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The Center for Global Engagement's International Student Scholar Services staff is looking forward to meeting you in person, during Transitionsthe week of January 9! By virtue of your immigration status, traveling many miles, and the many logistical issues that come into play when you do not reside in the US, Transitions has been designed to address your many issues prior to JMU’s first day of classes.

Before we meet during Transitions, we know that you have several steps to take care of before you even arrive. To make this process easier for you, click or tap on these buttons to obtain more information and best guide your decisions:

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Steps to obtaining your visa

Money, fees & graduate assistantship

The housing search & paperwork

Plan your trip & arrival

What about your health & vaccinations? 

Active your cell phone & use it in the US

What should you pack?

Opening a Bank Account in the US


Let's meet & talk virtually!

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Do you have any questions and/or concerns related to any of these topics/issues?

Money & Fees | Housing Search | Planning your Trip | Health & immunizations | Using your cell in the US | What should you pack? | Opening a bank account | Transitions

if so, schedule a virtual 1 on 1 meeting with Thomas to talk about what's on your mind (questions, comments, concerns...).


Email Thomas Lavenir for information related to orientation, the arrival process, and immigration and visas.

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