Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

CIMBA is committed to creating inclusive, meaningful international experiences for every student, and embraces diversity in race, sexual orientation, ability, religious beliefs, and socio-economic status. Studying abroad provides an excellent opportunity to examine the intersection of one’s personal identities and lived experiences through a new cultural lens. Our faculty and staff are also dedicated to continued learning and curiosity surrounding the diverse experiences of our students.

We have compiled a list of resources intended to help facilitate study abroad planning for all students, and particularly those who are traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. If you have questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

Gender & Sexuality

Race & Ethnicity

Disability & Mental Health

Just like living in the U.S., there are people with disabilities across Europe who also need to live and thrive. In Italy, there are over 2,609,000 individuals with a disability.  CIMBA has accessible elevators as well as single rooms with their own private bathroom. The campus is small which makes getting around during the week more manageable. 

Mental health issues shouldn’t stop you from gaining the life changing experience of studying abroad. It is important to come prepared with the help you need, whether that be the proper medication, a way to contact your therapist, or a set schedule to check in with a support system from home.


Although Italy is officially a secular state, its culture is deeply influenced by Roman Catholicism. 74% of Italians identify with Catholicism, 9.3% with Non-Catholic Christian groups, 3.7% are Muslim, and an increasing number of Italians are atheist, according to the Learn Religions. The CIMBA program shares a campus with a Catholic private school, run by a Catholic order of brothers. As such, there is a church on campus and iconography such as crosses in the dining halls and elsewhere.


Not only is CIMBA affordable, but the program and staff are also very supportive for those who have never been abroad. For students who are paying out of state tuition, the cost of attending our program is likely cheaper than the cost of your school’s tuition. Additionally, there are RA’s on campus to assist you with any needs you may have, the professors are very understanding, and there are several orientation meetings to help you prepare along the way.

Financial Aid

CIMBA is partnering with Tippie’s BizEdge Mentoring Program to offer scholarships to any BizEdge mentor or mentee. Since 2017, the Tippie College of Business BizEdge program has empowered students of color and first-generation students through mentorship, scholarships, business networking, alumni events and more. CIMBA is happy to support this program and its students. Awards are $300 for the semester programs and $150 for the summer.