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HOW DO I APPLY?

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: Gather and scan your supporting documents. 

  2. F-1 student applicants should be prepared to submit a current passport, proof of readily available funding, proof of high school completion, and transcripts from previously attended schools. There are additional documents requested of F-1 students already studying in the U.S.A. 

  3. Step 2: Complete the online application (for both enrollment options). Click "Apply Now!" in the blue listing on the left. ​

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

  5. 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.

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

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS:

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
​IELTS ​5
​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.

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:

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

FUNDING REQUIREMENTS:

Students are required to submit documentation showing proof of readily available funding such as a current bank statement, financial guarantee, etc. to comply with F1 regulations. Available funds must equal the estimated cost of enrollment for your selected program. 

For 2016-2017 Estimated Costs of Enrollment for international students at College of the Desert and the Intensive English Academy: Estimated Costs of International Student Enrollment.aspx​

APPLICATION DEADLINES AND PROGRAM DATES:

Application Deadlines:
  • Spring 2018 semester - December 1, 2017 - Accepting applications now

Semester Dates:

  • Fall 2017: August 28 - December 15, 2017
  • Spring 2018: January 29 - May 25, 2018 

TRANSFER STUDENTS:

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.

HEALTH INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS: ​​

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

FOREIGN TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION:

College of the Desert’s International Education Program welcomes international applicants who have already earned college or university credit outside of the United States.  In some cases, previously completed international coursework may be used to help us determine the COD courses in which you are eligible to enroll.  We may also be able to substitute some of your international higher education coursework for COD degree requirements.  In order to make these determinations, we request that you submit a certified foreign transcript evaluation report to the International Education Program with your other application materials. ​ ​​The following International transfer credit.pdfInternational transfer credit.pdf will direct you to institutions that provide fee-based foreign transcript evaluation services.  COD does not promote working with any particular evaluation provider.  This list is provided only as possible sources for this service.  Please contact our office to confirm that the service you will use for foreign transcript evaluation will be approved by COD when you plan to apply.

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