International Students

Center for International Education

Thank you very much for your interest in College of Marin! We welcome International Students from all over the world to join our Credit Program and Intensive English Program.

College of Marin, a U.S. public two-year college, has two safe and beautiful campuses in the heart of Marin County, California, just 18 km north of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.

Whether you hope to study English, Business, Health Sciences, or Performing Arts – there is something for everyone. College of Marin has one of the highest rates of successful transfer to UC Berkeley in California. Each year many international students who have completed studies at College of Marin have successfully transferred to UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC Davis, among others.

Again, we appreciate your interest in College of Marin. We encourage you to browse our website and discover the many exciting opportunities we have to offer.

We look forward to welcoming you to College of Marin!

Center for International Education Staff


Here a few great reasons to begin your studies with us!

  • Two safe campus locations
  • University-caliber faculty members
  • Affordable tuition and fees 
  • Personal attention and small class sizes
  • Excellent counseling and support services
  • Transfer to world-class four-year universities

Campus Locations

College of Marin has two beautiful and safe campus locations in Marin County. Both offer excellence in instruction, a multi-cultural college environment, and supportive student services to make you feel “at home.” The surrounding area is safe and peaceful, with easy access to hiking trails, beaches, mountains, and vibrant cities. Just minutes away from San Francisco across the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge, College of Marin’s programs bring you into a vibrant college-campus life, with fun activities and superior instruction.

Our History of Success

Established in 1926, College of Marin is a great place to start your education.  In fact, our motto is, “Start Here—Go Far!” as the college offers students such a positive academic start! With many famous students and graduates, such as actor Robin Williams, College of Marin has always held an outstanding reputation for helping students achieve their academic goals. From our Intensive English Program to the Credit Program, College of Marin meets students wherever they are along their academic journey. College of Marin has one of the highest rates of transfer to UC-Berkeley in California and many students successfully transfer to other four-year universities, including schools in the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) system, with help from our dedicated Transfer Center. The overall excellence of our academics coupled with personal support allows students to attain their goals and thrive.


College of Marin offers two distinctive academic programs of study — our Credit Program and the Intensive English Program. Both programs are SEVIS certified and have the ability to issue the Form I-20. Students who apply to our Intensive English Program can also apply for Conditional Acceptance to the Credit Program. Conditional Acceptance makes transfer easily once you complete your studies and are ready for college–level English.

College of Marin Credit Program

The Credit Program offers a wide range of programs which include many choices in Liberal Arts and the Sciences, including Business, Computer Information Systems, Engineering and much more.  It is a wonderful place to start your studies or earn a degree, especially for students who wish to transfer to a 4-year institution in the University of California (UC) or the California State University (CSU) system after they complete their studies in the College of Marin Credit Program.  In fact, we have a whole team available to help students build a unique academic plan designed to fit specific educational needs. Sign up today!

Intensive English Program

Our Intensive English Program (IEP) is a wonderfully friendly and fun, yet rigorous, program that helps students build their academic English skills and learn about US culture. The program includes classroom instruction, activities in and around campus, and field trips around the Bay Area. Many students study at IEP before continuing their studies at our Credit Program or transferring to a university. Small classes allow for specialized instruction, and the intensive aspect of the program allows for quick development of English language skills. IEP instructors are highly skilled, dedicated to helping students succeed, and have advanced degrees. Our Intensive English Program is taught exclusively at our Indian Valley Campus, located in Novato. Ready to apply?

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College of Marin provides the links below to help connect you to resources where you can search for houses, apartments, or rooms for rent. We hope that these resources will be useful to you. College of Marin accepts no liability for any arrangements made through the use of these links and resources. College of Marin makes no representations, guarantees, or promises with respect to the condition, quality, or safety of the listed housing/resources, the person or company offering such housing/services, or the areas where the housing/services are located, College of Marin does not endorse or have any control over the housing and resources listed here. College of Marin encourages you to take all precautions necessary to ensure your safety and wellbeing.

Check out the following links and resources to help get you started.

College of Marin Housing

Other local resources

Homestay and International Student Housing
General rental websites
Vacation and short-term rentals
Listings for rentals and purchase

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