We are not going to talk about Dracula or Dracula’s Castle. Romania has much more to offer, such as probably the most delicious food in Europe and some of the warmest and welcoming people.
Romania’s characteristics are unique in Europe, the country being embraced by the Carpathian Mountains with some completely wild areas, the refreshing beauty of the Danube Delta, as well as the vast plains of natural and cultural treasures. Many cultural objectives are integrated in the UNESCO World Heritage, and are a testimony of a unique history of Latin origin.
By reorganizing the entire scope of university programs, Romania has taken huge steps towards that. Following the discussions conducted in 2003 to revamp the programs, which revealed a general consensus on the implementation of the Bologna system, a new higher education system was introduced for the study cycles. Accordingly, the current law stipulates that university studies be organized by three cycles: Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Studies. The institutional reform of higher education aims to increase student mobility, enhance job opportunities, reduce the number of university degrees and increase participation in master’s and doctoral programs.
Romania’s higher education is provided through both public and private institutions. These include specialized departments formed by universities, academies and schools, called faculties. University education includes short university education supported by university colleges (3 years), long university education (4 to 6 years), and postgraduate university education (1-2 years). An alternative to public education is private higher education, which is subject to a process of accreditation. State funding can be accessed by approved private institutions.
University level studies
University level first stage: Bachelor Degree (Diplomă de Licenţă) is the first stage of university-level study and comprises short-term (3 years) or long-term diplomas (4 to 6 years, according to the field of study).
University level second stage: Master Degree (Diplomă de Studii Aprofundate; Master) The second stage is composed of diplomas awarded after one to two years of studies which may include research work, and which also determines your final specialization.
University level third stage: The Doctorate in Romania is the highest postgraduate stage of professional specialization and lasts for 3-6 years. Doctoral studies can be carried out either in full-time courses (up to 4 years) or in extra-mural courses (up to 6 years). Extra-mural courses can also be offered in main foreign languages. Candidates who have passed the examination for the Doctor’s Degree (Doctorate) are awarded the only one type of Doctorate, which is the Diploma de Doctor în Stiinţe.
Romania’s public higher education sector includes 56 state institutions of higher education and 20 other private institutions of higher education. State funding can be accessed by approved private institutions. The main higher educational institutions are Universities, and they contain a significant number of academic diplomas and scientific names awarded by departments and programs. Academies are higher education institutions that prepare their graduates in a certain specific field: economics and business administration, arts, music. For technical fields of study, Polytechnic Universities train students in units of higher education which grant professional degrees and qualifications based on studies and professional experience in limited fields of specialization.
Foreign Students Admission in Romania
As a foreign student with no Romanian citizenship, you must hold the Baccalaureate or an equivalent qualification. The diploma must be certified in the country of origin. Students must hold a visa which is granted on presentation of the written confirmation of their admission, as well as a health visa. Usually, students follow a preparatory course in Romanian and English.
Romania is one of the countries that took part in the Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region. Therefore, qualifications and diplomas obtained in the Romanian Higher Education ensure the academic and professional mobility of the graduates all over the world. Several Romanian universities have offered complete study programs in foreign languages like English, French and German through commitments assumed at the European level, focused on quality assurance, credit transfers and transparency of educational programs description. Both Romanian and foreign students studying in Romania can attend these courses.
In order to receive your letter of acceptance as a foreign student, you must contact the University beforehand, and then apply directly to the Ministry of Education and Research, specifying the Romanian university you wish to attend. The admission file is usually quite thin, containing an application form, Baccalaureate diploma or equivalent for undergraduate studies, graduation certificate for postgraduate applicants, and the academic record translated into English, French or German.
However, complying with the Bologna objectives, students who wish to study Architecture, Fine Arts, or Physical Education must sit for competitive examinations. The amount of the tuition fees is set by the university senates, taking into account the sum covered by the state budget for each student. Fees for foreign students are set by the law, according to the type of education they attend, and they usually vary between 2.000-7.000 euro per year. Each university is responsible for its own tuition fee and scholarship system, according to the principle of university autonomy. Regarding the access of EU and EEA students to Romanian higher education, the citizens from EU member states and Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Switzerland, benefit of equal access and the same conditions as Romanian citizens.
The fees for one year of study include the assessed practical experience stipulated in the curricula and the medical assistance, in the same conditions offered to the Romanian students. Citizens from abroad may also be accepted to study on the basis of scholarships granted by Romania, in the framework of bilateral agreements. Most of the Romanian universities have their own cafeteria within the campus. Rooms and boards are reported to the average expanses of different higher education centers. International students can be advised by the specialized departments of the universities in order to identify the best solution. Travel, books and supplies are mostly covered by students.
As an international student in Romania, the stories and legends of these places will surely fascinate you, and the deep spirituality of the Romanians will impress you. You will find the beautiful mixture between modern and traditional, wildlife and crowded urban areas. What would you like to visit first in Romania? We suggest…Bucovina!