When looking to study in Europe, students are generally more attracted to the Western European countries due to their familiarity and perceived glamour, yet those who choose to study in Romania will find themselves immersed in the finest and most archetypal of Eastern European countries. Bordering both Bulgaria and Ukraine, Romania is home to over 20 million people and is the seventh most populous country in the European Union, making it a vibrant centre for business, culture and education.
International students who study in Romania have the benefit of studying in some of the world’s best programs involving International Relations, Eastern European Studies, and Environmental Studies, among other technical and professional disciplines including medicine and engineering. The official language of instruction in Romania is the Romanian language. If a student does not have a background in Romanian language or does not plan to learn the language during the course of their studies, they may have more limited options, although there are programs and courses where English is the primary language of instruction.
Romania has nearly 60 public and private universities, and boasts some of the highest quality of teaching and learning in the European Union. Whilst still financially recovering from the collapse of the Soviet Union, Romania offers students some of the lowest tuition rates in the European Union.
Romania is one of the best places in Eastern Europe for well-preserved remnants and architecture of the Medieval Era and the various historical periods ever since. For those who are lovers of lore, what better than to be in the place of origin of the stories of Dracula. Visitors to Romania relish the opportunity to step into the streets of Romania’s cities to see the signs of a rich history, which includes Romania’s independence from the Ottoman Empire and surviving through regime changes in the 20th century.
Now stabilized and experiencing rapid growth, Romania represents a blend of tradition and modernity, with its largest city Bucharest being one of the world’s hubs of economics, business and international trade, and the sixth most populous city in the European Union. Climate-wise, Romania has four distinct seasons, with hot summers followed by cold winters.
International students who choose to study abroad in Romania will reap the benefits of choosing to live in one of the lesser expensive countries in the European Union. It is estimated that an international student can live a very comfortable life in Romania on a monthly budget of EUR 300 to 500, not including tuition fees.
Both undergraduate and graduate programs of study are available to international students. To the more affordable end of the scale, a student studying Romanian language could expect to pay up to EUR 2000 per year, with tuition for most programs ranging around EUR 2000-3000. Tuition fees increase as programmes becomes more technical and specialized, where studying in the medical, architecture or engineering fields could cost upwards of EUR 7000. Students interested in specific programs are advised to check the various tuition fees of universities around the country to see where there may be variance.
Students can expect to find one-bedroom apartments for around EUR 150-300 per month, and it is advised that about EUR 150-200 is budgeted for food every month. For study abroad programs in Romania, it is very popular for international students to live with host families, which can reduce the cost of living for international students.
For students who are entering Romania to study from the European Union, as well as students from Canada, Croatia, Japan, Moldova, South Korea, Switzerland, USA and Serbia do not need to obtain a student visa to enter Romania, however, they will need to apply for a student visa if they intend to stay in Romania for longer than 3 months. Students from outside the EU as well as outside the countries listed above will need a student visa.
In order to obtain a student visa, international students will require a letter of acceptance from the Romanian Ministry of Education, evidence of a deposit of one year’s tuition to the university of choice, proof of means for living during stay, a clean criminal record, and proof of medical insurance. Luckily, many of Romania’s universities are positioned to be able to help international students with their visa requirements.
Romanian is the official language of the country, but any student will find it easy to find people who speak either English or French. Romanian is the official language of instruction at Romania’s higher education institutions, but students will also be able to find some programs and courses taught in English, French or German in some cases.
Tuition in English is more common in the larger universities, such as Babes-Bolyai University and the University of Bucharest.
Usually the go-to destination for students interested in studying abroad in Romania, Bucharest hosts the majority of the country’s higher education institutions. The city, home to almost 2 million, offers some of the most breathtaking medieval and modern architecture. Among some of the city’s greatest sites includes the lavish and awe-inspiring Palace of Parliament, which has been called the second largest building in the world.
Bucharest offers a vibrant nightlife for young people looking to have fun. For those who prefer a quieter life, the city offers numerous galleries, museums, shops and a variety of cuisines that reflect the multicultural nature of Romania.
Sometimes referred to as the cultural capital of Romania, Iași (pronounced “Yash”) is an excellent destination for those looking to be in the centre of culture and intellectual life. Iași is home to one of Romania’s oldest universities, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, and is touted as one of the leading centres for research within the country.
Cluj-Napoca is Romania’s second largest city and home to another of the country’s oldest universities, Babes-Bolyai University. Known as a cinematic hub of the country, Cluj, as it’s known for short, is an excellent destination for those who are interested in arts, culture, and the cinematic arts. Known to be more bohemian, Cluj offers a number of shops, restaurants and local hangouts for creative minds.
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