Cooperation with foreign InstitutionsServizi
|PhD in Foreign Literatures, Languages and Linguistics|
|IDT in Linguistics||Mobility, dual degree||University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway (UiT) (Norway)|
|JDP||Mobility, dual degree||University of Arizona (USA)|
|IEP||Mobility||University of Cologne, a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne (Germany)|
|PhD in Human Sciences|
|IDT Perception and Language in Cognition||Mobility, dual degree||University of Lund (Sweden)|
|IEP||Mobility||University of Colorado, Boulder (USA)|
|PhD in European and International Legal Sciences|
|IDT in European Private Law of Patrimonial Relationships||Mobility, joint degree||Regensburg University (Germany)|
|JDP||Mobility, joint degree||Bayreuth University (Germany)|
|PhD in Arts and Archaeology|
|JDP||Mobility, joint degree||University of Ghent (Belgium)|
|PhD in Nanosciences and Advanced Technologies|
|IDT in Nanosciences and Advanced Technologies in Pharmacy and Translational Medicine||Mobility, dual degree||“I.M. SECHENOV” First Medical State University (Russia)|
|IEP||Mobility||“I.M. SECHENOV” First Medical State University (Russia)|
|PhD in Biomolecular Medicine|
|IEP||Mobility||University of Oldenburg (Germany)|
|PhD in Philology, Literature, and Performance Studies|
|IEP||Mobility||University of Notre Dame Du Lac, Indiana (USA)|
|PhD in Clinical and Experimental Biomedical Sciences|
|IEP||Mobility||Affiliated Hospital of Zunyi Medical University (China)|
|PhD in Inflammation, Immunity and Cancer|
|IEP||Mobility||Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)|
|IEP||Mobility||University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (USA)|
IDT: International Doctoral Track
IEP: International Exchange Programme
JDP: Joint Doctoral Programme
A “Cotutelle de Thèse” is a useful and interesting opportunity to improve and enforce the international dimension of doctoral studies with the aim to promote scientific cooperation among Institutions belonging to different countries by encouraging mobility of their doctoral students.
A “Cotutelle de Thèse” allows students to carry out part of their research activity in a foreign institution obtaining, at the end of the programme, a double or joint Ph.D. degree recognized in both the countries where the Universities in partnership are located.
A Cotutelle de Thèse Agreement should be signed in the course of the first months of attendance and in any case not later than the end of the first year of the PhD programme.
In the framework of a cotutelle, two thesis supervisors must be appointed, one for each Institution involved in the Agreement. Supervisors will guide and support the PhD student during his/her research activity.
A cotutelle requires that the student enrolls at both institutions in partnership in a PhD programme with similar scientific objectives and disciplinary fields. The student will enroll at the Host Institution after the approval and, consequently, the signature of the Cotutelle de Thèse Agreement. Enrolment at both Institutions must be renewed every year until the end of the three-year PhD in cotutelle.
The PhD student must comply with the administrative requirements of both Institutions (regulations, programme requirements).
The preparation of a thesis in cotutelle foresees that the student spends periods of study and research at both Institutions. For cotutelles incoming, the time spent at Verona University must be at least of 12 months upon a three-year period.
At the end of the PhD in cotutelle, a single oral defense will be organized. Thesis defense usually takes place at the Home Institution (the means at the Institution that first selected and enrolled the PhD student).
The composition of the Examination Committee will be jointly decided and appointed by the Institutions in partnership according to their national and local regulations. The single defense will be recognized by both Institutions which will confer either their respective PhD degrees drafted in their national language or a single joint PhD degree drafted in English.
Enrolment fees are usually paid to the Home Institution. If required by the rules in force at the partner Institution, an alternate payment between the two Institutions can be also allowed.
Details on language of the PhD dissertation, mobility periods between the Institutions, composition of the Examination Committee, and payment of annual enrolment fees must be clearly specified in the Cotutelle Agreement.
A “Cotutelle de Thèse” can be:
UNIVR PhD students who are interested in spending a period of study and research abroad at a foreign university in the framework of a cotutelle de thése, with the purpose to obtain, at the end of the programme, a double or joint doctoral degree, must:
- find a co-tutor belonging to the partner institution interested in supervising his/her thesis project and research activity in collaboration with the Italian tutor.
