Website of Host Institution:
Saint Mary's University - CIMBA
The 13-week, undergraduate semester program offers students the unique experience of learning abroad while providing the opportunity to take up to 18 credits and stay on track for graduation. The Program includes:
- Rigorous, high-quality courses taught in English
- Business and Economics core and elective courses
- Classes in Journalism and Communication Studies
- Learn Italian
- Outstanding professors and small classes
- Meaningful International Experience
- Built-in Travel Breaks (25+ days of built-in travel)
Website of Program/University:
This program offers rigorous, high-quality courses taught in English.
A full range of business and economics courses are offered, as well as courses in journalism and communication studies. Italian language classes are offered, and students are encouraged to enhance their language skills. Students may take up to 18 credits of coursework and are encouraged to take at least one class outside of their professional area.
Special Lectures & Company Tours:
The campus of the Filippin Institute, of the DeLasalle Christian Brothers, is located in the small Italian town of Paderno del Grappa. The campus offers students the cultural experience of living in a small Italian community, while providing access to the celebrated art and historical treasures of the Veneto region. The full service facility includes classrooms, a cafeteria, residence halls, computer and language labs, and modern athletic facilities including an indoor swimming pool, a cardio and weight room, and a gymnasium.
Unique Aspects of Program:
Every semester students attend three special dinner outings with professors and staff at a formal Italian restaurant. Past student highlights have included olive picking on the Grappa Mountains, touring local wineries, and learning to toss a pizza at a local pizzeria. These – and other local events – allow students to experience traditions that make the Veneto Region unique.
Italian junior and senior high-school students also attend classes on campus. Some of these students also reside on campus. American and Italian students live in different buildings and attend different classes, but cultural interaction is encouraged through social activities such as Halloween parties, American Thanksgiving dinners and language practice groups.
Country and/or City Information:
Paderno del Grappa is located at the base of Mount Grappa, a mountain located in the Dolomites. The municipality of Paderno del Grappa is approximately 45 miles north of Venice, and is close to larger towns, Asolo and Bassano del Grappa, also in the Treviso province.
The undergraduate campus is only a few miles from the campus in Asolo, at the base of Mount Grappa. The campus offers students the cultural experience of living in a small Italian community while providing access to the celebrated art and historical treasures of the Veneto region.
The Filippin Institute campus offers dormitory style housing with single and double rooms available.
All rooms have a private bathroom. Three meals a day are provided while classes are in session. Meals are served cafeteria style in the Italian tradition (first course = pasta or rice; second course = meat with vegetable or salad; third course = dessert). While traveling, students are responsible for their own housing and food.
Fall Semester - September to December
Spring Semester - January to April
- 18+ years old
- 2.5 GPA or higher depending on home university requirement
- Sophomore status and/or required prerequisites
- Must be approved by home university to study abroad
CIMBA offers both merit- and need-based financial awards available for students attending the semester programs. Award amounts vary from year to year based on the number of applications received and funding available. Visit the CIBMA Financial Aid & Scholarships page to learn more.
Contact your Study Abroad Office
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full. Space is limited, so apply early.