Taught course

Olive Oil

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens · National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Entry requirements

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.

Months of entry


Course content

Old as humans, sacred as ancient rites, so valuable that they were considered gods' gifts to humankind, the olive tree and olive oil appeared in the Mediterranean Basin and became dominant and permanent fixtures of its landscape. This course delves into history and culture of the olive tree and olive oil, while it emphasises their nutritional value.

In this online course 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.

Qualification and course duration


2 months

Course contact details

+30 2103 689 359