Consortium of Universities for International Studies (CIMBA)
- Study in the inspiring Veneto region of Italy at the Consortium of Universities for International Studies
- Rigorous, high-quality courses taught in English by United States professors
- The program is open to all majors but is most attractive to Business, Communication and Journalism majors
- Students have the option of participating in additional CIMBA Advantage leadership programs (LIFE and LEAP)
- Extended travel opportunities during weekends and institutional breaks
CIMBA International University (CIU) is located approximately 25 miles north of Venice in the town of Paderno del Grappa. Paderno del Grappa is a small community nestled in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains at the base of Mount Grappa in the Veneto region of Italy. The program is located on the campus of the Istituto Filipin, a private Italian boarding school.
The location of the campus offers the cultural experience of living in a small Italian community while providing direct access to the well-known art and history treasures of the Veneto region. The Veneto, with its major cities of Venice, Padua, Vicenza, Verona and Treviso, is considered to be the most economically advanced region in Italy.
Course of Study
The University of Iowa (UI) administers this program. Participants enroll at UI as non-degree seeking students and will receive course credit and an official transcript at the conclusion of the program. The program offers intensive, high-quality courses taught in English. CIMBA offers a full range of business core courses and electives, as well as courses in journalism and communication studies. Italian language classes are also available during the fall and spring semesters. Summer offerings include classes in business, economics and communication studies. Students may take between 12-18 credits of coursework during a semester program or 6 credits during the summer program. Classes have approximately 20 students, and emphasize an international learning environment with a focus on current international events and trends.
Credits transfer to UNL from the University of Iowa and are transferable to UNL by direct equivalency or departmental evaluation. Please see "earning credit" page on UNL Education Abroad site for more information.
For a semester or summer program, all students with at least sophomore standing and a 2.75 GPA are encouraged to apply. Students with 2.5-2.75 GPA's will also be considered on a case by case basis and are encouraged to apply. Students must apply to UNL and to the CIMBA Program separately. Acceptance to the program is dependent on several factors. Candidates are reviewed by CIMBA based not only on grade point average, but also on whom they are as a person. Students who meet both the academic and general requirements of the program generally are accepted. Students find the CIMBA application materials online through their website at www.cimbaitaly.com; the actual applications are submitted online and the remaining required documents are sent via mail. The program operates on a rolling admissions basis and could fill before the deadline occurs. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible. The fall application deadline to CIMBA is approximately April 15; the spring semester deadline is approximately October 15; the summer semester deadline is approximately February 15.
CBA Study Abroad Student Coordinators
Rachel Henk, Courtney Van Hoosen and John Ware
Assistant Director of International Engagement and Advising
Accommodations and Other Arrangements
Students share rooms in on-campus residence halls; each room has its own bathroom. The full-service facility includes classrooms, a cafeteria, residence halls, computer and language labs, and modern athletic facilities including indoor swimming pools, cardio and weight room, and gymnasium. During a semester program there are more than 25 days of scheduled travel time (2 week-long breaks and 2 long weekends). During the summer program there are two long weekends scheduled for travel as well as opportunities to travel before or after the program.
See the "Cost Sheet" above and the Financial page on the Education Abroad website.
Explanation of Costs
Please see the Cost Sheet and the program website for an explanation of program costs, withdrawal policies, and the payment process.
In addition to program costs, UNL students will pay a $150 Study Abroad Fee through MyRed.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships.
UNL CBA Program page
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