- Fill in, in collaboration with both Italian and foreign supervisors, the draft of the cotutelle agreement reported below
- Submit to the PhD office the draft of his/her co-tutelle agreement duly filled in with the information required. The draft will be analyzed and, in case, modified in agreement with the foreign counterpart. The PhD Office will arrange for the agreement to be countersigned by the Rector of Verona University.
- If required by the rules in force at the Host university, the PhD student shall submit a research project to the partner competent authority (ex. Faculty / Department / PhD commission etc.) along with the draft of his/her co-tutelle de these agreement and a copy of his/her previous academic degrees.
After signing the co-tutelle agreement, the PhD student shall enroll in the correspondent PhD programme at the partner Institution. This enrolment must be renewed on a yearly basis at the beginning of each academic year until the end of the programme.
Before starting to fill in the “Cotutelle de thése” agreement, please contact the Ph.D.Office (email@example.com) in order to receive further information on the procedure.
Students enrolled in a PhD programme at a foreign University and interested in spending a period of study and research in our Institution in the framework of a cotutelle de these, with the purpose to obtain, at the end of the program, a double or joint doctoral degree must submit to the PhD Office of Verona University the draft of a co-tutelle de these agreement usually in use in their institution. The draft will be analyzed by the PhD office and approved by the PhD programme Teaching Committee concerned only if in compliance with the format in use at Verona University.
Along with the above mentioned draft, the interested student shall provide the following documentation:
- detailed report on the research activity carried out at his/her Home Institution with a list of the exams already taken, grades, and classes attended (if applicable in the specific case);
- research project synopsis;
- brief letter of reference by his/her supervisor at Home Institution;
- copy of his/her bachelor and master’s diploma and respective transcripts of records.
In case of approval, the PhD student shall obligatory enroll in our Ph.D. programme, renewing his/her enrolment at the beginning of each year, in order to receive, at the end of his/her course, the PhD degree from Verona University.
IMPORTANT: in order to be admitted in a PhD programme in Italy, the student should hold a Master of Science's degree. This general rule is valid even though the student enters one of Verona PhD programmes by means of a co-tutelle incoming and not through a public selection as usual
It is the responsibility of each candidate to check the approval procedure of their own cotutelle agreement. Therefore, we recommend that candidates get in touch simultaneously not only with their possible supervisors but also with the administration offices in charge of the agreement process at both universities for enquiries about requirements, deadlines and steps to follow. Verona University PhD Office can be contacted by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 0039 045 8028092.
- Cotutelle de thèse agreement (Draft)
- Elenco accordi di cotutela di tesi attivati dal 29° ciclo - Anno 2014
- "Vinci" Program (Italy-France)
- "Cassini" Call 2018 - Italian/French Study Days addressed to PhD students
The call is open to PhD students of Italian Universities and aims to support the organization of Italian/French Study Days with the purpose of promoting scientific links between Italian and French early-stage researchers.
- Web site of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Visiting this web page PhD students can find a list of Countries and Institutions which offer scholarships for financing student's mobility,thesis co-supervision,language training etc.
This agreement aims to establish specific educational links and cooperation between the two Institutions in Partnership in order to facilitate the exchange of their respective doctoral students and academic staff.
This type of agreement can be used to formalize informal scientific collaborations at doctoral level with foreign Institutions in particular when the extreme heterogeneity of the respective national and local regulations on the matter of doctoral studies makes particularly difficult the creation of joint doctoral tracks aimed to the conferral of joint/double degrees.
Under this Agreement, PhD students who are regularly enrolled in a PhD programme at their Home Institution can spend a period of study and research at the Partner Institution, where they will be registered as “non-degree visiting students” for the entire duration of their exchange.
Incoming students will have the possibility to attend lessons, academic meetings, symposia, seminars and participate in the research training activities organized by the PhD programme/Graduate School that promotes the international exchange.
In addition they will be exempt from Host Institution fees, except for fixed fees established by the university’s regulations in force and required by law.
