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Overview

The Madison International (MI) learning community provides an extraordinary opportunity for a diverse cohort of 1st year international and U.S. student-residents to learn from and about each other through a series of dynamic experiential and classroom-based activities. The goals of Madison International are to have students think and act locally and globally; learn about the relevance of beliefs and values of self, others and the larger world; and cultivate the values and competencies of informed and enlightened global citizens who are prepared to lead productive and meaningful lives. 

MI students will live in Paul Jennings Hall, in the heart of JMU’s campus. The academic coordinator and faculty-in residence will work closely with MI students; teaching the two uniquely tailored MI courses (both are required for MI students), facilitating MI activities, and developing close relationships with MI students.

Becoming Part of Madison International

Incoming first-year students can apply online to become part of the Madison International Residential Learning Community.

  • Be sure to read about the academic requirements of Madison International before filling out an application.
  • Students are selected for Madison International through a multi-step process. Completing an application does not guarantee a spot in a learning community.
  • The application process opens on April 1 and ends on May 15. 

General application questions can be sent to Tripp Purks.

The Madison International Experience

The following video gives you the opportunity to learn firsthand about Madison International from a few members of the 2019-2020 cohort!

Madison International Steering Committee
  • Dr. Vesna Hart, CGE Director of International Cooperation & MI Academic Coordinator
  • Jonathan Kratz, Director of International Student & Scholar Services
  • Jennifer Little, Director of the International Study Center
  • Tripp Purks, Assistant Director, Office of Residence Life
  • MI Faculty in Residence
  • MI Faculty in Residence

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