Guidelines for enrolment - NON-EU students
If you are a NON-EU student enrolling on the University of Parma, you will have to follow a specific procedure to apply for the University.
All students with a NON-EU citizenship resident abroad holding a foreign qualification
- must apply for an Italian visa;
- must apply for the Residence Permit;
- (if degree-seeking students) must submit the pre-application for their course of choice to the Italian Diplomatic Representation of their country of residence;
- (if degree-seeking students) must have their documents translated and legalized and obtain the Declaration of Value from the Italian Diplomatic Representation in the country issuing the qualification;
- (if degree-seeking students) must apply for their course in the quota of places reserved for NON-EU citizens resident abroad;
- (if degree-seeking students) must sit the Italian language test (31st August 2018).
Step 1 - Admission requirements and documents
To check the admission requirements and documents needed to apply for First Cycle, Second Cycle and Single Cycle Degrees, visit the page General Admission Requirements.
NON-EU degree-seeking students resident abroad and holding a foreign qualification are required to submit the pre-application form to the Italian Diplomatic Representation (Embassy or Consulate) of the country issuing the qualification in order to apply for a degree course in an Italian University. They must submit two original copies of the pre-application form (Form A _also available in English) duly completed and signed.
If you hold one of the qualifications listed in Allegato 1, just choose one of the degree courses in the list of available places in the quota. If you are applying to one of the courses with a National Admission Test (Medicine and Surgery; School of Dental Medicine; Veterinary Medicine; Architectural Science), the pre-application is considered valid for the same courses in the other universities indicated when applying for the test (this is not valid for the courses of Health Professions, since you cannot choose other universities here).
If you hold one of the qualifications listed in Allegato 2, you can choose your degree course regardless of the number of available places in the quota. In addition to your qualifications and your pre-application you will need two passport-size photos: one of them must be authenticated by the Italian Diplomatic Representation.
Remember that you must submit the pre-application to the Italian Consulate/Embassy by 24th July 2018.
Translation and Legalization of documents
If you obtained your qualification in a foreign country, you must have it officially translated into Italian, together with your syllabus and list of exams passed. However, there might be special cases where the translation of these documents is not required: please check the website of the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the website Studenti Stranieri - MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research).
Qualifications and certificates must then be certified and legalized by the Italian Embassy/Consulate.
Legalization can be substituted with an “apostille” if the country where the qualification was obtained is party to the Hague Convention (1961). Further details and cases are indicated on the website of the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Declaration of Value
The Declaration of Value is an official document which briefly describes and certifies the validity of a qualification awarded by an institution which does not belong to the Italian educational system. The international student (EU or NON-EU) holding a foreign degree must obtain such document in order to be admitted to an Italian University.
Further information regarding the recognition and equivalence of foreign qualifications is provided by Centro Informazione sulla Mobilità e le Equipollenze Accademiche (CIMEA).
Upon submission of the pre-application, translation and legalization of documents, the Italian Consulate or Embassy will issue the Italian visa and the Declaration of Value. From then on, you are officially entitled to apply for an Italian University, but remember that before you fully complete your enrolment you must pass the Italian language test, scheduled for 31st August 2018 (see Step 3).
Step 2 - Online registration and online application for the University of Parma
Before starting with the application procedure, you must register online on the University computer system. You can register anytime before the opening of enrolments, and we reccommend to do it especially for students who are applying for a course with chronological order of enrolments.
Enrolment on the courses of the University of Parma will open on 17th July 2018.
However, for open access courses and courses with enrolments in chronological order + high school final grade you can proceed with the online application for the University of Parma (log in with the credentials you obtain with the online registration), only after having passed the Italian language test, that is from 4th September 2018. For If you are exempted from the Italian test (see Step 4), you can apply online from 17th July 2018.
From then on, you can apply for the University of Parma in the quota of places reserved to NON-EU students, which is set each year by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. Chinese students participating in the Marco Polo Project are reserved a specific quota.
Each course has a different number of places available to non-EU students and different deadlines for enrolment. Please check the Course Catalogue 2018-2019 and the Manifesto degli Studi 2018-2019 for further details.
Please carefully read the page Application procedure A.Y. 2018-2019 for all the steps to enrol on a course of the University of Parma.
