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 winemaking companies in Argentina. Winemaking 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.
Course Goals and Objectives
Students shall gain a fuller 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, or case study, 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 technical reports for clients.
The class is 3 credits and is cross listed as COMM 4293 and SYS 2053/3053.
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.
To take SYS 3053, 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 2053.
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 in 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 offers a central location for walking in Mendoza. A grocery store, laundry, and restaurants are all within walking distance.
GCI: IT Project Practicum in Argentina
(COMM 4293; 3 credits)
or System Case Studies (SYS 2053/3053; 3 credits)
This program is open to all UVA undergraduates, 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.
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.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy
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
- Most non-breakfast meals
- Some local transportation costs
- Personal expenses
Language Jumpstart: Spanish
Prepare for your study abroad by learning beginner Spanish. You will learn everyday phrases, greetings, basic grammar, cultural customs, and more. More information is available on the Language Jumpstart page. Space is limited to 12 students. Acceptance into the program is first-come, first-served, so apply early online:
Program Director Stefano Grazioli, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 2013 J-term program!