AIM Overseas is excited to present this brand new program – Food & Wine Trends and Innovation: An analysis of the Italian industry. This dynamic program is held at University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore campus in Piacenza, Italy – just 50 minutes south of Milan.

This program explores two courses over 4 weeks – The Global Wine Market: Trends and Strategies followed by Food Production. This program is perfect for students studying agriculture, agribusiness, marketing, business or food science related degrees!

During the first course focusing on The Global Wine Market, you will explore the Italian wine industry, including quality, sustainability and enogastronomy. You will also gain an understanding of the policies and economic trends that affect consumption, trade and production within Italy and the EU.

The course on Food Production covers a range of topics including the Italian food tradition, nutrition and the Mediterranean diet, and the impact of current gastronomic trends that affect the way we eat and purchase food. A number of case studies are incorporated including unconventional business models such as food trucks, menu creation, grape growing, salami production and even the production of the humble tomato sauce.

This program offers a mix of theoretical learning and assessment along with taste testing of products and tours of wine and food processing companies.

*Details of the 2017 program are still subject to final change*

Additional Course Information

Topics which will be covered in the Food & Wine Trends and Innovation program:

  • Wine quality, economic sustainability and visual merchandising
  • Evolution of the Common Agricultural Policy for the wine sector
  • EU policy and implications for businesses, consumers and trade
  • Enogastronomy
  • Italian food tradition and the Mediterranean diet
  • Culinary trends and philosophies that influence the way we eat
  • Grana Padano: history, tradition and processing
  • Grape growing and wine making
  • Tomato sauce production
  • Salami production



Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (also known as UCSC or UNICATT) is an Italian private research university and was founded in 1921. Cattolica is the largest private university in Europe. Its main campus is located in Milan, with satellite campuses in Brescia, Piacenza, Cremona, Rome and Campobasso. You will be studying at the Piacenza campus!  

The Piacenza campus of UCSC has a world-class Faculty of Agricultural Science, Food and Environmental Sciences!

UCSC has been awarded 5 stars by international university ranking system, QS Stars, and has been noted as the fourth most recommended university to attend by international students

Site Visits and Cultural Activities

Field Trips

Below is the list of places students will likely visit as part of the program:

  • Montesissa Vineyard
  • Marchesi di Barolo Cellar
  • Tomato Museum
  • SSICA in Parma


Cultural Activities

A range of cultural activities will be organised to increase your appreciation of the Italian culture.


Whilst on the program you will be staying on campus in a single room at Residenza Gasparini which is located right behind the UCSC cafeteria! Wi-fi is included, and there are several common rooms where students can study and spend their time – there are also common kitchen areas which are open for AIM Overseas students to use.


Destination Information

Piacenza, Italy

Piacenza is located 50 minutes south of Milan beside the Po River. It is know for the production of pork products included salami, rolled pork belly and sausages. It has a long and rich history spanning through the Roman, medieval and Renaissance times. The hills of Piacenza are known for the many vineyards – some of which you will get the opportunity to visit! Piacenza is in a prime position in the Italian food valley, and has a strong culinary identity and tradition.



Credit and Funding


All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.

Course convenors will not be able approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus, so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive this in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack, along with information about how to apply for credit at your university.

For more information, see our Credit and Funding pages.


You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.

Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.

We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, as well as in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.

You can also find more information about OS-HELP on our Credit and Funding pages.

Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.

Application Information

Applications for our July 2017 programs are now closed. 

We are no longer taking applications for our July 2017 round of programs. Applications for our January 2018 programs will be open on May 22nd.

If you wish to know more, or if you have any questions about our programs please contact us via or (02) 9975 7792. You can also refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.

Alternatively, you can register your interest now for a January 2018 or July 2018 program, meaning you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline and when applications are open.