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Computer Information Systems in Sweden


Malmo, Sweden

Program Description

This program provides an extraordinary combination of studying two College of Business Computer Information systems (CIS) courses in Sweden while experiencing Swedish and Scandinavian culture and history.  The two CIS classes are Database Design and Applications (CIS 330) and Web Development (CIS 366). However, learning will go beyond the traditional class room since you will be living in Sweden and traveling to see various sites in Scandinavia. 

The final deliverable for the summer will be an integrated course group project that will include a web interface and a database.  In addition, the project will include content and pictures of the students’ experiences abroad written in both English and Swedish.  Collaboration with an international perspective will be necessary for a group to be successful.  Student presentations of their project will be made to a panel of judges.   Last year’s project judges included some personnel from JMU and the University of Malmö.

Students that successfully complete this summer program will meet the requirements of CIS 330 and CIS 366 toward a CIS major or minor. Class field trips or visits may include sites and businesses in the Malmö, Copenhagen, or other Scandinavian locations. There will be some free time for students to explore Scandinavia and Europe outside of class activities. The combination of studying, living, and traveling from a Sweden location will make this an experience that you will not forget from both an academic and personal perspective.

Location Description

Malmö, Sweden's third largest city is located in the southern part of the country. Malmö is a multicultural city with over 300,000 people making up 175 different nationalities, speaking over 150 different languages. Communication should not be a problem since most people speak English. By late May and early June, the sun will rise around 4:30 AM and set around 9:30 PM. Temperatures in the day average in the mid-60’s.

There is plenty to see and do in Malmö and other parts of Scandinavia. From nature, to castles, museums, beaches and wood-fired saunas, each day may be filled with magical adventures. Traveling from Malmö to Copenhagen is as simple as a 35 minute train ride. Norway and Finland are next door neighbors. Ferries make travel possible to other countries such as Germany and Poland.

Founded in 1998, Malmö University is located in the center of the city. It is a young, modern and a highly recognized international school with approximately 25,000 students. There are almost 1,800 international students enrolled at the university representing roughly 100 different countries from around the world. Over the years, the university has helped transform the city of Malmö from an industrial town to a center of learning.


Carey Cole | | Computer Information Systems


We plan to stay in the student housing for Malmö University. During the summer of 2014, the students stayed at Rönnen ( Each student at Ronnen had their own room. The rooms were furnished, with Internet access, and a common kitchen area. Rönnen is used by international students at the University. Ronnen had washers/dryers on each floor free of charge. A signup sheet was used for all students needing to do laundry.

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

Additional Items to Consider

1.      If you are a CIS major: You have to be accepted into the COB 300 program by no later than the start of the Spring 2015 semester and have completed CIS221 or an equivalent course with the minimum required grade before the end of the Fall 2014 semester.

2.      If you are a COB major and a CIS minor: You have to be accepted into COB 300 program by no later than the start of the Spring 2015 semester and accepted as a CIS minor by no later than the start of the Spring 2015 semester.

3.      If you are a non-COB major and a CIS minor: You have to be accepted as a CIS minor by no later than the start of the Spring 2015 semester.

*For this program, students must be able to a bring a laptop computer to Sweden for their coursework. 

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.7

Prerequisite for CIS majors: CIS 221 with a "C" or better and COB 300

Prerequisite for CIS minors: CIS 221 with a "C" or better and 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 
  • Faculty Recommendation
  • Interview with Program Director
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU and first semester transfer 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 366: Web 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.