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!
College Applicants: We are no longer accepting applications for Spring 2015 at College of the Desert. Please check back in February to apply for Fall 2015.
Attention Intensive English Academy (IEA) Applicants: We are still accepting applications for the March and June, 2015 Programs.
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 email@example.com or by submitting Request Additional Information form.
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
- International Student Application
- $30.00 Application Fee (non-refundable)
- Proof of high school/secondary school completion
- Verification of financial sponsorship of $17,520
- 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
- Copy of the information page from your passport
- Housing Application (with $30 non-refundable application fee)
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):
Our institution code is 4085. For more information about TOEFL test locations, please visit www.ets.org/toefl
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.
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:
|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|
||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:
- 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.
- Fall 2014: September 2 - December 19, 2014
- Spring 2015: January 26 - May 22, 2015
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