International Students Program at College of Marin
For over 30 years the fully accredited College of Marin has been offering international students the opportunity to earn a college degree or prepare to transfer to a four-year college or university. Approximately 200 students from a wide variety of countries are currently enrolled at College of Marin. The completion rate of our Credit International Students Program is one of the highest of all California community colleges. (The Credit International Student Program requires a TOEFL of 500.) International students can also enroll in College of Marin’s noncredit Intensive English Program. (The noncredit Intensive Intensive English Program has no TOEFL requirement.) All international students enrolled at College of Marin receive free student services, including orientation, tutoring, specialized counseling with an individualized educational plan, assistance with preparing to transfer to a four year college or university, and answers to immigration questions.
College of Marin is renowned for its academic excellence. Graduate surveys cite the exceptional quality of our faculty. You will enjoy learning in primarily small classes of 30 students or less that are taught by outstanding and dedicated professors who are experts in their fields.
COM offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and has transfer admission agreements (TAAs) with the University of California, Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz, University of California, Santa Barbara, University of California, Irvine and University of California, Riverside. In addition, COM students transfer to hundreds of other public and private colleges. International students who complete transfer requirements at College of Marin receive priority over other out-of-state residents when transferring to California State Universities and University of California campuses. Recent statistics show that students who complete two years at College of Marin are likely to earn the highest grade point averages of all California community college transferees at state universities.
Earn an associate degree and train for a career
In addition to transfer, the college offers outstanding career and technical programs. The college enrolls many adult students as well as recent high school graduates in more than 1,100 day, evening and weekend classes. Although Engineering, Business Management and Computer classes are currently popular with International Students, you may want to review our complete course listings on our web site. You can earn a two-year Associate Degree at College of Marin in a variety of disciplines or study for a certificate in a number of careers, including business, nursing, medical assisting, auto technology, multi-media, and more. Complete details are in the College of Marin catalog and also on our website (www.marin.edu). For a complete listing of our degree programs please take a look at our online Catalog
College of Marin does not provide international student housing, but there is housing available through the following community resources:
San Francisco Homestay offers international students an opportunity to live in a friendly home with an American family close to College of Marin and experience the American lifestyle and culture up close. For more information go to their website, or call 1 (650) 577-2370.
Sunrise Homes International, Inc. is a residential property management company specializing in providing a home for international students during their studies in the USA. For more information go to their website, call 1 (877) 888-7168, or write
Just across the Golden Gate Bridge, and minutes from downtown San Francisco, is beautiful Marin County, California. Surrounded by water on three sides, you can explore scenic California beaches, enjoy sailing and windsurfing in San Francisco Bay, or enjoy hiking or bicycling on Mt. Tamalpais.
Marin County is conveniently located between San Francisco and the Napa and Sonoma Wine Country, and its warm, sunny California climate makes it possible to enjoy Marin’s wide variety of outdoor attractions all year ‘round. Marin is a known for outdoor recreation — mountain biking, hiking, fishing, bird watching, windsurfing, kayaking, golf and tennis.
The College of Marin Kentfield Campus is located about ten minutes away from the famous Golden Gate Bridge.
About the College
College of Marin is one of 109 public community colleges in California accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Approximately 6,800 students enroll each fall and spring semester. Classes are also offered during the summer. College of Marin was founded in 1926 and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
College of Marin has a long standing tradition in intercollegiate athletics: track and field, cross country, swimming and diving, baseball, football, soccer, basketball and water polo. International students are encouraged to participate in sports and other student activities. For more information contact admissions.
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