International Year

Australia

Preparing for your degree

If you meet the academic entry requirements of a James Madison University bachelor's degree and need to improve your English language IELTS score, we offer the International Year program.

International Year (IY) is a fast-track pathway to second year placement into a James Madison University bachelor's degree. It includes specialized courses in American culture, Intensive English Program (IEP) and study skills to help you adjust to US teaching methods and resources. You’ll also take courses from year 1 of your chosen degree program.

Benefits of the International Year

  • Dedicated academic support to prepare you for university
  • Progress to the second year of your chosen degree program
  • Graduate in four years, similar to direct entry students
  • Be a part of the university community from day one
  • Taught at the on-campus International Study Center (ISC)

Program content

The program is split into courses across semesters. Your program duration will depend on your English language skill level on entry.

2-semester program
Semester 1
  • JMU class (WRTC 100)
  • JMU class (Math or Elective)
  • JMU class (Elective)
  • JMU class (Elective)
  • Research Skills
  • American Culture
  • Advising   
Semester 2
  • JMU class (WRTC 103)
  • JMU class (SCOM 123)
  • JMU class (Math or Elective)
  • JMU class (Elective)
  • JMU class (Elective)
  • American College Life 
  • Advising
3-semester program
Semester 1
  • JMU class (Math or Elective)
  • Reading 2
  • Writing 2
  • Listening 2
  • Speaking 2
  • Grammar 2
  • Advising
Semester 2
  • JMU class (WRTC 100)
  • JMU class (Math or Elective)
  • JMU class (Elective)
  • JMU class (Elective)
  • Research Skills
  • American Culture
  • Advising
Semester 3
  • JMU class (WRTC 103)
  • JMU class (SCOM 123)
  • JMU class (Math or Elective)
  • JMU class (Elective)
  • JMU class (Elective)
  • American College Life 
  • Advising
4-semester program
Semester 1
  • JMU class (UNST 102)
  • Reading 1
  • Writing 1
  • Listening 1
  • Speaking 1
  • Grammar 1
  • Thematic Dialogs 
  • Advising
Semester 2
  • JMU class (Math or Elective)
  • Reading 2
  • Writing 2
  • Listening 2
  • Speaking 2
  • Grammar 2
  • Advising
Semester 3
  • JMU class (WRTC 100)
  • JMU class (Math or Elective)
  • JMU class (Elective)
  • JMU class (Elective)
  • Research Skills
  • American Culture
  • Advising
Semester 4
  • JMU class (WRTC 103)
  • JMU class (SCOM 123)
  • JMU class (Math or Elective)
  • JMU class (Elective)
  • JMU class (Elective)
  • American College Life 
  • Advising

JMU classes offered

Electives (choose 5 or 6)   Math (choose none or 1): Compulsory: 
  • HTH 100 Personal Wellness 
  • KIN 100 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness 
  • REL 101 Religions of the World 
  • GEO 115 Earth Systems and Climate Change 
  • BIO 140 Foundations of Biology 
  • PSYC 160 Lifespan Human Development 
  • ISAT 160 Problem Solving Approaches in Science and Technology 
  • ECON 200 Macroeconomics 
  • COB 204 Computer Information Systems 
  • UNST 102 Career and Academic Planning
  •  MATH 105 Quantitative Literacy and Reasoning
  • MATH 155 College Algebra 
  • MATH 205 Introductory Calculus I
  • MATH 220 Elementary Statistics
  • WRTC 100 Reading and Writing Workshop
  • WRTC 103 Critical Reading and Writing
  • SCOM 123 Group Presentations

Your choice of pathway determines the necessary academic courses that you take to finish the equivalent of your freshman year (first year). 

Pathway-specific academic courses

(27 credits total)

  • College Algebra (3- and 4-semester program only)
  • Introductory Calculus1
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Business Statistics
  • Economics

(31 credits total)

  • College Algebra (3- and 4-semester program only)
  • Calculus 1
  • Calculus 2
  • University Physics 1
  • University Physics 2
  • Physics Lab

(27 credits total)

  • College Algebra
or
  • Introductory Calculus 1
  • Economics
  • Introduction to Global Music
  • Personal Wellness

(30 credits total)

  • College Algebra (3- and 4-semester program only)
  • Calculus 1
  • University Physics 1
  • Physics Lab
  • Organisms
  • Economics
or
  • Introduction to Global Music

When will you join your degree program?

Intake Study plan Progression to degree program*
August 2018 2-semester May 2019
3-semester August 2019
4-semester January 2020
January 2019 2-semester August 2019
3-semester January 2020
4-semester May 2020
May 2019 2-semester January 2020
3-semester May 2020
4-semester August 2020

*A student's ISC study plan is determined by her/his arrival English placement test, and can be longer or shorter than her/his original study plan in the offer letter. Student are required to complete their study plans at the ISC consecutively without skipping a semester. Students who have completed their ISC programs are eligible to take summer break. 

Academic credit

You will take 9 first year-level courses - and have the opportunity to earn between 27 and 31 credits. These credits count towards your bachelor's degree graduation requirements.

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