The University of Parma is a State University. As such, it is self-governing and has administrative, organizational, and accountancy autonomy, providing services to the general public. On 13th March 962, Emperor Ottonian I conferred on Uberto, the Bishop of Parma, the initiation of the University in the 'Diploma' - a document which granted the Bishop the power to order and elect legal leaders ('eligere et ordinare notarios'). This document was the foundation of creating 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, 35 first degree courses, 6 one-cycle degree courses, 38-second degree courses, as well as many Postgraduate schools, Postgraduate Teacher Training courses, several Masters' Degrees and Research Doctorates (Ph.D.).
Students can choose between courses on Arts and Humanities, Economics, Engineering and Architecture, Food and Agriculture, Law and Social Studies, Mathematical Physical and Natural Sciences, Medicine and Surgery, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine.
The ideal size of the University (30,000 students, with more than 5,000 graduates per year, and about 2000 faculty and staff members) and the living conditions in Parma attract a large number of students from all over Italy. More than two-thirds of our registered students come from outside of Parma and the Parma Province, which places the University in the highest rank for attracting the most non-resident students nationwide.
The different locations of the University allow students to study in comfortable, efficient structures near green areas, such as the Campus: a 77-hectare area south of the city accommodating scientific departments, our campus consists of departments, modern and well-equipped lecture halls, comfortable study areas, technologically-advanced laboratories, and a CNR center - as well as several sports facilities, a conference center, and a canteen. This significant combination of structures and people is absolutely unique in the Italian university scene.
The other University settlement is in the heart of the city with the University's central building that houses the rector's office, administrative offices, and the Law Department. In the heart of the city is located the Medical school too, in the Hospital area, the Economics Department, the Arts, Letters, History and Social Sciences Department and the Ancient culture, Philosophy, Educations, and Modern Languages Department. Finally, the Veterinary Medicine Department is located on the immediate north-western outskirts of the city.
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. The Arts and Philosophy and Psychology have their campuses in the old city center, and Veterinary Medicine is located on the immediate north-western outskirts of the city.
The activities and facilities of the University of Parma attract the participation of an ever-growing student body. There are information and career counseling services to help students with their university-related choices, good relations with foreign universities, and a lively exchange of students in terms of community programs, including many available 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 short 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 ad hoc services for disabled students, language courses at the Foreign Language Center. Students can also sign up for exams via the Internet, download administrative forms or access personal e-mail supplied to each student by the University, thus creating a fast and accurate channel of communication.
The University of Parma website offers students regularly updated information and the ideal interface for communicating with the University.
Students have and many opportunities in sports run by the University of Parma CUS with courses in all disciplines in a range of structures - our swimming pool, athletics track, tennis courts, football pitches, golf yard, basketball courts, rugby pitches, etc.
Museums, such CSAC in the Abbazia of Paradigna (www.csacparma.en) with an impressive collection of Italian works of art (from design, architecture, illustration, advertising, photography), the Botanical Gardens, the Natural Science museums and other scientific collections, then the university chorus: these are the cultural activities and also study opportunities.
International Students will be welcome at the Erasmus and International Home near the San Francesco church, in the heart of the city, and they will take advantage of Italian language courses especially taught to help academic study.
Two of the II level degree courses are totally taught in English, while there is a growing offer of English taught courses in the Architecture Master of Science Course, in the Engineering courses and in the Humanities courses too.