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Location

Valencia, Barcelona, Madrid, Spain

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 have the chance to 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 498 toward a CIS major or minor. Class field trips may include sites and businesses in various locations in Europe. During the summer of 2019 we visited the consulting offices of KPMG in Florence and Deloitte in Berlin. 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 programs. In the past their contributions have provided a needs-based scholarship opportunity for at least one student. It is unknown how much will be available this summer.

Location Description

This years study abroad will take place in Valencia, Spain. Enjoy all that this Mediterranean Sea coastal city has to offer including a historic city Centre full of ancient architecture, modern performing arts venues and beautiful beaches.

Valencia is within hours of Barcelona and Madrid in which we plan to visit as a group. There will be a free 5 day extended weekend for you to travel on your own. Past study abroad students have traveled to Amsterdam, Dublin, London, Paris, Venice, Prague and Munich. Berlin has been one of our favorite places to visit. The Scandinavian Countries are an option as well.

There are hundreds of orange trees that line the city streets which gives Valencia it’s name. There is plenty to do in Valencia while you are not in class or studying. This is exactly why the city of oranges is the ideal destination to study abroad with us this summer!

Director

Carey Cole | colecb@jmu.edu | CIS & BSAN

Accommodations

We plan to stay in apartments as a group in Valancia for the majority of our stay. We will be staying in a hostel/hotel on our planned group trips to Barcelona and Madrid.

Students will be provided with a 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

Prerequisites:

Completed CIS 221 with a "C" or better (To be completed by no later than the end of fall 2020). A grade of a "B" or better is preferred.

CIS Majors: COB300 acceptance or completion by no later than the beginning of spring 2021.
CIS Minors (Business majors): COB300 acceptance or completion by no later than the beginning of spring 2021 and acceptance into the minor by no later than the beginning of spring 2021.
CIS Minors (Non-Business majors): Acceptance into the minor by no later than the beginning of spring 2021.

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 ($40 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

Dates


All dates are tentative and subject to change

Courses

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.

Cost

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