Practical Information for Foreign Students

Welcome Office

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 “WELCOME OFFICE ” (SERVIZIO ACCOGLIENZA), Address: Polo Grossardi, Vicolo Grossardi 4, ground floor and first floor (in the centre of town), email: , Telephone: +39 0521 904150; +39 0521 904632, contact person Mrs Tiziana Cordaro. The welcome office web site is  where you find information in English at the bottom of the page.

A comprehensive university guide for foreign students  is the “welcome package for erasmus and international students”, which can be downloaded together with other general university information at the link

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 for 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 instructions 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 get assistance in submitting 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 steps for enrollment are detailed at these web-pages:



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

Attendance to all lectures, including the first ones, is a fundamental requirement. Videos of all classes are available on the operational course web site for those students who — regretfully — arrive late.

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 Parma. Once you have the kit, please follow the English instructions to fill-in the residence permit forms 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 Immigration Office of the Questura (Police Headquarters – Immigration Office), in via Chiavari, 15 – Parma, where the Residence Permit will be finally issued.

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

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

It is close to the 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.


The University website has also an info page on how to get the Residence permit.

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

The “Codice Fiscale” (Tax code) is a taxpayer unique identification code that is used in all interactions with government agencies and public administrations 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” (CF) is issued by the “Agenzia delle Entrate” (the Italian Revenue Agency).

To get this important code you must go to the  Parma  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 was submitted (see above).  At the moment of the request, the Revenue Agency Office issues a certificate with your CF code.

The Revenue Agency office in Parma is found at this address:  Strada Quarta  6/A, – Parma (next to 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 on their own. 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 “WELCOME OFFICE ” (SERVIZIO ACCOGLIENZA) (see the first section above) for this kind of help.

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 in July every year. 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).

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 six kilometers south of the town centre and is reached by a bus service (no. 7, 21, or campus express) in 15-20 min from the town centre.