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CIMBA’s campus is located in Paderno del Grappa, Italy

The Consortium Institute of Management and Business Administration (CIMBA) is a study abroad program in Italy that brings together faculty and students from different countries to study business. CIMBA has a campus 25 miles north of Venice in the foothills of the Dolomites (Italian Alps).[1][2]

The University of Iowa (UI) - Tippie College of Business in Iowa City, Iowa is the current degree- and credit-granting institution for the program.[3][4]

Partner Universities

At the core of CIMBA lies the Consortium of Universities for International Studies (CUIS).[5] This consortium, led by the University of Iowa (UI), comprises more than thirty U.S. universities (all Carnegie Foundation research universities), who collectively provide support and guidance for CIMBA’s academic programs. Students and faculty come primarily from these member schools:[6]

University of Alabama University of Iowa University of Oregon
University of Arizona Iowa State University Purdue University
University of Arkansas Kansas State University Rutgers University
Brigham Young University University of Kansas San Diego State University
Clemson University Louisiana State University University of South Carolina
University of Colorado University of Michigan University of Tennessee
University of Connecticut University of Minnesota Texas Tech University
University of Delaware University of Missouri University of Virginia
Florida State University North Carolina State University Virginia Tech University
University of Florida University of Nebraska Western Michigan University
Georgia State University Oklahoma State University West Virginia University
University of Georgia University of Oklahoma University of Wyoming


In 1985, Consortium of Universities for International Studies (CUIS) formed as a Clemson University became the degree-granting institution and graduated the first MBA class. In the mid 1990s, CUIS began its summer graduate study abroad program and created offerings for undergraduate students. In 1999, the University of Kansas became the degree-granting university for CUIS. The following year, CUIS offered its first semester-long program for undergraduate students and then later began to offer journalism and communication courses to undergraduate students. In 2008, The University of Iowa (UI) became the new credit-granting institution for CUIS, and CIMBA now offers courses from UI's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Tippie College of Business.[4]


The undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs are in Paderno del Grappa. Courses are taught in English.[7]


Undergraduate semester and summer programs are in Paderno del Grappa, Italy.

Most of the courses are targeted to business students and emphasize current international events. In addition to business courses, CIMBA offers courses in economics, journalism, communications, beginning Italian, music, engineering, and others.[8] Programs are designed to provide students with international experience while remaining on schedule for graduation. Students can earn up to 18 semester hours for the semester, and summer session students can receive up to 6 semester hours.[9] Students are encouraged to participate in executive lectures and travel opportunities for an enhanced learning experience.[2][10]

Graduate and Executive

Graduate semester and summer programs as well as executive education programs are in Paderno del Grappa, Italy.

The CIMBA MBA program focuses on neuroscience leadership research (i.e., how brain function influences human experience). The program uses science to explain and teach soft skills (e.g., emotional intelligence) needed for the effective practice of management. Program participants learn how to translate business knowledge into an actionable activity (a decision made, a problem solved, or a problem avoided) so they can better persuade, motivate, and assist a team.[11]

In May 2007, the consortium hosted a neuroscience leadership conference for executives from companies around the world. Example attendees included a change management specialist from the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group and a regional general manager from the National Australia Bank.[12]

Local Community

CIMBA collaborates with the local community. Here are a couple of examples. Companies in Italy's entrepreneurial Veneto region (e.g., Benetton, Nordica, and Zanussi) work in partnership with CIMBA to provide MBA students with real-world Management consulting and Six Sigma projects.[3][7]


  1. ^ UI | Tippie MBA Students | European Summer Options
  2. ^ a b Study Abroad Directory | Listings
  3. ^ a b CIMBA | Welcome
  4. ^ a b CIMBA | Program History
  5. ^ CIMBA | Introduction
  6. ^ CIMBA | Partner Universities
  7. ^ a b CIMBA | Campus Information
  8. ^ UI | Tippie College To Lead Top Study Abroad Program for Business Students
  9. ^ UI | Tippie College | Study Abroad
  10. ^ UI | Study Abroad | CIMBA Italy Program
  11. ^ CIMBA | CIMBA Advantage
  12. ^ National Australia Bank

External links

  • Official CIMBA website
  • Official CIMBA MBA website
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