Find, in this article, all you need to know on Romania's higher education system and find some tips to guide you through enrollment procedures.
Like most European countries, Romania also attracts foreign students wishing to enroll for higher studies. However, enrollment in this country's universities or other higher education institutions depends on specific criteria. Therefore, it is best to be well prepared before proceeding with enrollment. You should also be prepared to register for a preparatory year before actually starting your studies. But in general, the Romanian higher education system meets European standards. So you will not be disappointed.
Higher education system
Romania hosts a total of 56 public universities, as well a many private higher education institutions. These offer not only full time courses but also night courses, part time courses, as well as distance learning courses, varying from one institution to another. Of course, if you are not following full time courses, you will have to spend an additional in Romania to complete your studies.
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The university semester generally begins between mid-September and mid-October. Starting dates often vary from one university to another. Finally, the last semester ends in June.
Higher studies courses in Romania consist of three courses, namely the Degree, the Masters and the Doctorate. The number of study years varies from one university to another, according to the chosen study program. Hence, the Degree can be obtained in three or six years. The Masters, for its part, requires specialization courses for two additional years. Finally, the Doctorate involves three or four additional years following the masters, and even more if you have enrolled for part time courses.
First of all, you must be the holder of a baccalaureate to be eligible to study in Romania. Moreover, you will have to register for a preparatory year of Romanian language courses before proceeding with your studies in the chosen field.
To enroll for your first years studies, application has to be made at the university of your choice. In general, documents to be produced during application vary from one university to another. However, all of these have to be validated by the nearest Romanian diplomatic representation to your place of residence in your home country before being sent to the Romanian higher education institution.
If your application has been accepted, it will be forwarded to the Romanian Ministry of Education which will validate it before issuing an acceptance letter. Other documents may also be required during registration in person at the university. Note that architecture, arts and sports students also have to take part in an aptitude examination.
Most programs are offered in Romanian. However, some universities also provide courses in foreign languages. As regards Romanian courses, fees applied to each field of studies are determined by the Ministry of Education. These are generally uniform for all universities. However, fees for courses that are taught in foreign languages are higher, depending on the university and on the chosen field. Hence, you might need between € 500 and € 5,000.
The preparatory year consists in learning Romanian so that you get a good command of the language before proceeding. Following the course and, subsequently, an examination, a language proficiency certificate will be issued. Note that you can enroll for language courses either in a Romanian cultural institution in your home country or in a Romanian university which offers this program.
To apply for language courses, the following documents have to be produced:
- a copy of your baccalaureate diploma and any other higher education diploma
- your result slips
- a copy of your birth certificate
- a health certificate proving that you are enjoying a good physical and mental health
- a copy of your passport's first pages
- a passport size identity photo
- a detailed resume, along with any reference letter.