College of the Desert welcomes applications from international students and offers a full-service International Student Program to support students throughout their studies. In order to be considered for admission, international students must complete the online International Student Application form. (International students should not apply through CCCApply.) In addition to the application, applicants must submit proof of adequate funding for studies at COD and verification of high school/secondary school graduation. Applicants must also submit a minimum TOEFL score of 400 (paper-based test) or 40 (internet-based test). For more information, visit the International Education webpage or send an email.
All international students must purchase the COD international health insurance plan. International students are also required to enroll for a minimum of 12 units each semester to maintain their F-1 visa status. Students in this status must pay foreign student tuition and capital outlay fees.
Students wishing to study at the Intensive English Academy (IEA) may also apply using the online International Student Application form. Students applying for the IEA do not need to submit a TOEFL score. Students can choose from 8-week and 16-week programs at the IEA. The IEA is offered on a full-time basis and offers various entry dates throughout the year. International students in the IEA will benefit from 30 hours per week of English instruction in both the classroom and language lab. Students in the IEA must purchase COD’s international student health insurance plan.