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International Considerations of Web Design & Development


Buenos Aires, Argentina

Program Description

Looking for some southern exposure for your study abroad experience? CIS students now have an opportunity for study abroad in South America, where you will be exposed to business and cultural experiences in Argentina. By immersing yourself in the culture of one of South America's most dynamic cities, you will develop a sense of being an involved global citizen, learn about Latin American culture and develop an international perspective on business and technology. As one of South America's largest cities, Buenos Aires will allow you to network in this important, growing part of the world. We'll visit technology firms in Buenos Aires, and will delve into the challenges of managing online content in a multi-lingual region. We'll also visit natural and cultural landmarks in Argentina to get a complete picture of the historical and present-day environment.

International Considerations in Web Design and Development will give you the opportunity to earn credit for CIS 366 while immersing yourself in South American business and culture. Assignments will be based on the historical, cultural, and natural resources of the region as we get a feel for this diverse city and its history, as well as some of the surrounding areas. CIS 366 (Web Design and Development) is an introduction to the design and development of web pages and websites, covering Hypertext Markup Language (HTML5), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), the principles of design for user experience, responsive design and a programming language for web development, as well as social responsibility and accessibility. This course meets three hours of CIS elective requirements for CIS majors and minors.

Location Description

Spend 3-weeks learning about the business and cultural environment in the fifth largest country in the Western Hemisphere – Argentina, and earn 3 credit hours while you're there. Housing will be based in Buenos Aires, one of the world’s most vibrant metro areas, with a population of 13 million people. Buenos Aires has a rich history with strong European influences, which are seen in the city's architecture, food, and entertainment. The diverse citizens of Buenos Aires, known as Porteños, are mostly the descendants of European immigrants, but reflections of indigenous cultures are present as well.

As a group, we will have guest speakers and business visits to technology firms, as well as excursions in Buenos Aires and beyond, providing multiple opportunities to learn about Argentina's rich and diverse culture; the group will also travel to northeast Argentina to visit Iguazú Falls, at the point where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay meet.

Buenos Aires offers students numerous opportunities to experience Argentine culture. Students can attend soccer (futbol) games, world-class theatrical and dance performances, participate in a vibrant nightlife, and indulge in shopping from upscale offerings to market crafts. The European influence is evident in the architecture of the various suburbs of the city. Other cultural experiences might include a Tango performance, parrillada mixta (mixed grill with various cuts of beef), boating on the canals of Tigre, weekend markets, and great leather goods. Be sure to try some yerba mate, an herbal tea often enjoy from a shared cup.

May is the beginning of winter in Argentina; the average high temperature in May is 66, and the average low is 45.


Laura Atkins | | CIS / BSAN


Student accommodations will be in a dormitory-style residence. 

* TBD, once housing selection is complete *

Additional Items to Consider

U.S. citizens do not need a visa to travel to Argentina. Until early 2016, visitors from the USA needed to pay an entry fee in advance of their departure. The entry fee was equivalent to the money the U.S. government charges Argentine citizens to apply for a visa to travel to the United States. This entry fee was waived for U.S. citizens in early 2016 until further notice. If Argentina were to restore the fee, prospective students and participants would be notified by the program director.

Not required, but some Spanish would be helpful.

This program is intended for CIS majors and minors who are looking for an elective (CIS 366) based on experiences that can only be encountered in a study abroad course.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5

For CIS majors: CIS 221 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better and COB 300.
For declared CIS minors: CIS 221 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better and junior or senior standing.

Non-CIS students will be considered on an individual basis.

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Interview with Program Director
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in.

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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


CIS 366: Web Design and Development (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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