CIMBA Environment 

Our small class sizes allow our faculty scholars and mentors to work one-on-one with students and incorporate small-group discussions and hands-on learning opportunities such as company tours and cultural excursions. This page details the typical student profile and the CIMBA learning environment.

Typical Student Profile

Undergraduate: The majority of the undergraduate students studying with CIMBA are business majors, but there will be journalism, communication, and engineering students in your classes as well. Ages will range from students who have just completed their freshman year to seniors; the majority of the students will be juniors (20-21 years old). The average GPA of the students is 3.27. While all the students are based out of U.S. institutions, there will be both U.S. and international students in your course.

Summer Graduate: Our graduate students are typically full-time and part-time MBA, Engineering, and MAcc students. Ages can range from 23-40, and students typically have about 3-5 years of work experience.

MBA: The student body will be international, representing not only Italy and the U.S, but also Europe, North and South America, Asia, and other continents. Depending on the cycle you teach in, you may be teaching a class of only full-timers (about 20) or a mixed class of full-time and part-time students (about 35). As in other part-time MBA programs, the typical student is fully employed, 32 years old, and has an average of 6 years of work experience.

We value diversity and can support students from varying backgrounds or who may have unique needs.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

Schedule and Pace

Maintaining academic rigor is a vital part of CIMBA. Due to the condensed nature of our programs, professors need to be prepared for the quick pace. Successful professors have a contingency plan for technology glitches and more material prepped in case the class accomplishes more than anticipated in a class meeting. They also avoid letting the class get off topic and falling behind on content. Because the courses are condensed, lost time can have a detrimental effect on the amount of content covered. Listed below is what you can expect for the teaching structure of each program.

Semester (12 weeks): Classes will meet for 1 hour and 50 minutes either on Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday of each week. In order to ensure that every class meets for the required contact minutes, class meeting days will swap halfway through the semester. This structure will affect the pace of your course as the majority of your course meetings may be concentrated in the first part of the term or your class will really ramp up in the second half. Because of this unique schedule design, it is typically easier for faculty to plan syllabi using 21 course meetings, including the finals. Rather than list the content covered on a particular date, it is easier to say Course Meeting #2, #3, etc.

Summer Undergraduate (4 weeks): Classes meet for 1 hour and 45 minutes in the morning, four days a week. In addition, each class will have one, three hour class session in the afternoon per week. These afternoon classes are intended for more hands-on learning, group work, and presentations. One afternoon block will be dedicated to a company tour relating to your course curricula. In total, each class will meet for 16 morning sessions, four afternoon blocks, and the final exam. In order to ensure students are prepared to participate in their classes from day one, faculty are required to assign three hours of “pre-work” for students to complete before arriving in Italy. See syllabi section for more information.

Summer Undergraduate only: In order to ensure students are prepared to participate in their classes from day one, faculty are required to assign three hours of “pre-work” for students to complete before arriving in Italy. Assignments can include readings, problem sets, case studies, responses, etc. Tracking completion and determining whether to grade the pre-work is up to faculty discretion. Assignments should be posted to ICON for students approximately one month prior to the program.

Summer Graduate (2 weeks): Classes meet for two and a half hours every morning, break for a long lunch, then reconvene for two more hours in the afternoon. Graduate courses will have the first Friday afternoon free for students to begin their travels for the weekend. In total, graduate courses will meet for eight morning sessions, seven afternoon sessions, and a final exam session; one of the class sessions will be devoted to a company tour.

MBA (varies): Classes typically meet from 9 am to 6 pm (with a break for lunch) for four days. Final exams are proctored by our staff a few weeks later. Professors are welcome to assign coursework for completion before and after in-person teaching sessions.

Classrooms & Offices

All classrooms are equipped with a dry-erase board and LCD projectors. Classrooms are assigned with consideration to class sizes and technology needs. Please let our staff know if there is anything we can do to help accommodate unique teaching requests. Despite continuous improvements, do not expect technology to be comparable to what you are accustomed to in the U.S. Also, there is no tech support staff available. Please be prepared to be flexible with your content and class delivery structure. Every faculty member will have a desk in a shared faculty office, located on the same floor as the classrooms, available 24 hours a day.

Integrating CIMBA’s Educational Philosophy

CIMBA’s curriculum is infused with leadership and personal development competencies designed to help students develop skills to turn ideas into practice, so they can be confident in their abilities to overcome the most demanding challenges. You will be asked to take an active role in the leadership culture on campus. Here are some ideas:

  • Attend Introduction to Leadership seminar at beginning of program (not applicable for MBA faculty)
  • Support undergraduate semester students through LIFE (and participate if you chose)
  • Integrate company tours and guest speakers into your course
  • Promote mindful behavior
  • Utilize tools like
  • Incorporate technology, such as, into classroom activities 

Learn more about our Leadership Institute and the activities the students participate in.