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Summer Institute: Cattolica Summer Programs

  • Approx. Price


  • Trip Date

    June, 2017 (Approx.)
    2 weeks (8 to 14 days)

  • Location


  • Description

    The Global Wine Market- Trends and Strategies, Food Production


  • Application Deadline

    April 1 2017

What to Expect/Highlights

Summer Programs 2017 at Cattolica

Università Cattolica’s summer programs are ideal to get a taste of Italy while studying in a traditional Italian educational context. Students will be able to choose the course(s) they wish to participate in and combine them in a 2, 4 or 6 week session. Students can select only one course per session

  1. The Global Wine Market – Trends and Strategies: (Session B: June 13th – June 23rd 2017)
    This course will present an overview of the most important policies and economic trends affecting wine production, consumption and trade, with specific emphasis on the evolution of the role of Italy and of the European Union. For more details on the course outline, please check out the following brochure:
    Global Wine Market
  2. Food Production: (Session C: June 27th – July 7th 2017)
    After providing an overview about biochemical background, nutritional value and health-related issues linked of the Mediterranean diet, the course will cover the “Farm-to-fork” pathway of typical food types of the Po Valley and, in particular, of the Piacenza District,  including tomato sauce, Grana Padana, salumi and wine.  For any of them, theory and practice under the form of tasting will be delivered.For more details on the course outline, please check out the following brochure:
    Food Production Brochure

Teaching Methods:

  • Lectures
  • Class Discussions
  • Guest Speakers
  • Testing
  • Industry/Vineyards/Winery Visits

For more information on the Summer Courses above, as well as all other Summer Courses and Sessions available please Click Here

Wine and Viticulture Technician and Culinary Management programs qualify for NC course credit equivalency. Equivalencies are assessed by the Associate Dean on a case by case basis

Partner Organization and Location

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore- Piacenza-Cremona Campus

Our full name may be Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, however we are affectionately known as Cattolica.

Where better to study Agri-business than at an internationally renowned University located in the heart of the Italian food valley. A place where the core ingredients of Italian cuisine are in abundance, where students enjoy access to producers, manufacturers and distributors of iconic brand names.

The Piacenza and Cremona campuses are located an hour south of Milan. These two beautiful medieval cities boast an abundance of history, and the sense of community and identity which defines Italian society. Their locations close to the logistical centers of the Italian food industry provide the perfect learning backdrop. And the programs offered through the Schools are delivered by academics and researchers who are at the forefront of their respective disciplines and who enjoy considerable experience derived on the world stage.

From two small cities in the heart of a beautiful agricultural region, we produce graduates with international perspectives. And these perspectives open doors to the world.

Accommodations and Transportation


Università Cattolica can provide accommodation through Milano International Living Service (MIL Service) should students request it. Through a dedicated, team-oriented approach, MIL Service is committed to providing every student with the best residential experience. Their young and professional team is what makes the service competitive within the housing market since they understand the students’ needs and respond with a quick and concrete solution. Find out more from

Check-in date: the Monday before the starting of the courses (from 10am).The cost includes cleaning, internet, utilities, damage insurance. Breakfast included in Piacenza only.

Check-out date: the Saturday after the end of the courses (by 12 am).

Should students wish to arrive before the check-in date or extend their stay beyond the official check-out date, they will be responsible in finding alternative housing solutions independently. MIL Service will not be able to accommodate any special move-in or move-out requests.


2 pick-up will be organized at Malpensa Airport on Monday at 11 am and 16 pm (to be confirmed).

Students who wish to take advantage of the service offered must follow the instructions that will be sent after the submission of the application. Students who do not want to use the service offered, can easily reach Milan by public transport (bus / shuttle). All the information will be sent before arrival.

How to apply:

Once the application has been submitted, students will receive an e-mail with the instructions on how to apply and a link to an on-line form.

Program Costs

Cost Analysis:

The Global Wine Market – Trends and Strategies:

Flight (YYZ – LIN) $1,000
Airport Transfers (to from airport transportation) $200
International Insurance $150
Tuition Fee $3,400
Local transportation (bus) $50
Accommodation (on campus, dorm, single room, private bathroom, breakfast) $400
Meals (38 total) $300
BWR Grant Eligible ($500)
Wine & Vit. Grant Eligible ($750)
Guard.Me Study Abroad Grant Available ($1,000)
Total Estimated Cost $3,250 CAD +/- *

Food Production:

Flight (YYZ – LIN) $1,000
Airport Transfers (to from airport transportation) $200
International Insurance $150
Tuition Fee $3,400
Local transportation (bus) $50
Accommodation (on campus, dorm, single room, private bathroom, breakfast) $400
Meals (38 total) $300
BWR Grant Eligible ($500)
Guard.Me Study Abroad Grant Available ($1,000)
Total Estimated Cost $4,000 CAD +/- *

* Cost may vary due to currency exchange

In case of withdrawal up until 16 days before Session A* starts: € 500 cancellation fee
In case of withdrawal 15 calendar days or less before Session A* starts: € 750 cancellation fee
In case of withdrawal after Session A* starts: no refunds possible


Payment and Application Process

Payment and Application Instructions:

Step 1:

You must register at Niagara College’s Be World Ready Program in order to be eligible for the $500 Be World Ready Grant as well as have our staff assist you with your travel arrangements and details.

Step 2:

You must apply to the Study Abroad opportunity by following the registration process set by the Partner Institute/Organization. Please refer to the information below.

Be World Ready Application Process:

  1. Apply Online
  2. Participate in pre-departure training
  3. Upon Return: Complete BWR Travel Grant form

Registration for Cattolica Summer Programs:

To apply for a summer program, you will need to fill out an online application (available as of December 2015).

Application deadline
  1. Summer application deadline: April 1st
  2. Apply online here
Programs requirements
  1. Grade Point Average of a minimum 2.75, or equivalent in applicants own university grading system
  2. Completion of a minimum of 2 semesters at undergraduate level
  3. Good level of English. Non native English speakers must give evidence of their language proficiency of a minimum B2 level or equivalent (ex: TOEFL Ibt 79, IELTS 6, First Certificate of English, Cambridge ESOL or other certification).

Citizens/residents of a number of non-E.U. states do not require a student visa for a study period inferior to 90 days. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Italian Embassy/Consulate in his/her country/jurisdiction whether a student visa is fact required for a short study period.

Where to apply for a visa

Please visit the following website to find an Italian Embassy/Consulate near you –