Curriculum of the CEMS MIM Programme

Get the most out of your CEMS experience abroad amongst fellow global cosmopolitans! Full-scale cultural and linguistic immersion is one of the defining elements of the CEMS MIM and the CEMS year as a whole, offering you endless opportunities for cross-cultural learning.

The CEMS MIM consists of three terms: two academic terms (Term 1 & Term 2) and the internship term (Term 3). The two academic terms must be consecutive (August–July), while the internship (Term 3) can take place at any time during the graduate period of studies, but not overlapping with Term 1 and Term 2. As a CEMS student, you are required to spend at least two out of the three terms abroad. 

CEMS uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) framework to facilitate the understanding and comparison of grades given according to different national systems. The CEMS MIM requires 66 ECTS for graduation.

In order to facilitate arranging your study plan, we describe below the different elements in the CEMS MIM curriculum. To read more detailed curriculum information and about the ECTS credit system, please consult the Student Guide



Learn more about each module below! 


Block Seminar

The Block Seminar is a 3-ECTS one-week course that takes place at the beginning of Term 1.

Block Seminars bring together professors and students from various CEMS schools. Subjects derive from different cultural and academic perspectives; and many topics are not a part of the universities’ standard curricula.

You are automatically assigned to the Block Seminar of your Term 1 school. 


Global Strategy 

Global Strategy is a course that enables you to understand and navigate the international business environment. The course provides a critical view to the principal challenges that managers face. It is designed to develop students’ understanding of what constitutes an effective strategy and how a strategic perspective can guide managerial decisions in global arenas. To cope with the myriad challenges, organizations need to engage in a variety of strategic change projects, constantly inventing and implementing new policies and practices in a sustainable manner. This is the course to help you grasp the why, how and what of strategy in reshaping the future of economies and societies in a way that is meaningful and impactful.


Global leadership

Global Leadership equips you with the knowledge and skills to manage people across borders and within multinational teams, creating culturally savvy individuals that show empathy and can relate to and interact with different cultures. Leadership is about exciting, inspiring, energizing, embracing change, and putting values first. Wherever your professional development takes you, knowing how to lead people from diverse cultures in a global world will be crucial for your success. Being a CEMS student, you deal with diverse cultural backgrounds and get trained to be the best leader in the making.


Global Citizenship Seminar 

The Global Citizenship Seminar is a two-day course bringing together representatives from Corporate and Social Partners, professors and students in a unique synergy.

Within the Global Citizenship seminar, you will have the opportunity to engage with the Sustainable Development Goals through experiential learning. Take responsibility for solving problems as a responsible citizen and manager. Feel the challenges that have traditionally occurred due to lack of empathy and action towards the society and the environment. Be part of the solutions creating innovative business models through sustainable innovation and social entrepreneurship.

CEMS Global Citizenship Seminar

Skill Seminars 

Skill Seminars are training seminars in practical skills to kick-starting an effective professional career and fundamental to adjusting easily to an international management environment.

Delivered as interactive class sessions, CEMS skills seminars are integrated into the programme to help students have efficient soft skills. The skills development topics covered during our sessions include, but are not limited to:

- Sustainability  -  Strategy skills - Personal and career development  - Consulting skills -  Marketing and - communication skills - Leadership and teambuilding


Business Projects

It is a consultancy-like project in which you collaborate directly with CEMS Corporate & Social Partners to help solve real-life business problems. The Business Projects reinforce the partnership between universities and companies in jointly shaping your learning process in international management contexts. These projects are designed to give you hands-on business experience with a company to learn about their industry while finding solutions for the challenges of tomorrow.

USYD CEMS Business Project with Daimler (Short)

Global Courses

  • Global Online Electives

The CEMS Global Online Electives course offering is aimed at providing students access to courses across the Alliance to add further value to their CEMS experience. It allows CEMS students to take one elective course at any CEMS member schools apart from their home and host school.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the annual meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP). The CEMS Climate Change Course and its Model UNFCCC is a CEMS flagship semester-long lecture series on the topic of climate change and climate policy at the Masters-level. The lecture series are followed by a unique two-day simulation of UN climate negotiations, where over 200 students from 12 CEMS universities play the roles of government, non-government and industry representatives.

15th MUNFCCC Roleplay at UoC