Top public schools
in the U.S. South
U.S. News & World Report, 2019

   SPIRIT THAT                                                                                                      CONTENTS

                                                                                                                    The Madison Experience        04
                                                                                                                    Career and academic support   06
                                                                            I feel like JMU is different to        All-American campus life      08

                                                                           other universities because of the
                                                                           atmosphere. It’s the university spirit   At home in Harrisonburg       10
                                                                           and you get really involved and
                                                                           participate in a lot of events; you’re   The JMU International
                                                                           free to do everything you want.          Study Center                  12
                                                                           There’s a lot of clubs, organizations,
                                                                           which are led by other students.”        Programs International Year   13

                                                                           Eliza, Russia                            Undergraduate degree profiles 16
                                                                           BA Musical Theatre
                                                                                                                    How to apply                  19

   For international students, James Madison
   University (JMU) is an exciting destination,
   where the ideals of American education
   – first-class teaching, a rich campus life,
   and a strong sense of community – come
   together to offer an incredible experience.

   JMU is surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Virginia’s
   Shenandoah Valley, just two hours from the nation’s capital of
   Washington, D.C. We are a large university with approximately 20,000
   students, yet offer a safe and hospitable environment with a family
   feel and a strong culture of community.
   We want all students to succeed and believe that our partnership
   with Study Group creates a friendly environment where our students
   can improve their English language skills while also taking courses
   in our academic programs. All students take courses in our General
   Education Program, which offers a liberal arts foundation that will
   help you to think in different ways as you solve problems and address
   issues in the world today. We also offer a wide variety of excellent
   academic majors. Our faculty members are devoted to teaching,
   guiding research, and mentoring as you develop as a scholar and
   mature as a human being.
   Jonathan R. Alger, J.D.
   President, James Madison University

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#1                                     #1                               #3                               top                                                   Chicago

                                                                                                                                                                                         New York
   most recommended                       most innovative                  best southern                                                                                                      Washington, D.C.
   university according                   school in the                    regional universities
   to students                            regional south                   U.S. News & World Report, 2020
                                                                                                            for international
   Wall Street Journal / THE US College   U.S. News & World Report, 2020
   Rankings, 2019                                                                                           student value
                                                                                                            College Factual, 2020                                                                                           THE MADISON
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “Knowledge will forever govern

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ignorance; and people who mean to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              be their own governors must arm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              themselves with the power which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              knowledge gives.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             James Madison, the fourth President
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             of the United States of America

   JMU offers an unforgettable university experience,                                                                                                                                                                       QUICK FACTS
                                                                                                                                    THE PLACE TO STUDY, LIVE, AND GROW
   combining the very best of American education                                                                                    Welcome to Harrisonburg. Here you’ll find an authentic American college town            Category: Public/State University
                                                                                                                                    with a vibrant international community.
   and college life. Named after James Madison, the                                                                                                                                                                         Location: Harrisonburg, Virginia
                                                                                                                                    JMU has a long history of welcoming students from every continent to the
   fourth president of the United States, JMU represents                                                                            beautiful city of Harrisonburg, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Campus: 2.8 km2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Founded: 1908
   the perfect blend of focused learning and true                                                                                   where more than 44 different languages are spoken.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Student population:
   university spirit. Our students are changing the game.                                                                           Just two hours southwest of Washington, D.C., Harrisonburg is a lively town
                                                                                                                                    with attractions including museums, shopping, skiing, golfing, caverns, farmers’        19,883 undergraduates
                                                                                                                                    markets, concerts, movie theaters, and restaurants.                                     1,880 graduate students
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            International student population: 2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Student to faculty ratio: 16:1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Average class size: 29
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Accreditation: Southern Association
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of Colleges and Schools Commission
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            on Colleges and 25+ specialized
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            accreditations for academic programs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            including AACSB (business), ABET
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (engineering and technology),
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and NASAD (art and design).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Colleges: College of Arts and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Letters, College of Business, College
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of Education, College of Health
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and Behavioral Studies, College of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Integrated Science and Engineering,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            College of Science and Mathematics,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            College of Visual and Performing Arts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Degree programs: 77 undergraduate,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            46 graduate, 2 educational specialists,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            8 doctoral.

