Advising and guidance

Advising/guidance refers to all activities aimed at enabling the future first-year student or current student to plan and manage their learning in a manner consistent with personal life goals and making full use of individual skills and interests in order to achieve personal fulfilment.

Depending on the moment in the university course when these activities are implemented, a distinction is made between:

  • advising/guidance carried out before choosing a degree course, it is aimed at prospective first-year students and offers support in identifying the course to be undertaken on the basis of individual interests, expectations and aptitudes. In this phase, the various possible scenarios are presented to the future first-year student and the alternatives of the university pathway are illustrated;
  • advising/guidance carried out during the university career, aimed at enrolled students and designed to guide them within the degree courses already undertaken, enabling them to establish a better interaction with the structures and the university context;
  • advising/guidance carried out close to or after graduation, aimed at graduates or graduating students and aims to facilitate their introduction into the working environment.


Advising/guidance is carried out through meetings with students and teachers from upper secondary schools, through presentations at schools, presentations and visits to facilities at the Department and through individual meetings.

Advising/guidance activities take place through participation in University events dedicated to advising/guidance, such as OpenDay and InfoDay.

The University of Parma, usually in April, organises an Open Day specifically dedicated to the presentation of its Second-Cycle degree courses, in which professors/instructors and tutors take part. On this occasion, a video containing the main information about the degree course is presented.


The degree course organises Lesson 0 on the first day of first-year students' classes. Lesson 0, chaired by the President, is attended by the Director of the Department, the Department's internationalisation coordinator, the staff of the Student Registry Office and Library, the Quality Assurance Manager, the Department's Quality Assurance Coordinator and the student representatives on the Degree Council.

Advising/guidance and tutoring

Advising/guidance and tutoring is aimed at all enrolled students, to guide and support them throughout their education, guiding them, advising them on their choices, identifying and removing any obstacles to successful course attendance.

Advising/guidance, although involving a delegate, is carried out by all the professors/instructors of the degree course. Students can talk to professors/instructors by e-mail or by appointment.

Guidance and tutoring is also carried out by experienced students.

For more information read this page: Student Tutors