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We are exited to know of your interest in Studying Abroad! By challenging yourself, you will increase your self-confidence and experience yourself in a whole new way. You will gain insight, appreciation, and new perspectives regarding your home culture. You will build new friendships and increase your ability to interact effectively with people of other nationalities. The benefits of study abroad programs are as endless as the variety James Madison University offers. 

Not sure where to begin with your study abrad experience? This page will list the steps we recommend taking in order to have a smooth planning process.

1: Info Sessions

An important first step to learning about study abroad is attending an Information Session. The half-hour session is designed to cover the "big picture" and provide students with general information about study abroad. Students will gain an understanding of their program options, how to search for programs, and how to pay for study abroad. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity for students to discuss more specific questions about program options with the facilitator. Check out our list of upcoming information sessions!

Information Sessions
  • TBA - for Fall 2020
Special Events:
  • TBA - for Fall 2020
2: Study Abroad Planning Guide

There are many things to consider when planning your study abroad experience. The JMU Study Abroad Planning Guide was designed to equip students with the necessary resources to effectively plan their experience abroad. This guide has streamlined the study abroad plannining stages to help make things a bit easier. Please complete this document before coming to walk-in advising.

3: Walk-in Study Abroad Advising

For Spring 2020 - Remote Advising

"LIVE CHAT" with our advising team ONLINE until Walk-In advising resumes.

Times available until further notice:

  • Tuesdays        10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Wednesdays    10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Thursdays       10 a.m.-12 p.m.

To initiate, please click on the “Chat with Us” icon at the bottom of the Info Sessions & Advising page.


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Resuming Fall 2020:

Once you have attended an Info Session and completed your Study Abroad Planning Guide, feel free to chat with our advising team. We have peer advisors from our Global Duke and Ambassador progam that will be excited to assist with any questions you may have. Walk-in advising will be held in the Center for Global Engagement on located on the 2nd floor of Madison Hall. Please check the hours below:

  • Tuesdays        10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Wednesdays    10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Thursdays       10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2p.m.-4 p.m.

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