Pre-arrival information


Your future, our commitment: Begin your James Madison University experience now 

Studying with us in 2021 is about putting your education and your future first. This is your time. By choosing to start your JMU experience now, you will benefit from:

  • A US education – the number one study destination for international students
  • World-class teaching and student support, which will help you succeed and take control of your future career success
  • Access to Start Smart – our exclusive preparatory course, delivered virtually at no extra cost. 

Study Options

We are looking forward to welcoming you to campus. If you cannot join us, you may start your program virtually from home. You can also choose to complete your English courses virtually, and then you can begin your academic degree courses when you are able to arrive on campus.

Joining us online?

No matter where you’re starting your International Year, you’ll be a part of the JMU community. There are many ways you can benefit from our support, but the first step is to make sure you’re registered with us. Set up your account with us after paying your deposit to be able to register for your chosen courses, start orientation and meet your new classmates.

Important dates to remember

Summer 2021 Semester:

Move-In Date: May 12, 2021
Orientation (Required): May 12-16, 2021
First Day of Classes: May 17, 2021
Last Day of Classes: August 6, 2021

Fall 2021 Semester:

Move-In Date: August 18, 2021
Orientation (Required):
August 18-23, 2021
First Day of Classes:
August 24, 2021
Last Day of Classes:
December 10, 2021

Here to help

As a JMU ISC student, you’ll have your own Student Success Manager ready to help you one-on-one to make sure you’re doing all you can to be successful in your classes. You’ll meet your advisor during the first week of class over a Zoom meeting. Once you get to know them, they can help you with:

  • Academic questions about your classes
  • Answering questions about the visa process
  • Answering health questions
  • Understanding US culture better
  • Overcoming stress
  • Engaging with other students and native English speakers, even online!
  • Fixing technology problems (especially useful this term)!

Refund policy

If you decide virtual learning isn’t for you, you are eligible for a full refund.

*Subject to University policy and ongoing disruption caused by COVID-19

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.