International Study Center
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The International Study Center (ISC) is based in the northeastern part of the beautiful University campus. It sits alongside other University departments and American students, so you'll feel part of the University community from your first day.
As soon as you arrive at the ISC, staff are available to support and guide you through university life.
Why choose the International Study Center?
A campus location
The ISC is located opposite Memorial Hall, in the Memorial area of the campus. This area includes a new baseball and softball field complex, 2 student art galleries, a costume shop, the Art Education Center, and studios, classrooms and computer labs used by the School of Art and Art History.
The Memorial Area is a 10-minute walk, or a short ride on the free campus bus service, from the central Bluestone area of campus, where the university library, health center and cinema are found.
Most of your English preparation classes, academic credit classes, and American culture classes are taught in university classrooms near the International Study Center. You will also have some lectures on other parts of the university campus, for instance, in JMU's Business School.
Modern study facilities
All ISC classrooms are equipped with everything you expect in a 21st Century classroom, including screens, projectors, computers, internet connection and interactive whiteboards.
You will use a computer program called Blackboard to submit homework and assignments, participate in discussions, and stay updated about coursework. The program will be shown to you when you join.
When you study at the International Study Center, you will benefit from support from dedicated staff. They will support you with your studies as well as helping you settle into your new life in America.
What our students say
"As soon as I transferred from the ISC to JMU, we started taking classes with American students. The ISC prepared me for that, because otherwise it would have been overwhelming for me. I really appreciate that I didn’t have to compete with native speakers, that one year gave me the opportunity to adjust to the new atmosphere and find myself."
Arash, from Iran. Studied Economics and Mathematics
432 International Study Center students have matriculated to JMU, with 246 having already graduated.
Center for Global Engagement 2019