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The Center for Global Engagement International Student Scholar Services staff is looking forward to meeting you in person!

Before we meet during Transitions (international Orientation program) on August 19, to help you best adjust socially and academically as well as understand the implications of your international student status from an immigration standpoint, we know that you have several steps to take care of before you even arrive. To make this process easier for you, refer yourself to the information found on this page.

For more questions comments and concerns, please contact the following individuals:

  • Thomas Lavenir - for information related to Transitions and the arrival process.
New TCK/US Students Who Live Abroad Checklist:

 1. Accept your offer

Follow the specific instructions found in your acceptance letter to pay the deposit

 2. Start completing the One Book steps

Complete the One Book steps to declare your major, your housing contract, and to register for classes.

 3. Health Check

The state of Virginia requires that every individual who is studying in the state receive all of the required vaccinations. Every JMU student must complete this immunization form before the first days of class. Complete your vaccinations back home. The corresponding translated version of the immunization form may come in handy as your health practitioner or doctor will need to sign the form. Once the form is completed and signed save the document as a pdf file and upload  MYJMUChart.

 4. Tuition & Fees

The Business Office’s Payment Method section lists the many ways that you can pay your tuition and fees, as well as if you want to grant viewing and paying access to your relatives.

Because having a bank account in the U.S. will facilitate the transfer of funds (particularly if you are attending JMU for 2 semesters), we will arrange for you to set-up a bank account.

 5. Arrival & Trip Planner

You already know that you need to be on campus on August 19, but how you plan to get there will impact when and how you should arrive. => Arrival & Trip Planner handout

 6. Packing List

A packing list may seem only relevant for a couple days prior to your departure, but have you given some thoughts about how your phone will function once you are in the US? Will you need some bed sheets for your first night in your new room? => Packing List handout

 7. Transitions

You already know that you need to be on campus on August 19,

  • How will you go about reserving a seat on the airport pick-up shuttle to get to JMU? What else will be need to be planning? => Transitions handout
  • Find out the details as to where, when, and what the Transitions schedule will consist of.

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