The University of Parma (Italian: Università degli Studi di Parma, UNIPR) is one of the oldest universities in the world, founded in the 12th century. It is a State University organised in eighteen departments. As of November 2013 the University of Parma has about 32,000 students.

On 13th March 962, Emperor Ottonian I conferred on Uberto, the Bishop of Parma, the initiation of the University in the ‘Diploma’ – a document which granted the Bishop the power to order and elect legal leaders (‘eligere et ordinare notarios’). This document was the foundation of creating an educational institution that would last centuries later, and is still preserved in the Bishop’s Archives in Parma today.

The University holds 18 Departments, 35 first degree courses, 6 one-cycle degree courses, 38 second degree courses, as well as many Postgraduate schools, Postgraduate Teacher Training courses, several Masters’ Degrees and Research Doctorates (PhD).

The ideal size of the University (30,000 students, with more than 5,000 graduates per year, and about 2000 faculty and staff members) and the living conditions in Parma attract a large number of students from all over Italy. More than two-thirds of our registered students come from outside of Parma and the Parma Province, which places the University in the highest rank for attracting the most non-resident students nationwide.

The different locations of the University allow students to study in comfortable, efficient structures near green areas, such as the Campus: a 77 hectare area south of the city accommodating scientific deparments, our campus consists of departments, modern and well-equipped lecture halls, comfortable study areas, technologically advanced laboratories, and a CNR centre – as well as several sports facilities, a conference centre, and a canteen. This significant combination of structures and people is absolutely unique on the Italian university scene.


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