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University of Parma

4.4 out of 5 (54 ratings / 41 reviews) Parma, Italy
The University of Parma (Italian: Università degli Studi di Parma, UNIPR) is one of the oldest universities in the world, founded in the 11th century. It is organised in twelve faculties. The University of Parma has currently about 30,000 students.

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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 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 18 Departments, 36 First Cycle Degree Courses, 6 Single Cycle Degree Courses, 38 Second Cycle Degree Courses, as well as many Postgraduate schools, Postgraduate Teacher Training courses, several Master Programmes and PhD Research Projects.


The University of Parma incentivizes scientific research in many different fields, promoting international collaboration and partnerships with foreign universities and centres. Our University is committed to building research excellence through high quality staff and students, as well as network projects financed by European and international institutions.


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.

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Student services

The Student registry office deals with the administrative part of student careers (admission/enrolment, exams registration, certificates, transfer requests, requests for admission to final examinations, etc.).

Housing services

The HousingAnywhere service is a free housing platform for international students where demand and supply of short term accommodation can come together.If you are an outgoing student, you can use the service to:

  • Rent or sublet your accommodation in Parma exactly during your time abroad
  • Looking for an accommodation in your host country
If you are an incoming student, you can use the service to book one of the accommodation that outgoing students released temporarily

Library services

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.

ICT services

  • 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.

Medical services

  • The National Health Service provides a number of free or payment (so-called "ticket") services to both Italian and foreign citizens, through public structures or agreements with private structures.
  • Parma is served by a public hospital and private clinics.

Student Life

Campus life

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 CNR centre - as well as several sports facilities, a conference centre, and a canteen.

In the heart of the city, the University's central building houses the rector's office, administrative offices and Law. The Medical school is also in the city, located in the Hospital, while Economics and the Political Sciences are next to the Parco Ducale.

Sports facilities

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.

Student clubs

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.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I would improve the lesson plan: there were times in which you would lose a whole day for just two classes, if you were a commuter. In general the professors are knowledgeable and available for further explanations.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Un ambiente internazionale e con un forte legame con la realtà imprenditoriale ed industriale locale

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

In my university there is a really complete study plan that prepares you in the field of risk management, securities management, real estate and insurance.

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