HOW DO I APPLY?
The international student application for 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 the beautiful Palm Springs, California area!
The College of the Desert & Intensive English Academy are now accepting applications for Fall 2015.
Step 1: Gather all important documents needed to be submitted with your completed application. All necessary documents are included in the application packet linked below.
Step 3: Check your email regularly for important updates and requirements.
Step 4: Once you have recieved the acceptance packet and I-20, contact the US Embassy/Consulate in your home country to apply for the F-1 Visa. This is a process with which our office can assist you.
ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS: New for Fall 2015
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
||STEP level 2|
|TOEFL: 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 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.
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|
APPLICATION DEADLINES and PROGRAM DATES:
- Fall semester - 2015 - Application opens May 1, 2015.
- Spring semester - TBD
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The above dates are the last day we can accept applications and missing documents.
- Fall 2015: August 31 - December 18, 2015
- Spring 2016: February 1 - May 27, 2016
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 a 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 health insurance plan. Please visit the following link for more information about our health insurance plan: Health Insurance