The Three-Year Undergraduate Degree in Gastronomic Sciences and Cultures produces gastronomes who can influence food systems, improving their sustainability and sovereignty, and work in promoting and adding value to food.

The course provides a high-level academic education through an interdisciplinary learning process. Classroom lectures and theoretical study are supported by study trips and experiences in the field, laboratory teaching and encounters with key figures from the world of food and gastronomy, in order to explore all aspects of food from production to consumption.


Gastronomic Sciences and Cultures graduates study social sciences and the humanities. Classes – and related academic materials – are in English the first year, and mainly in Italian the second and third years of the program.

The degree is characterized by a number of innovative learning methods:

  • classroom teaching covers the entire arc of the gastronomic sciences from an interdisciplinary perspective and is based on progressive teaching tools such as group work, presentations, databases, e-learning and social networks;
  • experiential training with tastings in the classroom and the sensory analysis lab and activities in the educational food garden;
  • meetings with leading figures from the food world including seminars, conferences, workshops and presentations;
  • study trips and field experiences: 15 study trips in Italy and the rest of the world to deepen students’ understanding of food products and their places of origin, to meet the people directly involved in food and gastronomy and to develop a national and international network of contacts.

Building a global network with an undergraduate degree

The Three-Year Undergraduate Degree in Gastronomic Sciences and Cultures is aimed at international students and allows them not only to acquire cross-cultural knowledge and skills but also to develop a global network, thanks to:

  • a close-knit community of alumni and students from 87 different countries;
  • meetings with key figures in the food world thanks to diverse activities on the Pollenzo campus and during the study trips;
  • businesses and other organizations belonging to the University of Gastronomic Sciences network;
  • a direct relationship with Slow Food’s projects and its network.

Career opportunities

The Three-Year Undergraduate Degree in Gastronomic Sciences and Cultures is designed to train multi-skilled professionals able to work and carry out research in many different fields connected to food systems.

The main employment sectors for graduates are:

  • Food businesses
  • National and international institutions
  • Specialized and large-scale food distribution
  • Wine and spirits
  • Communication and publishing
  • Education and training
  • Restaurants and catering
  • Food and wine tourism

Within the different employment sectors, graduates can apply their knowledge and skills to research and development, innovation, gathering and analysis of information and data, education, communication, marketing, food processing and production, sales, quality control and buying.

Program director: Prof. Lorenzo Bairati

Maximum number of students per year: 100
Attendance: obligatory

Application deadlines
First round: May 9, 2019
Second round: August 26, 2019

Ranking list publication dates

Ranking list publication dates
First ranking list: first week in June
Final ranking list: first week in September

Program start: September 16, 2019

Pre-enrollment will officially open online on January 31, 2019.

Both humanities and sciences are taught within the Undergraduate Degree in Gastronomic Sciences and CulturesPractical learning, lab work, and study trips to discover products and their regions of origin complement in-class lessons in order to provide students with an interdisciplinary approach to the world of gastronomy.

The following list of subjects and course modules comprise the Gastronomic Sciences and Cultures program of study. Each may include seminars dedicated to a specific issue, and course content may vary from year to year.

Class hours and contents may vary.

Year I

First semester
Food Biodiversity and Human Ecology
Molecular and Taste Sciences
Sociology of Cultures, Communication and Gender Differences

Second semester
Food Microbiology
Food Anthropology
Ecology of Law and History of Sovereignty
Gastronomic Lab I

Linguistic Skills – Italian/English Language
Study Trips, Fieldwork Research and Film Techniques – 1st Year

Year II

First semester
Agroecosystems and Sustainability
Travel Sciences, Society and Environments
Food History from Prehistory to the Middle Ages

Second semester
Food Product Sciences
Gastronomic Design Sciences
Contemporary Food History
Gastronomic Lab II

Study Trips and Fieldwork Research – 2nd Year

Year III

First semester
Food and Health
Food Systems and Global Law
Business Economics for Food Companies

Second semester
Philosophy of Food and Gastronomic Communication
Ethnobiology and Food Scouting
Gastronomic Lab III

Study Trips and Fieldwork Research – 3rd Year
Final Thesis
Meetings and Conferences


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UNISG Study Trips are a unique opportunity for our students to investigate the complexity of current food systems in the world by integrating theoretical concepts from the classroom with direct and practical experience in the field.

