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HOW DO I APPLY?

 

International student application to College of the Desert and the Intensive English Academy is easy and the response time is fast! Just complete these simple steps and you can begin your studies in beautiful Palm Springs, California!  

 

Attention Applicants:  Please be aware that due to an unexpected change in registration dates for the Spring 2015 semester, we will be unable to secure courses for International applicants who have not completed the entire application process by Monday, December 1, 2014.  We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your interest in College of the Desert.   

 
 

STEP 1:

Download and complete the International Student Application.  You can then mail or email the completed file (with all listed documents) to our office for processing. 

Click here to complete the International Student Application.

If you are unable to download the application, you may send request to jjulian@collegeofthedesert.edu or by submitting Request Additional Information form.


STEP 2:

Submit the following 7 items by the listed deadline to:

College of the Desert, International Student Program
  43-500 Monterey Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260, USA

  1. International Student Application
  2. $30.00 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  3. Proof of high school/secondary school completion
  4. Verification of financial sponsorship of $17,520
  5. TOEFL/IELTS/iTEP or EIKEN score is required for direct admission to the college.
    • See "English Proficiency" section below. TOEFL is not required for Intensive English Academy
  6. Copy of the information page from your passport
  7. Housing Application (with $30 non-refundable application fee)


STEP 3:

Upon receipt of acceptance documents and the I-20, contact the US Embassy in your home country to apply for the F-1 visa.

 

 
ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT:

Admission to College of the Desert:  Requires submission of one of the English proficiency tests below OR completion of approved level at indicated intensive English school.  (See "English Proficiency Waiver Options" below): 
 
 
 
​Test Name: Required Score:​
​TOEFL iBT ​32
​TOEFL Paper ​400
​IELTS ​4
​iTEP ​3.0
​EIKEN ​Pre-2 Grade
TOEFL:  Our institution code is 4085. For more information about TOEFL test locations, please visit www.ets.org/toefl.
 
IELTS:  For information about IELTS, please visit www.ielts.org. IELTS is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examination.
 
iTEP Academic:  For more information about iTEP, please visit www.iTEPexam.com
 
STEP/EIKEN:  For information about the EIKEN test, please visit www.eiken.or.jp/ryugaku.  
 

NOTE:  Students will be placed into academic and credit-ESL courses based on college assessment tests.  Students scoring between 400-450 or 32-45 on the TOEFL should expect to take primarily ESL classes upon arrival. English proficiency tests are not used to determine placement into classes.

 
Admission to the Intensive English Academy (IEA):  English proficiency tests are not required.
 
 

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY WAIVER OPTIONS:

Students who have attended an ESL school in the USA may be able to waive the TOEFL/IELTS/EIKEN requirement. College of the Desert has agreements with the following schools and will waive the English proficiency requirement if students have completed the specified level as listed below:
 
ESL School Name: Level Required for TOEFL waiver:
COD's Intensive English Academy (IEA): Completion of Level 3
EF Language Schools: Completion of EF Level 107/108
ELS Language Schools: Completion of ELS Level 108
FLS International: Completion of FLS Level 7
Language Studies International (LSI): Completion of LSI Advanced Level
Mentor Language Institute: Completion of Advanced Level
POLY Languages Institute: Completion of POLY Avanced Level
UC Riverside IEP: Completion of UCR Level 600 of UAPP
 
 

APPLICATION DEADLINES and PROGRAM DATES:

Application deadlines:
  • Fall semester - June 1
  • Spring semester - December 1
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.  The above dates are the last day we can accept applications.


Semester dates:

  •  Fall 2014:      September 2 - December 19, 2014
  • Spring 2015:   January 26 - May 22, 2015
 

TRANSFER STUDENTS:

Students who are currently studying in the United States and would like to transfer to College of the Desert or the Intensive English Academy must submit the International Student Application and the Transfer Form. The Transfer Form must be completed by your current Advisor in order to have your SEVIS record transferred to our institution. Please download our Transfer Form.  Application deadlines for transfer students are on a rolling admission basis. Early application is encouraged as admission cannot be guaranteed for those applying after the published deadlines. 

 

HEALTH INSURANCE REQUIREMENT: 

College of the Desert (COD) and the Intensive English Academy (IEA) are concerned about the health and safety of our international students.  US health care costs can be very expensive.  This is especially true in cases of catastrophic accident or illness.  We want to make sure that you have the coverage needed to lessen the out-of-pocket expenses that you or your family would have to pay.
 
For that reason, we require all international students to purchase the COD mandated health insurance plan.  We are not able to accept overseas insurance policies or policies other than the COD mandated health insurance plan. 
 
Please see the following for more informatin about our Health Insurance plan:  Health Insurance