Haworth College of Business News

CIMBA offers students unique study-abroad experience in northern Italy

Western Michigan University students can now travel to northern Italy for a study abroad experience through the CIMBA Italy program. WMU has signed with a consortium of 36 universities, offering students  the opportunity to earn college credits through the CIMBA program.

“CIMBA (prounounced ‘Chimba’) stands apart from other study abroad programs because all schools in the consortium are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business,” says Dr. Satish Deshpande, associate dean for graduate programs. “AACSB accreditation makes the transfer of course equivalencies easier to process. The AACSB accredited University of Iowa serves as the focal point for the consortium.”

With an emphasis on business courses, the CIMBA program offers courses for both undergraduate and graduate students. The courses place a great deal of emphasis on leadership and decision making in a structured environment.  Additionally, students are afforded the luxury of travel weeks throughout the semester and with the peace-of-mind in knowing that all credits will transfer.

The undergraduate program takes place at the CIMBA campus in the town of Paderno del Grappa.The MBA executive and summer graduate study abroad programs take place at the CIMBA campus in nearby Asolo, Italy, located in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains in the Veneto Region of northern Italy.

Students have the option of studying abroad during the fall, spring and summer semesters. The summer semester is a shortened semester, from May 14 to June 8. Since the semester is in late spring, students still have the opportunity to keep a summer job back home.

The CIMBA program is open to students of any major. In addition, to business courses, the program offers a select number of journalism, communication and general education courses. The program continues to grow and is one of the world’s leading study abroad programs for business students.

The deadline to apply for the summer 2012 semester is February 15. Students can apply for the CIMBA Italy program through the CIMBA website at: CIMBA Italy or the WMU study abroad office at WMU Study Abroad.