JMU provides unique and intensive international experiences for students through our semester-long programs in Antwerp, Florence, London, and Salamanca. Faculty and professional staff may participate in semester-long programs (with the exception of Florence, which has an on-site Director) as a Faculty Member in Residence (FMIR) accompanying students and either teaching a course or engaging in a small research or service project while abroad. Moreover, the overarching role of Director for the Semester in Antwerp, Semester in London, and Semester in Salamanca Programs periodically changes hands, typically on a four or five year cycle. Semester program Directors serve as administrators for the semester-long programs, with responsibility for program curriculum, finances, and student experience. The roles of FMIR and Director are wonderful professional development opportunities which add international dimensions to the JMU curriculum and facilitate students' academic and personal growth.
"Living abroad for an extended period of time will put a new perspective on a lot of things in your life. My entire family views our semester in London as a life- altering experience. JMU's semester abroad programs are excellent, well planned and conducted with integrity and respect."
-Michael Goldberger, Department of Kinesiology, former London FMIR
For more information, please click on the following link to the Semester Programs section for Faculty and Staff in the Study and Volunteer Abroad section of the oIP web site.