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The International Study Center and the Center for Global Engagement have planned Transitions particularly with the specific issues, concerns and needs of students who are F-1 visa holders in mind to help with your smooth and successful transition to JMU.


Transitions, the international orientation program, takes place a few days prior to the first days of class (and prior to the campus-wide Weeks of Welcome programming) for international students, during which we:

  • Coordinate your arrival logistics by providing an airport pick-up, as well as your early move-in to your residence hall on that same day. We will bring bank officials on-campus so you can set-up a bank account. We will arrange for a couple of shopping trips. We will provide a campus tour and ensure that you obtain your JACard.
  • Organize some times for you to connect with one another, and with the LINKers during presentations, meals and over games and fun activities so that you become more familiar with the campus, its culture and many resources.
  • Cover immigration policies, academic and social expectations to help you become successful.
Who are the LINKers?

To make Transitions relevant and pertinent to you, we have hired very special, awesome JMU experts: the LINKers. The LINKers are returning international and globally-minded students who serve as orientation leaders and role models to help with your smooth transitions to JMU. They’ll put their own personal twist to the information and assistance we will provide to make it a very unique and memorable orientation.

What Should You Be Doing Now?

Orientation begins on Thursday, January 12. In the meantime, you need to remain in constant communication with your Study Group agent to receive all necessary updates and complete, in part your arrival form so that the International Study Center staff can arrange all of the necessary logistics to ensure your pick-up.

Refer yourself to the JMU ISC Pre-arrival information page for further information.

For more information, contact Geoff Newton | +1 (540) 568-4387 | International Study Center Student Success Manager 

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