Direct admission


Direct entry to the University

If you meet the appropriate language requirement of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 80 and academic requirement of a 2.5 Grade Point Average, you can apply directly to any of our academic programs at James Madison University.

This is an excellent opportunity if you are from an English-speaking country or have high scores on the IELTS and TOEFL tests already. The International Study Center can also help you with your application.

You can speak with a student enrollment adviser about your qualifications by completing our inquiry form.

English for University Studies

You also have the option to join the University as a Direct Admit student. If you do not currently meet the English language requirements for your Direct Admit program, you can improve your level with our English for University Studies program – delivered online through the Virtual Study Center.

Depending on your current level of English, you can choose between our 8 and 12-week programs. The program is designed to develop your English skills as you adjust to the demands, challenges, and expectations of higher education in the U.S. 50% of your learning hours will be delivered through real-time lessons – with the remaining 50% accessible through pre-recorded lectures and interactive quizzes, group projects, presentations, writing practices, and more.

You can find out more about help joining your degree at JMU as a Direct Admit student through our English for University Studies program on our fees and entry requirements pages.

Why apply directly with us?

The International Study Center can help you throughout the process, making it faster when compared to applying through the University. On top of that, there is no application fee when you apply with us. We'll also make sure you complete all the steps of application correctly and ensure you have the correct paperwork in place.

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