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Exchange Programs Application Procedures


To be considered for admission into JMU's international programs, you must be in good academic standing and hold a minimum cumulative GPA as listed on the program page at the time of application. Applying early and meeting this minimum GPA does not, however, guarantee admission; additional eligibility criteria apply for most programs. Applications from freshmen in their first semester at JMU will be reviewed after semester grades are posted.

Admission to all programs is based, minimally, on a review by a Study Abroad Advisor and a verification of your records via PeopleSoft, the university's information system, not limited to but including your status according to Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Judicial Affairs, and University Finance. Your participation may be denied if your university records or conduct prior to departure raises doubts that you should be allowed to participate in an international experience.

All students participating in an exchange program will be required to submit a written report within three weeks of completion of the program reflecting on their experience.

Review the list

As an exchange student, you will study at one of our partner institutions listed below. While on a JMU exchange, you will pay room & board to the overseas institution while paying regular tuition to JMU. Most of the universities offer courses in English or have an English language program.

Exchange programs are available only for the fall or spring semesters or a full academic year. Exchange programs are not available during the summer.

*Space availability is based on keeping a balance of students being exchanged between the universities. When there is an imbalance, it will affect the number of students that can be sent. These cases are noted below. 

Partner Institutions

Research the courses

Visit our partner universities online by follow the links above to your potential host university's course listings.

Meet with your advisor

Confirm with your academic advisor in your department that the courses you intend to take through the exchange program will be appropriate for your academic plan. (Credits will be evaluated and approved by individual department heads or advisors in each department.)

Application deadlines

Your application will be processed after the following deadline for 2016-17 academic year:

February 1, 2016

If the application deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on the next business day.

Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. See an advisor for complete details.

Application Materials

The application for admission has a number of parts, all of which must be received by the oIP before your application can be processed. Please make certain that you have completed all steps in the application process.

A completed Fall or Spring Exchange Program application consists of the following components:

  • Complete online JMU Exchange application
  • "Personal Statement" Essay indicating the reasons for choosing this program and how the choice of courses, program structure, city, or country, relate to your past, present and future academic, career and personal goals. How do you think you will benefit from the experience?
  • Letter of Recommendation from a current or former instructor or from your academic advisor
  • Official transcript
  • Application from the host university (Exchange partner timing varies. Accepted applicants will be emailed further instructions.)

*All applicants must meet with a study abroad advisor before applying for an exchange program.

Financial Aid

JMU offers financial aid for students on JMU programs subject to the standard restrictions. For more information, please contact JMU's Financial Aid Office.

Any questions or concerns?

Call oIP at 540-568-6419 or send an e-mail message to: