Entry Requirements and Additional Educational Obligations (OFAs)

In order to be admitted to the degree program, it is necessary to have a high school diploma (in accordance with the current legislation) or another qualification obtained abroad recognized as eligible. Foreign candidates, holding a proper qualification obtain abroad and a visa to enter Italy, are also required to pass an Italian language test.

The preliminary knowledge required to access the course are: Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology, at level comparable to the one obtained with a secondary schools diploma.

The assessment of the personal preparation will be done through a specific verification test. Students will have to pass a threshold level of correct answers, below which Additional Formative Obligations (OFAs) will be assigned. An OFA is considered to have been fulfilled when the student has repeated and passed the assessment test. If the OFA is not fulfilled, the student may not sit any examinations.

NEW!! - Enrolment for the a.y. 2023/2024

From 03 August 2023 (h 9:00 am) to 22 September 2023 (h 12:00 am) a new enrollment procedure will be activated for vocationally-oriented QuAM degree course. 

Through this new procedure, students enroll directly as is the case for all free access courses (https://www.unipr.it/accesso-libero) until all available places are filled.

Students who apply for enrollment after having reached the programmed number (30 places) will be placed on the waiting list for possible repechage following course changes and/or withdrawals.

Further information is available at the link:




The maximum number of students eligible for the 1st year (a.y. 2023/2024) is 30, and the enrolment procedure is entirely online.

Access to the Quality and Procurement of Raw Materials for Agri-Food career-oriented degree programme is conditional on passing the TOLC-LP test.

A second admission procedure will be activated in July 2023, taking into account the chronological order of booking and high school results (higher vote will be valorised), only if there will be some places still available at the end of the first TOLC-LP test after the sliding of the relative ranking list. Candidates who failed the first TOLC-LP test are also allowed to participate to the abovementioned second admission procedure.

Details relating to the second procedure, if activated, will be disclosed on this page and on the University website. Further and specific indications can be found in the Call for admission to the 1st Year 2023/2024.

General calendar – Steps and deadlines

Registration in the University information system and activation of credentials
All candidates must register on the University information system following the procedure indicated in article 4 of the Call for admission.

Place reservation for the degree course
In order to be included in the ranking, candidates must reserve their place on the degree program by logging into their private area (https://unipr.esse3.cineca.it/auth/Logon.do) using the University credentials obtained during the registration step.
The dates for reservations are indicated in the calendars below.

Calendar of the first admission procedure (TOLC-LP)

From 13 July 2023 (h 9:00 am) to 18 July 2023 (h 12:00 am).


Test TOLC-LP Date reported in CISIA calendar; the test must to be performed no later than 05 July 2023.
Place reservation for the degree course From 5 June 2023 (h 12:00 am) to 6 July 2023 (h 12:00 am).
Publication of the ranking list Until 10 July 2023.
Enrolment From 13 July 2023 (h 9:00 am) to 18 July 2023 (h 12:00 am)
First scrolling list procedure 20 July 2023; enrolment of admitted students from 20 July 2023 (h 12:00 am) to 21 July 2023 (h 2:00 pm).
Other scrolling list procedure Subsequent scrolling of the ranking will be done until the exhaustion of places available on Monday and Thursday (enrolments available from h 12:00 am on the same day to h 2:00 pm on the following day).
* IMPORTANT INFORMATION: please note that during the reservation phase it is necessary to attach the TOLC certificate


Calendar of the second admission procedure (chronological order with promotion of merit)

Place Reservation for the degree course From 12 July 2023 (h 9:00 am) to 17 July 2023 (h 12:00 am).
Publication of the ranking list 25 July 2023.
Enrolment From 25 July 2023 (h 3:00 pm) to 31 July 2023 (h 12:00 am).
Scrolling list Subsequent scrolling of the ranking will be done until the exhaustion of places available.

TOLC-LP admission test

The test is made available on a software platform and it can be done in person (“TOLC-LP in presenza”) at any University belonging to CISIA, (Consortium of Inter-University Integrated Access Systems) or at one’s own home (“TOLC@CASA”).

TOLC@HOME differs from the TOLC-LP only for the delivery methods that allow it to be carried out at home.

The TOLC can be repeated several times (upon payment of the €30 fee for each test) but no more than once per calendar month, regardless of the university location where it takes place. If a candidate has taken more than one test on different dates, the highest score obtained will be considered.

The score obtained in the TOLC-LP is valid only for enrolment in the 2023/2024 academic year.

The minimum score to be included in the ranking list for the career-oriented degree course in Quality and Procurement of Raw Materials for Agri-Food is set at 1/30.

For the year 2023, the University of Parma delivers the TOLC-LP in the TOLC@CASA mode on the following dates:

  • 27 April2023
  • 28 April 2023
  • 9 May 2023
  • 26 May 2023
  • 6 June 2023
  • 7 June2023
  • 4 July 2023
  • 5 July 2023

However, it is reiterated that, in order to formulate the final ranking, the TOLC-LP can be performed (in person or @home) at any University belonging to CISIA as long as it is by 5 July 2023.

