External programs open a world of additional study abroad opportunities to JMU students. There are literally thousands of study abroad options and we can help you find the best one for you. Even though external programs are technically "non-JMU" programs, you will still apply to JMU's oIP, remain a JMU student, and keep all of your JMU services.
All external program participation must be approved by the oIP.
Why choose an external program when JMU has so many of its own?
Many of JMU's own programs fill up quickly, so there may be long waiting lists. There are also more selections to choose from when you attend an external program. With so many different non-JMU programs available, study abroad can work for all majors and minors in just about any region. FYI: about 200 JMU students each year go abroad on non-JMU programs.
There are three kinds of external programs
- Another U.S. university's program
- A national study abroad organization/program provider
- Direct enrollment at an overseas university
Which option is best for you?
Well, it depends. With so many options available, there are several factors to consider with each type of program: Where, and with whom, will you be living? What kind of credit is granted? How much does it cost? Will you be taking classes with just Americans, or with locals of that country? Are classes taught in English? Are excursions included in the fee? By looking for the answers to each of these questions and others, you can find the program option that will be best for you.
This sounds interesting. Where can I get more information?
- Come to an Information Session or Walk In hours. Click here for the schedule http://www.jmu.edu/international/abroad/advising.shtml
- Peruse the JMU Office of International Programs Resource Center. Located at JMAC 6, Suite 22, the Resource Center has bookcases full of information on all kinds of external study abroad options, including work, volunteer, and intern abroad possibilities. Stop by during your free time and pick up a few brochures.
- Make an appointment to speak with an advisor by calling 540-568-6419. The Study Abroad Advisors can help you decide on the right program for you.
- Browse through some great internet sites on your own to find out about programs; some of the best sites are http://www.studyabroad.com/, http://www.goabroad.com/, and http://www.petersons.com/.
- Scroll through our list of affiliate programs and other recommended programs.
What program providers do most JMU students use?
JMU does not limit students to a specific list of providers, but we are officially affiliated with many study abroad program providers, and works closely with many others. Some affiliate programs may offer scholarships to JMU students. Click here for affiliate scholarship information.
JMU Affiliate Programs:
- Academic Programs International (API)
(Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Qatar, Scotland, Spain, United Arab Emirates)
- American Institute for Foreign Studies (AIFS)
(Argentina, Australia, Austria, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, Summer Multi Country, Internships and Volunteer Abroad)
(Argentina, Australia, China, England, Italy, Turkey and Internships)
- CEA Global Education
(Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, South Africa, Spain and Internships)
(42 program sites in Africa, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Internships and Work opportunities)
(Australia, China, Czech Republic, England, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Wales, Asia and Internships)
- IES Abroad
(Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, European Union, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands and Turkey)
(Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, England, India, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Scotland, UAE, Wales, Service Learning and Volunteer Opportunities)
- International Studies Abroad (ISA)
(Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, England, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Morocco, Northern Ireland, Panama, Peru, South Korea, Spain, Internships and Volunteer Programs)
- The Education Abroad Network (TEAN)
(Australia, Cambodia, China, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Internships)
Other recommended programs:
- AHA International (Spain, Chile, Greece, multiple countries)
- American College in Dublin (Ireland)
- American Intercontinental University (London)
- Arcadia (Australia, England, Greece, multiple countries)
- Center for Cross-Cultural Study (Spain, Argentina)
- CIS Abroad (Multiple countries)
- College Consortium for International Studies (Argentina, Mexico, multiple countries)
- IAU College (France, Spain, Morocco)
- International Education Programs (multiple countries: study/intern/volunteer)
- Lexia International (multiple countries, research component)
- Middlebury College (multiple countries, language programs)
- ProWorld Service Corp (Peru, Mexico, Belize; service component)
- School for Field Studies (Cambodia, Bhutan, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Turks & Caicos, others)
French majors are encouraged to look at:
- Academic Programs International (API)
External Study Abroad Program 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 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 the Director of Study Abroad 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 raise doubts that you should be allowed to participate in an international experience.
Applications are collected throughout the academic year beginning on the first day of fall semester classes in August.
The application for admission has a number of parts. See the outline below and make certain you have completed all steps in the application process.
A completed External Program application consists of the following components:
- Online application
- Permission to Take Courses for Transfer Credit Form
Available from the Registrar's Office or downloadable here in Adobe Acrobat format.
Required of ALL students studying abroad on an External program. For more information, visit the Registrar's Transfer Credit Information Page.
- Independent provider's application form Most independent providers' applications require an approval signature from home institution's study abroad office.
Submitting Your Application
Complete your online application and submit your completed transfer credit form to the Office of International Programs, JMAC 6, Suite 22, MSC 5731, Harrisonburg, VA 22807.
External Program Fee
An External Program Fee of $500 per term for Fall or Spring and $250 for Summer term will be charged to each student’s JMU account. This fee allows JMU to cover ongoing administrative costs to assist students who go abroad on non-JMU programs.
JMU allows financial aid to be applied on External programs subject to the standard restrictions. For more information, please contact JMU's Financial Aid Office. You MUST complete a "Request to Enter into a Consortium Agreement" if you wish to apply your financial aid to an External Study Abroad Program.
The decision on your admission into a program comes in two steps:
- 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
- application materials
- Official acceptance letter/offer from the external study abroad program
Things To Remember
- Know in advance the classes you will need to register for your return semester.
- If you plan to live in a dorm when you return to JMU, contact the Office of Residence Life before you leave to go abroad!
- Know who your JMU advisor is and how to contact him/her BEFORE you leave!
- Make sure you have NO holds on your account!
- Make sure you are aware of the safety, health, legal, environmental,
political, cultural, and religious conditions in your host country.
- Obtain and maintain appropriate insurance policies and abide by any conditions imposed by your carrier.
- Make sure you have provided your program with accurate physical and
mental health information that is necessary for a safe and healthy study
- Understand and comply with the terms of participation and codes of
conduct of your program, and obey host-country laws!
- Make sure your parents know how to contact you abroad, and give them oIP's contact information!
- Be aware of local conditions when making daily choices and decisions.
- Behave in a manner that is respectful of the rights and well-being of others.
- Just as at JMU, you are responsible for your own decisions and actions.
- Make your study abroad experience a great one!
- For any questions or concerns:
Office of International Programs
- For transcript or credit transfer issues:
Office of the Registrar
- For account holds:
Director, Student Financial Services
- For financial aid or scholarship questions:
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Once You Are Abroad
Send oIP changes or additions to your contact information (email address, mailing address, phone number, fax number). Also, please let us know if you are having any problems. We are here to help!