Now that you are accepted, you have many things to take care of including pre-arrival steps! Read this information carefully as it will answer many of your questions, and /or concerns!
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Plan your trip wisely and accordingly:
A special early move-in day for international students has been arranged for Sunday, August 19 (move-in times are limited to 12pm - 3pm and 8pm - 10pm), so that you can participate fully in Transitions (international student orientation) which begins on Monday, August 20.
The International Student and Scholar Services office will provide 3 special JMU buses from Washington DC International Airport [IAD] to JMU on Sunday August 19 at 10am, 2pm and 5pm. To take advantage of this special service (this one and only time to ensure that you attend Transitions), make sure to complete this online Arrival Form no later than August 5th.
The 10am JMU Bus [J] will be picking up JMU students from the DoubleTree by Hilton Sterling - Dulles Airport. A special rate of $69 per night has been arranged for anyone staying over in this hotel [make sure to ask for or to mention: Study Group rate]. The DoubleTree By Hilton Sterling hotel provides a free courtesy bus to and from the airport!
If you should need to arrive earlier in Harrisonburg, you should consider taking a connecting flight to Staunton/ Shenandoah Regional Airport [SHD] as there is no convenient and cheap way to get from IAD to Harrisonburg at this time of the year. Once in Harrisonburg, we recommend that you stay at the Best Western hotel. Due to its convenient location and the special JMU rate of $60 [make sure to ask for or to mention: JMU student rate].
The 2pm JMU Bus [M] and the 5pm JMU Bus [U] will be picking up JMU students from the IAD- Dulles International Airport in the International Arrivals Area.
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In order for your advisor to be able to work with you to determine appropriate classes, the university must have an official copy of your college level work completed outside JMU. If you have completed university/college level work at a university outside the United States, you must submit your transcript to one of the following credential services approved by James Madison University.
The credential evaluation service, and/or the American College/ University where you have studied prior to JMU will need to send your results to:
GCE – Global Credential Evaluators
P.O. Box 36
28 Westhampton way
Richmond, VA 23173
Phone: 1 (804) 639 3660
WES - World Education Services, Inc.|
P.O. Box 57026
Washington, DC 20037-7206
Phone: 1 (202) 331 2925
Fax: 1 (202) 331-2927
Please keep in mind that the university may not be able to count all previous college/university work you have completed toward specific requirements in your major, minor, general education or degree requirements.
Office of International Adnission and Enrollment Services
James Madison University
800 S Main St - MSC 0101
Harrisonburg, VA 22807 - USA
During Transitions, you will be given a copy of your schedule for the semester. An advisor will explain how the credits you are registered in will count for general education, degree requirements, electives and possibly major requirements.
Questions: Contact Heather Patterson.
All international students will be enrolled in mandatory health insurance with Cultural Insurance Services International, CISI. Your insurance card, policy information and claim form can be obtained from the International Student & Scholar Services Office
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If you currently have an insurance policy that will cover you for your duration of your academic career and meets certain requirements, you may be exempt from the insurance fee placed on your account. If you wish to apply for a waiver for this coverage with CISI, you must complete an Insurance Waiver Form and return it in person to ISSS along with a copy of your policy in English. Please note that you must submit your waiver request no later than the first Friday of the semester, and that the waiver must be approved by ISSS.
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To obtain an estimated breakdown of the expenses that you can expect as a JMU student, go to t the University Business Office’s website. Please note that the cost of textbooks (approximately $300/semester), for example, is not included!
To view your bill, you need to login to QuickBill by accessing it on e-campus (for students). QuikBill provides you and your family with instant access to your student account charges. QuikBill is currently configured so that the student is the only who can view and pay his or her bill online through this system. If a family member or sponsor of that student needs access to QuikBill, the student will need to enable this individual to view and/or pay the bill by creating an account for this individual. Also through QuickBill, an installment payment plan can be set-up. To make payments towards your tuition and bills, you can:
- wire funds to JMU. All funds need to be in U.S. dollars and sent to:
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
420 Montgomery Street, 7th Fl.
San Francisco, CA 94104-1298
ABA Number: 121000248
Swift Code: WFBIUS6S
Chips Participants Code: 0407
Account Number: 91930000000000002
Checking Account Name: JMU Concentration Depository
Cage Number: OE9W6
EIN Number: 546001756
Originator to Beneficiary Info: Include Student's Name and Student ID Number for identification of recipient
Electronic Funds Coordinator: Tammy L Kiser - (540) 568-7907
- pay online by credit card. [Pleas note that JMU handles MasterCard, American Express or the Discovery card only].
- Set-up a bank account in the U.S. This will facilitate the transfer of funds from your home country to the U.S. You will then be able to write checks and/or transfer money directly from your bank account to your JMU student account online. A trip to the downtown Bank of America will be scheduled during the first or second week of classes .
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The residence halls do NOT provide bed linens, pillows, blankets, or towels. You may purchase these items in advance on the Office of Residence Life's website or in Harrisonburg at one of our many discount or department stores. Please note that there will be many opportunities during Transitions and afterwards to go shopping! There is a link off of the Office of Residence Life that students can use to access the linen company for orders. You can have your order be sent to:
In the winter we have snow and ice. You will want a warm coat to wear as you walk between classes on campus. The normal winter temperature is in the range of 30-40 degrees Fahrenheit (around 0 degrees Celsius) although, it can get as cold as 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit (around -15 degrees Celsius).
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c/o Thomas Lavenir
James Madison University - Office of International Programs
1031 South Main Street - JMAC 6, Suite 23
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Organize your passport and all of your visa documents and supporting documents in one place on your person, not in your checked luggage so that they are easy to find and manage. Make sure that you have your:
- (a) valid passport with proper, currently valid stamp;
- (b) form I-20 or DS-2019;
- (c) evidence of funding as appropriate to the visa classification and your intended activities in the U.S.;
- (d) contact information for the International Student and Scholar Services;
- (e) your SEVIS receipt.
Thomas Lavenir, for information related to arrival, transportation, Transitions, and your overall adjustment.
Gina Kudrav, for information related to immigration and visas.
Heather Patterson, for information related to course scheduling and any other academic questions.