Studying abroad

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


All information on double degree programmes with foreign universities can be found in the DOUBLE DEGREE section

Erasmus Plus Programme

The European Union Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport Contact person Prof. Giorgio Pelosi ( Prof. Andrea Secchi ( The Erasmus+ programme came into force in January 2014 and will run until 2021.
If you would like to have general information on the initiative, you can find it on the official website or on the pages of the Italian Agency Erasmus+Italia More specific information for our University can be found on the website International Relations of the University of Parma
SMS (Student Mobility for Study Purposes) and SMT (Student Mobility for Internships) Programmes Number of grants/mobility periods Erasmus Plus grants amount Language requirements STRUCTURE OF THE ERASMUS PLUS PROGRAMME SMS (Student Mobility for Study Purposes) and SMT (Student Mobility for Internships) Programmes The Erasmus Plus SMS Programme is aimed at carrying out periods of study, study and internship* or Second-cycle degree thesis periods varying from three to twelve months at one of the Universities associated with the University of Parma within the European countries participating in the Programme.
The notice of competition is published on the University page: "Erasmus plus programme".
The Erasmus Plus SMT Programme is aimed at carrying out internships ranging from two to five months at universities, companies, public and/or private bodies based in one of the countries of the European Union.
The notice of competition is published on the University page: "Erasmus plus programme".
In the light of the latest European political events involving Great Britain, the National Agency ensures that for the time being Erasmus programmes to and from this country remain unaffected pending new arrangements.
* If you intend to carry out your three-year placement in the SMS context, you should bear in mind that more than 50% of the credits must be associated with face-to-face teaching. For example, if the placement requires 15 credits, at least 16 credits of lectures with a final examination must be planned.
Number of grants/mobility periods Students may study and/or receive training abroad for up to 12 months (min: 2 for internships and 3 for studies) within each study cycle (First-cycle degree, Second-cycle degree and PhD - therefore up to a maximum of 36 months) regardless of the type of mobility (studies or internships) and the number of mobility periods (e.g. 2 periods of 6 months or 3 periods of 4 months, even spread over different years of the same cycle).
Amount of Erasmus Plus grants The amount of the grants depends on the type of SMS or SMT programme and on the countries you go to. The amounts are €230 and €280 per month basic for the SMS programme and €430 and €480 for the SMT. To these figures can be added other national and local contributions amounting to approximately 100 euros. See the notices for up-to-date data and more details.
Language requirements The student must check the language requirements of the university at which he/she intends to spend an Erasmus Plus period. In order to ensure that students on Erasmus Plus mobility are able to verify their language level, the University of Parma provides for the compulsory verification of language skills at the time of application (Language Placement Test, LPT). The LPT test is therefore required in order to apply for the Erasmus Plus call. Obviously, if the candidate has certifications from official bodies (TOEFL, IELTS, Goethe Institut, etc ) of the required level, he/she is exempt from the LPT.
The dates and conditions of access to the LPT test will be published on the University's Erasmus Plus programme page.
As of A.Y. 2016/17 language courses for access to Erasmus Plus programmes will be activated.
Some locations (e.g. the Netherlands) require a TOEFL language certificate. In this case the student will have to achieve it independently.
WHO CAN APPLY TO THE ERASMUS PLUS PROGRAMME Selection criteria Applications will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:
Evaluation of the academic curriculum, understood as the average and number of exams taken in relation to the year of study; Motivation that prompted the candidate to apply; Motivations that prompted the candidate to identify a specific destination; Analysis of the objectives to be achieved and the planned study plan; Analysis of previous experiences abroad Arrangements and requirements Before departure Once selected, students must propose a study plan to be followed abroad, by searching the websites indicated for each location for the courses they intend to follow. This programme of study, approved by the Erasmus contact person, will be included in a Learning Agreement (LA) to be signed by the corresponding Erasmus contact person at the destination. As a standard, 60 credits per year, 30 credits per semester or 15 credits per quarter are expected.
On return, students must present themselves to the Erasmus Office for the declaration of return and the Transcript of Records issued by the host university.