IBD offers diverse groups of students a unique opportunity.
IBD is aimed at Italians who wish to improve their command of English in a professional context. IBD offers the chance to work towards an advanced qualification in economics and management and also acquire advanced language skills throughout the two-year course taught in English.
IBD is also aimed at non-Italian students who wish to study in Italy. Parma is an ideal destination for foreign students; famous for its art and history, the city also offers a high level of public services. It is small enough for the local people to be welcoming and friendly, but big enough to host important cultural events. The way of life is pleasant and there are many bars and cafés, piazzas and parks, as well as clubs and societies for leisure activities. The city and the University Campus offer facilities for a wide variety of sports and the University Sports Center (CUS Parma - www.cusparma.it) organizes events at all levels throughout the year.
IBD brings many benefits. All students, both Italian and non-Italian, gain advantages in terms of employment. Today, knowledge of the international economy needs to be complemented by language skills for entry to many professions, and an advanced knowledge of English for business and economics is opening up opportunities for young people in Italy and abroad.
But we also enjoy the wider benefits of hosting students from different parts of the world. Intercultural exchange, strong international relationships, and diversification of human capital are all outcomes of studying in different countries. The University of Parma today attracts more than half its intake from outside the Emilia Romagna Region, but the number of foreign students needs to increase. Our hope is that IBD can continue to facilitate academic contacts overseas and give all our students more contact with the wider world. We hope that Parma University can become truly intercultural.