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Direct admissions

Direct entry to the University

If you meet the appropriate requirements, you can apply directly to any of our academic programs at James Madison University. Visit the JMU website for more information about the entry requirements.

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.

Why apply directly with us?

We will help you throughout the Admissions process, from your application to your arrival. 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.

If you meet the entry requirements, you may apply to James Madison University directly instead of enrolling through the International Study Center.

Choose from one of our 76 undergraduate degree programs to begin your studies at JMU.

Entry Requirements

Please refer to JMU’s website for more information about the entry requirements.

From the moment you apply, our dedicated staff will  

  • Help you learn about the US education system  
  • Conduct your credential evaluation 
  • Assist you with your application at no cost to you 
  • Remind you of key deadlines to meet   
  • Keep you up to date on the progress of your application   
  • Explain the steps you need to take to apply for your visa  
  • Prepare you for your arrival at James Madison University 

We understand that studying in a foreign country can be challenging, so from your first day at JMU, we are here for you. We will welcome, support, and help you make the most of your university life in Harrisonburg, Virginia. 

Student Engagement 

JMU students are known for being both academically and socially engaged. There are more than 450 clubs and organizations on campus. From the Financial Management Association to Anime Club, and Astronomy to Ski and Snowboard Racing, there truly is something for everyone 

UREC and University Park 

The popular University Recreation Center (UREC) and University Park provide everything you need for fitness and fun, including a gym, swimming pool, climbing wall, yoga studio, and indoor and outdoor sports courts. Choose from a variety of sports to stay active and make new friends: 

  • Basketball 
  • Dodgeball 
  • Indoor and outdoor soccer 
  • Racquetball 
  • Team handball 
  • Ultimate Frisbee 
  • Volleyball 

Student Success Center 

The Center is home to 25 support facilities, including the University Health Center, the University Career Center, and six Learning Centers. Here, we will help you to overcome challenges you may face.

Things to Do 

JMU students are all about engaging with the community. 

  • Explore Shenandoah Valley National Park with a hike through the woods and see beautiful waterfalls and views.  
  • Visit an amusement park. Kings Dominion is a 2-hour drive, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is 3 hours away, and there’s Virginia’s largest water park too - Water Country USA. 
  • Dance and sing along at one the many music festivals, including Rocktown, and Redwing Roots Music Festival.

Frequently asked questions

Refer to the JMU website for direct admission entry requirements.

You can choose from a variety of undergraduate bachelor’s degree programs at JMU when you enroll by direct admission. View a complete list here.

You can learn about the tuition and fee costs here.

Entry points

2-, 3-, & 4-semester International Year programs:
Every January, May, and August

1-semester International Year program:
January and August

Direct admission:
January and August

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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.

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Entry requirements

Find out what grades you need in order to join us at the International Study Center, for either our International Year or direct admission to the University. 

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There are different fees with studying at James Madison University and the International Study Center. Discover what the associated costs are and prepare to join us.

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International Study Center

Get the best start to your academic journey in the U.S. by beginning your journey with us in a supportive and welcoming environment.