Pre-arrival information


Before you arrive

Welcome to the James Madison University International Study Center! We’re so excited that you decided to study with us this year. Here you’ll find everything you need to begin your adventure with us – read our useful guides and get ready to start your International Year.

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

Spring 2021 Semester:

Move-In Date: January 14, 2021
Orientation (Required): January 14-18, 2021 (On Campus and Online)
First Day of Semester: January 19, 2021
Last Day of Classes: May 6, 2021

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

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.

We’ll get you to where you want to be – Read our latest guidance for current students, or find out more about online learning.