   90%               freshmen
   retention rate, compared
                                                      3.8        is the average
                                                      high school GPA of JMU’s
                                                                                                    students apply each year
                                                                                                                                    Harrisonburg                                                 Societies and clubs

   to national average of                             freshmen class                                                                  BEING THE CHANGE
   78% of all four-year                                                                                                               At JMU, we know that success requires equal parts intellect and action.
                                                                                                                                      Students are encouraged to participate in life outside of their studies, for a full
   public institutions                                                                                                                and rich university experience.
   JMU, Fall 2020

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                I remember coming on campus as a
    HELPING YOU ACHIEVE SUCCESS.                                                                                                                                                                               freshman and not really knowing where
                                                                                                                                                                                                               I was headed in terms of career. But now
    There is a wealth of support for international students at                                                                              STUDY RESOURCES                                                    I think that through the guidance of
    JMU, from the moment you apply, all the way through                                                                                     ‚ 500,000 book volumes
                                                                                                                                                                                                               professors and mentors and the people
                                                                                                                                                                                                               that you meet, I have developed myself
    your university education and career beyond.                                                                                            ‚ 165,000 e-book titles                                            professionally and have really been able
                                                                                                                                            ‚ 110,000 e-journal titles                                         to narrow down what it is I want to do in
                                                                                                                                                                                                               the future. I think that JMU does that to
    STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER                        CAREER PLANNING                                INTERVIEW STREAM                           ‚ 43,000 audio-visuals volumes                                     everyone in their own way. We really are
    Houses more than 20 support facilities                                                       Practice your interview techniques                                                                            shaped as Dukes but we leave campus
                                                  CAREER AND ACADEMIC PLANNING                   with Interview Stream, a web-based
    including the University Health Center,                                                                                                                                                                    absolutely stronger.”
                                                  RESOURCE CENTER
    the Office of Academic and Career                                                            application that conducts free, online
                                                  From writing resumes and cover letters                                                                                                                       Marcela, USA
    Planning, and Learning Centers. The                                                          interviews via a webcam.
                                                  to searching for internships and jobs, the                                                                                                                   BA Communication Studies with
    Center is focused on helping you to
    overcome challenges you may face.
                                                  Career and Academic Planning Resource          ALUMNI AND                                                                                                    Public Relations
                                                  Center is here to help. It also sponsors a     CAREER SUCCESS
    LIBRARIES                                     number of career fair events each year         Graduates of James Madison University
    The JMU Libraries include the Carrier         to provide students in all majors with the     degrees enjoy great success in further
    Library, the Music Library, and Rose          opportunities to interact with employers       academic study, and in the professional
    Library. JMU librarians work with             and find out about career options.             world. You can take advantage of James
    academic departments to provide               More than 250 companies attended               Madison University’s extensive career
    subject specific library instruction,         in recent years.                               services, employment events, and
    research consultation, and to develop         CAREER GUIDE TO JMU MAJORS                     internship opportunities:
    collections. The award-winning                A guide to introduce you to some of the        ‚   International Career Week
    Information Literacy program provides         career options for each of the majors          ‚   Optional Practical Training
    students with skills for lifelong learning.   offered at JMU. It includes internship
                                                                                                 ‚   Internships
                                                  opportunities, characteristics of successful
    CENTER FOR GLOBAL                             students, and websites for further
                                                                                                 ‚   Career and job search services        Our extensive library

    ENGAGEMENT (CGE)                              guidance on potential careers.
    The CGE offers a wealth of services,
    courses, and excursions aimed at helping
                                                  JMU’s online platform, Recruit-a-Duke,
    international students adapt and excel at
                                                  enables you to register for internships,
    JMU. Programs such as Global X mentors
                                                  full-time jobs, career fairs, workshops,
    and International Week create enjoyable
                                                  information sessions, and more.
    and inspiring opportunities for you to make
                                                  More than 1,600 jobs are posted to
    friends and network with students from
    other cultures.
    “LIFE” is a program that connects             PRACTICE INTERVIEW PROGRAM
    international students with local             Gain valuable experience interviewing
    families, so that you can experience          with actual employers, without leaving
    real American home life.                      the campus.
                                                  INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

                                                  CAREER DAY (ISCD)
                                                  ISCD is a one-day program specifically
                                                  designed to help international students
                                                  who are considering pursuing internships
                                                  or jobs in the U.S. after graduation.                                                                                      of alumni are likely
                                                                                                                                                                             or very likely to
                                                                                                                                                                             recommend JMU to
                                                                                                                                                                             a colleague, friend
                                                                                                                                                                             or relative
                                                                                                                                                                             JMU 2015-2016 Alumni Employment
                                                                                                                                                                             and Education Report, Fall 2017

