International agreements

IBD students are encouraged to gain experience abroad during the two academic years, and can take advantage of a large number of opportunities.

As well as the Erasmus program which includes all countries of the European Union, there is the chance every year to compete for places at overseas universities which have cooperation agreements with the Economics Department. These currently include universities in Brazil (Sao Paulo), Argentina (Buenos Ayres) Japan (Kobe), Vietnam (Hanoi), Thailand (Bangkok), United Kingdom (Dundee), Russia (Moscow) and the United States (Boston). Every academic year, there are opportunities to study at these institutions, publicised on Parma University and department websites.

Details of Economics Department international relations and agreements are shown on the University and Department websites.

Like students on other second cycle degree courses at the Economics Department, IBD students can also gain credits by way of work experience carried out at Italian or overseas firms. 

IBD students also have the option of obtaining a double degree with one of three different partner institutions: the University of Vilnius (Lithuania), the Grenoble Ecole de Management (France) or the Hochschule Bochum (Germany).

Double degrees
The Double degree with the Economics Faculty of Vilnius University has been an additional opportunity for IBD students since 2012. A joint agreement between the Universities of Parma and Vilnius provides for a double degree covering “International Business and Development” at the Economics Department at Parma and “International Business, Economics and Management” at the Economics Faculty at Vilnius. Both degree courses are delivered in English.  By spending a semester at Vilnius and passing examinations there, Parma students can obtain 30 credits valid for the IBD degree, and be awarded a double degree from Parma and Vilnius University. Vilnius students are offered the same opportunity to study IBD in Parma.

The Double degree with the Grenoble Ecole de Management is open to IBD and ADA (Business Management) students of the Department of Economics. A specific joint agreement between the Universities of Parma and the Grenoble Ecole de Management signed in January 2015 provides a double degree covering “International Business and Development” at the Economics Department at Parma and the second level degree in “Management” at the Grenoble Ecole de Management. By spending one year at Grenoble and passing examinations there, Parma students can obtain 60 credits valid for the IBD degree, and be awarded a double degree from Parma and Grenoble Ecole de Management. Grenoble students are offered the same opportunity to study IBD in Parma.

The Double degree with the Hochschule Bochum – University of Applied Sciences is open to IBD, ADA (Business Management) and TRADE (Marketing) students of the Department of Economics and Management. By spending one year at Bochum and passing examinations there, Parma students can obtain 60 credits valid for the IBD degree, and be awarded a double degree from Parma and Hochschule Bochum. Bochum students are offered the same opportunity to study IBD in Parma.