What's it like to be a globally-minded student at JMU?
You will find a place for yourself here

JMU hosts more than 550 international and foreign-born students from 75 different countries. The countries from which the greatest number of students originate are Korea, China, India, Vietnam and the United Kingdom.

Review the Application Process

Dates and Deadlines

Fall Term (Aug. – Dec.)
April 1 - Application deadline for all pieces (application, transcripts, etc.)

Spring Term (Jan. – May)
October 1 - Application deadline for all pieces (application, transcripts, etc.)

Summer Term (Jun. – Jul.)
January 1 - Application deadline for all pieces (application, transcripts, etc.)


Tuition: $25,482 per year
Insurance: $1,235
Room and Board: $9,018 per year
Books/Personal: $1,825
Internet Fee: $60 paid once initially
Orientation fee: $180 paid once initially
ISSS Fee: $200 per year

Financial certification amount required for I-20: $38,000


Prospective international students are eligible for consideration for JMU's merit-based scholarships.

Learn more about available scholarships >>

Need to improve your English first?

For students whose academic qualifications meet the entry requirements, but whose English is not yet proficient, it is possible to be admitted to JMU with enrollment and successful completion of our intensive English Language Transition Program.

If our English Language Transition Program is not a good fit, JMU also has a partnership with Eastern Mennonite University, a smaller university located in the same city as JMU. EMU’s Intensive English Program is another option for transitioning to coursework at JMU.

Education USA

Get special assistance applying from outside the USA. Learn more

Cambridge International Program

Students who participated in the Cambridge International Examination program can earn college credit at JMU. View the Undergraduate Catalog for CI exam listings, required scores, and more information.

Obtaining transfer credit

If you have taken courses at a non-U.S. college or university and would like to apply for transfer credit, you must first have your transcripts translated by a global evaluation service and sent to JMU. JMU accepts evaluations from any organization that is a member of NACES, the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. View list of NACES members.

You should direct your global evaluation service to send a copy of your evaluation directly to JMU at the following address:

James Madison University
Office of International Admissions
MSC 0108
481 Bluestone Dr. Harrisonburg, VA 22807 USA

Please Note: The global evaluation is simply a translation of your work. It is not a guarantee of credit. JMU will complete an evaluation of credit after the translated transcript is received and an offer of admission has been made.

More information

Frequently asked questions about visas, travel requirements, working in the U.S., what to bring to JMU, health insurance, questions about your spouse and more

Support services for international students
Information for admitted international students

Ask a JMU student! Find out what it’s really like to be an international student at JMU from one of our current students

Schedule a Skype session! Currently residing outside of the U.S.? You can email us at international@ jmu.edu to schedule a 30-minute appointment with an admissions counselor!

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