Application for graduation

The application procedure for admission to sit the degree examination is exclusively online.

On this page of the University of Parma website, you can read full instructions on how to fill in the application.

Degree Appeals

On this page of the DUSIC Department's website, you can read information about the sessions and deadlines of the degree programmes.

Characteristics of the final test

The final examination, which leads to the acquisition of 6 ECTS credits, consists of the drafting of a coherent and adequately argued text on a topic relevant to the curriculum, i.e. relating to one of the course units included in the student's programme of study, and agreed by the student with a supervisor instructor.

In the preparation of the final examination, the candidate must demonstrate the ability to choose the appropriate linguistic register for the appropriate use of theoretical tools and methods of scientific research.
The assessment of the final examination is carried out by awarding a mark on the basis of 110.

Conduct of the final examination

The final examination consists in the evaluation by a committee of the written paper produced by the student under the supervision of a supervisor.
The Commission, consisting of a minimum of five members as provided for by the University Teaching Regulations and chaired as a rule by the Course Chair, listens to the presentation of the paper by the supervisor and the co-rapporteur, if any, and assesses with them the student's achievement of the DC.

In the final test, the student demonstrates that he/she has acquired:
. in-depth knowledge of the language, literature and culture covered by the final examination;
. the ability to understand complex cultural texts and phenomena belonging to the language, literature and culture covered by the final examination;
. the ability to analyse, solve problems and make critically motivated judgements;
. the ability to rework and apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the course of study in its articulation, as set out in point A4.b;
. a degree of autonomy enabling the student to organise, develop and conclude a project using bibliographical and documentary resources specific to the course unit subject of the paper;
. the ability to communicate effectively and competently both in Italian and in a foreign language;
. the ability to acquire new knowledge and develop new skills independently.

In assessing the final examination, the Board takes into account the student's overall curriculum, the written paper submitted, which must demonstrate the level reached in the ability to apply the knowledge acquired, and may add up to a maximum of seven points to the mark calculated on the basis of the average achieved by the candidate in the profit examinations.

The final examination, which leads to the acquisition of 6 ECTS credits, consists of the drafting of a coherent and adequately argued text of between 15 and 20 pages (of 2,000 characters each) on a topic relevant to the curriculum, or relating to one of the course units included in the student's programme of study.

In the phase of drafting the paper, the student, under the guidance of the professor (supervisor), in charge for the course unit, identifies the topic of study and analysis, finds materials and documentation, developing and strengthening skills related to bibliographical research in libraries and archives (both traditional and digital, also through the acquisition of the Bibliopatent issued by the Web Service of the Language Unit), sets up, articulates and carries out the work project.
Conduct of the final examination.
The final examination consists of a written paper, appropriate to the amount of ECTS credits required, on a subject related to a course unit in the undergraduate's programme of study and connected with at least one of the languages or literatures studied and examined.

It is possible for the undergraduate student to write the paper in one of the foreign languages studied, subject to explicit agreement between the student and the supervisor and a reasoned request by the student to the Course Council. If the paper is written in one of the foreign languages studied, a summary in Italian of at least 10% of the text in the foreign language is required, to be attached as an appendix to the paper itself; it should also be noted that the linguistic quality of the paper will also be part of the assessment.

At the request of interested parties, the DC issues a document in two languages (Diploma Supplement), as provided for in Article 3(4) of the University Teaching Regulations, in addition to the official qualification. The Diploma Supplement provides a description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies undertaken and completed by the student.

Modifica Prova Finale

Si avvisa che è stata introdotta una nuova modalità di svolgimento della prova finale e questo modifica riguarderà la coorte di studenti immatricolati a partire dal 2020/21 -e successive coorti- e trova quindi applicazione a partire dalla prima seduta utile dell’a.a. 2022/23.

Quindi, la nuova modalità si applica A PARTIRE DALLA SESSIONE DI LUGLIO 2023.

Qui di seguito sono riportate le modifiche, oltre alle modalità di svolgimento della valutazione e della proclamazione:

a) lunghezza della prova finale: riduzione dagli attuali 60.000 a 30.000 caratteri minimi/max 40.000;
b) tipologia di prova: lo studente potrà scegliere tra:
 1 un’analisi testuale (close reading) di un estratto di 3-4 pagine;
 2 un breve saggio di ambito linguistico, letterario o culturale:

  • per l’ambito letterario e culturale: su un tema specifico partendo da un testo (o più testi, se si tratta di poesie brevi);

  • per lingua e traduzione: su un argomento specifico.

 3 un lavoro di traduzione, con le seguenti opzioni: a) traduzione interlinguistica di 3-4 pagine di un testo inedito (prosa o versi), accompagnata da un commento; b) commento di una traduzione intralinguistica o di una traduzione intersemiotica; c) analisi comparativo-contrastiva di due traduzioni di un testo.

c) Lo studente, in accordo con il relatore, potrà scegliere se redigere l’elaborato in lingua o in italiano. Qualora si optasse per l’italiano, una parte, concordata con il relatore (2000-4000 caratteri) sarà in lingua e, viceversa, se la prova sarà scritta in lingua straniera, la parte di 2000/4000 caratteri dovrà essere redatta in italiano.

d) Eliminazione della discussione finale. Si mantiene solo la proclamazione.

e) la commissione di laurea si riunisce nella settimana dedicata alle tesi e valuta gli elaborati, approntando i verbali e decidendo il punteggio da assegnare agli elaborati. La valutazione avviene in assenza del candidato. La figura del correlatore non è più obbligatoria.

f) La proclamazione avverrà un giorno appositamente designato (all'interno del periodo di sessione di laurea), alla presenza di una commissione composta da tre docenti, di cui uno nominato Presidente.


