The mission of the Office of International Programs is to create partnerships with faculty and departments to develop more opportunities for JMU students to study abroad. It is becoming increasingly apparent amongst educators that a good understanding of the world is a critical component of a quality education. Study abroad is one means of providing this knowledge. The JMU Office of International Programs (oIP) is concerned that the majority of students graduate from James Madison University without having had this important educational experience. Despite the fact that 45% of incoming freshmen last fall expressed an interest in studying abroad, only 4.5% of the student body either study, intern, or work abroad in a given year. Most students want to study abroad in group programs sponsored by their own university. The reason for this is that they wish to travel and study with friends and faculty they know and trust. James Madison University encourages faculty to consider participating as leaders in Semester Abroad and Short-Term Programs.
The International Teacher Identity Card offers excellent benefits for faculty traveling overseas. The card enables you to be recognized as a teacher world-wide.