Project CORDA (Cooperation for Orientation and Reduction of Difficulties in Access)

The CORDA project is a pre-university initiative in cooperation between high schools and universities, aimed at orientation and the reduction of scholastic deficiencies of male and female high school students.

These are preparatory courses in the subjects of mathematics, computer science and English, taught by teachers from the participating high schools, under the supervision of the university with regard to the syllabus, the minimum number of hours (set at 40), the maximum number of students per class (usually 25), teacher training and the final examination.

The project activity takes place during the final year of higher education, outside normal class time, and is completed by February. Attending male and female students take a final examination, which is held at the university (except for more distant locations). Depending on the degree course, passing this test may lead to benefits and rewards for the student.

In addition, the ten students with the highest marks will have their first instalment of tuition fees waived if they enrol in Parma.

Project IDEA (Didactic Integration for Assisted Practice)

The IDEA project was created with the aim of linking the school and university systems. High school teachers, selected from among those who have applied to take part, carry out tutorials and tutoring for students in the first years of first- and single-cycle degree courses at the University of Parma, after planning and coordinating this activity with the teaching staff of the relevant university courses.

This activity is thus both training and refresher training for the secondary school teacher and tutoring for the male and female students who are offered help in passing their examinations.

All information about the IDEA Project can be found at: For the IDEA Project related to the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Cultural Industries, please go to: