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The International Student and Scholar Services staff, along with the International Study Center staff, and many other JMU faculty staff are eager to finally meet you!

We hope you find this general information helpful in your final preparations. Remember that you can refer yourself to the specific sections relevant to your status as an undergraduate, exchange, or graduate student to obtain more specific and detailled information.

To best assist you, and to insure that undergaduate students get to move-in early, make sure to complete the Transitions Registration Form.

Graduate Intl. Orientation Sessions

Monday, August 16

@ 11am Airport Pick-up. When you arrive, go to Baggage area 11 behind the Information desk. The JMU driver will meet you at Baggage area 11 at 11am to take you to the JMU shuttle.

Wednesday, August 18

@ 11:30am Let’s discover the campus together! We’ll take a tour of campus together and on our way we'll grab some food and enjoy it together. [Meet us on the 2nd floor of Madison Hall in the lounge area (above the Admissions Office)]

Thursday, August 19

@ 10am The Graduate School Orientation (check your e-mail for the link)

@ 1:30-3:30pm The Graduate International Student Orientation. We’ll go over Immigration policies, health insurance how to obtain a social security number, and address the new academic expectations that you will face. [Meet us on the 4th floor of Madison Hall in the graduate student lounge area]

Sunday, August 22

@11am Welcome Picnic. All of the new undergraduate and graduate international students are invited to attend this laidback picnic in UREC's patio. We are eager to (re)connect with you on an informal basis. You can take part in some activities, enjoy some free food and each other's company.

Undergraduate Intl. Orientation

Thursday, August 19

  • Arrive on campus:
    • With the JMU Bus/Shuttle - Wait in the lobby area of the Comfort Inn & Suites Airport Dulles or HYATT house Sterling/Dulles Airport by 9:15am. The LINKers will find you and tell you how to proceed.
    • On your own - Head over to the 2nd floor of Madison Hall.
  • Check-in/Register (before 1pm) – you will be issued a temporary access card, all of the necessary info to move-in early as well as the complete Transitions schedule.
  • Early move-in
  • Shopping

Friday, August 20

  • Welcome
  • Parent session (throughout the day)
  • JMU resources and activities
  • Money, working, and financial resources
  • Campus tour
  • Fun activities

Saturday, August 21

  • Wellbeing at JMU
  • Immigration
  • Success at JMU
  • Academics
  • Fun activities

Sunday, August 22

  • Welcome Picnic
  • 1787 orientation begins
Getting to JMU

Aside from taking the special airport pick-up assistance from IAD airport, our office provides (check the trip planner specific to graduate students or undergraduate students for more info.), here are additional transportation options:

  • Virginia Breeze/the MegaBus provides a daily round-trip to JMU and the Dulles International Airport. The cost is approximately $40 for a one-way ride to JMU/Harrisonburg.
  • Getting an Uber/Lyft or a taxi will most likely cost $200+
Overnight stay

Near the airport:
Based on when you land and how long it takes to go through customs, etc... you may need/want to stay overnight at these airport hotels. They offer a free shuttle to/from the airport:

In Harrisonburg:

  • Hotel Madison is right on campus/downtown but may not be the cheapest hotel.
  • List of Harrisonburg hotels.

COVID-19 vaccinations and any other required one found in this immunization form must be submitted (by uploading it in MyJMUChart) by August 10… if you have not already done so.

Once you are on-campus we can discuss the additional information such as uploading your insurance card and obtaining COVID-19 vaccinations.

  • For COVID-19 related concerns, check this link
  • For Health insurance related concerns, check this link
What to pack?
  • Take time to say your goodbye to tour friends/relatives- not simply as you step into the plane. Refer yourself to our Cultural Adjustment resources.
  • Bring additional cash- You will need at least $40 to open a bank account. For those of you (mainly graduate students) who live off campus, you may be expected to pay the equivalent of 2 months-worth of rent before you can obtain the key to your apt.
  • Bring your cell phone- Consider obtaining a US sim card prior to your trip. With CampusSIMS you can request to have it sent to your home address, and configure your new card prior to leaving your country, so that you can use your phone as soon as you arrive in the U.S
  • Bring a travel voltage converter- to charge your phone, laptop… for the first few days at least, will come in handy.
  • Don’t forget your medicine- and the corresponding prescriptions
  • In your carry on- place your boarding pass, passport, I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1), SEVIS fee receipt, admission letter, evidence of financial resources.
Where is CGE?
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CGE or the Center for Global Engagement which is comprised of several offices including the International Student Scholar Services (ISSS) is located on the 2nd floor of Madison Hall.

The GPS address is 100 E. Grace Street. Once on campus look for the Admissions Office signs.

The Madison Hall building is connected to the Student Success Center via the skybridge, and the Mason St. parking deck (where you can park).

Contact Person

Thomas Lavenir - - (540) 568-7314. Calls made to his (office) number will be forwarded to his cell phone.

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