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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 and very much welcome the opportunity to know you but also to assist you with your 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 which would not pertain to you, and therefore use this time to do as you see fit.

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.

What Should You Be Doing Now?

Transitions begins on Sunday, August 18. In the meantime, you need to complete several pre-arrival steps:

  • Freshmen One Book or Transfer One Book steps
  • E-mail Thomas Lavenir to inform him of your status (as he would not know to reach out to you in the first place) so that he can share with you pre-arrival information (transportation info, early move in, orientation schedule...)
Contact Info
  • Thomas Lavenir - for information related to Transitions and the arrival process.

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