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Pre-arrival Information

IEP Tuition Fees for International Students (F-1s)

Estimate Costs for One Semester (2015/2016)

Application Fee

Tuition Fee

Medical Insurance (Subject to change)


$670--$938 (Subject to change)

Room and Board (on a shared basis)* $7,033.50
Transportation $540
Personal (miscellaneous) $1,408.50
Books and Supplies $200
TOTAL $12,402*--$12,670

* Subject to change. Amounts are approximate and may change at any time. An additional $5,000.00 per semester is required for each dependent.

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Estimate Costs for Two Semesters

Application Fee $100

Tuition Fee

Medical Insurance (Subject to change)


$1,608 (Subject to change)

Room and Board (on a shared basis)* $14,067
Transportation $1,080
Personal (miscellaneous) $2,817
Books and Supplies $400
TOTAL $25,072*

* Subject to change. Amounts are approximate and may change at any time. An additional $5000 per semester is required for each dependent.

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Health Requirements for International Students

All international students attending the Intensive English Program are required to purchase the (non-refundable)medical insurance recommended by the College. There are no medical insurance waivers due to having another medical policy. Optional medical and/or dental insurance for dependents are available at additional cost to student. The insurance provider for College of Marin Novato is Student Insurance USA, Telephone 1.800.367.5830, Prescription coverage provider is CIGNA.

Medical Insurance Rate ( Schedule 2015--2016
Annual 8/1/2015--7/31/16 $1,608
Fall 8/1/15--12/31/15 $ 670
Spring/Summer 1/1/16--7/31/16 $ 938
Dependents Contact Covered California
All rates are subject to change.    

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College of Marin does not provide international student housing, but there is housing available through the following community resources.

The Student Home (by Sunrise Homes International, Inc.) is an ideal place for international students to live during their studies at College of Marin.  The Student Home is located in San Rafael next to Northgate Mall. There is free transportation to and from College of Marin (Indian Valley Campus), as well as free local “go anywhere” transportation in the afternoons.
Address: 179 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael, California 94903, USA
For more information:
Tel (Students): +1 (415) 499.9199, +1 (415) 499.9399, +1 (415) 499.9599
Tel (Manager): +1(888) 807.3460

Students interested in living with an American family should contact one of the agencies below:

Homestay:  International Student Placement (ISP)

Would you like to live with a local American host family?  With this homestay program you get an affordable private room with an option of two meals per day or access to the kitchen, as well as the opportunity to experience American culture first-hand and build cross-cultural relationships.  ISP has been placing international students in host families since 1992.  ISP looks at the house and room and makes sure it is suitable for students.  ISP matches the student with a family based on the student's application form.  When you fill out the form, be specific about your needs (allergies to pets, host's religion, etc.). ISP reads the application and does its best to honor your requests.  ISP is especially nice if you are under 18 years old or have never lived on your own in a foreign country. The fees are $1000/ month with 2 meals per day; $825/ month without meals; $435 non-refundable placement fee.  The student pays the host family and commits for 2-3 months. Airport pick-up can be arranged with ISP in advance for a $120 fee. For more information, contact Jean Ikeda.

Attn: Jean Ikeda
199 First Street, Suite 305
Los Altos, CA 94022, USA
Phone: (650) 947 - 8879
Fax: (650)948-1105

Homestay:  International Housing Placement Service (IHPS)
20 South Altadena Drive Suite 102
Pasadena, CA 91107, USA
Phone: (626) 791 - 4249
Fax: (626) 602 - 3913

IHPS Local Coordinator:
Annie Anderson
Phone: (916) 813 - 6698

Global Student Housing

Other Resources**

CORTFurniture and rental options for international students
19360 Cabot Blvd  |  Hayward, CA 94545

CA Tour
California Tours
Contact Person: Marina Hufford
500 Sutter Street Suite 823  |   San Francisco, CA 94102
415-393-4213 (phone)  |  415-393-4217 (fax)

January Activity Calendar
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**Disclaimer: Various links on the College of Marin IEP's website open third-party websites. We do not assume any responsibility for material located outside of the College of Marin web domain. Listing of material on this website does not serve as a contract between the College of Marin IEP's program and any other party and does not constitute an endorsement of any organization or its activities. As such, the College of Marin IEP's program is not liable for any content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources.

Student Visa Applications

Student visa applicants are encouraged to apply early for their visa.
Pleaes visit the U.S. Department of State web site for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the IEP located?
In Novato at the Indian Valley Campus. The IEP is in building Pomo 3, second level. Park in lot number 1 or 2. You will need to buy a daily parking permit for $4.00, or a semester permit for $50 from either the IVC or Kentfield Community Education office. The permit is good at both the Kentfield and Indian Valley campuses.