The instructions and deadlines for the application for courses with National Admission Test are now available on the University website. Remember that you will first have to register on the Universitaly website from 2nd July 2018 to 24th July 2018 at 15:00, then you have to follow the procedure indicated in the section Courses with national admission test or Courses with local admission test at the page Application procedure A.Y. 2018-2019 (check the different deadlines and procedures).
Step 3 - Definitive enrolment
After you have passed the Italian test and completed the online application procedure, you must send by the set deadline for the course chosen:
- a scan of your payment receipt for the 1st instalment of tuition fees;
- a scan of your application form bearing the date and your signature;
You must send all the documents indicated to the e-mail address of the Student Registry Office of your course. The Subject of the e-mail must bear your FAMILY NAME, NAME, DEGREE COURSE CHOSEN (in Italian).
Once this procedure is complete and you have arrived in Italy, to finalize your application you must go to the Student Registry Office of your course before the set deadline and hand in the following documents:
- original copy of your foreign qualification translated into Italian and legalized by the Italian Embassy/Consulate. Your certificate must bear out the final mark obtained out of the total maximum score with equalization to the Italian Education System;
- (if required) any other document concerning your previous high school or academic career, translated and legalized;
- declaration of value;
- copy of your identity document or passport;
- residence permit or receipt for its renewal (see Step 4).
On receiving your e-mail and all the documents, the University will confirm your enrolment: you will receive your student ID number and your University e-mail address (made up as: firstname.lastname@example.org), which will be essential for your future career as a student of the University of Parma. Furthermore, you will be given the instructions for the student card of the University of Parma.
Step 4 - When in Parma
When you arrive in Parma, you will have to:
- apply for the Residence permit within 8 days from your arrival in Italy;
- sit the Italian language test on 31st August 2018; please check on the website of the Department of your course for the times and location of the test. See the section "Further information for Non-EU students" at the bottom of this page to see if you may be exempted from taking the test;
- hand in your qualifications translated and legalized (including indication of the final mark out of the maximum grade and its correspondence to the Italian system), the Declaration of Value and the residence permit to the Student Registry Office of your degree course to finalize your application (see Step 3);
- apply for the Italian Tax Code at the local office of the Agenzia delle Entrate in Parma (Strada Quarta 6/1 A). You will need your valid passport or ID document and your residence permit (or receipt of application). Upon presentation of the documents and completion of a specific form, you will receive the tax code on a paper sheet. The Agenzia delle Entrate will then send you a plastic tax code card to the address provided.
Further information for NON-EU students
- if you:
- are legally living in Italy and hold an EU long-term residence permit or a regular residence permit issued for study, work or family reasons;
- have legally lived in Italy for at least one year and obtained a high-school certificate or academic qualification in Italy;
- obtained a high-school certificate or academic qualification from an Italian school/institution abroad or from a foreign school/institution operating in Italy or adroad (according to specific agreements and regualtions - art.26 of Law 189, 30 July 2002);
- are legally living in Italy on a regular residence permit for study purposes if previously enrolled on a degree course in any Italian university
you are equated to an EU student and must follow the procedure indicated in the Guidelines for enrolment - EU and EU-equated students;
- if you obtained your school/academic qualification in Italy or in an Italian Istitution abroad, you are neither requested to have your documents translated nor to request the Declaration of Value. Moreover you are exempted from the Italian Language test and you will have to enrol in the general number of places available, not in the quota reserved for other NON-EU citizens. You have to apply the same way as Italian students, but you must apply for the visa and for the residence permit;
- if you have double citizenship, one of which is Italian, this one prevails and you will have to apply the same way as Italian students;
- if you have double citizenship, one of which is of an EU country, this one prevails and you will have to apply the same way as EU students;
- if you are applying for a course held entirely in English, you will not have to sit the Italian language test, thus you can start your online application from the opening date set for the course;
- if you are going to sit a national admission test, you will be admitted to the test even with a Shenghen short-stay visa. However, you must have a regular long-stay visa when starting your application procedure (see page Visa Application).
Further details are available at www.studiare-in-italia.it/studentistranieri
See also: Calendar:Important dates and deadlines