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   CAMPUS LIFE                                                                                                                                                                       #58
                                                                                                                                                                                       in First-Year
                                                                                                                                                                             US News & World Reports, 2020a

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 JMU has so many opportunities for
   SEIZING THE OPPORTUNITY.                                                                                                                                                                                     students to get involved. They have all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                the facilities and resources. I’m involved
   If you’re looking for the ultimate American college                                                                                                                                                          with intramural sports playing football,
   experience, JMU is the place for you! Our state-of-                                                                                                                                                          which I thought was soccer in the first
                                                                                                                                                                                                                place! I’m also in the Professional
   the-art facilities for sports, arts, and entertainment                                                                                                                                                       Business Fraternity, where I get to meet
   offer a huge range of activities, so you’re bound to                                                                                                                                                         so many people and expand my network
                                                                                                                                                                                                                here at JMU and the College of Business.
   find something for you.                                                                                                                                                                                      I’m also involved with different cultural
                                                                                                                                                                                                                organizations. As I’m Vietnamese I joined
                                                                                                                                                                                                                the Vietnamese Organization, where I

   SPORTS                                                                                                                                                                                                       get the chance to participate in
   UREC and University Park                                                                                                                                                                                     culture shows.”
   The popular University Recreation Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thu Nga (Neena), Vietnam
   (UREC) and University Park provide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                BBA Business
   everything you need for fitness and fun,      student organizations
   including a gym, swimming pool, climbing

   wall, yoga studio, and indoor and
   outdoor sports courts.
   ‚ Basketball           ‚   Racquetball
   ‚ Dodgeball            ‚   Sand Volleyball
   ‚ Indoor and           ‚   Team Handball
                                                 sports clubs on campus
     Outdoor Soccer       ‚   Ultimate Frisbee
   ‚ Kickball             ‚   Volleyball

   For those with a passion for movies and       JMU students are known for being both
   the arts, JMU’s state-of-the-art facilities   academically and socially engaged.
   host on-campus movies, concerts, dance        There are more than 350 clubs and
   and theatrical performances, and art          organizations on campus; from the
   exhibitions throughout the year.              Financial Management Association to
                                                 Anime Club, and Astronomy
   OUTDOOR SPACES                                to Ski and Snowboard Racing, there truly
   Arboretum                                     is something for everyone.
   The quiet lake surrounded by sleepy
   willow trees is an ideal place to spend       SAFETY
   outdoor time on campus. There’s always        James Madison University places a
   a spot for a group study session or an        distinct importance on inclusion and
   afternoon picnic at the Edith J. Carrier      safety, taking all possible steps to
   Arboretum, John C. Wells Planetarium,         help ensure an exceptional experience
   or The Quad.                                  while living and learning on campus.
                                                 Join in on the conversation via social
                                                 media to find out more about the
                                                 nationwide campaign, letting the
                                                 international community and future
                                                 students around the world know that

                                                                                            Great facilities for many ball sports   Join the team, or go along and support                                    Try rock climbing in the atrium

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                                                                                                                                         Harrisonburg is a very small town
    WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD.                                                                                                        but we’ve got everything around here,
                                                                                                                                        and it is more diverse than I thought
    Convenient, comfortable, and inclusive accommodation is                                                                             before coming here. We have a lot of
    allocated for students at the International Study Center.                                                                           international students, we have a lot
                                                                                                                                        of international people living here that
                                                                                                                                        are not students. It is a very

                                                                                                                                        international-friendly city.”
    Many international students live on         This is a prestigious dedicated residence
                                                                                                                                        Caio, Brazil (Pictured with his sister,
    campus for their first year. There are      where first-year international and U.S.
                                                                                                                                        Amanda, also a JMU student)
    many options of residence halls and         students live and study together. Make        most Instagrammed                         Studying BBA International
    apartments. All rooms include wireless      friends with people from around the                                                     Business and Marketing
    internet, cable TV, all utilities, access   world and improve your English quickly as     place in Virginia
    to study lounges and a variety of           you spend more time with your English-        Buzzfeed
    recreational areas, including billiards     speaking friends. You can apply before

