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Study at James Madison University!

James Madison University is proud to offer exchange opportunities to students who attend our partner universities. Our exchange program allows students to study one or two semesters at our campus. Incoming exchange students will be able to take courses within many of the majors that are offered here. Credits earned during the exchange period will be transferred back to your academic institution.

JMU has a strong support staff that will be able to assist you throughout Exchange experience. From starting your application, to airport pickup, to course enrollment, we are here to assist you in any way that we can! Our team within the JMU Center for Global Engagement will do our best to make sure you have a smooth experience while at JMU.

How to Apply

All interested students must first be nominated by their home institution. Once the home university has notified JMU of their nominees, the exchange program coordinator at JMU will provide access to the online JMU application. Once the JMU application has been completed, the student will receive their official acceptance via email and also an acceptance packet via post mail. This packet will include information regarding attaining your visa.

Application Deadline: April 1st 

Required Application Materials:

English Proficiency Scores:  

  • Personal Statement
  • Transcript
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Financial Evidence
  • Language Proficiency
  • Passport Copy

550 paper-based TOEFL
80-81 Internet-based TOEFL

6 – 7




Exchange participants are required to take a minimum of 12 credits hours (4 courses) per semester to be considered full-time and abide by J-Visa status. When completing the JMU application, students will create a list of preferred courses they wish to take. The collected information will be used for course enrollment. Please note that all preferred courses are not guaranteed. Students must also meet any prequisites for courses they are interested in taking at JMU. 

Restricted Majors:
- Nursing and Medicine
- Hospitality/tourism management
- College of Business (including economics, finance, accounting, administration, management, marketing, etc.)


JMU will provide on-campus housing for all exchange students. After the students are accepted by JMU, they will be contacted by the Office of Residence Life regarding instructions on how to select their housing. On-campus students will have a mandatory 14-meal plan at cafeterias on-campus. Please note that residence halls will be closed during holiday breaks, so the students will have to make other arrangements during those times.

Off-campus housing is only an option for students who wish to stay for the academic year. JMU is not responsible for prodiving off-campus housing arrangements. It is the student’s responsibility to secure living arrangements if they decide to live off-campus.

Exchange Student Fees

On-Campus Room Rent

$2,754 per semester

Meal Plan 14+

$2,688 per semester

Housing Contract


Internect Connection Fee


International Student Fee


Insurance Fee*

$699.90 per semester

* The Insurance Fee can be waived if the student has their own traveler's insurance. The waiving process will happen upon the student's arrival. 

Next Steps: After JMU Acceptance

After you have been accepted by JMU, you will recieve an Acceptance Packet via post mail. Within this packet, you will have the necessary materials to apply for visa, intructions to set-up your JMU email, and information regarding dates for your arrival.

Visa - All exchange students are required to attain a J-1 Visa. Your acceptance packet will include a Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange and other important documentations which will allow you to apply for this tyoe if Visa.

Insurance - Insurance is mandatory for all exchange students. JMU will automatically enroll students with our insurance provider provider CISI. If a student already has insurance, they apply to have their insurance fee waived once they arrive to campus.

Course Enrollment - After your acceptance, the JMU Exchange Coordinator will begin enrolling you in courses that were listed on your application. The coordinator will conctact you once your enrollment schedule has been complete. You may also be contacted to find additional courses in the event a class has reached capacity or is not offered that semester.

Flight Itenerary - Once you have purchased your flight, you will be required to upload your flight itenerary into our application website, Terra Dotta. This information is required so that we can arrange airport pickup. 

Airport PickupOur office will provide an airport pick-up both semesters from Dulles International Airport located in Washington DC. We will typically run two bus loads from the airport at during the morning and afternoon. Specific pickup dates and times will be included in the student’s acceptance packet.

OrientationJMU offers a great orientation program for international students. For the Fall semester, students will attend an orientation the week prior to classes. For the Spring semester, the orientation will take place the weekend before classes. Specific dates will be provided within acceptance packet.

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