Romania is one of Eastern Europe’s hidden gems. Famous not only for its gorgeous landscapes and its seven UNESCO world heritage sites, Romania gave the world some of the biggest inventions and pushed the world to where it is today. From Ana Aslan, the creator of some of the best anti-aging products, and Petrache Poenaru, the inventor of the fountain pen, to some of the greatest engineers in the world, like the father of cybernetics, Stefan Odobleja, and the golden trio of aerodynamics, Henri Coanda, Traian Vuia, and Aurel Vlaicu, Romania basically laid the groundwork for the 21st century.
The educational system in Romania is appreciated worldwide, seeing as some of the biggest corporations in the world constantly seek students who study there. From Medicine and Social Studies, to some of the best Engineering and Technology degrees, Romanian universities offer a wide range of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Considering the low living costs and the affordable tuition fees, as well as the rich nightlife and great events and concerts, Romania is one of the greatest destinations for international students.
Being home to some of the widest variety of degrees, it might be hard to start from scratch and decide on a degree. Still, based on our data, we managed to find the most popular study options in Romania. These are:
Romania’s capital, Bucharest, is one of the biggest cities in Europe, with over 1.8 million citizens. Although it has a great nightlife and is home of some of the biggest universities in the country, Bucharest isn’t the only great city you can choose for your educational destination.
For instance, you can study in:
If you’re still undecided, you can always go with our recommendations and check out these universities:
To attend a Romanian university, you should know that the application process is either online, or via post, and that you should contact the embassy or the consulate website, to see if you qualify to join one of the programmes.
You can also make sure you’re accepted to a university if you:
Still, the main documents you must procure, in order to apply, depending on your degree, are:
Take Preparation Courses: These kinds of courses enable degree-seeking students to get an extra educational boost just before they start their Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree programme. Try a pre-M.B.A., pre-Law, or pre-Medicine programme, as well as any other foundation or preparation courses that will allow you to study in the degree programme of your choice.
Improve your English through an English-language prep course: If you’re attending a degree programme in Romania, you will sometimes need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures; some schools will require Romania, while others will require strong English skills. These courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests that universities require
If you wish to study in English in Romania, you have to prove your proficiency with an official English exam. The tests usually presented by students are:
Keep in mind that one of these diplomas can save you from a preparatory year, so you don’t have to wait to start your university degree.
However, international students can be exempted from presenting a language test, if:
Romania has hundreds of exchange programs students. Lots of people pick it as their temporary home for the amazing nightlife and the great sightseeing they can do while here.
With clubs and bars that stay open until morning, to student discounts and youthful activities in its parks, Romania seems like a haven for the international students who want to combine a great education with a lot of fun free time.
As a major plus, all Romanians speak almost fluent English, so getting around and asking for help will be as easy as back home.
As far as your education goes, the Romanian teaching system revolves around group projects and laboratory work, as well as written projects and in-depth research. Of course, it all depends on your degree and field; but, usually, you won’t be left only behind a book, rotting away in the library, but taken to see and operate first-hand what your future job will imply and require.
Tuition fees in Romania can vary between 2000 and 5000 EUR / year, but there are a lot of variables that can change the fee, such as:
For instance, Medicine can be between 6000 and 8000 EUR / year, while Music and Arts can cost around 4000 EUR / year; and a Social Studies degree tuition fee is around 2000 EUR / year.
All these prices apply to Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, while Ph.Ds in Medicine are around 5000 EUR / year, PhDs in Social Sciences are around 2200 EUR / year, and PhDs in Music and Arts are around 4100 EUR / year.
Romania is located in Eastern Europe, so living costs and accommodation can be really cheap and affordable for international students.
With a budget between 300 and 500 EUR / month, students can find a great room, live comfortably, participate in the city’s nightlife, and buy a transport pass.
Some representative prices in Romania are:
Facts about Romania
Let’s be honest here: you lose a great deal if you never visit Romania. I know it might sound like an overstatement, but the country has some of the coolest tourism spots in Europe. For instance:
Also, let’s not forget some awesome Romanians people and facts, like:
If you've decided to study a Master's degree at a university in Romania, you will have to gather the right documents to prove that you fit the university requirements. Provide complete personal information, previous qualifications, financial information, and a personal statement.
To apply to a university in Romania you will likely be asked to provide some of the following documents:
Depending on the subject or specialization of your chosen Master's, you might also be asked to provide scores for additional tests like the GRE, GMAT or LSAT. Check if your programme requires any of these, or others.
The list of documents depends on the specific requirements of universities in Romania so you might be asked to include additional documents. It’s also likely you’ll have to provide official English translations of your documents, or translations in the local language.
Because you’ll study an international degree in English, you'll have to present a language certificate. Some popular options for international students are IELTS, TOEFL or C1 Advanced language certificates. You’ll have to meet a minimum language score set by the university, and your test scores shouldn’t be older than 1-2 years. If you don’t meet the minimum language requirements, you will have to improve your skills and scores by taking an English preparation course.
The deadlines for applying to a Master's in Romania are usually during summer (June-July), or in winter (January-February). Keep in mind that some universities don’t have application deadlines, which means you can apply whenever you are ready.
To avoid delays or missed deadlines send your required documents with plenty of time in advance.