AACSB Accredited

Leading the Way in Global Business Education

CIMBA (in English, pronounced chim – buh) offers dynamic, personal, and affordable study abroad, MBA, and executive programs in Paderno del Grappa at the base of the Italian Alps in Northern Italy—just an hour north of Venice. For two decades, CIMBA has educated students from 50-plus countries and is proud to have more than 10,000 alumni living and working around the world. At CIMBA, students immerse themselves in a wide range of rigorous courses, including innovative leadership and development programming, while living amidst the Venetian countryside in one of the most popular travel and study destinations in the world. Our students’ business and cultural immersions begin from the minute they step on campus. We share a campus in the heart of Paderno del Grappa with the Istituti Filippin, one of Italy’s top boarding schools where students K-12 are educated. Although our students have different classes and live in different residence halls, they often get to know one another through a host of events designed to build cultural awareness.

Small and Personal by Design.

Our study abroad courses have a 25:1 student-faculty ratio, and the rest of our programs have fewer than 18 students per class. Our study abroad and MBA programs are backed by the top-ranked, AACSB-accredited University of Iowa Tippie College of Business. All of our courses are taught by English-speaking professors from top universities throughout the United States and Europe. Many of them have earned prestigious degrees from universities such as Cornell, Columbia, Duke, Harvard, John Hopkins, the London School of Economics, Oxford, Princeton, Yale, and more. They’ve also lived, taught, and worked around the world in global leadership positions such as senior vice president for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and Global Operations Financial Expert for Hewlett Packard.

The CIMBA Story: Creating New Opportunities Abroad

IMBA’s story is one of entrepreneurship and adventure. Nearly 25 years ago, CIMBA President and Founder Al H. Ringleb had a vision for creating a unique international MBA program that would open new opportunities abroad for students and faculty. The idea was to draw students from around the world to pursue their MBA, while giving faculty from top American colleges and universities an opportunity to gain international experience teaching business courses at an accredited program in Europe. As surprising as it may seem, in 1985 when “Dr. Al” first had this idea, there were few to no personal development opportunities available for faculty despite a rapidly growing interest in global business.

Expanding from MBA to Study Abroad, Executive Programs, and More

While debating how to move forward, Dr. Al, who holds a law degree from the University of Kansas and a doctorate from Kansas State University, began teaching and coordinating international programs at Texas A&M University. In the early 80s, he traveled extensively to and from Europe and the Soviet Union in search of business and academic partners for what would become CIMBA. Soon, businesses in both Germany and Italy, along with Clemson University, opened the door for the idea to become a reality. CIMBA was born and within a few years, the curriculum expanded beyond MBA programs to include study abroad opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate business students. By 1999, as the program moved to the University of Kansas, CIMBA announced its undergraduate program would remain focused on business, but would grow to offer courses for students majoring in communications, journalism, engineering, and more.

Developing the CIMBA Leadership Institute

As CIMBA expanded, Dr. Al became more intrigued with the field of neuroscience and the way the human brain works. He saw the implications this work could have on building personal development and leadership competencies within the CIMBA environment, and it led him to move the program to the University of Iowa in 2008. Since that time, Dr. Al and his team have continued to develop cutting-edge innovations in this area, including a series of groundbreaking tools developed at CIMBA by the CIMBA Leadership Institute. Today, these innovations are infused into all of CIMBA’s programs, with the goal of assisting and guiding students to learn more about themselves as they seek to become better managers, leaders, and entrepreneurs. This primary focus on the student and his or her personal journey remains integral to the CIMBA experience. That’s why when Dr. Al isn’t teaching undergraduate, MBA, and executive students, he can often be found in the CIMBA Leadership Institute talking with students about new ideas in leadership and development, or working with them one-on-one as a personal coach.

Why Choose CIMBA?

Study in Northern Italy, build leadership skills, travel Europe, and make new friends from around the world.

