If you are dreaming about studying at James Madison University in Virginia, USA you may be asking yourself “Where do I start?” Here is a helpful check list you need to follow in order to apply and enroll to James Madison University.
In addition to deciding that JMU is a perfect university choice for you, you must have thought about what you want to study. JMU offers a number of undergraduate and graduate majors for you to choose from. Whether it is humanities, business or engineering, it is important to think about your future career path. If you are still undecided about your degree, you can choose a generalist option, where you take various courses and can declare your major later.
Once you have thought about your degree, you can fill out a university application. Make sure to mark the program you are interested in and your contact details. The Student Enrollment Advisor will contact you within the next couple of days to talk about your intended degree, education history and financial eligibility. You will need to show a transcript of your academic qualifications and bank statements to demonstrate sufficient funds to study abroad.
Now you have arrived to one of the most important steps of the application process. You will need to submit your score from one of English proficiency tests to determine whether you need any academic help before you start an undergraduate or graduate program. There are a few ways you can show your English proficiency, such as providing your IELTS or TOEFL scores, or taking a free ‘Password’ test at one of the International Study Centers’ offices worldwide. You will find more information about English language requirements on this page.
If your English score is below the needed score for direct entry to the university, do not give up. You can enter the International Year One program at JMU’s International Study Center. It will help you improve your English language while taking JMU courses from you chosen degree program and earning course credits at the same time. You can find more information about this program here.
If you meet both academic and language requirements you can apply directly to a degree program at JMU. Facilitated by the International Study Center, this is a fast process with no application fees involved. More information about direct entry to JMU is available here.
Once the application is submitted, you will have to wait to hear back from the Student Enrollment Advisor about the university’s decision. This is probably the most stressful step in the process. Remain calm and positive, and start researching about student life at JMU. Because you may be going to study abroad soon!
Finally, you receive the university acceptance letter. Congratulations! Now you have to start preparing for your student visa interview by collecting paperwork needed for the interview. Student visa interviews can be tricky, especially if you are going to an interview for the first time in your life. To be informed and prepared, stay tuned for the next blog post that will discuss the process of applying for the student visa.