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The University of Parma (Italian: Università degli Studi di Parma, UNIPR) is a university in Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. It is organised in nine departments.
The University of Parma is a State University. As such, it is self-governing and has administrative, organisational, and accountancy autonomy, while providing tailored services for students. Its centuries-old history dates back to 13th March 962, when Emperor Ottonian I conferred on Uberto, the Bishop of Parma, the initiation of the University in the 'Diploma': this document, which granted the Bishop the power to order and elect legal leaders ('eligere et ordinare notarios'), was the foundation for an educational institution that would last centuries later, and is still preserved in the Bishop's Archives in Parma today.
The University holds 9 Departments, 40 First Cycle Degree Courses, 6 Single Cycle Degree Courses, 46 Second Cycle Degree Courses (7 of which entirely held in English), as well as many Postgraduate schools, Teacher Training courses, several Master Programmes and PhDs.
The different locations of the University allow students to study in comfortable, efficient structures even near green areas, such as the Campus: a 77-hectare area in the south of the city hosting scientific departments, modern and well-equipped lecture halls, comfortable study areas, technologically advanced laboratories, and a Technopole - as well as several sports facilities, a conference centre, and a canteen.
The main building of the University is located in the heart of the city and housesthe Rector's office, other administrative offices and the Department of Law, Politics and International Studies. In the city centre, you can also find the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Cultural Industries and the Department of Economics and Management. The Department of Medicine and Surgery is located in the city Hospital not far from the city centre, while the Department of Veterinary Science can be found in the immediate north-western outskirts of Parma.
The ideal size of the University together with the quality of life in Parma has always attracted a large number of students from all over Italy. More than two-thirds of our registered students come from outside of Parma and its Province: for this reason the University deserves top ranking for attracting the most non-resident students nationwide.
Department of Economics and Business Sciences
Department of Engineering and Architecture
Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Cultural Enterprises
Department of Medicine and Surgery
Department of Chemical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sustainability
Department of Mathematical, Physical and Computer Science
Department of Food and Drug Sciences
Department of Law, Political and International Studies
Department of Veterinary and Medical Sciences
During 13-14 centuries there were some educational insitution, studium, in Parma, but it was closed in 1387 by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, Duke of Milan. The university was open in 1412 by Niccolò III d'Este, and, although no papal bull was issued, the degrees were granted. In 1420 Filippo Maria Visconti closed it again.
Although there were several attempts to revive the university, it functioned only as "paper university", granting degrees without teaching. In 1601, the university was finally reopen by Ranuccio I Farnese, and the papal bill was given. It was a joint institution with a Society of Jesus, and a third of staff were teachers from local Jesuit school, who taught in separate building and by Jesuit curriculum. There were usually about 27-32 teachers and 300-400 students in the 17th century. There were taught logic, natural history, mathematics, theology by Jesuits and law and medicine by civil teachers.
In 1768, Ferdinand I expelled Jesuits and the curriculum was modernized. In 1831, the university was closed by Marie Louise due to students protests, and it was reopened only in 1854 by Louise Marie. The university consisted of the faculties of theology, law, medicine, physics and mathematics, philosophy and literature and schools of obstetrics, pharmacy and veterinary medicine.
After Risorgimento, there were too many universities in Italy, so they were divided into to grades; in 1862, the University of Parma was declared grade B, its financing has been reduced and the quality of education degraded. It was equalized with grade A universities only in 1887.
General Admission Requirements
The following instructions apply to International Degree-Seeking Students holding a foreign qualification.
Foreign documents and certificates must be issued by the competent authority of the awarding institution and translated into Italian.
Documents must then be certified and legalized by the competent Italian Embassy/Consulate of the country where the awarding institution is located; the Italian Embassy/Consulate will then issue the Declaration of Value (DV - Dichiarazione di valore in loco).
Enrolments on the degree courses of the University of Parma open onJuly . More information on the enrolment deadlines for each course will be available on the Manifesto degli studi which will be published in June. Before starting with your online application, you must register on the University computer system. The registration can be done anytime before the starting date of enrolments.
