About James Madison University

Discover the spirit that sets us apart

Why choose James Madison University?

James Madison University has all the advantages of a large public university in America, but the feel of a small, friendly community.

Being the change

JMU knows that success requires both intellect and action. You will be encouraged to participate in life outside of your studies, for a full and rich university experience.

The Madison experience

The University offers an unforgettable study experience, combining the very best of American education and college life. The University represents the perfect blend of focused learning and true university spirit.

James Madison University is delighted to welcome international students and is committed to making you feel at home.

First-class education

You will share a close relationship with the faculty (teaching staff), and the curriculum is innovative and lively. Students have a high level of involvement in the classroom, the lab and activities around and off campus.

Ultimate College Town

The University is located in Harrisonburg in the state of Virginia near the east coast. Although Harrisonburg is a small city, you can discover new activities to try just a short distance from campus.

Harrisonburg has a lively atmosphere, with attractions including museums, shopping, skiing, golfing, caverns, farmers’ markets, concerts, movie theaters and restaurants. Come explore!

Student life at James Madison University

Student life centers around the huge University campus. It is one of the most scenic campuses in the USA, offering mountain views east and west - yet is only 2 hours from Washington, DC.

The University has many clubs and organizations that offer a wide variety of activities. You can join a range of clubs to meet other students who share your interests, and improve your overall student experience.

Part of Harrisonburg's multicultural history can be seen through the many restaurants serving food from around the world. From tacos to curry and almost everything in between, you will find something to your taste.

Alumni and career success

Graduates of James Madison University enjoy great success in further academic study, and in the professional world. You can take advantage of James Madison University's extensive career services, employment events and internship opportunities:

  • International Career Week
  • Optional Practical Training
  • Internships
  • Career and job search services

#124 university in the U.S

U.S. News & World Report, 2024

#64 top public school in the U.S.

U.S. News & World Report, 2024

A best college in the USA

Money Magazine, 2023

James Madison stature

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

James Madison, the fourth President of the United States of America


Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and 25+ specialized accreditations for academic programs including AACSB (business and accounting), ABET (engineering and technology) and NASAD (art and design).

Which course is right for you?

Find out more about the programs available at the International Study Center.

Choose the right program for you

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Choose between our International Year to begin your academic journey in the International Study Center or Direct Admit to start your degree immediately.

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How to apply

Ready to join us? Learn more the application process in order to start your journey to study at JMU International Study Center, or to apply for Direct Entry to James Madison University.