For SEVIS purposes, "transferring" schools can occur anytime a student goes from one school to the next, regardless of whether the program or degree changes. In other words, you can be a "transfer student" if you are moving from high school to college, or changing from a bachelor's program to a master's program, or if you are transferring between schools in the middle of a degree program.
Those students in F-1 status wanting to transfer to James Madison University must first be accepted through the application process administered through International Admissions. Admission is competitive and applicants should have all the satisfactory requirements from previous college or high school work. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of those international students from non-English speaking countries and must have been taken within the last two years. This requirement may be waived if you have successfully completed at least two years of college level work at a U.S. institution.
Students who have completed one semester of full-time study at a college or university in the United States may transfer to James Madison University with the understanding that they must submit the International Student Advisor's Report (ISAR) as part of the application. The Office of International Admissions will furnish the ISAR to you during the application process.
Once accepted, please see your current Designated School Official (DSO), in your International Office to inform your school of your intention to transfer to JMU. Your record in SEVIS will then be released to JMU. Once your current school official releases your record to us, our Office of International Student and Scholar Services can issue you an I-20 under our sponsorship. The following steps will assist you in the process:
If you plan to transfer out of JMU into another school, you must first notify the Office of International Student and Scholar Services Staff (link to contact info) of your intent to transfer. If you have completed one semester of full-time study at JMU, you are eligible to transfer to another school, provided you have remained in status for immigration purposes. The following steps will assist you in the process: