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Undergraduate Global Immersion in Italy

Paderno del Grappa, Italy: Consortium of Universities for International Studies (CIMBA)

Program Type

CIMBA is administered by the University of Iowa. Students come from US universities to take classes taught mostly by US faculty. Program structure provides students with support structures similar to what they would find at a US university.

Location and Host School

The CIMBA program is located in the small Italian town of Paderno del Grappa at the base of majestic Mount Grappa, and shares use of the campus of Istituto Filipin, a private Italian boarding school. The campus offers students the cultural experience of living in a small Italian community while providing access to the celebrated art and historical treasures of the Veneto region.

Once an independent state known as the Venetian Republic, the Veneto region is among the wealthiest and most developed in Italy. Venice is its capital, and as such it's a popular tourist destination, with beautiful landscapes and a rich historic and cultural heritage.

The Consortium of Universities for International Studies (CIMBA) is comprised of a group of 34 international member universities, led by the University of Iowa, who collectively provide significant support and guidance for CIMBA's academic programs. Because of the large number of schools providing high quality professors and the focus on teaching, CIMBA is uniquely suited to expand the learning environment to include small-group cooperative learning and experiential techniques that encourage self-discovery.

In addition to business courses, CIMBA's unique offerings include seminars on European culture, critical thinking, international relations, and the European Union. Guest speakers and company tours provide students with opportunities to meet international business leaders in the region.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester: early September to early December

Spring semester: mid-January to mid-April

When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process.

Work with Education Abroad Advisers and the Carlson Business Career Center for support addressing challenges.

Language and Academics

Students are enrolled in 13-18 Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5100) credits for a semester in the CIMBA program, depending on the chosen course load. All courses appear on the U of M transcript as resident credit with an A-F grade and students must maintain at least 13 credits to meet minimum requirements.

Knowledge, process, and leadership behavior represent the three pillars on which CIMBA courses are developed. The program uses a structured process to teach students the efficient use of rational managerial thought while providing a consistent approach to decision making and problem solving. Students also have the chance to pursue four different certificate programs during the semester at no additional cost. The skills and certifications gained in these courses provide students with a unique set of tools applicable to businesses world-wide and a competitive advantage as they begin interviewing for jobs and internships.

Carlson students will take a combination of business courses (3 credits each), a required Italian language course (2 or 4 credits), and an optional course on European culture (3 credits). Students may select up to 18 total credits in a number of business related fields such as Marketing, Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Accounting, and Cross-Cultural Competence and Communication.


Students live on campus in dormitory style housing. Single and double rooms are available; each option has a private bathroom. Students may request particular roommates through the roommate selection form; students with no roommate preferences will be assigned to all-male or all-female rooms. The program fee includes a meal plan for week days.

Budget Estimate 2013 - 2014

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs

CIMBA Program Fee (includes tuition, fees, housing, meals, book rental, local bus pass, housekeeping, several excursions & int'l health insurance). This amount is invoiced by the University of Iowa.

$16,225 - Fall 2013

TBD - Spring 2014

Carlson Program Fee (maintains resident student status and covers program administration and international health insurance). This amount will appear on the U of M student account. $1,000
Transportation (to and from program site) $1,000

Documentation* (passport, visa, immunization, additional health insurance)

Essential Daily Living Expenses $250
Miscellaneous $1,000

$19,650 - Spring 2013

TBD - Fall 2014

*Subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. In addition, University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Scholarships and Finances for additional information, and Costs and Billing for budget planning and cost comparison tools.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A University of Minnesota student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Additional criteria may apply and meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Application and Selection

Application materials include the online application form, a resume, and essay. Submit a completed application by the February 28th priority deadline prior to the academic year in which you wish to participate. Programs that do not fill following the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.

Admission to all programs is based on review of your application by the study abroad selection committee, and selection notifications are sent out within one month of the priority deadline or receipt of application during rolling admission. Once selected, students are given the opportunity to confirm acceptance, at which point they are subject to Education Abroad policies.

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