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Learn English in Beautiful Southern California!

The Intensive English Academy (IEA) is a high quality intensive English program that will assist students to learn English skills that will be needed for entering an American university or college. The program stresses academic English preparation as well as conversational skills.
The IEA is also ideal for students wanting to learn English and experience American culture.  Our resort location makes it a great place for students to learn English, enjoy outdoor activities, and make new friends!
Learn more about the IEA by viewing our online brochure:  Intensive English Academy Brochure

IEA Program Options:
Whether you want to learn English to prepare for university study, or want to experience life in America, the Intensive English Academy (IEA) has a program for you!  We offer both Standard Programs of 8 and 16 weeks in length with optional start dates and an 8 Week Summer Accelerated Program.
The IEA offers courses from Beginning* to Advanced levels.  (*Applicants should be able to read and write the English alphabet and to speak and respond to simple questions in English).

IEA Standard Programs:
IEA Standard Programs offer 30 hours per week of instruction including 25 hours per week of classroom instruction and 5 hours per week in our Foreign Language Lab using the latest computer technology.  Standard programs are offered in August, October, January and April. Students in the Standard program must complete 16 weeks of study to advance to the next level.
Classes Include:
Class Name​ Hours Per Week​
Grammar​ 5 hours​
Writing​ 5 hours​
Reading​ 5 hours​
Oral Communication​ 5 hours​
Conversation/Vocabulary Building​ 5 hours​


IEA 8 Week Summer Accelerated Program:
IEA 8 Week Summer Accelerated Program offers 32 hours per week of instruction including 27 hours per week of classroom instruction, a minimum of two hours in our Foreign Language Lab, and educational field trips.  This program is offered in June.  Students completing this program will advance to the next level after 8 weeks.
Classes Include:
​Class Name Hours Per Week​
Grammar​ 6 hours​
Reading​ 6 hours​
Oral Communication​ 7.5 hours​
Writing​ 7.5 hours​
Certificates of Completion:
All students receive official grade reports at the end of each session.  Grade reports indicate letter grades and are used to determine if the student is able to advance to the next level.
Upon completion of our Advanced Level (Level 3) students will receive a Certificate of Completion indicating their achievement.
In addition, students who complete our Advanced Level are eligible to enter College of the Desert without the TOEFL!
IEA Program Dates:
8-week and 16-week programs available!
Select from any of our IEA program start dates.  You can choose to study for as short as 8 weeks or up to 1 year from any of the dates listed below.
​​Program Start Date​               Program Type​             Application Deadline
June 6, 2016       Summer Accelerated Program               May 6, 2016 
August 25, 2016             Standard Program                         July 26, 2016
October 20, 2016 ​            Standard Program                September 20, 2016
January 26, 2017             Standard Program                December 26, 2017 
March 23, 2017
            Standard Program                  February 23, 2017
​June 1, 2017
      Summer Accelerated Progr​am                May 1, 2017
IEA Program Tuition Costs:
​Program USD Tuition Cost​
8 Week Standard Program Tuition:​ $2,100​
16 Week Standard Program Tuition:​ $3,850​
8 Week Summer Accelerated Program Tuition:​ $2,600​

IEA Program Tuition Includes:
  • 25 hours per week of class instruction (Standard Program)
  • 27 hours per week of classroom instruction (8 Week Summer Accelerated Program)
  • 5 hours per week of use of computer language lab facilities
  • Access to College of the Desert facilities
  • Various activities 
Save money! Registering for a 16 week session will save you $250 over the cost of registering for two 8 week sessions!
Compare our prices!  You will find that the IEA is often less expensive than other programs offering the same amount of instruction!  In addition, we include many activities in our tuition price.
Save money by living in Palm Springs!  Our cost of living expenses are less expensive than other California destinations.
How To Apply to the IEA:
International student application to the Intensive English Academy (IEA) is easy and the response time is fast!  Just complete these simple steps and you can begin your studies in beautiful Palm Springs, California!

Step 1: Download and complete the following application

College of the Desert 2016-17 IEP and IEA Application.pdfCollege of the Desert 2016-17 IEP and IEA Application.pdf

Step 2: Scan and email completed application and supporting documents to iep@collegeofthedesert.edu 

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

Step 4: Once you have received 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! 
The TOEFL is NOT required for IEA applicants!  Applicants should be able to read and write the English alphabet and to speak and respond to simple questions in English.
NOTE:  All applicants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of application.