International Area

Study Opportunities


Master in Economics of the Agricultural and Food System

This programme has been running since the establishment of SMEA; it lasts one year and aims to offer young graduates from scientific/technical, economic and law disciplines the skills to meet the economic and managerial needs of the labour market. The course provides an analytical and integrated approach to the main business functions, and develops the necessary skills to deal with organisational and managerial decisions. Thanks to its high educational level, the Master is accredited by Asfor. This is a prestigious recognition based on strict evaluation criteria and still awarded only to a limited number of masters courses in Italy.

Master of Science in Agricultural and Food Economics

The Master of Science in Agricultural and Food Economics is a two-year course providing a solid economic background and a concrete managerial ability in the area of agribusiness.
The MSc in Agricultural and Food Economics is the first and only master degree in Italy certified by ASFOR (the Italian Association for Management Education Development) in the category “Master of Science in Business Management”.
The main characteristic of this degree course is its strong international trait. For students with the correct requisites, a six-month (or annual) period in one of the foreign partner universities in Europe or North America is possible. All courses taught in English.

Double Degree

The Double Degree is an agreement between SMEA and the University of Wageningen (Holland) that gives both Italian students the chance to attend the second year of their course at the partner University. Thanks to the mutual recognition of ECTS credits and a thesis supervised by professors from both universities, students participating in the Double Degree will receive both degree titles. Admission to the programme is based on merit and knowledge of English, an essential tool to be able to follow courses held in both universities.


Training is planned case by case to meet specific requests from private companies and public institutions. Additionally, each year SMEA organises an international intensive Summer course, in June, lasting two weeks. Teachers of this course are international experts on Agricultural and Food Economics and Industrial Organizations subjects.

Research and consultancy

Research and consultancy activities are carried out in collaboration with Italian and foreign institutions and involve the Faculties of Agriculture and Economics, as well as the Dairy Market Research Centre. Results from SMEA research projects are published in specialised journals and by the publisher Franco Angeli in the "Studies on Agricultural and food Economics" collection. Weekly Seminars
During the teaching period, SMEA organises weekly seminars (usually Wednesday afternoon at the Cremona site) about aspects of the Italian and international agricultural food sector. Taking part are experts in the field, company managers, representatives from institutions, university lecturers and researchers.

AMA and SMEA Workshop

AMA and SMEA Workshops are a series of meetings organised at intervals and in various locations by SMEA and the Association of ex-students.
A list of forthcoming events is on the website: