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Spend your Summer at Università Cattolica!

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Reviews

Overall Rating

7 / 10

  • Social Life

    9

  • Health and Safety

    7

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Academics

    7

Awesome experience at Cattolica

I can easily say that my semester at Cattolica in Milan was the best of my life. A good university with great facilities, great staff and good professors is something that you never forget. We meet some many people from all around the world and we have the possibility to develop so many skills that it is impossible not to enjoy everything that both the university and the city have to offer you.

Program: Spend your Semester or a Year at Università Cattolica!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Social Life

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Academics

    10

Unforgettable lifetime experience!

In the days between 16 and 27 June 2014 and 14 and July 25, 2014, I attended the Summer Program in English "Agribusiness and Food Sciences" organized by the Catholic University of Piacenza. The great passion for Italian food was instrumental in my decision to attend a summer school in Italy mainly aimed at young foreign students. The entire Summer Program consisted of two sessions that I have attended driven by enthusiasm, curiosity, desire to learn, but, even more, humanly, to live new experiences in contact with different cultures.
During the first session entitled The Heart of Italy: Food Production tradition, I was able to deepen my knowledge about the true reality of the Italian food industry. A well structured course, that got me involved and passionate entirely from the first to the last lesson. Dr. Cena during his lectures entitled The Italian Food Tradition and the Mediterranean Diet has clearly outlined the theme of human nutrition and proper nutrition focusing on features and benefits of the Mediterranean diet.
During the lessons of prof. Tarozzi; “The Italian Red Gold: History, Tradition, Biodiversity, Cultivation and Research” and Dr. Sandei’s "Excellence and Innovation to make quality: Tomato processing and Quality attributes of Italian Tomatoes", it was clearly illustrated the history of the tomato, the origins, variants with their characteristics, quality standards, the steps and techniques of cultivation & harvesting, and the processing chain. Both teachers often underlined the importance of product quality; In fact, the quality is seen as essential lever to compete in the global market. At the end of this short training course focused on the tomato we visited the Consortium Ortofrutticolo Padano (CO.PA.DOR) based in Parma, one of the largest and most modern tomato processing companies operating in Europe, with a capacity of about 300,000 tons of fresh produce per year worked. After a brief presentation of the company, the employees graciously guided us inside the building illustrating all stages of the chain in creating the tomato sauce: from raw materials to bottling. The day ended with a visit to the museum of the Tomato and Pasta at Colecchio (PR).
The second part of the first session was opened by the lecture of prof. Prandini "Italian Heavy Pig, production for PDO salami, production and processing" who outlined the entire process of production of salami DOP: herd of cattle to the maturing of salami. During the lessons of prof. Cappa was exposed in detail how the production of two Italian excellence: Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano. In this regard, it was stressed the close relationship that exists between product and territory, the importance of soil and climatic conditions that give uniqueness to the cheese. Moreover, wide clarity was made on identity card of both cheeses, the production rules and the role of the consortium.The first session of the Summer Program ended with visit to Colla SpA at Cadeo (PC) where we read all the stages of the process of production of Grana Padano. Inside the immense stock of seasoning, a co-worker, through a form of Grana Padano sample, we also explained the system of traceability. The next day was devoted to visiting the Salumificio Nure Srl where it was verbally explained the production process of the salume coppa, typical Italian salami, taking at the same time viewing of the machinery used in the production process of the sausage.
The second session of the Summer Program entitled The Global Wine Market: trends and strategies. One session focused on agricultural legislation and wine. During the lessons of prof. Canali we discussed the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) from its origins under the Treaty of Rome (1957) to the most current reforms: McSharry Reform (1992), Agenda 2000 (1997), Reform of Medium Term - Fischler (2003/2007) the reform of the CAP after 2013. I have considered these lessons very interesting, also the teacher gave us very practical examples and clear with reference to the current context. Prof. Rama during lectures entitled "Supply, demand and trade of wine: Italian, EU and world markets" focused on statistical data about the production, the difference between production and consumption of wine in the major producing countries, the export of wine throughout the world. From his explanations showed that Italy is the largest exporter of wine. During the lessons of prof. Ciolli we pretended to be sommeliers! After having explained in detail the process of wine production and the production areas of all major Italian wines the teacher gave us practical advice backed by detailed explanations about the main rules to appreciate style with wine and sparkling wine. During the last lesson we tasted some DOC and DOCG Italian wines . The tasting was accompanied by 'illustration of combinations of raw materials and dishes listed.
During the last lesson of prof. Virtuani we talked about strategies to better communicate the quality of the wine to potential consumers. The session concluded with a visit to Azienda Agricola Fratelli Berlucchi Srl in Borgonato Cortefranca (Brescia) where there has been shown the process and techniques of bottling and maturation of the sparkling wine. The next day we visited the Cantine Marchesi di Barolo at Barolo (Cuneo) where there has been illustrated the history of Barolo wine and its peculiarities directly by the entrepreneur.
Besides the many notions acquired in agribusiness this experience was for me an opportunity to meet Colombians, Americans, Canadians with whom I spoke English and Spanish for a month even though I was in Italy! I learned so much of their culture and it was nice to compare the Italian culture with them. We are all still in constant contact, so I will have to meet my new friends again!

An unforgettable experience - to relive.


Erika Lopez
Cattolica University’s student.

Program: Spend your Summer at Università Cattolica!

Overall Rating

7 / 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Health and Safety

    7

  • Social Life

    7

Nourishing experience.

This has been an overall great experience in every sense. I am very thankful. i've learned a lot and i recommend it to other with no doubt. I will stay here for some months to improve my italian a bit.

Program: Spend your Semester or a Year at Università Cattolica!

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Social Life

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Program Administration

    4

  • Cultural Immersion

    5

  • Living Situation

    3

  • Academics

    3

Studying Abroad is a Dream!

Studying in a city like Milan was amazing, from the Italian food to the Italian people - the cultural immersion changed me forever. I loved all of it, and I do not ever want to leave. I have made some of the most incredible friends and Milan will always have a special place in my heart. The study abroad experience was everything I hoped it would be.

Program: Spend your Semester or a Year at Università Cattolica!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

My evolution

When i arrived in Milano i was a bit scared. I lived this situation when I started the university. I know that its not the same, but i needed to go out of my island, my house, for start my life. When I started my Erasmus I knew that I will change, but I didn't think that I would change both. In this 4 months, I meet more people around the world, I discovered that i love to travel and I've learn another languages. Also i could meet another culture, and i have more anecdotes, as my bus has broken on Switzerland when we pretended to go to Oktoberfest. i know that never forget this trip.
I'm very sad, because on january i need to return on Spain, and my Erasmus, in these moment will be a memory. but i'm very happy for live this experience. Thank you so much Cattolica for allowing me to live this.

I need to add that the english is one of the languages that I learned!! XD

Program: Spend your Semester or a Year at Università Cattolica!

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