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Pre-arrival information

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

Studying with us in 2022 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 open for your studies and are looking forward to welcoming you. If you are unable to join us on campus, you may have the option of beginning your studies 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.

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 2022 Semester:

Move-In Date: May 11, 2022 (ISC)
Orientation (Required): May 11-15 2022 (ISC)
First Day of Classes: May 16, 2022
Last Day of Classes: August 23, 2022

Fall 2022 Semester:

Move-In Date: August 19, 2022 (ISC and Direct Admit)
Orientation (Required): August 19-23, 2022 (ISC and Direct Admit)
First Day of Classes: August 24, 2022
Last Day of Classes: December 16, 2022

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. 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

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

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