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College of Marin Intensive English Program
For more information, please contact this program directly or visit the website of the Intensive English Program.
The College of Marin IEP is located in Marin County in the beautiful, safe community of Novato, 25 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The 37-year-old program teaches academic English to international students planning to attend a 2-year college, 4-year college or university, or graduate school. Students who complete level 3 of the IEP are waived the TOEFL score(500 paper, 61 iBT) for the College of Marin 2-year community college. Students can transfer from COM to public and private institutions in California and the U.S. especially Univeristy of California and California State Colleges.
North of the Golden Gate Bridge 25 miles in a scenically beautiful part of California in Marin County. 45-minute drive to the Pacific Ocean. Bus and ferry transportation to San Francisco. Driving distance to Wine Country, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Santa Cruz.
All instructors hold M.A. degrees and some have PhDs. in the field of language, linguistics or related fields. Teachers are seasoned professionals responsive to a variety of student learning styles.
General English: Yes
English for Academic Purposes (EAP): Yes
English for Business: No
Other Programs:TOEFL preparation takes place in all of the level 3 courses including grammar, idioms and TOEFL preparation, writing, and listening/speaking/pronunciation. College of Marin gives an Institutional TOEFL every semester to assist in transfer to credit program.
Private Classes: Yes
Customised Groups: Yes
Maximum Class Size: 21
Average Class Size: 12
Beginner Levels: 1
Intermediate Levels: 1
Advanced Levels: 1
Students tested and placed first week.
Minimum Hours Required Per Week: 20
Maximum Hours Per Week: 20
Part Time Available: Yes
Fall and Spring Semesters are 16 weeks long.
Fall starts in late August (August 21, 2012)and ends in early-December (December 7, 2012).
Spring starts in late January(January 22,2013 ) and ends in mid-May(May 17, 2013).
Student Origins and Enrollments
Latin America: 35%
Middle East: 5%
The IEP is on the second floor of a cluster of buildings on a naturally landscaped campus. Deer, turkeys, birds including the Great Blue Herons are seen on campus. The campus is peaceful and quiet away from any city noise. An Internet Cafe has computers with Internet Access and language programs. Free coffee and tea is available, and some snacks are for sale. Admissions and Records Office with Designated School Official is on campus to assist F-1 students. Swimming pool (fee) and tennis court, sports fields are part of the campus.
Counselor has group presentations and individual appointments to assist students with transferring to the College of Marin credit program. Admissions & Records Office for F-1 assistance; Internet Cafe with computers, language programs, Internet Access; Health Center open two mornings a week.
Educational Service Opportunities
Students may enroll in Community Education enrichment courses in a wide variety of subjects at nominal fees. Courses include art, business, computers, contemporary sciences, current events, dance, drama/stage & screen film appreciation, financial planning, foods/artisan cheese, health sciences, history, home and garden, languages, literature/humanities, Marin Adventures, music, parenting, personal development, photography, physical fitness, public service, textiles, travel, urban agriculture, weekend workshops, and writing.
Bus transportation to campus. Parking possible with permit purchased every semester. Buses run from Marin County to San Francisco morning to night. Ferry service available from Larkspur and Sausalito to San Francisco. Bus transportation from San Francisco airport to Novato available every one-half hour for $21. Bus transportation from Oakland airport to San Rafael every two hours for $24.
3-page application available at webpage: www.marin.edu/iep. Download page, fill out, return in mail with application fee. We issue I-20. Student makes appointment with consulate for F-1 visa.
F-1 transfer students also fill out page 4 of application.