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Slubice, Poland, Berlin, Frankfurt, Germany

Program Description

This program provides an extraordinary combination of studying two College of Business Computer Information systems (CIS) courses in Europe while experiencing European business, culture, and history. The two CIS classes are Database Design and Applications and International Consulting. However, learning will go beyond a traditional JMU classroom, since you may have guest lectures on the local culture, language, history, technology, and you will be living and traveling in Europe. You will learn about future opportunities for you to work or pursue your education in Europe after graduation from JMU.

The final deliverable for the summer will be an integrated course group project that will include a student’s newly acquired consulting and database skills. Collaboration with an international perspective will be necessary for a group to be successful.

Students that successfully complete this summer program will meet the requirements of CIS 330 and CIS 490 toward a CIS major or minor. Class field trips may include sites and businesses in various locations in Europe. Last summer we visited the consulting offices of KPMG in Glasgow and Deloitte and Accenture in Edinburgh, Scotland. There will be some free time for students to explore Europe outside of class activities. The combination of studying, living, and traveling from a European location will make this an experience that you will not forget from an academic, business, and personal perspective.

Past participants of this study abroad program have found various ways to support future CIS Study Abroad program. Last year their contributions included the creation of a needs-based scholarship opportunity worth at least $1,500 for one student. It is unknown how much will be available this summer.

Location Description

This CIS study abroad program is planned to occur in Berlin and at European University Viadrina (Poland and/or Germany) which is located about 50 miles from Berlin, Germany. Berlin is a town of approximately 3.5 million people. Berlin is Germany’s capital and largest city. The city has many museums, historical sites, events, and night life. Some historical sites include The Brandenburg Gate, The Berlin Wall, and Checkpoint Charlie.

The European University Viadrina is on the German/Polish border. There is no border control between Germany and Poland so you can cross freely. You can walk across a bridge over the Oder River to visit Slubice, Poland or Frankfurt (Oder), Germany (depending on where you are).

The study abroad program may visit another country this summer (the exact location is not known yet). There will be one or two free weekends for you to travel on your own. Although this program was located in other cities in the past, students in this program have visited places such as Amsterdam, Dublin, London, Paris, Venice, Prague, and Munich. The Scandinavian Countries are an option as well.


Carey Cole | | CIS & BSAN


We plan to stay in the student housing at Viadrina for the majority of our stay.

Students will be provided with a weekly stipend for their meals. In addition, some group meals will be provided.

Additional Items to Consider

Students MUST bring a laptop computer to Europe for their coursework.Many of our field trips will require walking and may involve hiking in a city or outside of a city.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.8 

CIS majors and minors


Completed CIS 221 with a "C" or better (To be completed by no later than the end of fall 2018). A grade of a "B" or better is preferred.

CIS Majors: COB300 acceptance or completion by no later than the beginning of spring 2019.
CIS Minors (Business majors): COB300 acceptance or completion by no later than the beginning of spring 2019 and acceptance into the minor by no later than the beginning of spring 2019.
CIS Minors (Non-Business majors): Acceptance into the minor by no later than the beginning of spring 2019.

Junior or senior standing

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 330: Database Design and Application (3 credits)

CIS 498: Special Studies: International Consulting (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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