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What is an Exchange Program?

An Exchange program offers JMU students opportunity to study at one of our partner institutions while being immersed in the cultures of some of the world's most exciting and provocative cities. JMU Exchange offers participants a more independent and immersive study abroad experience. Instead of traveling with a large group of JMU students, exchange participants are generally one of few representing JMU at their host institution and in the classroom.

In the classroom, you will work alongside students and professors from across the globe. As an exchange participant, it is not required for your to be fluent in a particular language. All of our university partners, with the exception of University of Salamanca, will offer courses taught in English.

Exchange programs are available only for the fall or spring semesters or a full academic year.  Exchange programs are not available during the summer.

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Application Process

There are quite a few steps to the Exchange Program application process. You may start by browsing may browse our university partners below. Once you find a university that you are interested in, please click on the purple “Apply Now” button. This will direct you to our application portal, Terra Dotta.

The online JMU Exchange application has a number of parts, all of which must be received by the Center for Global Engagement (CGE) before your application can be fully processed. Please make certain that you have completed all steps in the application process.

After acceptance from JMU, you will then move on to the next step and apply directly to the host institution. Access to the host application will be provided by the JMU Exchange Program Coordinator. Once officially accepted by the host institution, you will provided with important documents to attain visa, arrange lodging, flights, etc.

Applicant Requirements:
All students must be in good academic standing and hold a minimum 2.5 GPA (or as listed on the program's webpage) to be considered for admission.

Students must have also completed their first year of JMU before going abroad. There are exceptions for Transfer Students.

Application Deadlines

Applications are currently closed for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. Applications for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 will open on September 1, 2021.

Early Action Deadline: November 1st
Regular Decision Deadline: January 15th

Please note: the decision dates will be in February/March regardless of the Early Action or Regular Decision deadline. The Early Action deadline allows us to start processing your application on a priority basis, but does not expite the decision period.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for remaining spaces after deadline. If the application deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, applications will be accepted until 5p.m. on the next business day.

Exchange Partner Universities

Most of our international partners offer the same disciplines as JMU. Most of the universities offer courses in English, so proficiency in that country's native language will not always be required. 

Meet with Academic Advisor
It is highly recommended that you meet with your academic advisor during the application process. Your advisor will be able to inform you if the courses you intend to take through the exchange program will be appropriate for your academic plan. (Credits will be evaluated and approved by individual department heads or advisors in each department.)

Transfer Credit Process
In order to receive academic credit, all exchange participants must “Permission to Take Courses for Transfer Credit” form, provide a course description and/or syllabus, and get the required department signatures. More information about our transfer credit policy can be found here.


Exchange programs are the most cost-effective way for students to study abroad for a semester. Students continue to pay their tuition to JMU, but pay room and board fees to the host university, which in most cases, can be less expensive than housing in the states. 

Paying for Exchange:
Since the participant will pay JMU tuition, the charge will be posted on the student’s M3 account. Charges for housing and meal plan will be paid directly to the host institution. For most institutions, these payments are made upon arrival.

Financial Aid:
JMU offers financial aid for students on JMU programs subject to the standard restrictions. For more information, please contact JMU's Financial Aid Office.

Interested in Exchange?

We are excited to know of your interes in the program! We encourage you to connect with our office at

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