Undergraduate forms

The Language Course has a specific graduation procedure, which includes filling out form A14, in addition to the other paperwork to be completed at the Student registry office.
Graduating candidates must fill in the application for graduation online by the deadlines set for each session and hand it in, together with the remaining forms, in person at the desks of the Student registry office of the humanities degree courses (Via D'Azeglio, 85).
It is advisable not to bring yourself to the last days for both the filling in of the application and the delivery of the documents.
Please note that the documentation must be COMPLETE and cannot be sent. This is because upon presentation at the counters, the Secretariat checks the position with regard to tuition fees and the programme of study with examinations.

Before proceeding with the completion of the online application for graduation, the student must be in possession of the Authorisation to Submit Dissertation form (MOD. A50) signed by the rapporteur, which contains indispensable data for online compilation. List of forms to be completed and submitted all at once to the Student registry office:

  • Instructions (MOD. A15/3/IND-UM) with delivery methods, deadlines and indications on copies and print formats
  • Authorisation (MOD. A50) of the supervisor (in duplicate), completed in every part and legibly, especially the name of the supervisor and the name of the co-supervisor(s).
  • Application for graduation (to be completed online and printed out for delivery to the Student registry office)
  • Receipt of diploma fee and stamps (downloadable from the online procedure when completing the application)
  • Receipt for completion of the Alma Laurea questionnaire
  • Rules of conduct for candidates and their families during graduation sessions (MOD. A/44)

Undergraduates can find useful materials for writing their thesis and the editorial rules on the following Elly page: (note for update 09 October 2020)
ATTENTION: by resolution of the Course Council from the cohort of students enrolled in the a.y. 2020-2021 (first valid graduation session summer 2023), attendance of the two basic information literacy courses Infopatent [] and Bibliopatent [] will be a compulsory part of the degree dissertation and will contribute to the award of the relevant ECTS credits.
The two basic courses can be freely taken on the EduOpen platform at any time during the course of study; however, it is recommended that they be taken within the second year and not too close to the thesis-writing phase by following the enrolment procedure at The certificates must be kept carefully until they are uploaded on Esse3 in the application area accessible from the third year of the course.

Attendance at the advanced Bibliopatente course will remain, as for all enrolled members, recommended but optional and combined, subject to passing an individual final examination, with the awarding of exit mark rounding points as per Council resolution. The individual final examination is to be taken only by those who attend the advanced Bibliopatente course and wish to redeem their merit points. For details see:
For all students enrolled before 2020, regardless of the graduation session, the courses remain recommended but not compulsory.

Presentation of the thesis title (MOD. A/14) to be sent only by email ( in a single copy signed by the lecturer at least three months before the discussion to the Academic Office in Viale S. Michele 9.

PLEASE NOTE: no copies of the thesis are to be handed in to the Academic Office.
Attention: Students who have submitted form Mod. A/14, for the chosen graduation session, they will not have to submit this form again to the Secretariat if they are unable* to graduate (e.g.: moving from the Summer to the Autumn or Extraordinary session).
*it is emphasised that these forms should only be returned to the Secretariat if the speaker is changed.

calculation of the average of the final grade

The average that is sent to the Commission on the day of graduation, for all courses in the new system (i.e. first-cycle degree course + Master's degree) is the weighted average of the marks achieved. The procedure for calculating your weighted average consists of:

  • multiplying the grade for each exam by the number of ECTS credits for that exam;
  • adding the results of the multiplications;
  • dividing by the number of ECTS credits.

The Language Course calculates the ECtS credits obtained from examinations that entitle you to a final grade, so you multiply all examination grades by the corresponding ECTS credits and divide by the total number of ECTS credits from the examinations with a final grade. The result will be the weighted average in base 30. The Esse3 system updates the grade average from time to time (which the student can view in his or her personal area), but the average will only be corrected after all examinations have been passed.

exam 1, grade 28, ECTS credits 12 = 28*12 = 336
exam 2, grade 24, ECTS credits 6 = 24*6 = 144
exam 3, grade 30 with honors, ECTS credits 9 = 30*9 = 270 weighted average of these grades = 336+114+270 / 12+6+9 = 750/27 = 27.777


  • honors do not add to the grade (30) achieved, so 30 with honors = 30;
  • the degree committee decides which additional points, if any, to assign to the starting weighted average. Starting with the 2020 summer degree session, students who pass the final assessment test of the INFODOCPASS (EduOpen) + BIBLIOPATENTE2 (Elly) pathway with a satisfactory result (marks of 60/100 and above) will be entitled to one merit point for the positive rounding of the mark awarded by the Degree Committee to the final paper. In the event of a test mark of 85/100 or higher, two rounding points will be awarded by the committee on the evaluation of the paper
  • the weighted average being calculated to three decimal places without rounding.