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.

International mobility

 Flags  The Degree Course in Pharmacy, with the help of the Department's International Student Mobility Committee, promotes the internationalization 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 courses that are relevant to their curricula or carry out pharmacy internships or activities related to the experimental thesis, including with companies (Erasmus+ project SMS and SMT).

The Degree Course in Pharmacy 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 training credits acquired by students abroad, congruent with the objectives of the course;
  • classroom meetings for information on the Erasmus Plus and Overworld Programmes as part of the “Lesson zero” programme for students of all years and during the academic year;
  • awareness-raising of prior preparation to obtain the language certification required by the host institution of interest.

Erasmus+

Erasmus   The Department of Food and Drug participates in the 'Erasmus+' programme through student and instructor 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 internship 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 successfully and in accordance with 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 to take the relevant examinations, with the activities carried out in their home universities being recognized. 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 curriculum 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 placement 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 Contacts from the Department’s International Student Mobility Board, 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 a copy of the official letter (Company Agreement Form) provided by the Internationalization - Erasmus and International Home division, which the candidate can acquire in original or fax or scanned in PDF format by email. 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 Internationalization - 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 opportunities proposed by the Internazionalizzazione - 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 file (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 for applications.

Students enrolled on the first-cycle degree courses in Gastronomic Sciences, the first-cycle degree in Food Science and Technology and the Master's Degree Programme in Food Science and Technology can carry out their internship (as envisaged in the study plan) 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 for applications.

General information

Overworld Programme

Overworld is a University programme aimed at broadening study and mobility opportunities to include non-European Universities, and has an active international cooperation protocol with the University of Parma.

The programme is divided into two actions:

  • ACTION 1: it develops project activities at department or inter-departmental level, in collaboration with institutions with a didactic and scientific cooperation protocol with the University of Parma.
  • ACTION 2: it organises individual student mobility at one of the universities with a teaching and scientific cooperation protocol with the University of 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)