College of the Desert (COD) is a two-year community college located next to the famous resort town of Palm Springs, California. College of the Desert offers the first two years of the four-year university degree, and prepares students for successful transfer to the many public and private universities throughout the United States. College of the Desert is fully accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Founded in 1958, College of the Desert awards both Associate degrees and certificates in a variety of majors. Our primary mission is to provide a comprehensive, student-centered community college education to more than 10,000 students currently enrolled. All COD faculty have a Master's degree, and most have a PhD. COD faculty are committed to student learning, and use a variety of teaching methods in the classroom. Small class size ensures that students will have an opportunity to learn from our distinguished faculty.
Our International Education Program provides services for more than 200 international students. Our students are from more than 40 different countries -- making our program quite diverse. In addition, College of the Desert continues to offer one of the lowest tuition rates in the state of California! International students will find excellent education, strong support services and cost savings all in our beautiful Palm Springs, California location.
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At College of the Desert, students can choose from more than 80 degree and certificate programs, including:
Administration of Justice
Automotive Alternative Fuels
Computer Information Systems
Digital Design and Production
Early Childhood Education
Intensive English Study
University transfer is a primary goal of many of our international students. We have developed a comprehensive university transfer program which includes individualized counseling with our International Student Counselor that will help you from the time you arrive at the COD campus, to the time you transfer to the university. We also offer university transfer workshops, application workshops and group counseling to help guide you through this process. We have a strong transfer rate with international students transferring to such prestigious institutions as the University of California (UC) Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside, San Diego State University, San Francisco State University, California State University (CSU) - Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, and others.
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COD has a diverse student population, and the campus has a friendly atmosphere. Faculty and staff are readily available to meet with students. Student services include academic advising, tutoring center, computer centers, transfer center, career center, health center, student activities and clubs, athletics, dining hall, bookstore and library. Students are encouraged to participate in the many campus clubs and organizations, and the student government association (known as ASCOD) plays an active role in providing monthly campus activities. COD Athletics include varsity sports for both men and women; COD teams have won many state and national championships.
The International Student Office is dedicated to ensuring that our population of more than 200 international students have a positive experience in America, and reach their educational goals. The International Student Office offers a range of support services for our international students, including:
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In addition to academic programs, students can study intensive English at COD's Intensive English Academy (IEA). The IEA offers 30 hours per week of instruction in the English language for a period of 8 or 16 weeks. Classes focus on grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. We offer three different levels focusing on beginning to advanced skills; students who finish Level 3 can enter College of the Desert without the TOEFL. Class size is limited to 15, giving students a lot of opportunity to practice English and learn from our instructors. There are multiple entry dates throughout the year, including: August, October, January, March and June. Our June program is an accelerated course where students can complete a full level in only eight weeks! We encourage both academic and vacation learners to apply.
Intensive English Academy students will also enjoy the same services as our college students, including housing, advising, activities, and tutoring. IEA students have many social activities that are arranged throughout the study period. Such activities include visits to our local parks, movie days, sporting activities, hikes and holiday parties. We want to make sure that you have fun and have the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful location!
College of the Desert is located in Palm Desert, California, next to the world famous resort town of Palm Springs. Our beautiful area enjoys moderate temperature for most of the year with winter temperatures reaching 20-25C. Our location in Southern California is only a short drive to many famous attractions including Los Angeles, San Diego, theme parks, the mountains, and the beach! Outdoor activities are plentiful in Palm Springs, and include championship tennis and golf courses, beautiful hiking destinations, and world-class shopping.
Our small community is a comfortable and safe environment where students can live and study, and parents can feel secure about sending their children. Visit PalmSpringsUSA.com for more information about the Palm Springs resort area.
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College of the Desert and the Intensive English Academy welcome applications from international students. Students must submit the International Student Application along with financial certification, proof of high school graduation, application fee, and the Housing Application. A 32 Internet-based or 400 paper-based TOEFL score or 4.0 IELTS score is required for admission to the college. The college also has TOEFL waiver agreements with many ESL programs in the USA. The TOEFL is NOT required for admission to the Intensive English Academy. Application deadlines are approximately one month prior to the session start dates:
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Estimated tuition and living expenses for one year of study at College of the Desert are US $17,520. Intensive English Academy tuition and living expenses are based on the length of study and range from US $4,325 - US $20,875.
Student Testimonial: I chose COD for the inexpensive tuition and living expenses in California and the sunny weather. The professors at COD are extremely friendly, helpful, and encouraging. I was involved in many activities such as the International Week, Japan club, Latina Leadership Club, Phi Theta Kappa, and the school newspaper. They all introduced me to new people on campus, which was always fun. I'm very happy with my decision to study at COD! -- Junko from Japan
We look forward to welcoming you to the College of the Desert in California! Please review our programs and select the ones that interest you, and then complete the form. We will respond to you directly to answer your questions. We hope to see you at COD!
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College of the Desert
43-500 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert, California