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Paderno del Grappa, Italy
Program Terms: Fall,
Summer I
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Summer I
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 10/15/2015** Rolling Admission 01/18/2016 04/08/2016

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Language of Instruction:
 Housing Options:
Dorm (single), Dorm (double)
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Sophomore, Graduate, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior
 Program Specialist:
Joseph Rasich
 Areas of Study:
Business, Economics, Marketing
Program Description:

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Program Overview CIMBA is dedicated to providing unique educational opportunities to undergraduate, graduate and executive program participants. It is committed to providing an innovative learning environment and to the development of superior educational programs to better prepare today’s young professionals for the global marketplace. CIMBA takes pride in the success of its students and the companies they serve; its professors and employees; the shared commitment to its educational philosophy; the Consortium-member universities it serves; and the integral part it plays in the Veneto region, which so graciously serves as the program’s home.

In 2008, The University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business became the new home for CIMBA. The programs continue to grow and thrive with more than 1,200 MBA graduates around the world and approximately 700 study abroad students attending our programs each year. CIMBA continues to be one of the world's leading study abroad programs for business students.

Hear why past students chose to study at CIMBA:
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The CIMBA program has two campuses. The MBA, executive and summer graduate study abroad programs take place at the CIMBA campus in Asolo, Italy. The undergraduate study abroad programs take place at the CIMBA campus in the nearby town of Paderno del Grappa. Only a few miles apart and located in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains in the Veneto region of northern Italy, both facilities provide a wonderful campus experience for students.

In addition to the campus experience, the Veneto region provides the perfect location for increasing awareness and understanding of the functional aspects of international business. Considered beautiful for its natural environment and picturesque old-town centers, the Veneto is home to a flourishing business community unrivalled in Italy and remarkable by European standards. With only 5 million inhabitants, the region boasts more than 450,000 companies, most of which are small and medium-sized; these companies account for nearly 20 percent of Italian exports. Venture capital investment in the Veneto region exceeded 2.7 billion Euros in 2004, which accounted for more than 90 percent of the total for Italy and equaled the venture capital investment for Germany. The Veneto, with its major cities of Venice, Padua, Vicenza, Verona and Treviso, is home to a number of multi-national corporations including Aprilia (motorcycles), Benetton (textiles and apparel), Castelgarden (garden products), Diadora (sporting apparel), Geox (shoes), Lotto (apparel and sporting goods), Luxottica (eyewear), Technica (ski boots and equipment), Pavan (food-processing machinery) and Electrolux (home appliances).

The unique business and living environment provides a foundation not only for learning international business, but also for the contribution it makes to the development of students’ leadership behavior skills and attributes. In this sense, the idyllic international setting gives students, who find themselves out of their comfort zone, a real opportunity to learn about themselves over an extended period of time. The depth and richness of the CIMBA experience in this respect goes well beyond more traditional, knowledge-based, programs.

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Academic Eligibility
Open for business students only.
Minumum GPA 2.00.

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the HIGE. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad. After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs. It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time). *Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Global Engagement Scholarship if taking one course (minimum of three credit hours) in the relevant foreign language each semester while abroad.

Note: Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

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While you’re at CIMBA, you’ll live on a beautiful campus at the foot of the Italian Alps in the shadow of Mount Grappa. Depending on the season, you can join hardy bicyclists, hikers, paragliders, snowshoers, or cross-country skiers who come from around the world to navigate Mount Grappa’s twisting trails. You’ll live in a residence hall where you can choose a single or double room—most of which have a magnificent view of Mount Grappa and all of which are less than five minutes from your classes. Your program cost covers breakfast, lunch and dinner at the campus cafeteria, and gives you access to the Hawk recreation room, computer areas, and athletic facilities. These facilities include a  swimming pool, basketball and volleyball courts, a cardio and weight room, a gymnasium as well as an outdoor basketball court, tennis court, and soccer field.

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Additional Resources

Host Institution Information (external links)
CIMBA homepage
Preparing for Your Trip

Country Information (external links)
Italy - Lonely Planet
Veneto, Italy - Lonely Planet
Country Specific Information - Italy
Culturegram - Italy

CIMBA Contacts:

Haworth College of Busines
Barb Caras-Tomczak
MBA Program Coordinator and Global Business Center Advisor
2320 Schneider Hall 
(269) 387-5086

WMU Study Abroad
Joseph Rasich
Study Abroad Specialist
(269) 387-5890

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