports, clubs, organizations, community and volunteer activities).
  • Vocational activities (e.g., ProStart, Skills USA, DECA competitions).
  • Online Learning Survey.
  • English proficiency.

Important Information

Our International Admissions representative will be available to guide your through these steps. Call us toll-free at (877) 223-6324 or email us at intadmissions@neci.edu.