International Business and Development (IBD) was the first degree course to be taught and examined entirely in English at the University of Parma. June 2012 saw the first graduates and in 2017-18, IBD is entering its eighth year. Students come from all over the world to create a stimulating cultural environment, and surveys show a very high level of student satisfaction.

IBD is a second level degree in economics and business (LM77-Economic and business sciences), taught and examined entirely in English, offered by the Department of Economics. It is a two year course and on successful completion graduates are awarded the “laurea magistrale” or second cycle degree certificate.

IBD is designed for candidates from different academic backgrounds and aims to provide a thorough grounding in international economics and global development.

Course description

The first year of the course gives an overview of the field of studies and the basics of statistics, international law, international marketing, international accounting and history of globalization.

Students lacking a university background in economics are required to follow in the first semester the courses “Introduction to economics” and “Introducing statistics”. The course “Introducing economics” is compulsory for all students except graduates from degree classes L-16, L-18, L-21, L-33, L-36, L-37. It leads to a standard examination which carries 8 credits and covers the optional course of the study programme. The course “Introducing statistics” will supplement the more advanced course in “Economic statistics”. It is specifically addressed to students without a previous statistical background. These two courses are aimed at aligning the skills of students who come from different disciplines and at giving them support to follow the more advanced courses.

The second year focuses on international financial markets and institutions, industrial policies, cooperation between firms, European Union policies and projects and environmental economics. Optional courses include “Urban and local policies”, “Business ethics”, “European economy”.