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The Center for Global Engagement is very much aware of the particular and specific issues, concerns and needs of Third Culture Kids (TCKs) and of U.S. students who live abroad. We welcome the opportunity to know you but also to assist you with your smooth and successful transition to JMU!


Transitions is the name of the international orientation program which will take place August 20-23 2020- This 3-day program is specifically designed for students who live abroad in mind. Its goals are to:

  1. Provide information and arrange logistics to assist new students with getting settled into JMU and the area (as we provide airport pick-up, early move-in to your residence hall, set-up a bank account, and arrange shopping trips).
  2. Create a welcoming environment that builds a sense of community (as we will provide some fun activities, and many opportunities to connect with LINKers)
  3. Introduce the campus, its culture and many resources
  4. Articulate policies as well as academic and social expectations

If you want to partake in it, please register today!

How can I get to JMU?

Dulles International Airport [IAD]

We recommend that you fly in to Dulles International Airport. It is located approximately 2 hours (driving distance) from JMU.

  • In the Fall semester (August) we provide 2 shuttles to pick you (students only) up at no cost (as long as you register):
    • 9:30am Purple Bus: Dulles Airport Comfort Inn lobby
    • 2pm Gold Bus: Dulles International Airport- Baggage Area 11
  • In the Spring semester (January): We provide 1 shuttle to pick you up (students only) on Saturday, January 11 2020 around 1pm from the Dulles International Airport- Baggage Area 11

 Alternative options:

  • The Virginia Breeze/the Mega Busprovides a daily round-trip to JMU/Harrisonburg and the Dulles international Airport. The cost is approximately $40.
  • Shenandoah Regional Airport[SHD] is the closest airport, only 25 minutes away (driving distance) from JMU/Harrisonburg. To get to JMU/Harrisonburg, arrange (online) for a shuttle to transport you to Harrisonburg/JMU. The cost is approximately $40.
Where can I stay overnight?

Near the Dulles Airport- These hotels offer a free shuttle to and from the airport.

In Harrisonburg-


You may have many questions on your mind, including the following ones:

  • How do I complete the One Book emergency notification step?
  • What about my tuition and fees?
  • Should I bring my cell phone?
  • Will there be linen in my room?
  • What is my JMU mailing address?
  • Who are the LINKers?

You will find the answers to these questions in this handout. For more questions comments and concerns, please contact:

Thomas Lavenir- (540) 568-7314.

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