Test your limits: study in Romania

27/05/2013 23:34

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Dear international student,

If you are considering studying in Romania here are some details about what this decision entails.

First of all you need to have some basic information about the country, about your chosen university and about your areas of study. It’s good to do some research related to what the Romanian school system can offer you and also about tuition fees and accommodation.

Studying in Romania is a good opportunity to become well prepared in your chosen field and to learn how to manage by yourself while facing the challenges that can occur while living in a foreign country. The higher education system provides you all the key-points in order to help your development.

Romania is a country where you can find a mixture between new and old and this can be reflected in the educational system, too. Romanian university qualifications are highly appreciated and recognized in Europe. As a EU country, Romania currently applies the Bologna system, especially in higher education, which means that the study period is structured as three years for the bachelor’s degree, two years for the master’s degree and three years for PhD studies.

If you are wondering which are the most popular domains among foreign students here are some statistics. Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry take the first place in foreign students’ preferences, followed by Computer Science, Civil Engineer, Electronics, and Communication. The third place is taken by Business and Economics.

After you chose what you are interested in, it’s time to think about the admission requirements. There are two different types: for those who are EU citizens and for non-EU citizens.

Foreign citizens from European Union member states have the right to enroll in educational programs in Romania under the same conditions as Romanian citizens, directly to the universities, according to an order of the Ministry of Education, Research and Youth.

This means that you, as an international student, need to follow the same steps as Romanian ones. The required documents for the recognition of the studies are: a filled application form, certified copy of the Baccalaureate diploma, a certified copy of the university diploma, an academic transcript (for master or PhD) and a personal identification document: the passport (copies of pages 1,2,3,4) or the identity card.

You should bear in mind the fact that all the documents required must be translated into Romanian and must be authenticated by the public notary. The National Center for Equivalence and Recognition of Diplomas (CNERD) will certify the equivalence of the study, only after you pay recognition fee.

For Non-EU citizens things are not as complicated as it may be expected.  If you are in this category you should provide an application form for admission, a certified copy of your diplomas, a certified copy of your academic record translated into Romanian, English or French, a certified copy of the birth certificate, a medical certificate to prove your mental and physical health and a certified copy of your passport.

Regarding the tuition fee and the living cost, Romania is said to have cheaper prices than other European states. You can live decently with EUR 300 to 500 per month.

Those are the main preliminary pieces of information, concerning your future studies in Romania. All in all, an experience that will, undoubtedly, enrich you.

P.S. Don’t forget about how nice Romanian people are!

de Mocanu Alexandra, mocanualexandra@yahoo.com

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