Practical Information for Foreign Students

International Students and Staff Centre (at the “Erasmus and International Home”)

For any problems related to Residence Permit, finding accommodation in Parma, using websites or filling in  forms written in Italian etc.  you can contact the International Students and Staff Centre at the “Erasmus and International Home”, Address: Piazzale San Francesco, 3, Parma (in the centre of town), email: . Please note that most of the information relating to “Erasmus students” (“Erasmus” is an EU exchange programme) or to general “exchange students” found all over the University of Parma web site are also valid for all foreign students.

A  FAQ  list issued by the same office is available here.

How to get the Residence Permit (“Permesso di soggiorno”) 

 Within 8 working days of the arrival date in Italy the foreign student must request  the “Permesso di soggiorno” (Residence Permit) for study purposes.

To do this,  you must get the “Residence Permit Kit” (“Kit per il Permesso di Soggiorno”), an envelope with a yellow band containing forms, instructions and a payment slip. You can get the kit at any Post Office offering the service “Sportello amico” (“Friendly help desk”): please ask in any Post Office directions to find the closest office offering the service, or go to the Central Post Office, address: Via Carlo Pisacane, 1,  in the center of town. Once you have the kit It is convenient that you go to the Erasmus and International Home (see the section above) where you may receive help to fill it in, as instructions  are in Italian. For this service an appointment is required: please write to . (English instructions to colmplete the residence permit kit can be found at

After completing the actions explained in the kit instructions, you must buy a “marca da bollo” for 16 euros (a stamp duty)  from any tobacconist shop (“tabaccheria”) and attach it to the filled forms in the kit.

The completed kit must be submitted to a Post Office:  there you will be asked to show the passport and pay 137 euros (approx.).  You will also be given a postal receipt and a letter with details of an appointment date for the “Commissariato” (Police Station) where the Residence Permit will be finally issued.

That postal receipt is an important piece of document,  as it proves that you is legally in Italy and it replaces the Residence Permit until it is officially issued. The receipt must always accompany the passport.

A convenient Post Office to submit the filled kit is found at this address:  Strada Quarta, 6 – Parma (PR).

It is close to Revenue Agency Office where  the “Codice fiscale” is issued (see next section),  so submitting the kit and getting the code  can be done at one time.


More details on the Residence Permit are found here.

How to get the Tax Number (“Codice fiscale”)

The “Codice Fiscale” (Tax code) is a taxpayer identification code that is used in all interaction with government agencies and public administration in Italy. It is similar to the National Insurance number (NI) in the UK or the Social Security Number (SSN) in the US.  It is a 16 alphanumeric digit code.

The “Codice Fiscale” is issued by the “Agenzia delle Entrate” (the Italian Revenue Agency).

To get this important code you must go to the  local  Revenue Agency office presenting a valid identity card or passport with a valid visa or the Residence Permit or the postal receipt proving that a Residence Permit application has been submitted (see above).  At the moment of the request, the Revenue Office issues a certificate of attribution.

The Revenue Agency office in Parma is found at this address:  Strada Quarta  6/A, – Parma (near the Post Office: see previous section).


Accommodation and Other Benefits

 The University of Parma, as most Italian universities, is not a residential university i.e. it does not have dormitories or apartments for students, therefore students must search for an accommodation autonomously. However there are various possibilities to find accommodation and the University will provide assistance to the students for finding accommodation in Parma: please contact the Students and Staff Centre at the “Erasmus and International Home” (see the first section above) for this kind of help.

As reported in the course website ( ) for accommodation and various other benefits (e.g. grants, scholarships)  students shall refer to ER-GO ( ), a Regional Body that manages this matter in agreement with our University. An English version of the site is available from the ER-GO home page. A list of ER-GO responsibilities is here.

A “direct line” to ER-GO is found here.

To apply for accommodation and other benefits a call is issued every July. Information on the last issued call is available here.

Other accommodation opportunities are listed here.

Information for temporary accommodation (hotels and youth hostels) can be found here (this page is from the City of Parma Tourist Service).

Academic calendar

 The academic year is divided into two periods of classes separated by periods for exams.

Classes start on September, 2018.

Here is the calendar for a.y. 2018/19 (approximate dates).

From To
First period (Fall term) September 24, 2018 December  21, 2018
Christmas break December 22, 2018 January  7, 2019
Second period (Spring term) February 25, 2019 June  7, 2019
Easter break April 15, 2019 April 26, 2019

 Place where classes are held

 All classes and other academic activities of the course in Communication Engineering are held on Campus.

The Campus, officially named “Parco Area delle Scienze”, is located just outside the limits of the town, six kilometers south of the town centre and is reached by a bus service (no. 7 or 21) in 15 mins from the town centre.

Enrollment information

 Non-EU prospective students who applied and received an email or a letter of acceptance from the Admission Committee of the Master’s of Science in Communication Engineering at the University of Parma are eligible as students of that course. If they got their pre-enrollment from an Italian Embassy/Consulate they can enroll with no need of further actions by the University.

The enrollment procedure is the same for all the courses of the University of Parma and is almost entirely online. However, since some of the online procedure directions are in Italian, students enrolling in Communication Engineering (taught in English) may find it more convenient to go to the Registry Office (Office name: “Segreteria Studenti di  Ingegneria e Architettura”. Address: Parco Area delle Scienze, 23 – Campus universitario – Parma. Phone:  +39 0521 905111, Fax +39 0521 906051, e-mail: to submit the documents.

Note that before going to the Registry Office for enrollment, it is necessary to apply for the Residence Permit (“Permesso di soggiorno”) and to get the Tax Code (“Codice Fiscale”), as explained above.

The step for enrollment following the online procedure is the payment of the first installment of the tuition fee (see:  > Admission fees). The payment can be done in any bank using a special form (MAV) printed at the end of the online enrollment procedure or issued by the Registry Office or by using one of the major international Credit Cards.

The enrollment procedure should be performed duly on time to be able to attend classes from the very first lectures.

Attendance of all the lectures, including the first ones, is a necessary requirement.