    rooms, sand volleyball courts, basketball   Fall intake to live in one of the most
    courts, and barbecue areas. Submit          desirable residences on campus.
    the housing form to receive a room and
                                                THINGS TO DO                                  More than
    roommate assignment. After the first
    year, you can chose from a selection of     JMU students are all about engaging with      of students said their
                                                the community. Get out and explore!
    luxurious and affordable nearby off-                                                      important values are
    campus housing.                             ‚ Explore Shenandoah Valley National
                                                  Park with a hike through the woods and
                                                                                              “my own identity, friendship,
    OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING                            see beautiful waterfalls and views.         education, love, and family”
    In some cases we will place students in     ‚ Visit an amusement park. Kings              JMU 2017-2018 Continuing Student Survey
    off-campus accommodation. There are           Dominion is a 2-hour drive, Busch

    a lot of nearby apartment complexes,          Gardens Williamsburg is 3 hours away,
    many of them are new and have great           and there’s Virginia’s largest water park
    amenities too. Shops, restaurants,            too - Water Country USA.
    parks, and cinemas are all close by.
                                                ‚ Dance and sing along at one the many
    The ISC will help you arrange your                                                        best city for millenials
                                                  music festivals, including Rocktown, and
    accommodation if all on-campus                                                                                                        AVERAGE
    housing has been allocated.
                                                  Redwing Roots Music Festival.               to live in                                  TEMPERATURES
                                                                                              reviews.org, 2019
    Rent is approximately $495                  CUISINES FROM AROUND                                                                      Spring: -2ºC/28ºF to 22ºC/72ºF
                                                THE WORLD

    per month, per person.
                                                                                                                                          Summer: 14ºC/58ºF to 29ºC/85ºF
    You can also choose from one of the         JMU has the #5 best campus food in
    many other accommodation options                                                                                                      Fall: 0ºC/32ºF to 25ºC/77ºF
                                                the U.S. (The Princeton Review, 2019)
    available in Harrisonburg. Most off-        and with so much choice it’s easy to see                                                  Winter: -7ºC/20ºF to 7ºC/44ºF
    campus housing options offer individual     why. From world-class coffee, desserts
    leases and can be arranged online before
                                                                                              comfortable and affordable
                                                and snacks, to halal, kosher, vegetarian,
    you arrive.                                 American, and Korean dishes, JMU’s            residence halls on campus
                                                28 on-campus dining facilities offer

                                                                                              top 10
                                                something for every taste.

                                                                                              mountain bike towns
                                                                                              in the USA
                                                                                              National Geographic

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THE JMU INTERNATIONAL                                                                                                                 PROGRAMS
    STUDY CENTER                                                                                                                          INTERNATIONAL YEAR
    The JMU International Study Center is a place that                                                                                    International Year includes specialized courses in American
    welcomes, supports, and helps you to gain the skills,                                                                                 culture, English for Academic Purposes, and study skills to help
    knowledge, and perspectives you need to make the most                                                                                 you adjust to U.S. teaching methods and resources. You’ll also
    of your university life.                                                                                                              take courses from year one of your chosen degree programs,
                                                                                                                                          allowing you to earn 24 to 30 credit hours.
    We understand that studying in a foreign     FOR THE FUTURE                                                                                                                                                                      DIRECT ADMISSION
    country can be challenging, so from your     Our International Study Center courses                                                    AT-A-GLANCE                                                                               If you meet the appropriate language
    first day at JMU, the International Study    include CareerAhead activities, giving                                                                                                                                              and academic requirements, you can
    Center is here for you.                                                                                                                ‚ Available as a 1-, 2-, 3-, or 4-semester   ‚ Graduate within four years, similar to
                                                 you the soft skills necessary to excel once                                                                                                                                         apply directly to any of our academic
                                                                                                                                             program                                      direct admission students
    Studying at the International Study          you graduate from University. Once you                                                                                                                                              programs at JMU. This is an excellent
    Center means that you will get the           leave the International Study Center, JMU                                                 ‚ Includes academic and English courses      ‚ Take cohort classes with other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     opportunity for students from English-
    best of both worlds: the full JMU ‘all-      will continue your employability training,                                                ‚ Specialized academic courses that            international students in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     speaking countries or with high scores on
    American’ campus experience, plus the        making sure you are career-ready.                                                           fully prepare you to enter your              International Study Center, offering you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the IELTS and TOEFL to attend JMU.
    care of a supportive community that                                                                                                      degree program                               dedicated attention and academic help
                                                 INTENSIVE ENGLISH                                                                                                                      ‚ Regular classes are taken with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The ISC can also help you with your
    will help you adapt and thrive as an                                                                                                   ‚ 24 to 30 credit hours for your degree                                                   application.
    international student. And when you’re       PROGRAM (IEP)                                                                                                                            American students once you finish the
                                                 Develop your speaking, listening, reading,                                                ‚ Additional support to help you                                                          Please contact our admissions office
    ready, you’ll continue your chosen                                                                                                                                                    International Study Center
                                                 and writing skills. This program will                                                       succeed academically                                                                    at naadmissions@studygroup.com
    mainstream degree program, confident                                                                                                                                                ‚ No JMU application fee for
    and fully prepared for the challenges of a   prepare you for studying in English and                                                   ‚ You will spend 8-16 months at the                                                       for details.
    JMU education.                               the International Year.                                                                     International Study Center and
                                                                                                                                                                                          Study Center applicants
                                                                                                                                             then the remaining three years (of
                                                                                                                                             your four-year degree) completely          ‚ JMU issues the I-20 for visa purposes
                                                                                                Getting started at the International
                                                                                                                                             integrated into the University
                                                                                               Study Center helped me because I was
                                                                                               with other international students who       Programs at the International Study Center are delivered by Study Group,
                                                                                               were going through the same struggles       in partnership with JMU. The International Study Center delivers the Intensive
                                                                                               I was going through. And I found that       English Program courses, and James Madison University delivers the academic,
                                                                                               very encouraging to not feel like I was     credit-bearing courses.
                                                                                               alone. It was just comforting to be with
                                                                                               other people who are figuring it out
                                                                                               with me as well.”
                                                                                               Vine, Nigeria
                                                                                               BA Communication Studies with
                                                                                               Sociology minor then MA
                                                                                               Communication and Advocacy