The three-year Undergraduate degree in Gastronomic Sciences and Cultures includes five study trips each year, two of which are “territorial,” focused on a particular area or region of the world, and three “thematic,” dedicated to a particular theme, such as a specific product or aspect of the supply chain.

Study Trips take an intersectional approach to learning, focusing on the interdependence of the production, transformation, transport, and consumption of food through visits, workshops, and tastings with producers and communities.  By dedicating the same attention to both local, small-scale producers and companies that produce on an industrial scale, our students develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of the complex economic, cultural, and social dynamics that impact the territories we visit.  This holistic aim characterizes the work of our university, particularly during the Study Trips.

The organization of and planning of the didactic content and travel logistics is managed by the staff of the Tutor Office, who also accompany the students during the trip.

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The Career Center supports UNISG students during the delicate transition into the professional world.

While the students are here in Pollenzo, the Career Center provides constant support to develop their own unique career design through the “Cultivating your Career” program, which consists of collective workshops and individual coaching sessions.

Through the Career Fair, the office helps students in gaining a better understanding of different professional sectors to start or continue their career.

Upon graduation, the Office continues monitoring the careers of alumni, fostering a strong and active professional network that puts together new and experienced gastronomes worldwide.

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The annual fees for the Three-Year Undergraduate Degree in Gastronomic Sciences and Cultures starting in the academic year 2018/19 are €14.500, and includes:

  • all academic activities, including conferences, tastings, and seminars;
  • books and other print materials;
  • all study-trip expenses as programmed;
  • participation in all UNISG and Slow Food events as included in the undergraduate program;
  • civil insurance coverage;
  • private insurance policy covering urgent healthcare for non-European students;
  • dining hall pass with 4.000 credits for use at UNISG Academic Tables (corresponds to €400). For more information about the meal service, click here >
  • access to Career Center services (food sector job placement).

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Note: Fees do not include  accommodation and the cost of obtaining an Italian permit of stay (“permesso di soggiorno”, around €150). Non-EU citizens must apply for a permesso di soggiorno at the post office, ideally with the assistance of the Al Elka Foreigner Services Center, within 8 working days after arriving in Italy. For more information, please see the Bureaucratic Procedures page on our website.

Italian high school graduates – students who have a secondary school diploma obtained in Italy.

Graduating Italian high school students – students who will obtain their high school diploma from an Italian high school in 2018, at the conclusion of the 2017/2018 academic year.

Non-Italian high school graduates* – students who have earned a non-Italian high school degree and are eligible for university enrollment (as reported on the Declaration of Value (Dichiarazione di Valore) issued by the relevant consular authorities).

*Important information for applicants with a U.S. High School Diploma: According to Attachment 1 of the “Procedures for entry, residence and enrolment of foreign/international students for higher education courses in Italy during the 2017-2018 academic year″, updated on August 3, 2017 (and viewable here online), US candidates must possess one of the following:

(1) a U.S. high school diploma and at least 3 successfully completed Advanced Placement exams
(2) Two years of college or university credit with all exams passed

For more information, please contact the Italian embassy or consulate in the United States. All non-EU candidates must enroll through the Italian consulate nearest their place of residence. Candidates should contact the Italian consulate as soon as possible to ensure sufficient time to complete the enrollment process.

Applicants whose native language is not English must have a minimum level of English language proficiency equivalent to a B2-level, (in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) demonstrated at the English language entrance examination.

Applicants whose native language is not Italian must have a minimum level of knowledge of the Italian language equal to A1/A2 (in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) demonstrated during the Italian language interview/admission test.

For further details, see the final paragraph entitled Language requirements and bibliography in the Admission Process Instructions – Undergraduate Degree 2018


Important Information

Students from all countries are eligible to apply. Note that diplomas issued from institutions not accredited in Italy must be accompanied by an Italian consular accreditation (the “Dichiarazione di Valore” or “DV”) as part of the admission process, which candidates must obtain and submit to the Registrar Office. The original document must be handed in to the Student Registrar Office no later than the first day of the program and will be kept by the university for the duration of the program. (The consulate may choose to send the document directly to UNISG.) The application to UNISG must be completed through an Italian consular representative. Applicants should contact their local Italian consulate as early as possible to ensure adequate time for all consular processes. For more information, please see the Bureaucratic Procedures page on our website.

In order to apply to the three-year Undergraduate Degree in Gastronomic Sciences and Cultures, candidates must complete the following steps online:

  • registration process;
  • supporting dossier;
  • Written Analytical Exam;
  • Online Interview.

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