Studying in Romania will give you a study experience under constant development, aiming for modern and up-to-date institutions of higher education. You will find exciting blend of tradition and modernity, vitality and performance along with traditional as well as new modern campuses.
Study Abroad in Romania
Higher education institutions in Romania offer all the traditional areas of study and research (Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Economy, Oil and Gas, Chemistry, Computer Science, Civil Engineering), as well as the newly added: Information Technology, Genetics, Biotechnologies, Communication Sciences, and the list can continue.
Romania is home to over 21 million people and the capital city, Bucharest holds nearly 2 million of them. Romanian is the official language, but English is spoken by 5 million Romanians, French is spoken by 4-5 million, and German, Italian and Spanish are each spoken by 1-2 million people. So any of these will do you just as good. Romania has become more and more popular as a vacation resort offering both the sunny beaches of the "Romanian Rivera" and ski resorts as a counterpart.
Higher Education in Romania
After 1989, a major reform was initiated by the higher education institutions in Romania. During this reform program, the number of students enrolled in the various study programs available in Romania has been on a constant increase. This huge increase is also the result of the introduction of a new opportunity for the Romanian citizens to pursue studies based on tuition fees.
Application to Romanian Universities
If you are an international student applying for a romanian university you must first of all prove your knowledge of the teaching language. Romanian tuition is usually conducted in Romanian, English, French or German. As many other European countries, Romania now use the ETCS (European Transfer Credit System). This makes it much easier for you as an international student not only to come to Romania for your studies, but also to leave there knowing your cretics will be worth something outside Romania as well.
Romanian University Libraries
Higher education (Studii Superioare) programmes and courses in Romania are strongly supported by the academic librarys network. The network provides the appropriate means for the academic learning and research process of the whola Country. The process of updating the romanian educational system has also brought international cooperation to the libraries and made the resources both broader and more available.
The most prestigious of the Romanian libraries is the Central Academic Library in Bucharest, which offers 110 years of academic as well as cultural heritage. The library´s up-to-date facilities hold internet access and modern reading rooms with a total of 385 seats - it is one of the most modern libraries in Europe.
Living as a Student in Romania
The value of the study fees, which is stipulated by the Ministry of Education and Research, is the same for all universities. The fees differ from one domain of specialization to another. The fees for one year of study include the assessed practical experience stipulated in the curricula and the medical assistance, in the same conditions offered to the Romanian students.
Most Romanian universities have their own cafeteria within the campus. Room and board are reported to the average expanses of different higher education centers. International students can be advised by the specialized departments of the universities in order to identify the best solution. The international students can also choose room and board extra-campus. Travel, books and supplies mostly depend on the option of each student.
Free-time activities, take the time to go sightseeing
The table below shows the estimated costs for an average international student to attend university programs in Romania: (UG = Undergraduate program, G = Graduate program)
Technical, Economics, Humanities, Agronomy, Sports
|Medical and Pharmaceutical||Musical and Artistic||Dramatic Arts, Theatrical and Film Direction|
|Tuition (10 months)||
UG: 3200 USD
G: 3400 USD
UG: 3600 USDG: 3800 USD
UG: 4700 USD
G: 4950 USD
UG: 7600 USD
G: 8000 USD
|Health insurance (12 months)||Included in Tuition||Included in Tuition||Included in Tuition||Included in Tuition|
|Room and board (10 months)||
UG/G: 1500 -2 000 USD
|UG/G: 1500 -2 000 USD||UG/G: 1500 - 2000 USD||UG/G: 1500 -2 000 USD|
Personal and Travel (Estimated)
|UG/G: 1000 USD||UG/G: 1000 USD||UG/G: 1000 USD||UG/G: 1000 USD|
|Books and supplies (Estimated)||UG/G: 150 - 500 USD||UG/G: 150 - 500 USD||UG/G: 150 - 500 USD||UG/G: 150 - 500 USD|
UG: 5850 - 6700 USD
G: 6050 - 6900 USD
UG: 6250 - 7100 USD
G: 6450 - 7300
UG: 7350 - 8200 USD
G: 7600 - 8400 USD
UG: 10250 - 11100 USD
G: 10650 - 11500
Romanian Culture - Folklore
Romania is often referred to as the meeting point of three regions: Central Europe, Eastern Europe and the balkans, this has naturally on inflected on the cultural heritage.
A very interesting thing about romanian culture is how strongly the old traditions have survived through the years. One can still see the old Folklore traditional houses and folk arts such as ceramics, wood carving, weaving and embroidery of costumes. These traditions are also especially maintained through the work of Museum of the Romanian Peasant, the Romanian Academy and the many "village museums" throughout Romania.
Romanians Do Love Their Food
The cuisine of Romania has too been influenced by the nearby countries of Greece, Bulgaria and Austria. Hence, it it very diverse and mixes not only influences but traditions and different time periods. one of the most common Romanian dishes is "mamaliga" a sort of cornmeal porridge served either on its own or with pork or other kinds of meat.
Pork is also the main ingredient in the Chistmas Dinner as the tradition is for every family to slaughter a pig on the 20th of December. The dinner is then finished off with "rahat" (turkish delight) or "baclava". Romanina pancakes are also a popular dishm, the filling changes along with the seasons and are similar to the French "crepes".
Romanian wine-industry has a long tradition of over three millenia, the country is the 9th largest wine producer in the world (2009) and the export market is constantly growing. Wines produced in Romania are of both domestic character and made with influences from all over the world.
A maybe surprising fact is that Romania is the worlds second largest producer of plums, 75% of the plums harvested in Romania are transformed into the famous "tuica" (plum brandy).
Sources: http://www.study-in-romania.ro/; http://www.wikipedia.org/.