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Utrecht, Netherlands

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 visit several consulting companies such as Accenture, Deloitte, and/or KPMG. In addtiton there may be guest lectures on the local business and culture, language, history, technology, and you will be living and traveling in Europe.

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. Last summer we visited the consulting offices of KPMG in Florence, Italy and Deloitte in Berlin, Germany. 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.

Location Description

This years study abroad will be in The Netherlands. The Netherlands is ranked 4th of the most happiest countries in the world. We plan on visiting several cities including Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam to name a few. Some excursions may include visiting windmills, a fishing village, and watching clog-making techniques first-hand. We also plan on visiting a few locations outside of The Netherlands such as Antwerp, Belgium which is the diamond capital of the world.

There will be several free weekends for you to travel on your own. Although this program was located in other cities in the past, students in this program have visited places such as Berlin, Dublin, London, Paris, Venice, Prague, and Munich. The Scandinavian Countries are an option as well.  Germany and France are a train ride away. Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport is close by making flights to other locations in Europe possible for weekend trips.


Carey Cole | | CIS & BSAN


We plan to stay in the hostels/hotels for our stay.

Students will be provided with a weekly 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


Completed CIS 221 with a "C" or better (To be completed by no later than the end of fall 2019). A grade of a "B" or better is preferred.

CIS Majors: COB300 acceptance or completion by no later than the beginning of spring 2020.
CIS Minors (Business majors): COB300 acceptance or completion by no later than the beginning of spring 2020 and acceptance into the minor by no later than the beginning of spring 2020.
CIS Minors (Non-Business majors): Acceptance into the minor by no later than the beginning of spring 2020.

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 ($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. 

Program Closed.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


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.


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