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PROGRAMS INTERNATIONAL YEAR                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     PROGRAMS INTERNATIONAL YEAR
 UNDERGRADUATE STUDY PLAN                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS
During our International Year, you will study a combination of Intensive                                                                                                                                                                                                         COLLEGE OF ARTS AND LETTERS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Anthropology             BA/BS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BEHAVIORAL STUDIES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      COLLEGE OF VISUAL AND
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      PERFORMING ARTS
English Program (IEP) courses and academic content courses. Below is a                                                                                                                                                                                                           Communication Studies                                   BA/BS            Athletic Training                                              BS           Architectural Design                             BFA
sample list of the courses you may take in the different pathway programs.                                                                                                                                                                                                       English                                                      BA          Communication Sciences                                                      Art History                                      BA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and Disorders Psychology                                BA/BS               Dance                                            BA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 History                                                      BA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dietetics                                                      BS           Graphic Design                                   BFA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 International Affairs                                        BA
                    SAMPLE INTERNATIONAL YEAR CURRICULUM: ACADEMIC CONTENT COURSES                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Health Sciences                                                BS           Music                                            BM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Justice Studies                                         BA/BS
                    1ST SEMESTER                               2ND SEMESTER                                             3RD SEMESTER                                                      4TH SEMESTER                                                                                                                                                    Health Services Administration                                 BS           Musical Theatre                                  BA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Media Arts and Design,
                    Reading 1                                  Reading 2                                                Reading & Writing 3                                               Research Skills
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 with concentrations in:                                 BA/BS            Kinesiology, with concentrations in: BS                                     Studio Art, with
                    Writing 1                                  Writing 2                                                Grammar 3                                                         American Culture

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Students will matriculate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Creative Advertising                                                 ‚ Exercise Science                                                          concentrations in:               BA/BFA/BS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       with up to 28 credits
                    Listening 1                                Listening & Speaking 2                                   Strategic Learning + Lab                                          Pathways to Success IV                                                                 ‚

                    Speaking 1                                 Grammar 2                                                Pathways to Success III
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ‚   Digital Video and Cinema                                             ‚ Physical & Health Education                                               ‚   Ceramics
                    Grammar 1                                  Pathways to Success II                                                                                                     WRTC 100: Reading & Writing Workshop (3 credits)
                                                                                                                        SCOM 123: Fundamental Human Communication:                        ISAT 160: Problem Solving Applications in Science                                      ‚   Interactive Design                                                   Social Work                                                   BSW           ‚   Fiber Arts & Weaving
                    Language in Academic Contexts
                                                                                                                        Group Presentations (3 credits)                                   & Technology (3 credits)
                                                                                                                                                                                          COB 204: Computer Information Systems (3                                               ‚   Journalism                                                                                                                                       ‚   Integrated 3D Emphasis
                    Pathways to Success I                      1 JMU Math Course (3 Credits)                            HIST 101: World History to 1500 (3 credits)                                                                                                                                                                                       COLLEGE OF INTEGRATED SCIENCE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Modern Foreign Languages                                     BA                                                                                      ‚   Metals & Jewelry
                                                               KIN 100: Lifetime Fitness and Wellness                   ECON 200: Introduction to Macroeconomics (3                       PSYCH 160: Lifespan Human Development (3                                                                                                                        AND ENGINEERING
                                                               (3 credits)                                              credits)                                                          credits)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Philosophy and Religion                                 BA/BS            Biotechnology               BS                                              ‚   Painting & Drawing
                    UNST 102 : Career & Academic Planning
                    (1 Credit)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Computer Science                                               BS           ‚   Photography
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Political Science                                            BA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ‚   Printmaking
                    1   ST
                             SEMESTER                                                       2          ND
                                                                                                            SEMESTER                                     3       RD
                                                                                                                                                                               SEMESTER                                                                                          Public Policy and Administration                              BS         Engineering                                                    BS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ‚   Sculpture
                    Reading 2                                                               Reading & Writing 3                                          Research Skills                                                                                                         Psychology                                              BA/BS            Geographic Science                                      BS/BA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Students will matriculate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Theatre                                          BA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           with up to 27 credits
                    Writing 2                                                               Grammar 3                                                    American Culture                                                                                                        Sociology                                               BA/BS            Intelligence Analysis                                          BS

                    Listening & Speaking 2                                                  Strategic Learning + Lab                                     Pathways to Success IV
                    Grammar 2                                                               Pathways to Success III                                                                                                                                                              Writing, Rhetoric and                                                    Integrated Science and Technology BS                                        UNIVERSITY STUDIES
                    Pathways to Success II                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Technical Communication                                 BA/BS                                                                                        Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies                 BS
                                                                                                                                                         WRTC 100: Reading & Writing Workshop (3 credits)                                                                                                                                                 COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 COLLEGE OF BUSINESS                                                                                                                                  Independent Scholars                      BA/BS
                                                                                            SCOM 123: Fundamental Human Communication:
                                                                                            Group Presentations (3 credits)
                                                                                                                                                         ISAT 160: Problem Solving Applications in Science &
                                                                                                                                                         Technology (3 credits)
                    1 JMU Math Course (3 Credits)                                           HIST 101: World History to 1500 (3 credits)a                 COB 204: Computer Information Systems (3 credits)                                                                       Accounting                                                   BBA         Biology                                                 BA/BS               Example majors include:
                    KIN 100: Lifetime Fitness and Wellness (3 credits)                      ECON 200: Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 credits)         PSYCH 160: Lifespan Human Development (3 credits)                                                                       Computer Information Systems                                 BBA         Biophysical Chemistry                                          BS           Entrepreneurship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Economics                                      BA/BBA/BS                 Chemistry                                                      BS           Photography
                    1ST SEMESTER                                                           2ND SEMESTER
                    Reading & Writing 3                                                    Research Skills
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Finance                                                      BBA         Earth Science                                                  BA           Social Justice
                                                                                                                                                   Students will matriculate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Hospitality Management                                       BBA                                                                                     Sustainability
                                                                                                                                                     with up to 21 credits

                    Grammar 3                                                              American Culture                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Geology                                                        BS

                    Strategic Learning + Lab                                               Pathways to Success IV
                    Pathways to Success III
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 International Business                                       BBA         Mathematics                                             BA/BS
                                                                                           WRTC 100: Reading & Writing Workshop (3 credits)                                                                                                                                      Management                                                   BBA         Physics                                                 BA/BS
                                                                                           ISAT 160: Problem Solving Applications in Science &
                    1 JMU Math Course (3 Credits)
                                                                                           Technology (3 credits)                                                                                                                                                                Marketing                                                    BBA         Statistics                                                     BS
                    SCOM 123: Fundamental Human Communication:
                    Group Presentations (3 credits)
                                                                                           PSYCH 160: Lifespan Human Development (3 credits)                                                                                                                                     Quantitative Finance                                          BS
                    KIN 100: Lifetime Fitness and Wellness (3 credits)                     ECON 200: Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 credits)                                                                                                                                  Sport and Recreation Management BS

                    1ST SEMESTER
                    Research Skills
                                                                           Students will matriculate
                                                                             with up to 12 Credits

