Study Abroad: Getting Started

We are excited 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 abroad experience? This page will list the steps we recommend taking in order to have a smooth planning process.

Step 1 | Study Abroad: 101

An important first step to learning about study abroad is browsing through our Study Abroad: 101 videos, checking our our FAQs. To help simplify the process of finding a program, you can complete the Study Abroad Planning Guide. This resource will help you streamline the study abroad process and provide additional tips on courses, finances, and next steps. We recommend completing the planning guide before proceeding to advising.

Attend an INFO SESSION: We will also be offering live info sessions and special events via Zoom throughout the fall semester. Check the EVENTS link on our webpage for the latest.

Step 2 | Chat with a Peer Advisor

Chat with someone on our Global Ambassador Peer Advising Team! We're located in the Center for Global Engagement, 2nd floor Holland Yates Hall. See November 2023 walk-in advising hours below: 

Morgan Jamison (CEA CAPA in Paris): Tues, Nov 14th, 9:30am-11:30am Tues, Nov 28th, 9:30am-11:30am

L.A. Perez (Semester in Salamanca): Tues, Nov 14th, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Tues, Nov 14th, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Maddie Cason (Honors Barcelona; UK Scotland Psych): Wed, Nov 1st, 10:00am-12:00pm, Wed, Nov 15th, 10:00am-12:00pm, Wed, Nov 29th, 10:00am-12:00pm

Eliana Ross (Palestine/Isreal POSC): Thur, Nov 2nd, 9:00am-11:00am, Thur, Nov 16, 9:00am-11:00am, Thur, Nov 30th, 9:00am-11:00am

Niki Capaldo (Semester in London): Thur, Nov 2nd, 12:00pm-2:00pm, Thur, Nov 2nd, 12:00pm-2:00pm, Thur, Nov 30th, 12:00pm-2:00pm

Chloe Manning (Semester at St. Andrews): Fri, Nov 10th, 11:00am-1:00pm

Step 3 | Schedule an Appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor

Once you've browsed through our Study Abroad: 101 pages and chatted with a Global Duke Peer Advisor, you can set up an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor to get any additional questions answered. Find out how to set up an appointment.


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