AIM Overseas is excited to offer this dynamic program – Food & Wine Trends and Innovation: An analysis of the Italian industry. The 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 – Food Production: Tradition and Innovation, followed by The Global Wine Market: Trends and Strategies. This program is perfect for students studying agriculture, agribusiness, marketing, business or food science related degrees.

The first course on Food Production covers a range of topics including an overview about biochemical background, nutritional value and the health-related issues linked to the Mediterranean diet. The course will also look at the ‘farm-to-fork’ pathway of typical food types of the Po Valley and, in particular, of the Piacenza district, including tomato sauce, Grand Padano, salumi and wine.

The course focuses 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.


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 2019 program are still subject to final change*

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
  • Grape growing and wine making

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 

Field Trips

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

  • Montesissa Vineyard
  • Marchesi di Barolo Cellar
  • EFSA headquarters
  • Parmalat in Collecchio

Cultural Activities

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

Students will be staying on the university campus at Residenza Gasparini, Piacenza. This is a dorm style accomodation with access to kitchen facilities.

It's 2011. I'm 18 years old, straight out of high school and into uni. It's a couple of weeks in and I'm sitting in the uni's International Office at lunchtime to find out more about how I can study overseas. Three minutes in and it's becoming overwhelming very, VERY quickly. The cost, the lengthy application process, the organisation of everything (from finding my own accommodation to picking my own classes that match exactly with the subjects in my current degree) forced me to realise that I definitely wasn't ready for my overseas study adventure just yet... 

3 years later, I'm in my second last semester of my communications degree and I discover that overseas short-term study experiences are possible, and it really sounded too good to be true! Spending three weeks in America studying social media and marketing from expert professors in their field, visiting and networking with companies, whilst being immersed in American college life sounded like an absolute dream to me! Thanks to AIM Overseas, it was all possible! 


So, if you're tossing up between an exchange or a short term overseas study experience, here is what I've learnt about why you should consider a short-term experience:

1. It's financially a great choice if you can't afford exchange
2. You can work it around your current commitments
3. You can still absorb a whole damn lot in 3-4 weeks
4. It still looks AMAZING on your resume
5. It's a great way to get outside of your comfort zone... but not too far out


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.


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.

Your course convenors will not be able to 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 the syllabus upon being assessed as eligible for the program.

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, which we further outline in an email following your Initial Consultation. 

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.

Applications are currently closed for this program.
However, applications for our Summer 2020 programs will open on 29th April, 2019. In the meantime, you can
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST for a January 2020 or July 2020 program, meaning you’ll receive more program info and updates. You’ll also be notified when applications are open!


The application process for this program are as follows:

1. Apply online via the “Apply Now” button or by clicking this link.

2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results from your studies at university so far after submitting your application.

3. We’ll review your university results and application and, if you are eligible for the program, we will invite you to book an initial consultation by phone with one of our Student Experience Coordinators. You will also be sent the course syllabus with more program info.

4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation at a suitable, available time with a Student Experience Coordinator.

5. The phone consultation lasts about 20-30 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.

6. After your consultation we’ll send you a follow-up email with instructions on what to do next, an invitation to join a program specific Facebook group to connect with other students applying for the program and a process document, which we have developed in conjunction with your Australian university, to guide you on how to apply for credit and funding.

7. Once you’ve completed the next steps in that follow-up email we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, you’ll be accepted onto the program.

8. Upon acceptance, you will receive three emails containing your AIM Acceptance letter, steps for applying for credit and funding at your Australian University, as well as your downpayment invoice. Note: Your downpayment is due in two weeks from the date of your acceptance and secures your place on the program.

9. Once you’ve paid your downpayment, your application will be sent to the host university for them to process and review and they’ll send us your final official host university acceptance letter which we will send to you.

10. The full program fee (as shown on the website) minus the downpayment and application fee already paid, will be due at the absolute latest by 6th May 2019.

Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions. Alternatively, you are welcome to submit an enquiry or register your interest. Registering your interest means you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline.