Studying abroad

The University of Parma offers all its students various opportunities to foster the development of a real international dimension of higher education. From exchanges in Europe through the Erasmus Plus Programme to extra-European mobility with the Overworld Programme and numerous pathways for acquiring a double degree.
Some study courses, in fact, thanks to the conclusion of international agreements with partner universities, provide the opportunity, at the end of the university course, to obtain a double degree with one or more associated foreign universities.

Information and programmes

All information on outgoing international mobility programmes is published on the University website.

The page on the University website (, also shown below, leads to a series of subpages (see: Erasmus+ Programme and Overworld Mobility) containing documents including the destination locations updated by the University.

Language Placement Test

The LANGUAGE PLACEMENT TEST (LPT) is a test used to check language skills in relation to study abroad, introduced by the University in order to allow interested students to take part in European and international mobility calls, both within the ERASMUS+ Community Programme (KA131 SMS, KA131 SMP, KA171, etc.) and within the University's opportunities (OVERWORLD Programme, Dual Entitlement Programmes, etc.).
Language proficiency testing is mandatory for the following languages: ENGLISH, FRENCH, PORTUGUESE, SPANISH and GERMAN.

Successful completion of both the written and oral “Language and Translation” exams allows students to be exempted from taking the LPT, as specified in the table available at:

Please also consult this page for further details and useful information.

As a consequence, for BA students enrolled in the “Modern Foreign Languages and Civilizations” course, taking the LPT is mandatory, for participating in the selection procedures of the international mobility calls, in two cases only:

1) if they have not passed any "Language and Translation" exam, yet (related to the teaching language of the country in which they would like to spend their mobility period);
2) if they have passed one or more “Language and Translation” exams, but their level of proficiency is lower than the one required by the destination they are applying for (such level is specified in the table above).

Assistance and agreements for international mobility

The service aims to manage the definition of agreements with universities in other countries for the international mobility of students, especially for periods of training abroad, but also, for example, for the issuance of joint or double degrees, suitable for achieving the expected learning outcomes, as well as the organization and management of the international mobility of outgoing students and the reception of incoming students from other countries.

In recent years, the University of Parma has initiated a significant effort to increase the number of study programs with double or joint degrees, with the aim of enhancing and promoting international mobility. In this regard, the development policies for the educational offer have specifically considered the relationship between the international development of the same offer, its sustainability and adequacy, and the territorial dimension and relationships with other universities. The international dimension of the educational offer is aimed not only at increasing the number of deserving international students, diversifying their geographic origin, but also at increasing the number of graduates who have had a training experience abroad, thereby strengthening the international dimension of educational contexts, also through the teaching of foreign experts and the development of students' language skills.

The University of Parma is part of a network of teacher and student exchanges that, through numerous agreements at the community and non-community level, allows for periods of study abroad and/or internship activities, enabling students to have training experiences abroad, both educational and work-related, within mobility programs, thus creating opportunities for international careers for its students and favorable environments for the development of research activities, through the funding of projects by local researchers and the attraction of scholars from around the world.

Over the years, numerous academic contacts have been developed, creating a network of international collaborations that today includes partnerships with universities and research institutions around the world, with the consequent recognition of the University of Parma in the international academic landscape.

The intense activity aimed at improving internationalization has resulted in an increase in language training opportunities, the consolidation of exchange activities within the Erasmus+ Program, the expansion of exchange opportunities within the OVERWORLD University Program, the implementation of double degree programs with structured mobility, in the TeachinParma project co-financed by the CariParma Foundation for the support of Visiting Professors within the Doctoral Schools, and in the recruitment of Visiting Professors for teaching activities in first and second level degree courses.

To coordinate the central activity with that at the departmental level, from 2017, International Mobility Commissions have been established in each Department. Internationalization initiatives are accessible from the "INTERNATIONAL" menu item on the University's homepage. To foster the growth and scientific and educational updating of the faculty, the University encourages participation in international mobility programs, both within the Erasmus+ Program and the OverWorld program, for a period of teaching and/or training abroad; promotes initiatives useful for acquiring specific knowledge and know-how from good practices (creation of academic networks, research collaborations, participation in competitive calls) and to develop language skills relevant for professional development.

The realization and implementation of internationalization processes, based on directives from the university governance, are managed by the Internationalization Unit (Educational Leadership, Internationalization, and Student Services Area).

For guidance and assistance to students regarding study periods abroad through Erasmus-Plus scholarships or Erasmus Placement, or Overworld Programs (as well as for exchanges based on individual agreements between universities), the Course of Study relies on appointed teachers (one for each linguistic area) who hold information and orientation meetings on exchange projects, organize selections for the allocation of scholarships, advise students in choosing destination sites, offer assistance in compiling the Learning Agreement and forms in general, and carry out operations for the recognition of grades and exams once the exchange experience is concluded.

These teachers work in close contact with the Structures for International Educational Exchanges for Italian Teachers and Students and Reception of Foreign Teachers and Students (Internationalization Unit). Since 2013, the University of Parma has also successfully participated in ministerial calls for scholarships for Russian language students who spend a semester at a Russian university (Lomonosov Moscow State University and Kazan Federal University), also engaging in teaching assistant activities in Italian language courses.

Delegato di Dipartimento: Prof.ssa Gioia ANGELETTI.
Delegati Erasmus per il Corso di studio in Civiltà e Lingue Straniere Moderne:
Prof.ssa Micòl BESEGHI
Prof.ssa Alba PESSINI
Prof. Andrea RAGUSA
Prof.ssa Elisabetta LONGHI
Prof.ssa Elena PESSINI

List of Erasmus locations

Mobility in the European Union: Erasmus+ Programme
As far as mobility within the European Union is concerned, exchanges take place within the Erasmus+ programme.
It is recommended that you check the list of participating universities with the call actually active:

Belgio Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Bulgaria Sofiiki Universitet 'Sveti Kliment Ohridski'
Cipro Panepistimio Kyprou
Croazia Sveučillšte u Zadru
Francia Université Côte d'Azur
Francia Université d'Angers
Francia Université de Caen Basse-Normandie
Francia Université Jean Moulin (Lyon III)
Francia Aix-Marseille Université
Francia Université de Lorraine
Francia Université Rene Descartes - Paris 5
Francia Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis
Francia Université Paris-Est Creteil Val de Marne
Francia Université de Strasbourg
Francia Université Toulouse Jean Jaures
Francia Université François Rabelais (Tours)
Francia Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis
Germania Technische Universität Dortmund
Germania Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Germania Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-  Universität Greifswald
Germania Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Germania Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg
Germania Universität Passau
Germania Universität Stuttgart
Germania Universität Vechta
Grecia Aristoteleio Panepistimio Thessalonikis
Irlanda University College Cork
Islanda University of Iceland
Lettonia Latvijas Universitáte
Lituania Vytauto Didziojo Universitetas
Lituania Klaipedos Universitetas
Lituania Vilniaus Universitetas
Norvegia  Universitetet i Oslo
Paesi Bassi Universiteit van Amsterdam
Polonia Politechnika Slaska
Polonia Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warszaw
Polonia Wszechnica Polaska
Portogallo Universidade do Minho
Portogallo Universidade de Lisboa
Regno Unito University of Bath
Regno Unito University of Kent
Regno Unito Cardiff University
Regno Unito University of Leeds
Regno Unito Edge Hill University
Regno Unito University of Manchester
Repubblica Ceca Masarykova Univerzita v Brne
Repubblica Ceca Univerzita Palackeho V Olomouci
Romania Universitatea Babes-Bolyai
Spagna Universidad de Alcalá
Spagna Universidad de Extremadura
Spagna Universitat de Barcelona
Spagna Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
Spagna Universidad de Córdoba
Spagna Universidad de Granada
Spagna Universidad Europea Madrid
Spagna Universidad de Murcia
Spagna Universidad de Oviedo
Spagna Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
Spagna Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Spagna Universidad de Vigo
Spagna Universidad de Zaragoza
Turchia  Ankara Üniversitesi
Turchia  Istinye University


Overworld Locations List

Mobility outside the European Union: Overworld Programme
As far as mobility outside the European Union is concerned, exchanges take place within the Overworld Programme.

It is recommended that you check the list of participating universities with the call actually active:

Universidad De Buenos Aires - Facultad De Filosofia Y Letras
Universidade De Pernambuco – Upe
Univille - Universidade Da Região De Joinville 
Pontificia Universidade Catolica De Minas Gerais
Universidade Positivo 
Universidad Alberto Hurtado
(priorità agli Studenti di Lingue e Letterature Straniere)
University Of Nottingham Ningbo
Costa d’Avorio  
Université De Cocody
Universidad Tecnica De Ambato
Universidade Catolica "Nuestra Senora Reina De La Paz"
Universidad Catolica "Nuestra Senora De La Asuncion"
Kazan Federal University 
Moscow School Of Social And Economic Sciences - Oano "Msses"
Presidential Academy Of National Economy And Public Administration – Ranepa 
Moscow City University
Université Cheikh Anta Diop De Dakar
National Chiao Tung University – Taiwan
St. Joseph University Dar Es Salaam
Universita' Statale Pedagogica Di Kiev "M.P. Dragomanov" 
V.N. Karazin Kharkiv University
Boston College
Pitzer College Of Claremont 
University Of Florida