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T​he international student application for College of the Desert and the Intensive English Academy is easy to complete and the response time is fast! Just follow these simple steps to begin your studies in the beautiful Palm Springs, California area! 


Fall 2015 College of the Desert & Intensive English Academy applications are now being accepted! 

Step 1: Download and complete (type)​ the following application (for both enrollment options)


Step 2: Scan and email completed application and supporting documents to 

Step 3: Check your email regularly for important updates and requirements.​ 

Step 4: Once you have recieved your acceptance packet and Form I-20, contact the US Embassy/Consulate in your home country to apply for your F-1 Visa.  

We are happy to provide guidance and support with each of these steps!


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): 
 English Proficiency Scores 
​Test Name: Required Score:​
​TOEFL iBT ​45
​TOEFL Paper ​450
​iTEP ​3.5
​EIKEN ​STEP level 2
TOEFL:  Our institution code is 4085. For more information about TOEFL test locations, please visit
IELTS:  For information about IELTS, please visit 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
STEP/EIKEN:  For information about the EIKEN test, please visit  

NOTE:  Students will be placed into academic and credit-ESL courses based on college assessment tests.  Students scoring between 450-470 or 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.


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


Application Deadlines:
  • Fall semester - Priority consideration will be given to complete applications received by June 15, 2015.  
  • Spring semester - TBD

Semester Dates:

  • Fall 2015: August 31 - December 18, 2015
  • Spring 2016: February 1 - May 27, 2016


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. 



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 a 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 health insurance plan.​  Please visit the our healh insurance information page for more information about our health insurance plan.  You can also email the IEP staff for more information about health insurance waiver options.