As you debate where to study abroad for a semester or a summer, we’d love to share some of the top reasons students choose CIMBA, a program that is leading the way in global business education.

We offer High Quality, Accredited Courses so You Can Study Abroad and Stay on Track for Graduation.

Our study abroad programs are taught in English and backed by the top-ranked, AACSB-accredited University of Iowa Tippie College of Business. That means nearly all of our courses will successfully transfer back to your home institution. In many cases, you can take the same course at CIMBA that you had planned to take at your home institution. For example, you can take core courses in engineering, business, communications, and more.

CIMBA is Ideal for Students Pursuing Any Major.

CIMBA offers a full suite of business core courses, but we also have sociology students taking travel writing, communication students pursuing business minors, engineering students taking statics, and students of every variety building their knowledge, leadership skills, and resumes.

Northern Italy is a Beautiful and Inspiring Place to Study.

You’ll experience daily life in the Northern Italian village of Paderno del Grappa and then you can hop on a bus, train, or plane and be in Rome, Paris, or Munich in a matter of hours.

We’re one of the Few Study Abroad Programs that Focuses on Leadership and Personal Development.

We place a strong emphasis on leadership and personal development. We highly encourage you to come for a fall or spring semester and experience our intensive, hands-on leadership program that helps students grow intellectually and personally. Not only will you experience innovative leadership training, but you will also earn leadership certificates.

We’re Small and Personal by Design.

Sure, you can attend larger study abroad programs in bigger cities, but at CIMBA, we value personal interactions and individualized experiences. That’s why we created small classes taught by English-speaking scholars from top universities, many of whom work (or have worked) in American and international businesses. Our study abroad courses have a 25:1 student to faculty ratio. Before you come to CIMBA, you’ll get step-by-step, pre-departure information related to passports, visas, scholarship opportunities, insurance, and packing. While you’re at CIMBA, you will have access to a full-time student life staff that prides itself on providing one-on-one support related to issues such as travel, health care, culture, logistics, language, housing, clubs, student organizations, and more. Most of our staff in Italy is bilingual and some multilingual. After CIMBA, we stay in touch with students, offering valuable professional recommendations and career-oriented connections.

Our Program Offers Unparalleled Amounts of Travel in Italy and Beyond.

Our academic programs are structured to allow students generous amounts of travel time – more than most study abroad programs. You get to decide where you will travel, with whom, and the details of your adventure. Our campus is conveniently located just 30 minutes from Treviso, home to one of Europe’s leading low-cost airlines, Ryanair.

You’ll Gain Access to some of Italy’s Most Successful Companies.

CIMBA is located in Italy’s Veneto Region, home to a highly influential and progressive business community that boasts more than 450,000 companies, including prominent Italian-borne corporations and multinational companies, such as Benetton, Diesel, NorthFace, Tecnica Skiboot, and more. Students visit many of these international businesses through CIMBA-sponsored company tours and field trips, and leaders within these companies are often guest speakers in our classrooms.

You’ll Create Lifelong Friends and Connections Around the World.

Our programs draw students from more than 50 countries, including the U.S., China, the Dominican Republic, Korea, Malaysia, Peru, and more. When students complete their CIMBA experience, they join our family of nearly 10,000 alumni living in 44 countries and working around the world for companies such as the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, BMW Asia/Pacific, BMGI North America Corporation, Microsoft; Domino’s International, Kraft Foods, and Bridgestone Europe. Our alumni often contact CIMBA to find qualified candidates for jobs and internships.

We Work Hard to Keep Costs Down.

We understand cost is an important factor in determining where to study overseas. That’s why we pride ourselves on having no hidden costs. Our study abroad pricing includes tuition, room and board, dining services, laundry, a twice-weekly cleaning service, and more. Airfare and personal travel are separate, but our staff can advise students on how to find the best fares. Financial aid and scholarships are also available for all of CIMBA’s programs.

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