During the AIM Overseas Food & Wine Trends and Innovation program,  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.  

Fields of study

  • Humanities
  • Food Science
  • Business
  • Hospitality

You can contact the Global Experiences team for course syllabi or AIM Overseas for specific information on your program of interest. More information regarding specific courses available can be found on the AIM Overseas website.

Credit Equivalent

12 ECTS = 2 UQ Units. Maximum of 2 UQ Units if 6 ECTS are successfully completed (pending UQ faculty approval).

BEL Faculty students may be eligible for credit towards HOSP3003 Food and Beverage Management as approved by the BEL Faculty. Credit must be confirmed with BEL Faculty to check suitability for your program requirements. You should consult with International Mobility Coordinator prior to submitting an application.

Visa Information

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact AIM Overseas for visa and immigration information.

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the standard UQ Student Eligibility Criteria and any additional eligibility criteria set by AIM overseas. 

This program impacts on UQ semester 2, 2019 dates, UQ students must meet the additional special conditions for programs that impact on teaching dates.

AIM Overseas programs are highly competitive and fill up fast so be sure to get your application in as early as possible.

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The program fee is approximately $5,995 AUD.

More information regarding program fees can be found on the AIM Overseas website

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding.


Accommodation is included in the program cost.

For more information regarding accommodation, please see the AIM Overseas website.

Kimberley - 2018

For me, the choice was easy - I love food and I love wine so when I saw there was a course to study this, I was instantly drawn to it. It also fits hand in hand with my degree as I major in hospitality. I feel so lucky to have studied these topics in a country that is world renowned for them as well as being so rich in beauty and culture.

Read more of Kimberley's story here. 


Tamaya - 2017

My favorite memory from my international experience would have to be visiting one of the local vineyards from Piacenza, Azienda Agricola Montesissa. This vineyard has been family owned and operated for 5 generations, and grew a lot of grape varieties such as Barberra and Sangiovese.

Visiting this farm really inspired me to keep pursuing my interest in applying my knowledge in science to viticulture and sustainable agriculture. 

Read more of Tamaya's story here. 



Key Dates

Application Deadlines

Winter applications for this program have now closed.

Program Dates

Start: 06 July 2019
End: 02 August 2019

Fast Facts

Type: Study
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Piacenza, Italy
Credit: For-credit only
Cohort: Undergraduate

Global Experiences Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.



If you participate in a short-term program you may also be eligible to submit an application for an OS-HELP loan if your program is for-credit and you are enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student. 

Application Deadlines

15 January for overseas study commencing March to August
15 March for overseas study commencing May to October
15 June for overseas study commencing August to January
15 September for overseas study commencing November to April

Refer to the funding page for more information on eligibility requirements and loan amounts.