                    American Culture

                    Strategic Learning Lab                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       PROGRESSION CHART
                    Pathways to Success IV
                    WRTC 100: Reading & Writing Workshop (3 credits)                                                                                                                                                                                                             ENTRY REQUIREMENT                                             UNIVERSITY TIMELINE
                    1 JMU Math Course (3 Credits)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Direct Entry
                    SCOM 123: Fundamental Human Communication:                                                                                                                                                                                                                       IELTS 6.5, TOEFL iBT 80
                    Group Presentations (3 credits)
                    ISAT 160: Problem Solving Applications in Science                                                                                                                                                                                                            PATHWAY:
                    & Technology (3 credits)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     To successfully complete the pathway program, students    2.5 GPA and minimum 'C' in SCOM 123 and WRTC 100
     * Summer semester is a modified program with shorter                                                                                                                                                                                                                          must adhere to these matriculation requirements           For details on progression requirements, please review the fact flyer.
       duration and reduced number of courses offered.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     1-SEMESTER: IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 68
            This chart serves as a guide only. Depending on her/                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 SEMESTER = 4 MONTHS
            his English level, academic background and intended
            major, the student may take a different curriculum                                                                                                                                                                                                                       2-SEMESTER: IELTS 5.5, TOEFL 60                                                                              2 SEMESTER = 8 MONTHS                                            G R A D UAT I O N
            than this sample.
     Students who have completed their ISC programs are
     eligible to take summer break.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3-SEMESTER: IELTS 5.0, TOEFL 50                                                                             3 SEMESTER = 12 MONTHS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     4-SEMESTER: IELTS 4.5, TOEFL 45
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4 SEMESTER = 16 MONTHS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  IEP        SEM 3        SEM 2        SEM 1        SEM 1        SEM 2        SEM 1        SEM 2   SEM 1   SEM 2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  YEAR ONE                              YEAR TWO                YEAR THREE           YEAR FOUR

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    DEGREE PROFILES                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Media Arts state-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 of-the-art labs are home to

                                                                                                                                 #26                                           #12 Best                                          $1.5 million
    Previous students from the International Study Center have                                                                   Engineering Program for
                                                                                                                                 non-doctorate offering schools                Hospitality Management Colleges                   of industry-standard equipment,
    gone on to successfully complete degrees in many fields.                                                                     in the US                                     in the US                                         including a full digital HD video
    These are some of the most popular choices:                                                                                  US News & World Report, 2020                  College Factual, 2020                             production studio.

                                     COLLEGE OF BUSINESS                           COMPUTER SCIENCE, BS                          ENGINEERING, BS                               HOSPITALITY                                       MEDIA ARTS & DESIGN, BA
                                     PROGRAMS                                      Our Computer Science program                  Our interdisciplinary program offers          MANAGEMENT, BS                                    Choosing our Media Arts and Design
                                                                                   focuses on solving real-world problems        hands-on learning in a project-based          Hospitality Management focuses on the             program allows you to focus on real-
                                     The College’s highly ranked programs
                                                                                   and encourages group involvement              curriculum, culminating in a two-year         use and development of technology,                world experiences in state-of-the-art
                                     focus on academic excellence with
                                                                                   within its small classes. The program         project. The Industry Partners Program        critical thinking and communication skills.       labs with $1.5 million of industry-standard
                                     engaged students and a global mindset.
                                                                                   covers Artificial Intelligence, Software      connects students and departments with        This program will provide you with a choice       equipment, including a full digital HD video
                                     Our Business and Accounting                                                                                                               of job opportunities upon graduation.
                                                                                   Development, Systems, and preparation         leading companies in order to pitch project                                                     production studio.
                                     undergraduate program is one of
                                                                                   for Graduate School.                          sponsorships, collaborative research, and     The program offers:                               There are four concentrations you can
                                     only 186 in the world to have AACSB
                                                                                   The College has been designated as a          mentorship programs.                          ‚   Experiential learning programs                choose from:
                                     accreditation, an accolade less than 5%
                                     business schools have achieved.               National Center of Academic Excellence        The newly renovated Engineering facilities    ‚   College of Business minor                     ‚   Creative Advertising
                                                                                   in Information Assurance Education.           and workspaces include:                       ‚   400-hour internship                           ‚   Digital Video & Cinema
                                     Students benefit from having access to
                                                                                   This is due to our unique programs            ‚   3-D Visualization Lab                         Industry-experienced faculty
                                     multiple centers for research and learning,                                                                                               ‚                                                 ‚   Interactive Design
                                                                                   in Digital Forensics and Information              Advanced Thermal Fluids Laboratory
                                     like the Center for Entrepreneurship and                                                    ‚                                             ‚   Strong alumni relations                       ‚   Journalism
                                                                                   Security, where students can take part
                                     the Center for Professional Sales.                                                          ‚   Circuits Laboratory                       ‚   Active professional student organizations     ‚   Other facilities students can access
                                                                                   in research projects.
                                     College of Business majors:                                                                 ‚   Engineering Science Laboratory                                                                  are internship opportunities, contact
                                                                                                                                     Design Studio                                                                                   with alumni, a student-created film
                                     • Accounting
                                                                                                                                                                                   ORGANIZATIONS                                     production club (DogHouse Productions)
                                     • Computer Information Systems
                                                                                     ORGANIZATIONS                                                                                 ON CAMPUS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and the Madison American Advertising
                                     • Economics                                     INCLUDE:                                        RECENT EMPLOYERS                              ‚ Club Managers Association of                    Federation who compete in the National
                                     • Finance                                                                                       OF JMU ENGINEERING                              America (CMAA)                                  Student Advertising Competition.
                                                                                     ‚ Association for Computing Machinery
    best undergraduate               • International Business                                                                        GRADUATES INCLUDE:                            ‚ Hospitality Sales and Marketing
                                                                                     ‚ Cyber Defense Club
                                                                                                                                                                                     Association International (HSMAI)
    business program in the US       • Management                                    ‚ JMU Robotics Club
                                                                                                                                     ‚ Amazon                                                                                        MEDIA ARTS & DESIGN
    U.S. News & World Report, 2020   • Marketing                                     ‚ Women in Technology
                                                                                                                                     ‚ Exelon                                      ‚ National Society of Minorities in               ALUMNI INCLUDE:
                                                                                                                                                                                     Hospitality (NSMH)
                                     • Quantitative Finance                                                                          ‚ Microsoft
                                                                                                                                                                                   ‚ Professional Convention Management              ‚ A senior White House correspondent

