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Olive Oil, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 49 days
  • English


In this Olive Oil online course at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens you will learn how to classify olive oil according to its quality characteristics and how to produce high quality olive oil. You will also learn how olive oil has been a source of inspiration and how several artists used it in order to create works of art from ancient times till today. The content of this course presents the varieties and characteristics of olives and the various types of olive oil that are destined to be consumed and used in recipes based on Mediterranean diet.

Last but not least, this course aims to define how important olive oil is, how it can benefit our daily diet and additionally how it can contribute to conserve a healthy lifestyle. All of the above will be analyzed further and in detail in this online course part of the Arts and Culture category.

Programme Aims

The main purpose of the programme is to get the student in contact with the olives and olive oil, to be able to recognize the importance and the benefits in their daily lives.In particular the programme focuses on :

- the route of the olive and olive oil through the ages and their importance in everyday life of ancient and modern Greeks with respect to nutrition, health, art, culture, tradition and religion.- the varieties of olives grown in Greece, and the characteristics of the olives.- the various types of olive oil marketed (virgin, extra virgin, refined, olive oil PDO, organic, etc.) depending on the composition and quality characteristics- the production of high quality oil and the main types of mills- the characteristics of the Mediterranean diet and the role of oil in this- the benefits of olive oil in the daily diet and its contribution to health

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Module 1: Cultural history olives - olive oil

  • Lesson 1 Origin of the olive tree  and its significance in antiquity
  • Lesson 2 Olive in latter years and uses of olive oil
  • Lesson 3  Elia - Olive oil, religion and art
Module 2 : Olive and olive oil
  • Lesson 1 The olive tree
  • Lesson 2  Olive oil
For full information of the programme outline please visit the programme website.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

Participant Profile

This programme concerns those students with a particular interest in the history and culture of the olive tree and olive oil and its nutritional value.  

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    150 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 150 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 49 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    150 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 150 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 49 days.
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