Study Group is a multi-national company specializing in educating international students in countries around the world.  The International Study Center is Study Group's operation on James Madison University's campus.  Study Group is a for-profit third party affiliate of James Madison University.  

ISC Students

International Study Center

The International Student Center (ISC) offers the International Year program for students who wish to improve their English language skills before progressing on to full enrollment in undergraduate courses at the university. International Year is a pathway or bridge program designed to prepare students for entry into the undergraduate degree program at JMU. Depending on their level of English proficiency, students spend 1, 2, 3, or 4 semesters in the International Study Center.  ISC students take non-credit English courses alongside JMU undergraduate credit courses. This comprehensive program emphasizes academics, cultural transition, and language acquisition.     

ISC Completion Requirements

The basic criteria for completion of the ISC and progression to the undergraduate program include:


  • Completion of the following courses with a grade of 'C' or better:
    • WRTC 100: Reading and Writing Workshop
    • SCOM 123: Human Communication: Group Presentations

See the Letter of Intent to Progress from the ISC to JMU for a complete list of progression criteria.

JMU Courses Offered in the ISC

These JMU credit-bearing courses have been offered in the ISC at JMU.  Courses are subject to change each semester.  Students take a combination of these courses, along with English courses to enhance their English language skills.  All JMU courses listed are 3 credits, unless otherwise specified. 

  • WRTC 100 Reading & Writing Workshop
  • WRTC 103 Critical Reading and Writing
  • SCOM 123 Group Presentations
  • ISAT 160 Problem Solving Approaches in Science & Technology
  • HIST 150 Critical Issues in Recent Global History
  • HIST 101 World History to 1500
  • GEOG 200 Geography: The Global Dimension
  • HTH 100 Personal Wellness
  • KIN 100 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness
  • COB 204 Computer Information Systems
  • ECON 200 Macroeconomics
  • PSYC 160 Life Span Human Development
  • MATH 105 Quantitative Literacy & Reasoning
  • MATH 155 College Algebra
  • MATH 205 Introduction to Calculus
  • MATH 220 Elementary Statistics 
  • UNST 102 Career & Academic Planning (1 credit)

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