What courses/activities does the IEP offer?
The IEP offers 4 courses: Grammar for Oral and Written Communication, Writing with Reading, Speaking/Listening/ Pronunciation, and Idioms and Topics in American Culture (Level 3 also includes TOEFL Preparation). There are three levels each of Writing with Reading and Grammar for Oral and Written Communication, two levels of Speaking/Listening/ Pronunciation and of Idioms and Topics in American Culture. Each course meets either in the morning or afternoon, twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday or Wednesday and Friday for a total of 5 hours a week. There are two or three field trips per semester in addition to social events (birthday parties) to help students make friends.

When do the courses start?

International Student Orientation for new F-1 students takes place August 6, 2015 at the Kentfield campus.
The 16-week semester (Session C) goes from August 18--December 4, 2015, and full-time attendance is required for F-1 students. For non-F-1 students Session A (first half of the semester) goes from August18--October 09, 2015 and Session B (second half of the semester) goes from October 13--December 4, 2015. Non-F-1 students may enroll in either or both of the sessions. New for Summer 2015 are two IEP courses:  Speaking\Listening\Pronunciation 2 (Intermediate), and Writing with Reading 3 (Advanced) for tourists, au pairs, residents, and international students already in the U.S. Register at

Who attends the IEP?
F-1s: Students living outside the U.S. come to the U.S. to study for a semester or more for academic purposes. These students are called F-1 international students. F-1 international students are required to attend 20 hours per week. Tourists (B visa)may register for up to 15 hours per week. . J-1s (au pairs) may attend up to 15 hours per week, and their host family pays up to a set amount, as required by their agreement with the au pair agency. Residents: Non-native English speakers living in Marin County for any length of time who want to improve their communication skills for personal or professional reasons.

How much does the IEP cost?
The costs are for 8-week / 16-week sessions for 5 hrs/wk $375/$775, 10 hrs/wk $725/$1425, 15 hrs/wk $975/$1925, and 20 hrs/wk $1175/$2325. F-1 international students pay one fee ($2500) for the 16-week semester (no 8-week option). F-1 students are also required to buy health insurance.

What is the attendance policy for F-1 international students?
F-1 international students are required to attend 90% of the classes.  This allows the student 32 hours absence including sickness.  Exceeding the 32 hours may result in termination of F-1 status.

How do students sign up for the IEP?

F-1 students need to follow the instructions under "Apply and Register."

Non F-1s can register online at , or in person at either the Kentfield or IVC Admissions and Records Office starting August 1, 2015. Students need to fill out a white Community Education Application for Admission Form. On the back is the course ID (identification) number, which they select from the IEP schedule according to the number of hours they are registering for.

What tests are required?
During the first week of the semester all part-time and full-time students are tested for placement in their courses. There are 1, 2, or 3 levels to every course, so students are placed in one of the three levels. For new students in Session B, testing is arranged by appointment with the coordinator.

Are these tests the same as the ESL credit and non-credit tests at the Kentfield Campus?
No, the IEP tests are only for IEP placement. They are different from the English and ESL tests at the Kentfield campus.

What is the Institutional TOEFL?
This is a test for F-1 students to fulfill the English proficiency requirement (500 Institutional TOEFL)of the College of Marin credit program and is given twice a year in April and November. F-1 students who complete all of the level 3 IEP courses waive the English proficiency test requirement (TOEFL 500 paper/ 61 iBT/ IELTS 6). These tests test are not required of residents or au pairs unless the au pairs are changing from a J-1 to an F-1 visa. The next Institutional TOEFL is Monday, November 2, 2015 at the Kentfield Campus. Test is in the Deedy Lounge next to the cashier in the Student Services Building. Cost is $30. Information and registration is at Class ID is 851.

Where can students get more information?
The IEP webpage is at Students can visit the program by contacting the IEP coordinator, Sara Oser at 415.883.2211 X8579 or by emailing F-1 students needing help filling out the application can contact Carol Hildebrand, Director of International Education. If students want information about the non-credit or credit ESL courses, they should contact the ESL office at the Kentfield campus. The assistant there is Alex Suarez: (415) 485-9644 (on campus 7644).

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Intensive English Program web page
Technical Contact: Sara Oser, Coordinator, College of Marin Intensive English Program, 415.883.2211, Extension 8579
Content Responsible:
Carol Hildebrand, Director Community Education, Lifelong Learning and International Education, 415.485.9316