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The Orientation Office and the Center for Global Engagement have planned Transitions particularly with the specific issues, concerns and needs of students who are J-1 and F-1 visa holders in mind to help students with their 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 1787 August Orientation) for international students, during which we:

  • Provide airport pick-up, early move-in assistance to your assigned residence hall, set-up bank accounts, shopping trips.
  • Present material, information and resources which due to your cultural, linguistic, and national differences will help you better understand and navigate classroom expectations, transportation options, employment restrictions, residence hall closure during the breaks…
  • Offer campus tours, fun evening activities, personal connections and opportunities to make new friends, and learn what it means to be a JMU student before the rest of the new students arrive on-campus
  • Cover immigration policies and rules that are so intrinsic to your student status. As such Transitions is a mandatory (for all F-1 & J-1 visa holders).

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.

Parent Info Session

Your student is heading off to JMU and is about to begin a new life. From newfound freedom and an abundance of new choices to a new set of a multitude of responsibilities. The challenge is how to be involved while ensuring that your student is the one making the decisions. As such, your role is changing, too, and we want to help you prepare for the transition.

A special session offered for family members is offered on Monday (August 19) morning until noon. We will provide a campus tour, an overview of the implications of immigration policies, culture and language as they apply to your student, as well as address the specific questions and concerns that you may have.

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Useful Information
  • FERPA: for Parents- As a general rule, per FERPA or the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the release of information related to grades, progress reports, exams, enrollment verifications, the request of transcripts, and crisis situations/emergencies related information is only to be disclosed to the students themselves. Unless the student has provided written authorization that specifically identifies what information may be released to the parent(s), they will not be provided with any information concerning a student.
  • Office of Parent Relations- The Office of Parent Relations provides families of current students with programs, services and information to enhance their understanding of the student experience and better support their student's academic and social growth.

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