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. For that reason, we require all international students to purchase the COD health insurance plan through Student Insurance.
This plan is mandatory for all enrolled international students. We are not able to accept overseas insurance policies or policies other than Student Insurance.
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.
We have researched many international student insurance plans and have found Student Insurance to be affordable, comprehensive and easy to work with. Student Insurance is experienced in the specific needs of the international student and provides strong assistance to you as you access health care benefits.
This is an accident and illness policy and will cover your medical expenses as they relate to accidents/illnesses that may occur while you are in the United States.
2013-2014 Health Insurance Costs
The cost of this plan for the 2013-2014 school year is as follows:
- Fall (August 1 – January 1): US $597.00
- Spring (January 1 – August 1) : US $836.00
- Annual Premium (August 1-August 1): US $1434.00
Download the latest version of the Health Insurance Enrollment form. Completed forms can be sent by email to email@example.com or faxed to Darlene's attention at 1-760-862-1361. Health insurance enrollment must be on file before students are granted access to fall 2013 registration.
Students will pay for their insurance upon arrival at our orientation program. Insurance can be paid for by check or credit card.
How to Use Your Health Insurance:
Student Insurance Website:
In addition to English, you can find the program brochure in 7 different languages on that website including: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Click on the “International Plans” Link to access the brochure.