THE INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM
The Intensive English Program (IEP) offers high-quality classes in English for international
students. It prepares students to enter American colleges and universities and helps them to improve their English
skills for other purposes such as business, TOEFL preparation, further study in their own countries, and general
The IEP instructors are highly qualified professionals whose training and experience have well
prepared them for their current positions. All instructors hold Master of Arts degrees (or equivalents). The staff
includes a faculty member who works with students on immigration requirements, visas, school problems, housing,
and personal needs. The faculty member refers students to academic counselors when necessary.
Coursework integrates content and skills while preparing students for the demands of college
and university work. Within the skill areas of grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and listening, students study
current events, literature and American culture and history. In addition, students are prepared for the Test of
English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and for further study. They learn how to use a college library, take lecture
notes, write essays, keep journals and reading logs, and give speeches.
Students participate in field trips each semester. These trips are related to the coursework
but are also excellent opportunities for students to learn more about special features of the San Francisco Bay
Area. Other events in which the students participate include a Holiday party, Thanksgiving dinner, games day,Valentine's
Party, Halloween celebration, and class play.
IEP students come from many different countries. Many are foreign students, but some are California
residents who want the benefits of this small, high-quality academic program. While on campus, students are required
to speak English.
Certificates of attendance and completion are awarded to qualifying students at the end of the
program. At midterm and at semester's end, students are given written evaluation reports. Instructors also write
letters of recommendation for individual students upon request.
Students who successfully complete the IEP and attain a TOEFL score of 500 may apply for credit
classes at the College of Marin. An institutional TOEFL is given in the last week of the semester for those interested
in applying. The college offers a course of study leading to a two-year degree (A.A. or A.S.) and classes which
transfer to a four-year college or university. Students who wish to attend other colleges or universities are given
advice and assistance.
All students attending the College of Marin are responsible for arranging their own housing.
The IEP provides information on independent agencies that offer homestays with American families.
HEALTH REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Students must purchase medical insurance from the college, which covers them in the U.S. Information
is in the Fall application for international students. A recent tuberculosis test is required. Free testing will
take place in the Student Health Center for those who need it.