Studying abroad

The University of Parma offers all its students various opportunities to foster the development of a real international dimension of university study. 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

International mobility


The Course in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology, with the help of the Department's International Mobility Commission, promotes the internationalisation of its students' education by encouraging their participation in Erasmus+ and Overworld mobility programmes. In this context, numerous agreements are in place with European and non-European universities that are willing to host students for training periods during which they can attend teaching courses relevant to their curricular training or carry out pharmacy internships or activities related to the experimental thesis also in companies (Erasmus+ project SMS and SMT).

  • The Single-cycle degree course in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology encourages students' participation in mobility programmes through
  • the attribution of an additional point to the grade of the final exam (degree examination) if the student has acquired at least 9 ECTS credits abroad;
  • the recognition of all the ECTS credits acquired by students abroad, congruent with the objectives of the Degree course;
  • classroom meetings for information on the Erasmus Plus and Overworld Programme as part of the "lesson zero" to students each year and during the academic year;
  • awareness-raising of students for prior preparation to obtain the language certification required by the host institution of interest.



The Department of Food and Drug participates in the 'Erasmus+' programme with student and Professors/Instructors mobility activities. Exchanges are possible with departments in several European countries including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, England, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Spain, Turkey, Hungary.
The programme allows students to undertake a study and/or internships period abroad, up to a maximum of twelve months per study cycle, and to receive a financial contribution towards related travel and living expenses. The programme consists of:

1) Erasmus+ Study (SMS) enables students to carry out part of their studies abroad. Student mobility takes place within the framework of agreements concluded with universities in eligible countries. The Department guarantees the full recognition of training activities (course attendance, examinations, research) carried out abroad with profit and according to what has been agreed in the Learning Agreement, through the use of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The programme also allows foreign students enrolled in partner universities to attend courses taught within the Department and take the relevant examinations, with the activities carried out in their home universities being recognised. The Erasmus+ SMS call for applications is usually published during November and applications must be submitted by February/March. Applications are screened by a committee composed of the Coordinator and the Departmental International Mobility Contacts [see below], which makes a selection by March, based on criteria previously indicated in the call for applications. The evaluation criteria may include, for example, motivational aspects, the average mark of the examinations taken and the number of examinations taken, consistency with the educational pathway that the student submits with the application.

2) Erasmus+ Internship (SMT) allows university students at all levels (first, second and third cycle of studies), and at most one year after the student's graduation, to carry out an internship or traineeship lasting from 2 to 12 months, in companies active in the labour market or in sectors such as education, training and youth̀ present in one of the countries participating in the Erasmus Plus Programme. The Erasmus+ SMT call for applications is published on the university website (see 'International - opportunities for Italian students'). Applications are screened by the committee composed of the Coordinator and the Departmental International Mobility Contacts, which draws up a ranking list of successful candidates.

Interested parties can apply for one, and only one, of the two lists below:

  1. LIST A: Candidates who propose the internship location themselves.
    The candidate proves that he/she has been accepted by a venue (University or Industry) by means of the official letter (Company Agreement Form) according to the facsimile, provided by the Internationalisation - Erasmus and International Home division, which the candidate caǹ acquire in original or fax or scanned in PDF format by e-mail. If candidates have submitted two official letters in their application and are successful in both locations, they must choose only one of the two destinations, being aware that the two different locations may be associated with different grant amounts, as indicated  on the call for applications
  2. LIST B: Candidates applying for grants for locations in contact with the  Internationalisation - Erasmus and International Home division or with departmental contact persons.
    The list is made up of candidates who express a preference for one of the opportunities̀ proposed by the  Internationalisation - Erasmus and International Home division or by the Departmental Contact Person. The award of the grant will be subject to acceptance by the host institution, which will assess the candidate's dossier (CV and motivational letter in the foreign language and any other attachments).

Students enrolled in the Single-cycle degree courses in Pharmacy and in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology can carry out part of their pharmacy internship (maximum 3 months) in a pharmacy in one of the member states of the European Community by applying under the Erasmus+ SMT call.

Students enrolled in the First-cycle Degree course in Gastronomic Sciences, the First-cycle Degree course in Food Science and Technology and the Second-cycle Degree Programme in Food Science and Technology can carry out their internship (as envisaged in the programme of study) at a university or at a company in the sector located in one of the member states of the European Community, by applying under the Erasmus+ SMT call.

General information

Overworld Programme

Overworld is a University programme aimed at expanding study and mobility opportunities towards non-European universities, which have an active international cooperation protocol with the University of Parma.

The programme is divided into two actions:

  • ACTION 1: It envisages the development of project activities at Department or inter-departmental level, in collaboration with institutions with a teaching and scientific cooperation protocol with the University of Parma.
  • ACTION 2: envisages the implementation of individual student mobility at one of the universities with a teaching and scientific cooperation protocol with the University of Parma.

Overworld è un programma di Ateneo finalizzato all’ampliamento delle opportunità di studio e di mobilità verso gli Atenei non europei, aventi un protocollo di collaborazione internazionale attivo con l’Università di Parma.

General information

International Collaborations

ULLA, European University Consortium for Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Department of Food and Pharmaceutical Sciences is a member of a Consortium called ULLA - European University Consortium for Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The aim of the ULLA consortium is to foster collaboration between European universities for training and research in the field of pharmaceutical sciences with a focus on third-cycle training (Masters and PhD) and community research.

An important objective of the consortium is to provide access for students and instructors of the consortium to all the resources of the institutions involved.

In particular, the collaboration includes the following activities:

  • summer school every two years for doctoral students from the consortium sites
  • scholarships for master's and doctoral students
  • funding for instructor exchange
  • conferences and workshops
  • textbooks for master's and doctoral students

Students enrolled in the PhD programme in 'Scienze del Farmaco' at the University of Parma are entitled to participate in the summer school.

The 2017 summer school took place in Leuven (Belgium) from 8 to 15 July.
The 2019 summer school took place in Helsinki from 29 June to 6 July.
The 2022 Summer School will be held in Uppsala (Sweden) from 2 to 9 July.

Master's and PhD students can spend research periods at the consortium universities.

In July 2011, the eleventh edition of the ULLA Summer School was held at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Parma, hosting more than 160 PhD students from the consortium institutions.

The acronym ULLA comes from the initials of the Universities of Uppsala, London, Leiden and Amsterdam, which founded the consortium in 1990.

It now comprises eight institutions from leading European universities:

  • Faculty of Pharmacy, Uppsala University (Sweden)
  • UCL School of Pharmacy, University College London (United Kingdom)
  • Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research, Leiden University and VU University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Drug Research Academy, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Paris Sud (France)
  • Department of Food and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Parma (Italy)
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences, KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki (Finland)