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January Term: UVA in Argentina
Mendoza, Argentina (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: January
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets January
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
January 2016 01-OCT-2015
10-OCT-2015 27-DEC-2015 10-JAN-2016
NOTE: Participants will depart the U.S. on 12/26 for arrival in Mendoza on 12/27. Participants will depart Mendoza on 1/10 for arrival in the U.S. on 1/11. If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by October 15.

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Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year, Graduate student Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Hotel, With program group Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty led
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Abby Leake
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Commerce, Engineering, Information Technology, Systems Engineering
Program Description:

By taking this class you will practice problem-solving in an international consulting context.  Working in a team, you will propose solutions to real-world challenges experienced by wine making companies in Argentina.  Wine making is a global business that fuels worldwide exports.  You and your team will analyze problems, identify goals and requirements, evaluate alternative solutions, and present recommendations to real clients.


2015 Participants

Course Goals and Objectives
Students shall gain an understanding of the cultural differences inherent to working within an international context, while expanding their knowledge of business and systems engineering concepts through a short project with a client in Mendoza, Argentina.

After completing the course, students shall be able to:

  • Explain differences between engineering and business practices in US and Argentina.
  • Identify client needs.
  • Generate and evaluate alternative solutions to the identified challenges.
  • Deliver effective oral presentations to clients.
  • Write effective executive reports for clients.

The class is 3 credits and is cross listed as COMM 4293 and SYS 2054/3054.

COMM 4293 has the following pre-requisites: Commerce standing or Instructor Permission. McIntire students: COMM 4293 can count towards (1) the IT concentration, (2) the Global Commerce Track, and (3) and as a McIntire elective. Please note, this course is not open to 1st year students.

To take SYS 3054, students need to have taken one of the following courses: SYS 2001, APMA 3100, APMA 3110, APMA 3120, or Instructor Permission. There are no pre-requisites for SYS 2054.

All coursework is conducted in English. There is no language requirement. Please refer to the program web brochure for a detailed course syllabus and program itinerary.


Student examining vines, 2015

The location of the program is Mendoza, Argentina. We believe that there is no better way to gain authentic insights into the cultural and business differences between the US and other countries than to live for a period of time in a foreign city and work with local companies. Working in Mendoza you will gain insights into the deep cultural differences between Argentina and the US, plus an ability to successfully cope with these differences.  The experience will also be an excellent opportunity to deepen your understanding of business and IT concepts by applying them to specific situations.

The group will stay at the Hotel El Portal Suites in downtown Mendoza. Each suite accommodates 4 students. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, A/C, TV, a bathroom and a kitchen in each suite, and a business center. A complementary breakfast is offered every morning. El Portal is in a central location for walking in Mendoza. A grocery store, laundry, and restaurants are all within walking distance.


Wine Casks


GCI: IT Project Practicum in Argentina
(COMM 4293; 3 credits)
or System Case Studies (SYS 2054/3054; 3 credits)

Course Information
Syllabus & Itinerary

2016 January Term: COMM 4293 and SYS 2054/3054 Syllabus

This program is open to all UVA 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students only, regardless of major. Students outside of COMM and SYS are encouraged to apply. There are no language requirements. Students will work in teams and a diverse set of skills are necessary to form strong teams.

Information Sessions
Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at 5pm in Rouss-Robertson Halls 223
Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at 5pm in Rouss-Robertson Halls 223


Study Abroad Policies
Education Abroad Workshop
Students must view and complete the online Education Abroad Workshop prior to starting the UVA Study Abroad application. Please refer to the Education Abroad Workshop homepage for more information.

Passport and Visa Information
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program.  Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.

Refund Policy
Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Please note
No refund or credit will be given to students who are suspended and/or dismissed from any UVA study abroad programs for conduct and/or academic violations reasons.


The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. In addition to these, students are responsible for the following expenses:

  • International Airfare
  • Some meals
  • Personal expenses

Program Director Stefano Grazioli,, is an Associate Professor with the McIntire School of Commerce. His areas of expertise are the design and management of business information systems. Professor Grazioli understands study abroad, as he completed his undergraduate college education in Europe and has taught IT and business classes in three continents. At the McIntire School of Commerce, Professor Grazioli teaches grad and undergrad classes that focus on how to use Information Technology to generate business value.

Read the blog of the UVA in Argentina 2015 J-term program!

This program is currently not accepting applications.