The CIMBA campus, located in Paderno del Grappa, Italy

CIMBA Italy is a study abroad program in Italy that offers study abroad and degree opportunities for undergraduate, MBA, and Executive-level students.[1] Coursework focuses on American-style learning in business, leadership, journalism, communication, and engineering. CIMBA has a campus in Paderno del Grappa in the Veneto region of northern Italy.[2][3]

The University of Iowa (UI) Tippie College of Business in Iowa City, Iowa is the current degree- and credit-granting institution for the program.[2][4]

Partner UniversitiesEdit

CIMBA works closely with both consortium member and non-member universities.[5] This consortium, led by the University of Iowa (UI), comprises more than thirty five 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 partner schools:

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


In 1985, the Consortium of Universities for International Studies (CUIS) formed as a non-profit organization to provide international experience to business professors. A few years later, the university consortium created the business institute called CIMBA. In 1991, 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. CUIS began to offer study abroad programs for graduate students in 1997. 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 the UI's Tippie College of Business, College of Engineering, and College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. The classes offered by the program are taught by professors from the partner universities, including Founder and President Dr. Al Ringleb, who teaches business law to CIMBA undergraduates and statistics to MBA students. He is also at the heart of the research and teaching related to the CIMBA Leadership Institute. To date, the program has nearly 10,000 alumni living and working in 44 countries, including more than 1,200 MBA alumni, with more than 500 students attending each year.[4]


CIMBA Italy offers undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs that are provided at the CIMBA campus in Paderno del Grappa. Courses are taught in English, and vary between semester and summer programs. The CIMBA study abroad and MBA programs are backed by the top-ranked, AACSB-accredited University of Iowa Tippie College of Business.[6]

Undergraduate programEdit

Undergraduate semester and summer programs are offered 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.[7] 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.[8] Students are encouraged to participate in executive lectures and travel opportunities. Both the semester and summer programs offer time for students to travel to enhance their learning experience.[3][9]

Graduate and executive programsEdit

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

The CIMBA MBA program focuses on neuroscience leadership research, which is 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.[10]

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.

Leadership InstituteEdit

Established by CIMBA Founder Al Ringleb, the Leadership Institute is based on more than 25 years of scientific research in neuroscience and social psychology. Ringleb and CIMBA Executive Director Cristina Turchet joined forces with Kepner-Tregoe, a multinational company specializing in problem solving strategies, to create this science-based curriculum. CIMBA’s program gives students, managers, executives, and up-and-coming leaders concrete steps to improve skills related to decision-making, problem solving, self- and social awareness, self-regulation, management, consulting, and training.[11]

CIMBA provides a three day intensive leadership program that develops student's skills to be an effective leader. It is a performance based program that allows students to practice the skills in front of their peers. Through personal growth assessments, participants learn their strengths and area of improvements as well as their working style with other peers.[12]

The Institute's mission is to help people develop skills to turn ideas into practical innovations, to effectively manage and lead others to higher levels of performance, and to become more confident in their abilities to overcome the most demanding challenges. The Leadership Institute is instrumental in supporting CIMBA’s educational philosophy which includes three pillars of learning: knowledge, rational process, and leadership behavior.

About the campusEdit

The CIMBA campus is based in Paderno del Grappa in the Veneto region of Northern Italy, at the base of Mount Grappa of the Italian Alps. The campus is located at the Istituti Filippin, an Italian boarding school, which is shared between the CIMBA program students and the Italian students. There are many events and activities the students can participate in while near campus, including intramural sports competitions between the U.S. and Italian students, visits to neighboring towns like Bassano del Grappa and Asolo, learning how to make pizza and pasta, and more. The Veneto region is home to a powerful business community that boasts more than 450,000 companies.[13] CIMBA collaborates with the local businesses and community. For example, 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.


  1. ^ "CIMBA Italy Programs Profile". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b CIMBA | About Us
  3. ^ a b Study Abroad Directory | Listings
  4. ^ a b CIMBA | The CIMBA Story
  5. ^ "Our Powerful Consortium". CIMBA Italy. The University of Iowa.
  6. ^ CIMBA | Campus Information
  7. ^ UI | Tippie College To Lead Top Study Abroad Program for Business Students
  8. ^ UI | Tippie College | Study Abroad Archived August 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "UI | Study Abroad | CIMBA Italy Program". Archived from the original on 2013-12-16. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
  10. ^ "MBA Program". Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  11. ^ "CIMBA Leadership Institute". Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  12. ^ "LIFE Leadership Training – CIMBA Italy". CIMBA Italy. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
  13. ^ "Veneto Region". Retrieved 20 April 2015.

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