Each section below outlines the fee and billing process based on the type of program. To view tuition and fees*, select the section that relates to the type of program and the location to view tuition and fees:

Fees and Billing for James Madison University Programs

Tuition and program fees* are due in full by the University's official billing date or prior to departure, whichever comes first. Holds and late fees may be assessed on accounts not paid by that date. Questions about bills and payments should be directed to the University Business Office. Questions about financial aid should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Important Steps

Read the Participation Agreement thoroughly before signing the Intent to Participate form; these forms can be found on each student's Terra Dotta application portal. These documents describe the legal agreement between students and the University. Students should be sure they are comfortable with the expectations and responsibilities as described prior to committing to the program.

Payment of the non-refundable $500 deposit indicates students' intent to enroll in a James Madison University study abroad program. Upon acceptance, the deposit fee is billed to student accounts. The due date for this deposit is included with the acceptance notification. The deposit will hold thespace in the program and should be paid by the scheduled due date. The payment is applied as a credit toward the supplemental program fee. Deposits are non-refundable, non-transferrable and cannot be deferred to other study abroad programs.

Before you leave to study abroad, be sure to confirm that all required paperwork for loans, grants and scholarships has been received and can be processed in a timely manner.

Personal Expenses Not Included by James Madison University Programs

Students are personally responsible for costs associated with:

  • Airfare to and from the U.S.
  • Housing, meals, transportation and activities during free and unscheduled time while in your program location and/or away from the program site.
  • Application fees for passport and/or visas.
  • Cost of health, life, travel and trip cancellation insurance policies.
  • Expenses for medical treatment and medications.
  • Meals, books, equipment and supplies not covered by the program fees.

Study abroad participants are strongly encouraged to purchase trip cancellation insurance. The Center for Global Engagement maintains a list of insurance providers.

Withdrawal Policy for James Madison University Study Abroad Programs

To formally withdraw from a James Madison University study abroad program, the student must complete the Withdrawal Form. Withdrawal should be submitted as soon as possible to avoid financial penalties (see form for explanation of fee forfeiture). Students who choose to withdraw from a JMU Study Abroad program must complete the Withdrawal Form and return it to the Center for Global Engagement.

Deferring Enrollment for James Madison University Study Abroad Programs

Students may defer enrollment in a semester abroad program in Antwerp, Florence, London or Salamanca to a future term. A deposit may be deferred to another term of the same program (e.g., from Fall semester to Spring or Summer of the following year), subject to the program director’s approval and the student’s status of good standing. There is a limit of one transfer per student, after which the deposit is forfeited. The Cancellation/Withdrawal form is required to make this transfer and should be completed on the same timeline (see form) to avoid additional financial obligations. If approved, the Center for Global Engagement will process the transfer of the deposit to the deferred term.


If you have questions about fees, please contact our office at studyabroad@jmu.edu.

* Please go to the Cost of Attendance Calculator to see the estimated cost of attendance for your program of study.

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