Reasons to Attend

Reasons to Choose This Program and Join Us

A Perfect Location

College of Marin’s Intensive English Program is located on the 333-acre Indian Valley Campus, surrounded by natural beauty. The Campus has its own organic farm, where students can get fresh fruits and vegetables. The area, once home to California Miwok Indians, occupies a spectacular landscape where you can see deer and wild turkeys on your way to class. 

In the Friendly and Diverse City of Novato

The Intensive English Program is located in the small city of Novato, with a population of 55,000—a family-friendly community with a low crime rate located in the heart of Marin County, the second wealthiest and one of the most beautiful and safest counties in the United States.

Only 30 Minutes Away From San Francisco

Close to one of the world’s most beautiful cities, San Francisco, IEP students take field trips together to fun cultural events, such as baseball games and art museums. There is always a weekend Bay Area adventure waiting for IEP students. San Francisco is accessible by ferry, bus, and car, just over the famous Golden Gate Bridge.

Get Personal Attention in Smaller Classes

Smaller class sizes allow students in the Intensive English Program to practice English skills, ask questions in class and get to know each other and the teachers in a friendly, informal setting. No more than 60 students total are in the program at any one time, guaranteeing effective and high-quality instruction and personal attention.

A Truly International Community

Students come to our program from all over the world to study English.  IEP is proud to have hosted students from nearly 50 countries since 2015!

A Wonderful Climate

The Indian Valley Campus location of the IEP has a truly Mediterranean climate, with four seasons to enjoy. Spring and Summer are sunny and bright, Autumn has colorful leaves on the trees and warm days, Winter is cool and rainy, with occasional frost, but no snow.

Economical Intensive English Program Cost

The College of Marin IEP offers high-quality instruction at an affordable price. See our class schedules and fees for more information.

Our History of Success

For almost 40 years, the College of Marin IEP has successfully educated international students in mastering English language skills. IEP students greatly value this educational experience, the strong friendships they make with other students and their instructors, and the many special program activities they share together.

First-Rate Instructors

Expert and experienced instructors teach all IEP classes. Every instructor has advanced degrees, Master of Arts (MA), or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and years of experience educating students whose first language is not English. All instructors have lived overseas and understood the challenges of living and studying in another culture.

An Excellent Reputation

College of Marin is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at

Further Study and Transfer

Intensive English Program + College of Marin + Transfer = Degree Completion!

Students at IEP are fortunate to be part of the College of Marin transfer path. Completion of Level 3 (advanced) at IEP makes the transfer into one of College of Marin’s degree programs easy! At IEP students learn the English skills they need in order to be successful, and College of Marin offers many transfer programs to help students earn a degree while continuing their English language studies.

Exploring College of Marin’s Transfer Pathways

  • Explore guaranteed admission to six UC institutions with College of Marin’s Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program.
  • Discover College of Marin’s UC Berkeley partnerships! Frequent on-campus visits from UC Berkeley representatives help students pick classes that will pave the way to meeting transfer requirements.
    • UC Berkeley Pathways Program
      • UC Berkeley counselors support students throughout the admissions and transfer process.
      • Over 600 summer classes at UC Berkeley offer Pathways students the opportunity to take key prerequisite or gateway courses to most majors at UC Berkeley.
    • TAP
      • More than 80% of TAP participants who applied to UC Berkeley were admitted.
      • Many resources including STEM academic coaching, academic development workshops, and assistance with internship opportunities.
    • CCTC
      • Monthly on-campus visits from UC Berkeley representatives who provide individual academic advising, classroom presentations, and transfer workshops for students, as well as in-service training for counselors and special services personnel.

College of Marin students can now stay at College of Marin to earn their Business degree from Sonoma State University. This program helps students save time and money as they complete their degree.

Institutional TOEFL

Testing is offered at the College of Marin once each semester. All of the IEP courses focus on English for Academic Purposes and thereby help improve English proficiency test scores. Specific TOEFL (Institutional and iBT) preparation materials are available to all IEP students. Click here for more information about Institutional TOEFL.

Campus Facilities

The Intensive English Program is located at the scenic 333-acre Indian Valley Campus. The Intensive English Program has excellent classroom facilities and a spacious social area with free coffee and tea available for program students. There is a well-lit, modern computer lab with software to help IEP students with grammar, listening, reading, and writing in English. The Indian Valley Campus has a wi-fi connection, as well as computers and internet access available for student use at the popular Media Resource Center and Internet Café, where college students like to gather, snack, and socialize.