All details and information about the test can be found below or visiting the CISIA website.


How to sign up to TOLC-LP

To sign up for TOLC-LP is required:

  1. register in the CISIA test reserved area
  2. choose and book a date from those reported on the calendar
  3. pay the € 30 fee by following the instructions specified in the procedure.

The availability of seats updated in real time can be consulted on the calendar.

The place availability is updated in real time and it can be consulted on the  DATE TOLC-LP calendar.

Further information on the TEST can be found on the CISIA portal, in particular:

Candidates who choose TOLC@CASA, before booking, must have the necessary devices listed in the regulation. Moreover, they have to take care to can set up the room in which they will take the test as indicated in the document TOLC@home test room configuration, testing and network requirements. Candidates will have to read and accept these conditions during the booking phase. To check if the internet connection and the computer are suitable for TOLC@CASA, it is advisable to carry out simulations in TOLC practice area.


TEST Structure and Contents

The TOLC-LP is an individual test, different from candidate to candidate, made up of questions automatically and randomly selected from the CISIA TOLC database using software created and managed by CISIA. All the TOLC-LPs generated, of the same type, have a similar difficulty.

Test structure and topics can be consulted on the CISIA portal page “TOLC-LP structure and syllabus” [IT].

To determine if the test was passed or failed, the office in charge of the University of Parma will take into account only the scores achieved in the Mathematics, Logic and Verbal Comprehension sections..

The additional section reserved for the "Assessment of the English language knowledge" is still provided, because the score obtained could be used by other institutions.

The TOLC-LP test lasts 90 minutes + 15 minutes for the English language section. Students that are not interested in the English language section can close the test before starting that section.

The times of each section are binding, i.e. at the end of the time assigned to each section, the student will have to move on to the next one. The student will be able to move on to the next section even if he does not use up all the time available for each section.


Candidates with specific learning disabilities

All the information can be found at the link https://www.cisiaonline.it/area-tematica-tolc-cisia/regolamenti/.

Test of basic knowledge of Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology

The prerequisite knowledge required for effective learning of the first-year teaching activities are: Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology, which can be acquired in the course of secondary education.

The adequacy of the basic preparation will be verified on the basis of the result obtained in a specific test to be held during the first semester.

The negative outcome of the test entails the assignment of an Additional Educational Obligation (OFA) for each subject in which the minimum required score is not achieved.

The Test of basic knowledge will focus on the following topics:

  • Mathematics
    Greatest common divisor and least common multiple. Operations between powers, roots, literal calculus, arithmetic, elementary geometry, percentages, first degree equations, simple systems of equations, equation of the straight line in the Cartesian plane.
  • Biology (basics)
    Living organisms: characteristics at different levels of organization. Biological molecules. Glycides, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids. Organization at the cellular level. Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell. Animal cell and plant cell. Cell cycle. From unicellular to multicellular. Differentiation and specialization of cells. Transmission of genetic information.
  • Chemistry
    The atomic model. The states of matter. Chemical reaction. Concept of mole. Acids and bases. The chemical bond. The periodic table. The solutions.


The test takes place via the ELLY platform after authentication via the University's e-mail credentials, it is mandatory for all first year students and consists of 3 sections:

  • Mathematics (6 questions);
  • General chemistry (7 questions);
  • Biology (7 questions);

for a total of 20 multiple choice questions. For each question there are 3 answers of which only one is correct.

To pass the test it is necessary to correctly answer at least 3 Mathematics questions, 3 Biology questions and 3 Chemistry questions, otherwise an OFA will be awarded in the subject in which the minimum score has not been reached.

The duration of the test is 30 minutes, during which it is possible to end it at any time.
After 30 minutes, the test will end automatically, the answers will be saved and the score obtained will still be recorded.

For the entire duration of the test it is possible to browse through the sections and questions and modify the answers already given.

At the end of the test the result will be displayed on the screen.
The outcome of the test will also be communicated by e-mail to the institutional address (name.surname@studenti.unipr.it) within 7 days following the test.

The Elly 2022 portal page dedicated to the test is already accessible at this address: https://elly2023.vpi.unipr.it/course/index.php?categoryid=6 after authentication with the University credentials (see point 4 of the Test Guide)

The tests will not be available before the date scheduled for their execution.


The assignment of an OFA implies that the student will not be able to take the exams.
The OFA is considered to have been fulfilled upon passing the test.



The test will take place in person at the room "Aula 1 QuAM" of the "Palazzo Tommasini" complex on the following dates:

  • 20 October 2023 at 2.00 P.M.
  • 24 November 2023 at 2.00 P.M.
  • 11 December 2023 at 1.30 P.M.



The methods of carrying out the test are illustrated in the following GUIDE.



Enrolment in subsequent years

The student is automatically enrolled in the next academic year of the course when he or she pays the first instalment of contributions. For all informations see the Manifesto degi Studi.