On the basis of this Agreement the Institutions in Partnerships will be required to guarantee to the incoming students the following services:
- Access to university facilities as home students (such as libraries, local language courses and canteens, printing facilities, desks);
- Information on health insurance requirements and the extent of the medical cover;
- Assistance in finding accommodation;
- Documents necessary for obtaining the appropriate visa.
At the end of their exchange period at the Host Institution, doctoral students will receive a nominative letter stating the activities carried out during the period of their stay and the lectures and seminars attended. Such a letter, signed by the relevant authority, will be issued for each student participating in this International Exchange Programme and it shall be submitted to the competent office at the Home Institution in order to receive the equivalent credit units recognized for mobility periods abroad.
- International Exchange Programme agreement (Draft)
This Agreement aims to enhance the collaboration with foreign institutions which are familiar with the concept of “cotutelle de thése” by extending elements like international co-supervision, long-term mobility, conferral of a double/joint degree to a variety of interested students who are regularly enrolled in a local PhD programme.
The purpose of this agreement is the internationalization of a local PhD and it can concern the entire programme or only one of its curricula.
According to the Italian law, the duration of this Agreement must correspond to three doctoral cycles covering a period of 5 years.
Unlike an International Exchange Programme, the International Doctoral Track (IDT) requires that the students interested in participating in the programme are enrolled as “PhD students” not only at their Home Institution but also at the partner University.
This provision allows participants to obtain, at the end of the IDT, a double/joint PhD degree released simultaneously by the contracting institutions.
To participate in the IDT, interested students, after the enrolment in their respective national doctoral programmes, must submit to the IDT competent authority a specific request accompanied by an abstract of the thesis project to be carried out in co-supervision and other relevant documents requested by the partner Institution.
Besides the procedure reported above, the Parties may decide to reserve a certain number of places specifically for the IDT out of the total number of places in the programme as announced annually through their respective Calls for Applications, specifying requirements and criteria that will be reported directly in the Call.
Before launching an IDT the following aspects must be taken in consideration and negotiated with the counterpart:
- The creation of a specific governance structure (ex. A Joint Coordination Committee) which comprises academic and administrative members of each partner University to ensure that the IDT is managed correctly. In particular, it shall be responsible for organising and coordinating the day-to-day running of the programme and its specific academic activities;
- The joint planning of the IDT training and research activities with particular attention to the organization of events, seminars and conferences that must involve the partner university staff in order to guarantee the highest degree of integration between the Parties and the mutual exchange of knowledge at scientific level among all the actors involved.
IDT students will defend their doctoral thesis at their Home University in front of an Examination Committee appointed by the Home Institution in agreement with the partner University. This single defense will be recognized by both the Institutions in Partnership which will confer their respective PhD degrees.
- International Doctoral Track Agreement (Draft)
This Agreement aims to regulate the creation of a new PhD programme jointly run with a foreign Institution which, to be set up, shall fulfil both the constraints imposed by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) and the local and national rules in force at the partner Institution.
Pursuant the Italian law and particularly Ministry of Education, University and Research Decree no. 45 of 8th February 2013, the duration of the Agreement must correspond to three consecutive doctoral cycles covering a period of 5 years.
After being negotiated with the Partner Institution, the following aspects shall be described in the Agreement:
- Criteria and requirements for selecting candidates;
- Enrolment of JDP students and payment of registration/tuition fees (as a general rule successful candidates admitted to the JDP will be enrolled at both the Institutions in Partnership following their respective administrative procedures but they are supposed to pay enrolment /tuition fees only at their Home Institution);
- JDP students mobility;
- Definition of the JDP budget in terms of scholarships and provision of adequate and stable funding to guarantee the programme sustainability;
- Appropriate availability of facilities and equipment (laboratories, libraries, IT facilities, database);
- Institutional bodies and management structure (i.e. presence of a programme Coordinator belonging to Verona University, a Co-coordinator belonging to the Partner University and a Joint Teaching Committee comprising professors of both Institutions);
- Organization of the PhD students final examination and granting of a joint/double PhD degree recognized by both Institutions.
- Joint Doctoral Programme Agreement (Draft)