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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!

  1. Step 1: Download and complete the following application (for both enrollment options)
    College of the Desert 2016 2017 IEP and IEA Application

  2. Step 2: Scan and email completed application and supporting documents to iep@collegeofthedesert.edu
    **Please note that at this time, Hotmail users are reporting problems receiving messages from COD. Please use another email account when contacting us.**​

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

  4. 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.

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


Admission to the Intensive English Academy (IEA)

English proficiency tests are not required.

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. Get more information about TOEFL test locations.

IELTS: Get information about IELTS. IELTS is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examination.

iTEP Academic: Get more information about iTEP.

STEP/EIKEN: Get information about the EIKEN test.

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.


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 Advanced Level


Application Deadlines:
  • Fall 2016 semester - July 1, 2016
  • Spring 2017 semester - December 1, 2016

Semester Dates:

  • Fall 2015: August 26 - December 16, 2016
  • Spring 2016: January 30 - May 26, 2017


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 COD Transfer-in 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. For this reason, the Desert Community College District Board policy 5021 requires all international students to purchase the COD mandated health insurance plan. See the Health Insurance page​, for more details and enrollment instructions