                                                                                                                                     ‚ Volvo
                                      We want to teach the students and                                                                                                             Association (PCMA)                              ‚ TV news anchors
                                     allow the students to go out there and find                                                                                                   ‚ Sport and Leisure Association of                ‚ Photographers
    job placement within six         jobs and excel in their careers.                                                             It makes perfect sense to have                    Madison (SLAM)                                  ‚ Producers
                                     We try to connect with the employers as                                                     engineering students trying to work with
    months of graduation
                                     closely as we can. For example, we have                                                     real partners in the world, to deliver real
                                     career panels where we invite alumni to                                                     good to the world, now in spaces that              The hospitality management program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When I tell someone that I’m studying at

                                     campus to talk to us and talk to students                                                   enable this kind of learning engineering by       here in JMU is very unique because you get
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 JMU for videos they say, “This guy knows
                                     and we ask ‘what do you guys want?’ to                                                      doing engineering.”                               to do a lot of practical work experience in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 what he’s doing. He’s studying for it, he
                                     the employers. Then we also have                                                                                                              addition to your classes. And also the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 has the equipment.” JMU definitely
                                     employers’ luncheons.”                                                                      Dr. Kurt Paterson                                 professors here are really amazing. They
    accounting program                                                                                                           Department Head
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gives me the reputation.”
                                                                                                                                                                                   are really helpful, and they are really
    in the US                        Dr. Qingfeng “Wilson” Liu                                                                   Engineering Department                            friendly. Whenever you need help, they are    Youssef, Egypt
    College Factual, 2020            Professor of Finance, JMU                                                                                                                     always there for you.”                        Studying BA Media Arts and Design

                                                                                                                                                                                   Kesi, Indonesia
                                                                                                                                                                                   Studying BS Hospitality Management
                                                                                      “My experience in the ISC really                                                            and Business
                                                                                     helped me to improve my reading skills
                                                                                     and that will help me to be successful in
                                                                                     the computer science program.”
                                                                                     Jeff, China
                                                                                     Studying BS Computer Science and
                                                                                     Computer Information Systems

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As soon as I transferred from
                   the ISC to JMU, we started taking
                   classes with American students.

                                                        HOW TO
                   The ISC prepared me for that,
                   because otherwise it would have

                   been overwhelming for me. I really
                   appreciate that I didn’t have to
                   compete with native speakers,
                   that one year gave me the
                   opportunity to adjust to the new
                   atmosphere and find myself.”
                   Arash, Iran
                   BS Economics and Mathematics
                                                        If you would like to study at James Madison University
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