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Buenos Aires, Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Program Description

Looking for some southern exposure for your study abroad experience? As a student in this study abroad in South America, you will participate in business and cultural experiences in Buenos Aires, Argentina - one of South America's largest cities. By immersing yourself in the culture of this dynamic city, 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. We'll visit technology firms in Buenos Aires, and learn about 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 rich history and strong European influences. These influences 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 travel to Colonia, Uruguay and to Iguazú Falls in northeastern Argentina, 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, explore diverse historic neighborhoods within the city, visit parks and museums, 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.

Students will have a free weekend to explore other regions of Argentina, or even nearby Chile or Brazil.

May is the beginning of winter in South America; 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 in Buenos Aires; for the weekend trip to Iguazu Falls, accommodations will be in a hostel or hotel.

Students will received a stipend for meals; some group meals are included.

Additional Items to Consider

Argentina does not require visas for US passport holders, for stays of less than 90 days. 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 co-directors of the JMU in Argentina program.

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 Argentina. The most successful students will be those who can stay focused during class time, but are also open to new experiences during outings and excursions.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5

CIS majors: CIS 221 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better and admission to COB 300 
CIS minors: CIS 221 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better.

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.


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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