International Students

New England Culinary Institute has been the educational choice for students from more than 30 countries from around the world. Our Office of International Admissions is here to help make the application process as simple as possible for you. Below is some information about the initial steps necessary to secure your place at NECI. To apply as an International Student you will need:

  • A completed application.
  • Transcripts from either high school diploma, GED, or college completion. Minimum required GPA is 2.0.
    • International transcripts must be evaluated by an educational service approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. The purpose of this evaluation is to verify equivalent education level with the United States.  For a list of all of NACES® members, visit naces.org/members.htm.
    • Canadian transcripts do not need evaluations.
    • Schools accredited through either the Western Association of Schools and Colleges or the Middle States Association of Secondary Schools, do not need evaluations.
  • 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.
All HRM, Online HRM,
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

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

I-20 Information

  • Sponsor affidavit
  • Proof of funding
  • Application and costs associated with I-20
  • Existing student visas
  • Canadian national

M-1 Student Visa Guidelines

F-1 Student Visa Guidelines

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Information for Canadian students

Helpful sites

Our International Admissions counselor will be available to guide your through these steps. Call us toll-free at 877-223-6324 and ask to speak to an International Admissions counselor or email us at intadmissionsREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@neci.edu.

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