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Computer Information Systems (CIS) in Sweden: Magical Moments in Malmo


Malmo, Sweden

Program Description

This program will consist of two CIS classes, Database Design and Applications (CIS330) and Web Development (CIS366), for a total of six credits held at the University of Malmo.  The courses will include their standard objectives but a few new features will be included in the course work.  The new features will include an integration piece between the courses and a greater international perspective.  The final group project will require the students to design and create a robust database and access and manipulate the data using a dynamic web interface.  Students that successfully complete this summer program will meet the requirements of CIS330 and CIS366 toward a CIS major or minor.

Some additional aspects of this program include an opportunity for students to learn something about the Swedish language and culture.   Class field trips or visits may include local sites and businesses in the Malmo or Copenhagen area.  Perhaps a class bike tour or team building exercise will be included.   There will be some free time for students to explore Scandinavia and Europe outside of class activities.  All of the program activities should contribute to a magical experience for the students.

Location Description

Malmo, Sweden's third largest city is located in the southern part of the country.  Malmo 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 Malmo.  From the archipelagos to the tallest skyscraper to castles, museums, beaches and wood-fired saunas, each day may be filled with magical adventures.  Traveling from Malmo 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, Malmo 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 Malmo from an industrial town to a center of learning.



Carey Cole | | Computer Information Systems

Additional Items to Consider

This program is available to CIS majors and minors and those students considering entering one of these programs, and is targeted at juniors.

This course is not open to students who have taken CS 474.

Prerequisite for CIS majors: CIS 221 with a "C" or better; prerequisite or corequisite: COB 300.

Prerequisites for CIS minors: CIS 221 with a "C" or better and junior or senior standing.

Application Process

For this program, students are required to submit the following material(s):

  • Attend an interview with the program director prior to the application deadline: Carey Cole | | Computer Information Systems 

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0.

For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.

Official transcript required for first-semester transfer students and non-JMU students.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


CIS 330: Database Design and Application (3 credits)

CIS 366: Web Development (3 credits)