Alma universitas studiorum parmensis A.D. 962 - Università di Parma

About the student card

The student card is a personal, multi-service card that identifies students and allows access to many university services, such as commercial and cultural activities, as well as the financial services provided by the university’s bank, Crédit Agricole.

With the card the student can:

  • be identified for examination purposes (students not in possession of a student card may use ID documents such as Identity card, passport)
  • use the university services, i.e. libraries;
  • take advantage of benefits such as discounts on public transport, museums, cinemas, exhibitions, events and shopping;
  • enjoy educational and cultural activities through the university’s partnerships with local enterprises.

How to get it

1. Students must be enrolled in single-cycle degree courses, second-cycle degree courses, single-cycle degree courses, PhD programmes and specialization schools in the current academic year;

2. upload a photo in digital format in your private area of the ESSE3 system, following the instructions published in the guide, unless the photo has already been uploaded during the registration process

3. write in the restricted area of the ESSE3 system the postal adress where the card must be delivered.

If you indicated a foreign address, the student card will be automatically sent to the State Exams office, in piazzale S. Francesco 3, where it can be collected.
If the applicant is doing "Erasmus" at our University, the  card must be requested at the Erasmus & International Home staff in piazzale S. Francesco 3.

What it looks like

The student card looks like a normal magnetic card, has the same format as a credit card and the personal data therein allows to identify the owner:

  • first and last name
  • tax code
  • unique holder identifier (barcode)
  • date of birth
  • place of birth
  • photo
  • expiration

The student card also features the logo of the University and the electronic circuit accredited for payment.

Student card "CartaConto"

The student card can be set up as a rechargeable payment card with IBAN, free of charge. The card can be activated online at or at a Crédit Agricole Italia branch.

By activating the "CartaConto" student card as a means of payment, the student gives consent to upload on the card the expected credits from the University and authorizes the Bank to notify the IBAN associated with the card to the University.

Using the student card "CartaConto" allows students to benefit from various services and advantages offered by Crédit Agricole Cariparma:

  • incoming and outgoing wire transfers, including salary crediting
  • card top-up at Crédit Agricole Italia Banking Group ATMs and branches
  • withdrawals at all ATMs
  • University payments and credits (e.g. scholarships, language courses)
  • phone top-ups
  • customizable SMS Alert service on expenses

Additionaly, the following services can be activated:

  • World Option, to withdraw and pay worldwide
  • Internet Option, to activate or deactivate the card to online payments whenever you want
  • 3DSecure service, to make online payments more secure.

Other innovative services available are:

  • Nowbanking APP for home banking 
  • Nowpay APP to instantly and easily send small amounts of money to the contacts in your smartphone.

For guidance on how to activate the "CartaConto" student card, consult the manual.

More information about the student card "CartaConto" is available here.

Projects for students with Crédit Agricole

The agreement between the University of Parma and Credit Agricole has given rise to several projects designed to give students a comprehensive training programme and career guidance. 

These are just some of the collaborative projects for professional growth:

  • company visits, financial education training sessions and job orientation initiatives: to bring students closer to the world of work, give them insights and heighten their curiosity;
  • corporate internships: to gain professional experience within an international and dynamic context;
  • Co-Creation: to experience and reinvent the bank in an unconventional and interactive way;

In case of theft or loss

If your card is lost or stolen, request a duplicate by sending an email to an from your institutional address ( with the following informations:

  • name
  • surname
  • freshman
  • social security number
  • reason for request (theft/loss/replacement due to deterioration/wrong data)
  • (in case of incorrect data) corrected data

The issuing process may take more than 30 days.

If banking services are activated on the stolen card, students must contact Crédit Agricole Cariparma to block the card before requesting a new one.

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