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JMU Summer, Fall, and Spring Semester Programs

Application and Admission Procedures


To be considered for admission into JMU's international programs, you must be in good academic standing, hold a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00, or the minimum GPA as determined for the program, 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 freshman 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 the JMU program director and a verification of your records via PeopleSoft (MyMadison), the university's information system, including your status according to Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Judicial Affairs, and University Business Office, will be considered. Your participation may be denied if your university records or conduct prior to departure raises doubts about your ability to participate in an international experience effectively.

Application Deadlines

Applications are collected throughout the academic year beginning in Septemeber for the upcoming open terms. For Summer 2015, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016, your application will be processed after the following deadline:

November 1, 2014

AFTER DEADLINE: Applications received after November 1 will be accepted on a rolling, space-available basis until the program is full, whichever comes first.

Application Materials

Online Application coming soon!

A completed Summer, Fall or Spring Semester Abroad Program application consists of the following components:

  • General Applicant Information
  • Essay indicating the reasons for choosing this program and how the choice of courses, program structure, city, or country, relates to your past, present and future academic, career and personal goals.

  • Letter of Recommendation from a current or former JMU instructor or from your academic advisor

  • First-semester transfer students and non-JMU students are required to submith an Official Transcript from their previous or current unversity. 

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.


The decision on your admission into a program comes in two stages:

1. Admission is based on your general suitability for study abroad and will be considered based on a combination of factors:

  • your most recent cumulative GPA
  • academic background in your proposed field of study
  • professor's recommendation
  • essay and other application materials
  • adequate language preparation (if applicable to your program)
  • class level or seniority

2. You will be notified of your acceptance status officially by an emailed acceptance letter from the oIP. Please note that although you may receive informal communication from your program director regarding the status of your acceptance, your admission to the program is not official until you receive the acceptance letter from the oIP. Acceptance is contingent on maintaining the minimum GPA required for the program and on review of your record with Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and University Business Office.

Choosing to Enroll

Upon acceptance, an email link will direct you through the admission materials and a $500 deposit charge will be placed on your JMU student account. The link will include the forms you need to enroll.

If you wish to participate, the following items must be completed by the acceptance deadline stated in the official acceptance notice and forms returned to the Office of International Programs, JMAC 6, Suite 22, MSC 5731.

Your passport photos should be this size:
visa photo

  1. Pay the non-refundable $500 Deposit
  2. Sign Statement of Intent to Participate form
  3. Completed Health and Emergency Treatment Authorization form
  4. Passport Sized Photos (as noted on checklist); see required dimensions below
  5. Provide a copy of your passport identification page
    (if you do not have a passport, apply now)
    **NOTE: Passports can take 6-8 weeks to process

Important Note: Space is limited in some programs, and some students will be placed on waiting lists until after the acceptance deadline for admitted students. Failure to return the above items by the stated deadline may result in your space being given to a waiting-list student.


Students who choose to cancel enrollment or withdraw from a James Madison University study abroad program must complete the Cancellation/Withdrawal Notification Statement and return it to the Office of International Programs. Cancellations must be made in writing and submitted in person or by fax to be accepted and processed. No phone calls or emailed cancellations. Cancellations are effective the same day JMU OIP receives written notification from the enrolled student. Students failing to officially cancel/withdraw from the program by submitting this form will be responsible for all program fees.

Any questions or concerns?

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