Director Irene Dagnino


At Bocconi, the CEMS MIM program is offered during the second year of the MSc in International Management.

  • It is a global program (34 prestigious partner universities, around 70 corporate partners, and 8 social partners) of which Bocconi is one of the four founding members and the only Italian partner university
  • It was jointly designed by universities and the corporate partners that shape the CEMS network
  • It is exclusively open to students studying at member universities
  • It provides a select group of high profile, internationally-minded, and multilingual top students with the knowhow and expertise needed to succeed in the new international business environment taking on senior international management roles
  • It is designed by both academic and business leaders. The CEMS MIM program connects university education and business expertise and is therefore able to offer relevant insights into management best practice
  • The CEMS MIM study plan includes not only innovative interdisciplinary courses but also seminars and real case studies in order to develop the necessary skills to work in international teams
  • Students benefit from a lifelong connection with the CEMS community, both professionally - with access to job opportunities and employers - and also as part of a very active, supportive network around the world
  • Over 18,000 CEMS alumni with 100+ different nationalities currently occupy positions at various management levels in a broad range of industry sectors across 75+ countries.


At the conclusion of their studies, participants will be awarded both the Master in International Management certificate issued by CEMS and the Italian MSc degree in International Management issued by Bocconi.
Students participating in the CEMS MIM program will have to pay an administrative fee on top of MSc tuition and fees.




In the first year, students are provided with the fundamental concepts of International Management through core courses and seminars that all feature highly interactive methods and are largely based on individual work in addition to teamwork.

The second-year study plan requires students to successfully attend courses abroad and in Italy. Students must also participate in – and complete – all additional CEMS and Bocconi activities.

First Year (at Bocconi)

Main topics:

  • Corporate Strategy
  • Geopolitics and Business
  • Macroeconomics
  • Organization
  • Marketing Decisions
  • International Finance
  • Principles of Business Analytics
  • Performance Measurement
  • International Comparative Business Law

Second Year (at CEMS partner university and at Bocconi)

  • Global Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Global Strategy
  • Block seminar, an intensive one-week seminar on innovative management topics. Students generally attend the Block Seminar in their semester 1 destination. The host school may require that students pay a contribution towards board and lodging for this activity
  • Other CEMS courses
  • Global Leadership
  • Global Citizenship Seminar, scheduled in semester 2, the course consists of 2 consecutive mandatory days.
  • Business project, an in-field group project. Multinational student teams solve a real company business problem in a consultancy-style project. At the same time, students develop competencies in process management, result-orientation, and team building. The project, which should be completed in approximately two months’ time, is supervised by both a company representative and a professor. The Business Project is done during the second semester at the university where the student is studying.
  • Skill seminars, training seminars jointly organized by the university and companies. The aim is to give students the essential skills to work effectively in an international management environment; emphasis is placed on skills such as communication, teamwork and presentations. Skill seminars should be taken both at the home school or and at the host school over the two semesters.

Internship abroad: a full-time consecutive period of at least 8 weeks within a company. The internship cannot overlap with the academic term during the CEMS MIM year, therefore it must take place during the summer prior to or after the CEMS MIM, or a different time depending on the academic calendar. 

Foreign languages
All CEMS MIM graduates must have language competence in three languages, one of which is English.
The minimum language requirements are the following:

  • Language 1: English
    Mother tongue or Proficiency 
  • Language 2: any language 
    Mother tongue or B1 oral / B1 written level 
  • Language 3: any language 
    Mother tongue or elementary level

All Bocconi CEMS MIM students must also meet specific Bocconi language requirements. For more information, see the Guide to the University.


Students are required to write a thesis to obtain their MSc degree in International Management issued by Bocconi, while the thesis is not a CEMS MIM requirement to finalize the CEMS MIM curriculum.



CEMS abbreviation

Aalto University School of Business

Helsinki, Finland


AUC School of Business

New Cairo, Egypt


Copenhagen Business School

Frederiksberg, Denmark


Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

Ithaca, US


Corvinus University of Budapest

Budapest, Hungary


ESADE Business School

Sant Cugat del Vallès, Spain


Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo-FGV

São Paulo, Brazil


Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg University (SUSPENDED)

St. Petersburg, Russia


HEC Paris

Jouy-en-Josas, France


HKUST Business School

Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China


Indian Institute of Management Calcutta

Kolkata, India


Ivey Business School

London, Canada


Keio University

Tokyo, Japan


Koç University Graduate School of Business

Istanbul, Turkey


Korea University Business School

Seoul, South Korea


Louvain School of Management

Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium


National University of Singapore

Singapore, Singapore


Norwegian School of Economics

Bergen, Norway


Nova School of Business and Economics

Lisboa, Portugal


Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

Rotterdam, Netherlands


Stockholm School of Economics

Stockholm, Sweden


The London School of Economics and Political Science

London, United Kingdom


The University of Sydney Business School

Sydney, Australia


Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management

Beijing, China


UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

County Dublin, Ireland


Universidad de los Andes School of Management

Bogotà, Colombia


Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

Santiago, Chile


Bocconi University

Milan, Italy


University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business

Cape Town, South Africa


University of Cologne

Cologne, Germany


University of Economics, Prague

Prague, Czech Republic


University of St. Gallen

St.Gallen, Switzerland


Warsaw School of Economics

Warsaw, Poland


WU (Vienna University of Economics & Business)

Wien, Austria



From its pan-European beginnings in 1988, the CEMS alliance has grown to become a truly global organization. The current globalization strategy has brought the CEMS MIM to Asia, Australasia, and North and South America. Founded in 1988 by four universities, ESADE (Barcelona, Spain),  HEC (Paris, France), University of Cologne (Germany) and Bocconi University (Milan, Italy), the number of full academic partners has grown steadily over the years.

The CEMS Alliance includes 34 full academic members around the world, each a top school in its country, and around 70 multinational companies and 8 NGOs worldwide, that provide a unique blend of high-quality education and professional experience.

While the academic partners provide the highest standard of teaching and research excellence, CEMS Corporate and Social partners contribute the practical and business-oriented skills and experience. Multinational companies and international caliber professors from top business schools and universities combine to design and deliver theoretical knowledge and practical knowhow.