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The Center for Global Engagement International Student Scholar Services staff is looking forward to meeting you in person!

Before we meet during Transitions (international Orientation program) on August 19, to help you best adjust socially and academically as well as understand the implications of your international student status from an immigration standpoint, we know that you have several steps to take care of before you even arrive. To make this process easier for you, refer yourself to the information found on this page.

For more questions comments and concerns, please contact the following individuals:

New International Student Steps & Checklist:

 1. Accept your offer

Follow the specific instructions found in your acceptance letter to pay the deposit.

 2. Complete the One Book steps

Complete the One Book steps to declare your major, your housing contract, and to register for classes. Refer yourself to the One Book Steps Related Questions handout for additional assistance.

 3. Provide proof of funding to ISSS

To obtain your I-20/DS-2019 for your visa appointment, you must demonstrate that you can pay for tuition, fees, and living expenses. You will need to complete the Financial Declaration Form as a part of the admission process, and then show proof of funds to cover estimated costs for at least the first year of your program for the immigration processes. Proof of funding must be submitted to Marlee Meikrantz Sharp.

 4. Apply for a visa

Once you receive your I-20/DS-2019 form and pay the SEVIS fee, you can schedule your visa appointment. Contact your local US Embassy for application materials and other requirements. If you have any questions, please e-mail Ms. Marlee Meikrantz Sharp.

 5. JMU/Harrisonburg Trip Planner

You already know that you need to be on campus on August 19, but how you plan to get there will impact when and how you should arrive. => Trip Planner handout.

 6. One Book steps related questions

As you complete the One Book steps, you may run into some specific questions and concerns such as how to complete the emergency notifications without a US phone number, or some related to money, health, and/or health insurance. => One Book Steps Related Questions handout

 7. Packing List

A packing list may seem only relevant for a couple days prior to your departure, but have you given some thoughts about how your phone will function once you are in the US? Will you need some bed sheets for your first night in your new room? => Packling List handout

 8. Transitions

You already know that you need to be on campus on August 19,

  • How will you go about reserving a seat on the airport pick-up shuttle to get to JMU? What else will you need to be planning? => Transitions handout
  • Find out the details as to where, when, and what the Transitions schedule will consist of.

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