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January Term: UVA in Argentina
Mendoza, Argentina (Education Abroad Programs 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 2018 01-OCT-2017
10-OCT-2017 28-DEC-2017 13-JAN-2018
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by October 15. Students must depart the US on 12/27 to arrive in Mendoza on 12/28.

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Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Hotel 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, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences, 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 wineries in Argentina, where wine making is a global business fueled by 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. Students in the UVA in Argentina program all have the same experience regardless of which class they choose to enroll.

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.

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


Argentina is a place where cultural differences from the US are at the same time both overt and subtle. Mendoza, the heart of Argentine winemaking, is a city that holds onto Argentine traditions like siestas, mate, and late and long dinners. It is the ideal place for you to gain insights into the cultural differences between Argentina and the US and develop the ability to successfully cope with these differences.

The group will stay at a hotel located on Plaza Chile in downtown Mendoza. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, A/C, TV, a bathroom and a kitchen in each suite. A complementary light breakfast is offered every morning. Most importantly, the hotel is in a central location for walking in Mendoza. The central Plaza Independencía, 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
The SYS course is open to all UVA 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students, regardless of major. The Comm course is open to  2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students only. 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. Students in the Commerce School can apply these credits toward the IT concentration, Global Commerce Track or as a Commerce Elective.

To learn more about either course and students' past experiences, click on: COMM 4293 or SYS 2654.

Information Sessions
Commerce Session:
September 5th & 6th at 5pm in RRH 225.
General Session:
September 6 from at 6:30pm in Olsson 011


The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page.

Accessibility Statement
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.

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.


Program Director Reid Bailey,, is Associate Professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Virginia. In addition to the UVA in Argentina program, Professor Bailey leads the UVA in Sweden program and he teaches classes where students engage with real clients via engineering design projects and statistical modeling cases.

Stefano Grazioli,, is a 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 more about students’ experiences on the 2017 program blog

This program is currently not accepting applications.