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The Center for Global Engagement's International Student Scholar Services staff is looking forward to meeting you in person on August 18! By virtue of living abroad 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.

What will happen during Transitions?

  • On August 18, we have arranged for a JMU bus to pick you up from the IAD airport hotels. We will check you in on-campus and help you move in early to your assigned residence hall. We'll also go shopping to ensure that you have some bed sheets and pillows for your first night.
  • In the next few days, we will help you apply for your social security card, open a bank account and obtain your JACard.
  • Overall you will become more familiar with the campus, its culture, its resources and connect through fun activities with student experts: LINKers (returning international students).

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:

How can we reach you?

please complete this form so that we have your contact information and follow up with you:


Complete the One Book steps

Money & fees

Opening a Bank Account in the US
Plan your trip & arrival

What about your health & vaccinations? 

Active your cell phone & use it in the US

What should you pack?

Feel free to e-mail us directly with any questions, comments, and concerns, you may have:

Or go ahead and


to meet virtually (over Zoom) with Thomas to talk about what's on your mind (questions, comments, concerns)

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