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Valencia, Spain

Program Description

This program provides an extraordinary combination of studying two College of Business Computer Information systems (CIS) courses in Spain while experiencing Spanish 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 may 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 Spain. 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 year’s 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 free time on the weekend for you to travel on your own.


Carey Cole | | CIS & BSAN


We plan to stay in apartments in Valencia for all of our stay.

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.

The two courses will require you to complete some work after the abroad portion of the program ends on June 11, 2022.  These assignments will be due by no later than June 26, 2022.

COVID-19 Location Information:

Each country has different requirements upon entry with regard to COVID-19. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on what is required for the country (or countries) that are part of this program. Please note that this changes often, so we encourage you to check back frequently.

Covid vacinations and proof are required. 

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 3.0 

CIS majors and minors


Completed CIS 221 with a "C" or better. A grade of a "B" or better is preferred.

CIS Majors: COB300 acceptance or completion by no later than the beginning of spring 2022.
CIS Minors (Business majors): COB300 acceptance or completion by no later than the beginning of spring 2022 and acceptance into the minor by no later than the beginning of spring 2022.
CIS Minors (Non-Business majors): Acceptance into the minor by no later than the beginning of spring 2022.

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. 

Applications Closed.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


CIS 330: Database Design and Application (3 credits)

CIS 498: Special Topics: 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.


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