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Web Development in Argentina

Location

Buenos Aires, Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Program Description

Looking for some southern exposure for your study abroad experience? Study abroad in South America, where you will be exposed to business and cultural experiences in Argentina, as well as the natural beauty of the region. 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 offers a fascinating mix of Spanish and Italian cultures, evident in the architecture, food, and language. We'll visit technology firms and cultural sites in Buenos Aires, and we'll also visit natural and cultural landmarks in other parts of Argentina to get a complete picture of the historical and present-day environment.

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),  JavaScript and jQuery, as well as the principles of design for user experience, 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 eighth-largest country in the world – 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 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 northeast Argentina to visit Iguazú Falls, the widest waterfalls in the world.

Buenos Aires offers students numerous opportunities to experience Argentine culture. Students can attend soccer (futbol) games - River Plate and Boca Juniors are the local teams, see world-class theatrical 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 neighborhoods of the city. Other cultural experiences might include boating on the canals of Tigre, weekend markets, a Tango performance, parrillada mixta (mixed grill with various cuts of beef), and visits to La Boca and Uruguay.

June is early winter in Argentina; the average high temperature in June is 61, and the average low is 46.

Director

Laura Atkins | atkinslc@jmu.edu | CIS / BSAN

Accommodations

Student accommodations will be in a dormitory-style residence.

* Food arrangements TBD, once housing selection is complete *

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 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 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

Prerequisites:
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.

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Application Deadline

Dates


All dates are tentative and subject to change

Courses

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.

Cost

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