General description of the institution
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, 39 First Cycle Degree Courses, 6 Single Cycle Degree Courses, 41 Second Cycle Degree Courses (5 of which entirely held in English), as well as many Postgraduate schools, Teacher Training courses, several Master Programmes and PhDs.
The ideal size of the University (25,000 students, with more than 5,000 graduates per year and about 1,700 faculty and staff members), 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.
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 houses the 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 services and facilities of the University of Parma attract an ever-growing number of students. There are information offices and career counselling services to help students with their university-related choices, a strong international network for teaching activities and research, and a lively exchange of students thanks to community programmes and scholarships. Libraries, computer laboratories and Internet access points, student residences and canteens, part-time jobs, cultural activities, a toll-free number and post-graduation career counseling are all available to students - along with interviews and specific courses to help our graduates to find jobs.
Many facilities are available to students to enhance the quality of their studies and university life. Some of these are the free e-mail and tailor-made services for disabled students, language courses at the Foreign Language Centre, and many sports activities run by the University of Parma CUS, which offers courses in a number of disciplines in a wide range of structures - a swimming pool, athletics tracks, tennis courts, football pitches, a golf course, basketball courts, rugby pitches, etc.
The University of Parma website is constantly updated and has a high number of visitors (about 180,000 visitors per month); it offers students regularly updated information and the ideal interface for communicating with the University. Students can also sign up for exams via the ESSE3 online platform, download administrative forms, or access a personal e-mail provided by the University, thus representing a fast and accurate channel of communication.