During the online registration, you will be asked to enter your personal data, your ID card or passport, your address and your personal e-mail. At the end of the registration procedure you will be given the username and a password activation code, through which you can then enter a personal password. You will need these credentials to access the application procedure and all the other procedures regarding your student career.
The application procedure varies according to the type of access to the course.
Before starting the application procedure, check if your course is:
- an open access course
- a course with enrolment according to the high school final grade and the chronological order of application
- a course with local admission test
- a course with national admission test
After the registration, you can proceed with your application: Onlina application (link available from the starting date of enrolments).
You will need:
- a computer with Internet access;
- a printer;
- a passport-size photo in digital format showing your face clearly;
- a scan of your personal ID document (both inner and outer side) used during the online registration;
- a scan of your tax code;
- only for students applying for part-time enrolment: MODULO A 51 ("Form A 51");
- only for Non-EU students: a scan of your residence permit or of the receipt for its renewal.
We recommend you to carefully read the instructions in the specific sections below, according to the type of course you have chosen (open access; final grade+chronological order; local admission test; national admission test).
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For admission to a First Cycle Degree Course (= Bachelor's Degree), students must submit to the Italian Embassy/Consulate the following documents:
- original school-leaving certificate or equivalent qualification obtained abroad which allows the student to access Higher Education and University Studies. The qualification must have been achieved on completion of at least 12 years of previous education;
- if entry exams are mandatory for admission to the university in the home country, students must pass the exams and provide the relevant certificate proving access (e.g. the "Selectividad" in Spain).
Students coming from countries whose educational system lasts less than 12 years must submit one of the following documents:
- official certificate attesting the completion of partial academic studies (including the list of exams passed and related programmes);
- post-higher education qualification issued by a non-academic higher education institution;
- certificate of attendance of a foundation course issued by an Italian higher education institution as an integration of the foreign schooling career.
In addition to the required documents, NON-EU students must also submit:
- the Pre-application (Modello A/Form A) for the degree course of their choice (2 original copies) to the competent Italian Embassy or Consulate in order to obtain their entry visa for study purposes;
- two passport-size photos (one must be authenticated by the Italian Embassy/Consulate).
In order to enrol on a degree course the possession or acquisition of adequate initial preparation is strongly recommended.
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Once the required documents have been legalized, the Italian Embassy/Consulate will issue the Declaration of Value (Dichiarazione di Valore in Loco): it is an official document (written in Italian) which briefly describes and certifies the validity of a qualification awarded by an institution which does not belong to the Italian educational system.
The Declaration of value usually includes the following information:
- legal status and description of the awarding institution;
- requirements for admission to the programme leading to the qualification obtained;
- length of the programme and/or global workload in hours/credits;
- validity of the qualification in the awarding country for academic and/or professional purposes.
Please note: Italian Embassies/Consulates do not submit any documents to the Italian Universities: students must submit the validated applications and attached documents to the University.
University of Parma is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large town of Parma , Emilia-Romagna. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca, Italia (Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, Italy), Università degli Studi di Parma (UNIPR) is a large coeducational higher education institution. Università degli Studi di Parma (UNIPR) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This 903 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.
The formal system for accreditation of State University programs in Italy began in 1933. This law accredits a set of Universities, faculties, and courses. It involves two separate but correlated programs that were instituted at the same time: First, each University went through a four-step process to adopt and approve its own Regolamenti Didattici di Ateneo (RDA). The RDA establishes the rules for the organisation of teaching at the university, including establishing the requirements and objectives of each degree program, the curricula, credits awarded and requirements and objectives of examinations.
The RDA's were developed in consultation with representatives of the individual university, the regional coordinating committee (CRC), employers and the National University Council and are ultimately approved by the Ministry of Education (MIUR). Second, a series of formal, objective standards was adopted as minimum requirements for approval of any programs.
Parma is a medium-sized city with various accommodation opportunities located in different areas.Depending on the length of your stay, your budget and personal requirements, you can choose what is the best solution for you: you can find accommodation in private flats shared with other students, residencial halls in agreement with the University of Parma or dormitories.
The University of Parma promotes cultural, sports and recreational activities for students, also by setting up services and facilities in cooperation with public or private bodies and students’ associations.
Associations or groups of students may apply for funding of cultural and social activities.
