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Welcome International Students!

The 2017-2018 International Student Application is now available online! If you are ready to apply, click "Apply Now!" in the blue listing on the left. 

If you are having difficulty accessing the online application, please see the link to our paper version: College of the Desert 2016-17 IEP and IEA Application.pdfCollege of the Desert 2016-17 IEP and IEA Application.pdf

Join us in the California sunshine!

College of the Desert (COD) is a thriving two year community college located in exciting Southern California. Surrounded by majestic mountains, covered in lush palm trees, and bathed in sunshine for more than 300 days a year, the campus is truly an inspiring place to study. Pursuing an associate’s degree at COD gives international students the opportunity to save money, to fully develop their academic and career goals, and to benefit from the high regard many universities have for COD transfer students. That’s because transfer success is a passion at COD! Our faculty, counselors, and staff are focused on helping students transfer to the best-fit public and private universities throughout the United States, such as UCLA, UC Berkeley, Stanford University and many more. In fact, many prestigious universities offer guaranteed transfer admission to COD’s international students without requiring TOEFL/IELTS or SAT scores!

COD's International Education Program

COD's International Education Program (IEP) welcomes students from over 30 countries! Our mission is to assist international students with achieving their educational goals by providing a program of comprehensive support services. The IEP actively supports initiatives that increase multicultural awareness for students, faculty, and staff. This includes assisting COD's students with participation in study abroad opportunities available through the Southern California Foothills Study Abroad Consortium!

The IEP’s mission aligns closely with the mission, vision, and values of COD.

Our programming:

  • Serves COD's mission by contributing to the success, learning, and achievement of our diverse students.

  • Contributes to our district's vision of being a center of collaborations and innovations for educational enrichment.

  • Promotes the district's values of student success, diversity, and inclusion.


Cravens Student Services Center, 2nd floor


(760) 776-7205, fax at (760) 862-1361 or email

Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday 8:00AM - 5:00PM; Fridays 8:00AM - 12:00 PM

Learn more about COD and our Intensive English Academy following the links below and provided to the left!

Take a look at photos from a recent international event held at COD! 
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