Hailing from sunny California, Katherine Jane has always had a penchant for travelling to foreign countries and meeting new people. After falling in love with the European lifestyle during her bachelor’s studies in Switzerland, and a flight attendant stint in American Airlines, she could not resist the pull any longer, and made the bold decision to enrol in Italy’s Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.
“When I was accepted and sent in my deposit, I got butterflies about the exciting journey ahead of me,” enthuses Katherine Jane , who took up the two-year Master of Science in Sustainable Viticulture and Enology. “I was so glad to be going to such a reputable school and studying a field I am passionate about.”
The distinctive perks of Università Cattolica
Indeed, not only is Università Cattolica located in Italy – the world’s top wine producer — but their 14 disciplines are ranked among the top 300 in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021). Students interested in Agribusiness can advance their knowledge and skills with its four postgraduate degrees offered at its Piacenza and Cremona campuses, which are well-known as Italy’s food capitals.
That is why Andrea from Ecuador is excited about her decision to study the two-year Master of Science in Food Processing: Innovation and Tradition there: “I had always wanted to visit this country and learn about the innovation and tradition of food processing in a country that has both concepts very present in its day-to-day culture.”
Living here is ideal for international students on a tight budget. They can still visit nearby Milan city and easily access many important services like the international airports. However, what makes Università Cattolica truly stand out among Italy’s universities is its diversity and strong commitment to make their curriculum more international. For example, Agricultural and Food Economics students can take part in a semester-long exchange in Europe or take up a double degree with prestigious partners like Wageningen University in the Netherlands and the Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy Analysis Consortium.
Pair top-quality curricula with small classes, study abroad opportunities, placements, internships and strong collaborations with key industry companies and other universities – and it’s little wonder Università Cattolica students evolve into career-ready graduates with ease.
The right community makes all the difference
Here, students can find a close-knit community that prides itself on giving everyone the chance to do their best. Affable professors and helpful seniors ensure every new Università Cattolica student feel right at home. Katherine Jane recalls being greeted by many friendly faces and kind professors on her first day, and managed to complete a vineyard/cantina tour of the Piacenza hills with her classmates later on during her studies – and she cannot be any happier.
“My experience here has been so beautiful. The architecture, the language, the style… just everything is so charming,” says Katherine Jane , adding that for her Advances in Enology class, the professor was caring and intelligent; she was flexible with international students and encouraged them to ask questions.
Andrea agrees. “I have always received a lot of support from the teachers and the coordinator of my programme,” she says. “They always try to make you feel welcome and help you adapt to the Italian system. Outside of the university, I received support from other international ex-students who live in Cremona who helped me find accommodation and adjust to life in the city.”
Andrea remembers the food microbiology class which made a deep impression on her until now: “Beyond showing the concepts and theory, the professors showed us the possibilities for innovation, the advances and very practical examples from their own experiences as well.”
Exceptional campus facilities
Being in Cremona means staying in a brand-new campus. Here, students can attend classes in the just-renovated historic Santa Monica Monastery in the city centre, which spans across 12,000 square metres of university buildings, high-tech labs and teaching rooms, and 20,000 square metres of green space.
Since Cremona is Università Cattolica’s innovation hub, the newly launched FoodLab comes with the latest equipment to facilitate ground-breaking research on provisions and production techniques.
Facilities at the Piacenza campus are equally innovative: the just-added SensoryLab – a laboratory with the latest technology in sensorial analysis, wine laboratories and experimental vineyard — helps students and researchers learn more about beverages, food pairing and wines in greater depth.
Exciting range of programmes
There are other programmes offered in the two campuses: the three-year Bachelor of Science in Food Production Management and the one-year Viticulture and Enology Master’s programme is offered at Piacenza, whilst there is a 2 year MSc degree in Food Processing in Cremona.
If you are interested in pursuing a dynamic degree at one of Italy’s best and most supportive universities for Agribusiness, check out Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore today.