Here you can find a list of Students Associations recognized by the University.
Psychological counseling office
In May 2013 the University of Parma has set up the "Psychological counseling office", for students, future students, graduates, university staff (both teachers and administrative staff) and their families.
The counseling is a short-term path, based on the building of a helping relationship aimed at reorganizing the resources of the person and developing coping strategies for difficult situations. It consists of individual or group interviews led by psychologists trained in this area.
The Careers counselling office
The Careers counselling office is open to assist both high-school and postgraduate students in choosing the best faculty according to their wishes and abilities or in making decisions about their professional career. The office provides information about the courses offered by the University of Parma, as well as about all the other available services. It also provides guides and brochures about all Faculties. It organises individual interviews by appointment, as well as visits to the Faculties. It cooperates with the faculties lecturers to organize careers counselling meetings at high schools. It also works with high schools for the organization of careers counselling activities.
Thanks to an agreement between the ER.GO (Regional Authority for the Right to Higher Education) and the University of Parma, students can have their meals at favourable prices in two self-services and 3 cafés. Foreign students enjoy the same treatment as Italian students as far as applications, requirements and the pertaining assessment are concerned. No documents required during the first stage.
The literary resources of the University of Parma are kept in the many libraries. The implementation of web information services, including bibliographic data and electronic magazines, has significantly increased the range and quality of the services offered by the University Libraries, that offer literary resources up to around 1,000,000 books and 8,000 magazine subscriptions.
Computer laboratories and WI-FI
Computer laboratories are available to students in most university buildings.The Wi-Fi service allows the connection to the University net in almost all areas and it's accessible to staff and students through e-mail and password.
The University provides several internet stations, which are available to all students for study purposes.
Physical activity is an integral part of education. The University of Parma thus provides opportunities to combine sport with study through its CUS.The University CUS manages the sport facilities, amateur and competitive sports activities, and provides sports services to the students of the University of Parma.
The University Language Centre was set up to promote the learning of foreign languages within the university environment.The courses held by the University Language Centre are open to all students enrolled at the University of Parma, as well as to students and foreign graduates attending the University of Parma for education or research purposes, all the University staff, and private citizens.
We promote knowledge creation, transfer and progress to meet the increasing demand of advanced education and research in our society.
We are a scientific community of a long tradition, made up by professors and researchers; we all work in the broader context of the international scientific community. We are an independent forward-looking community, open to the world and to the future.
We foster study as a key factor for personal development and individual enrichment. Our aim is to guide and encourage students to make the most of their capacities.
We firmly believe in scientific progress and do our best for its enhancement. We give our contribution for the improvement and welfare of our society, through the diffusion of knowledge and educational tools.
Services and Facilities:
- 9 Departments conducting high-quality research and didactic activities in all scientific-disciplinary areas.
- A 77 hectare University Campus, considered as a unique example in Italy; the Campus features 4 of the 9 Departments, study areas, libraries, computer and IT laboratories, canteens and sport facilities.
- Studying opportunities abroad, thanks to a number of agreements with hundreds of international universities.
- Undergraduate and postgraduate traineeships, on-the-job training in different companies and guidance for a better integration into the professional world.
- 17 Libraries equipped with study rooms and internet access points, boasting a rich catalogue of more than a half million books. The Library system offers a number of online services accessible from home, including a digital catalogue with electronic journals, online databases and e-books.
- Computer laboratories and Wi-Fi areas in most University structures.
- Large study rooms in each University building.
- Online services to register for exams and manage the bureaucratic aspects of the studying career.
- A personal e-mail account for each student, to constantly keep in touch with UNIPR.
- The University Language Centre, to learn foreign languages at different levels.
- Part-time work (150 hours) in University structures
- Total or partial exemption from tuition fees, according to merit and/or economic status
- Services and support for students with disabilities and learning difficulties
- Tutor students helping other students in their academic life
- The University Choir and Orchestra, for students wishing to develop their passion for music
- Psychological counselling, to help students in difficult situations
- An online newspaper and a radio for students willing to develop their creativity in the communication field
- Top-level sport activities, courses and cutting-edge sport facilities managed by CUS Parma (University Sports Centre)