Compare Online and Pre-Sessional English

Online English

Pre-Sessional English

English for graduate studies instruction 


Length of program

10 weeks 12 weeks


Anywhere JMU's campus in Virginia, USA

Type of instruction

Online In-person

Fully immersive campus experience


Disciplinary course included


Opportunity to interact with other JMU graduate students and professors


Use of campus facilities and services


Student visa



$4350 for 10-week program

$5,912 plus visa fees and living expenses (see below)
On-campus Program Expenses

JMU’s Pre-Sessional English Program, our on-campus experience, is more expensive than our online opportunity because the program is conducted on the JMU campus in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Students will need to cover the cost of living expenses for three months, transportation, and fees for the use of campus facilities.


Estimated tuition: $6,000
22 hours of instruction/week including a 1 credit disciplinary course.

Comprehensive Fee:  $300
Provides access to JMU libraries, recreational facilities, etc.

Administration Fee:  $90
For campus administrative fees.

International Student Fee:  $100
For visa assistance.

Health insurance:  $422
May- August

Average living expenses:  $5,500
Housing, food, and other routine expenses (May - August)

Average other expenses:  $1,200
Such as travel to our campus and personal expenses.

US Embassy and SEVIS fees: Varies
Fees paid to the US Government for Visa processing.

Total Estimated Mandatory Expenses:  $13,612 (plus visa processing fees)

JMU will sponsor student visas to participate in Pre-Sessional English, however, students will need to demonstrate that they have the financial resources to cover their expenses, as described above.

Tuition and other cost estimates may vary from year to year.


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