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All you want to learn about Italian food, wine

Posted on Monday, April 8, 2019

English as the language of instruction has made Italy an important study destination, says Andrea Curioni, professor of Food Science, University of Padova, writes Sheetal Banchariya

Indian students studying at University of Padova, Italy, has grown two-folds in the last three years, thanks to the change in the language of instruction and increase in scholarships. One of the unique courses that has received encouraging response from Indian student is the two-year international master’s level course — Master’s in Science in Italian Food and Wine offered by the department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment (DAFNAE), University of Padova. As many as 33 Indian students enrol for the programme annually, on an average.

The course is taught in Agripolis campus of the university — a vital area for food and wine produce — making it ideal place to study the topics. The curriculum includes lectures by invited speakers from the industry, laboratory hours and field activities, apart from the regular course work.

The course is divided into four semesters and the curriculum consists of varied components such as understanding of animal biodiversity, study of value adding schemes, consumer demands along with food and fine history. In the last semester, students prepare a research thesis and they connect with food enterprises, wineries, association of producers and food-related public organisations.
Career Prospectus

The graduates are eligible for jobs in the technical and economic management, valorisation and protection of agro-food products — in an export and territorial development-oriented perspective. One can also become an expert in marketing of high-quality foods and wines, promotion and protection strategies, management of the geographical indications producers’ organisations, off-trade and on-trade buying activities, and management of territorial development strategies based on ‘terroir-related’ agro-food products.

Pathway to Padova

International students aspiring to study in Padova, Italy, will have to go through different procedures based on their nationality (European or non-European), the length of their stay (more or less than 90 days) and their student status (international mobility or study programmes, or standard enrolment on an entire course). As students successfully get through the visa process, they will also be allowed to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week, to support their stay in Italy. For complete guide, applicants can visit


The DAFNAE of the University of Padova, has been selected by ANVUR (Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of University and Research Systems) as one of the 180 departments for Departments of Excellence 2018-2022 programme to access a five-year special funding to strengthen the excellence in research and teaching. The country will offer four scholarships of two-year duration for MSc in Italian Food and Wine in 2019-20. Each scholarship is worth €5760, 37 per annum, based on the submission of an online application. Applicants must be in possession of a foreign degree and meet specific curricular requirements. The call for applications usually opens in December. For more details, visit


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