Nova SBE is the exclusive Portuguese member school of the CEMS alliance, meaning it is one of a select group of 30 business schools and universities in the world to offer the only truly global pre-experience Masters in Management. Consistently rated amongst the top programs of its kind by The Financial Times since the creation of its Masters in Management ranking in 2005, the CEMS MIM comprises a carefully-designed curriculum that builds up the essential strategic and practical knowledge that future global managers will require throughout their career.

Just as importantly, thanks to the integral role played by corporate partners within the program, students will learn by doing throughout their period of study, via a hands-on approach adopted in courses, but also via real-life business projects, skill seminars and the mandatory international internship.

All of the above takes place within the especially international and cosmopolitan environment of the CEMS alliance, both on the Nova campus during students’ home term but also on the campus of one of the 30 other member schools during the obligatory term abroad, not forgetting the opportunity to travel and participate in curricular and extra-curricular activities within other CEMS destinations.

More than any other pre-experience program of its kind, the CEMS MIM provides the ultimate insight into understanding and practicing business in a truly multicultural context, even before embarking on the international career that beckons after graduation.

Stand-out features of the program include:

  • The academic expertise, corporate insight and social responsibility of a global alliance of 30 top business schools and universities, 70+ multinational companies and 5 NGOs.
  • The uniquely rich and diverse learning experience of studying alongside 1000+ peers from all corners of the globe.
  • The power and support of a genuinely international social and professional network, both during studies, upon graduation and into a fulfilling career.

Empowering students to shape their studies

Students must pass CEMS Courses accounting for 45 ECTS credits in the MIM Program. During Term 1, students have to successfully complete a CEMS Course in the field of Global Strategy. During Term 2, similarly, students have to successfully complete a CEMS Course in the field of Global Management Practice.

Beside the mandatory courses, students are invited to build up their individual course plan of elective, exclusive and open elective courses in order to establish a specialist direction within their Master's studies, in view of the kind of career trajectory they have in mind beyond graduation.

These specified courses are offered exclusively to CEMS students. The remaining Elective and Exclusive (Elective offered only to CEMS students) CEMS Courses are a selection of the best courses with an International Management profile chosen from the Nova SBE program portfolio.

Examples of recent CEMS MIM electives at Nova:

  • Banking
  • Brand Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Family Business
  • Global HR Management
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Investments
  • Luxury Marketing and Management
  • Negotiation Strategy
  • Positive Organizations
  • Strategy in Global Markets

Building ties, skills, and knowledge

Three main types of the seminar are conducted within the CEMS MIM, with three distinctly different learning objectives.

The beginning-of-year Block Seminar is designed to bring students and academics together via an exercise or activity that has not only an educational purpose but also a bonding one, thereby creating immediate links between members of the new cohort and the school at the start of the academic year.

Recent Block Seminars at Nova:

  • From Creativity to Innovation,
  • Social Entrepreneurship,
  • Sustainability, Openness, And Growth,
  • Corporate Sustainability And The Triple-Bottom-Line (Shareholders, People, and Environment).

Learning business by doing business

Students must carry out a Business Project during Term 2 of their CEMS MIM year. It accounts for 15 ECTS credits and is conducted in teams of 3-5 students in a “consultancy” mode.

Business projects reinforce the partnership between universities and companies or NGOs in jointly shaping students’ learning processes in international management. They are designed as a real-life learning experience for students and are supervised both at the Nova end and the business end: an academic advisor oversees the unfolding of the project whilst a business representative is involved in joint tutoring as well as ensuring the application of theory in practice.

Recent examples of CEMS MIM Business projects at Nova:

  • Building a Strategy 2020 to Empower Youth, with Transparency International.
  • Worldwide Sourcing: Latin American Snapshot for Food Retail, with Daymon Worldwide.
  • How to Increase Penetration in Hair Treatments, with Henkel AG & Co. KGaA.
  • Business Activity Monitoring Mechanisms and Culture, with Millennium bcp - Banco Comercial Português.
  • Risk Management, with EDP - Energias de Portugal, S.A.

Discovering the international business world

Internships provide students with the real-life professional learning experience of integrating an organization’s culture and processes. The main objective is to turn academic experience and theoretical knowledge into a professional, multi-cultural experience. They must, therefore, be at the level of a graduate recruit in order to provide valuable business experience.

Internships can take place at a CEMS Corporate Partner, although not on a compulsory basis. They can also take place at a non-profit organization such as in a humanitarian mission, provided responsibility levels correspond. Entrepreneurial internships (staring up your own business) may be accepted with permission of the home Academic Director, and as long as the CEMS requirements are met and supervision/tutoring is provided during the internship.

Learning how to work in another language

Applicants to the CEMS MIM must meet stringent language competency criteria, as well as reach a pre-set standard in order to successfully graduate from the program. The CEMS MIM is designed for multilingual, multicultural students seeking to build a career abroad where they will interact with people of many different nationalities and from different cultures, so language proficiency occupies a very important place within the curriculum.

CEMS language teaching and testing focus very heavily upon communication, meaning the ability to work in a foreign language in all senses – oral communication, listening comprehension, writing detailed reports and analyses, giving presentations and interacting spontaneously.

An internationally mobile professional community

One of the most valuable features of the CEMS MIM is the prospect of a truly international career for graduates. International placement is facilitated not only by the cultural diversity of the program itself but also the integral role played by CEMS Corporate Partners, including recruitment of graduates. CEMS also offers a number of CEMS-specific tools and events designed to aid students in their search for a job over the course of their studies.

CEMS Corporate Partners are active contributors to the CEMS network, interested in and committed to the development of international management education and recruitment.

Many students find employment via the direct contact that they have with companies during their CEMS studies, either via courses, skills seminars, the mandatory business project or the international internship.

Entry requirements

Candidates must provide one of the following as proof of completing an English certificate upon submission of their application.

  • TOEFL iBT minimum score – 100
  • IELTS Academic minimum score – 7.0
  • CPE minimum grade of C
  • CAE minimum grade of B
  • BEC Higher minimum grade of B
  • Have passed one of the CEMS-accredited local English exams
  • A-level GCSE issued in Singapore
  • University degree taught entirely in English and validated by the CEMS Office

They must also be able to prove the following level of their second and third languages:

  • A CEMS-accredited language: mother tongue or B2 oral + B1 written level
  • Any other language: mother tongue or 5-6 ECTS introductory language course at elementary level

The CEMS languages are: Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Czech, Danish, Dutch / Afrikaans, Farsi / Tajik, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi / Urdu, Hungarian, Indonesian / Malay, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croat (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, and Montenegrin), Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

For the third language requirement, a CEMS student is encouraged to step out of their comfort zone.

CEMS uses the Common European Framework of References (CEFR) for comparing proficiency in languages. There are six levels on the CEFR scale, where levels C2 and C1 describe a proficient user, levels B2 and B1 an intermediate user, and levels A2 and A1 a basic user.

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