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CIMBA Advantage Program for Semester Students

All undergraduates who attend a semester program will participate in the CIMBA Advantage Program (CAP). The CAP program is a series of lectures and events which capture the spirit of CIMBA and are focused on CIMBA’s goals, basic beliefs, and cultural exploration. Many of these meetings will take place within the first two weeks you are on campus to help you adapt to your time abroad. Others will be spaced throughout the semester. The semester CAP events are listed below; those marked with an asterisk are optional.

Welcome Orientation

This event takes place during your first night on campus and gives you the opportunity to meet other students, the professors, and the CIMBA staff.

Travel Orientation

This seminar covers everything from reading the train station signs to safety and emergency topics.

Program and Academic Orientation

During this session, the CIMBA staff will share information about the living environment and the structure of program; topics include: how the schedule works, using the sports center, academic life, etc.

Survival Italian Workshops

These workshops will teach you some basic and useful Italian phrases and words that will help during your time in Italy.

DaVinci Challenge

You will participate in a low-ropes course team building activity.

Etiquette Seminar

This event precedes the gourmet dinner. It will focus on fine-dining etiquette and highlight cultural differences in proper etiquette.

Kepner-Tregoe (KT) Problem Solving and Decision Making (PSDM) Workshop(s)

All students will receive an introduction to KT PSDM methodology which is well respected and widely used in corporations around the world. If you would like to earn a certificate in KT PSDM, you can attend addition sessions. Click here for more information regarding KT PSDM.

Introduction to LIFE or Neuroleadership Orientation

You will attend one of these sessions, depending on whether you are enrolled in LIFE or not. These orientations will give you a basic understanding of the neuroscience behind the relationship between behavior and performance.

Daily Mindfulness Practice*

Learn more about the practice and importance of Mindfulness.

Wine History and Appreciation Seminar*

You will learn about the process of wine making as well as the history and importance of the Veneto region in Italian wine production.

Global Cultural Comparisons

You will learn the differences and similarities between cultures on a range of topics, including business practices, families, and even the concept of time.

Cultural Field Trips*

You can chose to attend a variety of field trips when you are not in class. Examples include visiting Montegrappa and Bassano to learn about WWI history or Possagno to learn about the Neoclassical sculptor Canova.

Company Tours

You will learn about Italian companies and business practices first hand when you visit local area companies and talk with their executives.

Expatriate Panel

You will learn about living and working abroad from a panel of expatriates who share their experiences about living and working in Italy. You will have opportunities to ask questions and interact with the guest speakers.

Time Management Workshop*

Offered at the beginning of the semester, this session offers tips for balancing your time while in Italy and managing different commitments (academic, travel, social, family).

Interview Skills Workshop*

We provide you with the opportunity to learn the basic do’s and don’ts of interviewing. This session is followed by optional interview practice with our staff and professionals to further hone your skills.

Presentation Skills Workshop*

This workshop teaches you basic tips for effective public speaking. This session is followed by an optional opportunity to practice speeches and presentations in front of an audience while receiving feedback for continual improvement.

Social Media Workshop*

This session will teach you how to better utilize your online profiles, such as LinkedIn, to help with your job search or career advancement.