For 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.
  • A degree-bearing transcipt from either high school or college. GED transcripts are also acceptable.
  • 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
  • Schools accredited through either the Western Association of Schools and Colleges or the Middle States Association of Secondary Schools may 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 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

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).
  • A written personal statement, with attention to grammar, spelling, content, 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 Admissions Representative will be available to guide you through these steps. Call us toll-free at 877.223.6324 or email us at [email protected].