College of the Desert Global Access
Scholarship Program

In response to COVID-19, COD is offering all new spring 2021 international students up to $1,000 in Global Access Scholarships for fulltime online enrollment. With these scholarships, and not incurring the expenses related to in-person enrollment (housing, insurance, travel, etc.), new international students will save approximately 50% over in-person enrollment costs by starting their fulltime COD degree programs online.

In additional to being an excellent value, COD is committed to offering new fulltime online international students the following:

Wide Course Variety

Hundreds of online course options, including everything from studio art to science lab options.


Students will have the option that select classes with live meetings between the faculty and students (synchronous), or they can choose classes that do not require live participation to complete assignments (asynchronous).

Extensive Student Support

  • Access to specialized academic services through video-chat meetings with our international student counselor
  • 24/7 online tutoring
  • Access to online language lab and library resources
  • Assistance with developing a university transfer degree plan
  • Step-by-step support to help you obtain your F-1 visa and prepare to join us on campus for the spring 2021 semester
  • Inclusion in online social activities for international and local COD students

Application and Deadline:

International students are admitted on a rolling basis for all terms, which means there is no application deadline. However, we recommend applying before November 15 for spring and April 30 for fall admission to qualify for priority course registration.

Additional Program Requirements:

  • Proof of English proficiency (only for academic programs) –
    40 TOEFL, 4.5 IELTS, 70 Duolingo, among other options
  • Fulltime enrollment – minimum of 12 units in the fall or spring semester
  • Payment of a non-refundable $250 program deposit
  • Completion of online orientation program
  • Full fee payment by specified deadlines

More Information:

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