Today there are many students from different countries prefer to come to Romania to obtain knowledge and degree. It’s not a surprise because you can have a profile education in Romanian universities in the most popular and prestigious specialties – medicine, architecture, aerospace, engineering, information technology, genetics, biotechnology…
But what is Romanian education system? Let’s take a short look at the benefits of studying in Romania.
Education in Romania has the following advantages:
- Possibility to receive a European degree;
- Possibility to study partially in Romanian and English;
- The opportunity to study in absentia and only come to Romania in order to pass the exams.
And these are only a few of many!
Higher Education In Romania
To enter Romanian university, you need to provide a certificate of secondary education and a good knowledge of the Romanian language. Therefore, it is advisable to use the preparatory language program (having studied a year in such a course, it will be necessary to pass a test for the knowledge of the Romanian language). The Romanian language is obligatory. Many students find it the biggest challenge. However, from my personal experience, I can say that you will find it hard only during the first months and later you will find it more and more simple but while you are facing issues, you only need to put more efforts or find a reliable assistant. For example, they write a college paper for me.
Most local schools offer courses in Romanian, and programs in English and French. To enter the University of Romania, a foreigner must prove his/her language skills at a level sufficient for the studies. For this, mandatory testing is carried out in specialized language centers. Often, foreign students are invited to complete an annual preparatory course on language learning at the educational institution itself, which emphasizes the improvement of skills depending on the future direction of studying. In the following cases, you can be exempted from passing language tests.
The certificate of completion of the secondary school must comply with the Romanian requirement, that is, be equivalent to 12 years of study. Because of this, students from some countries in most cases must enter a local college and study for 1-2 years. What if you already have a degree? If you already graduated from the university – this greatly simplifies the task when entering a Romanian university.
What are the specifics of the academic year? The academic year in Romanian universities starts in September-October – it is divided into 2 semesters (the transition to the next semester is carried out after passing the exams). You can study in a day, evening, full-time and part-time forms of learning (as a rule, education on such forms is longer than on daytime).
As a part of Romanian education system, there are several faculties and university colleges. In addition, universities have departments and small experimental laboratories (here they carry out scientific research and are engaged in experimental industrial production).
To get a higher education in Romania, you need to go to the college, academy or conservatory (the duration of a course is 4-6 years), at the end of which graduates are awarded bachelor’s degrees. What’s next? To obtain a master’s degree, you can continue the studies by specialization (master’s programs). Training will take several years. Also, if you want to continue your study in Romania, you can apply for a doctorate (duration 4-6 years).
Student’s Cost For University And Living Expansion
Free higher education in Romania for foreigners is practically unavailable. However, there are some exceptions. In rare cases, students from abroad can count on scholarships or grants, for example, under the programs of intergovernmental agreements. In other cases, you will have to pay. The average cost of education in universities in Romania is from 2 to 5 thousand Euros per year. Much depends on the institution, the program you choose, the language and citizenship of the student but usually the most expensive are medical specialties, which cost about 7 thousand Euros. Preparatory language courses cost 2-2.5 thousand Euros.
As a rule, foreigners from the CIS countries pay the first year of education in advance and in full, which is a prerequisite for obtaining a visa. Somehow you can compensate the costs of studying in Romania with the help of student part-time jobs. What about the living expenses? The costs of living in the country and prices, in comparison with other EU countries, are quite acceptable. The average Romanian student fits in the amount of up to 500 euros per month, meaning housing and food. As you can see, all the costs are affordable and less than in many European countries.
Those wishing to enroll in the most famous universities should take a closer look at the Bucharest Polytechnic University, the Karol Davila Medical and Pharmaceutical University, the Economic Academy, the British-Romanian University, and the Technical Military Academy.
Work While Studying
While studying at universities, students can earn additionally (not more than 15 hours per week) and fully work on vacation (based on a student visa). This can help you a lot to handle the expenses. Studying in Romania will allow you to obtain a degree, through which you will be able to find work in any city in Europe.