Assistance and agreements for international mobility
The service intends to deal with the definition of agreements with universities in other countries for the international mobility of students, in particular for periods of training abroad, but also, for example, for the award of joint or double degrees, appropriate for the achievement of the expected learning outcomes, as well as the organisation 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 undertaken important work aimed at increasing the number of courses with double or joint degrees, with a view to increasing and promoting international mobility. In this sense, the development policies of the course catalogue have taken into specific consideration the relationship between the international development of the course catalogue itself, its sustainability and adequacy, and the territorial dimension and relations with other universities. It is precisely the international dimension of the course catalogue that is aimed not only at increasing the number of deserving international students, diversifying their geographical origin, but also at increasing the number of graduates who have had training experience abroad, thus strengthening the international dimension of the training contexts, also through the teaching of foreign experts and the development of the students' language skills.
The University of Parma is part of an exchange network that, through numerous agreements at EU and non-EU level, allows study periods abroad and/or internship activities, enabling students to gain training experience abroad, both didactic and work-related, within the framework of mobility programmes, thus creating international career opportunities for its students and an environment that is favourable to the development of research activities, through the funding of projects by local researchers and the attraction of scholars from all over the world.
Over the years, the numerous academic contacts that have developed have allowed for the creation of a network of international collaborations that today sees the presence of partnerships with Universities and Research Organisations from all over the world, resulting in the recognition of the University of Parma on the international academic scene.
The intense activity aimed at improving internationalisation has taken the form of an increase in language training opportunities, the consolidation of exchange activities under the Erasmus+ Programme, the expansion of exchange opportunities under the OverWorld University Programme, the implementation of structured mobility double-entitlement programmes, and the recruitment of Visiting Professors for teaching activities in First- and Second-cycle degree courses.
In order to coordinate central and departmental activities, International Mobility Committees were established in each department as of 2017. Internationalisation initiatives are accessible from the 'INTERNATIONAL' menu item on the University's homepage.
In order to foster the growth and scientific and didactic updating of the teaching staff, the university encourages participation in international mobility programmes, both under the Erasmus+ Programme and the OverWorld Programme, in order to carry out a period of teaching and/or training abroad; it promotes initiatives useful for acquiring specific knowledge and know-how from good practices (creation of academic networks, research collaborations, participation in competitive calls for projects) and for developing language skills relevant to professional development.
Students enrolled in the Economics and Management degree course can take advantage of various international exchange opportunities, in particular, please consult the section on this page entitled 'International collaborations'