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Study in Romania: A Guide for International Students

Romania is a country in South-East Europe. Romania sits between the Balkans and Eastern Europe, so it borders Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary and the Black Sea. By European standards, Romania is a big country. This means that there is much to explore, see and do.

Many international students find themselves in the capital Bucharest. But, unlike in many other countries, students can also find themselves elsewhere. Timișoara, Cluj-Napoca and Iași are all cities with large numbers of students - and the nightlife and study experiences to match. In fact, Timișoara will even be a European Capital of Culture in 2023.

Romania - Quick facts & figures

Capital

Bucharest

Language

Romanian

Population

19.3 million

Area Size

238,391 km²

International Students

27,000

Academic Year

September - June

Currency

Romanian Lei (RON)

Calling Code

+40

Time Zone

GMT+2

Romania’s most renowned university is in the capital. The University of Bucharest is known for its high-quality teaching and interesting programs. The Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca and the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iași are also good schools. The West University of Timișoara is also known for its science and technology programs.

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Along with the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, these four schools form the Universitara Consortium - Romania’s elite schools. It’s the Romanian equivalent of the Ivy League or the Russell Group.

Romania is also the home of Bram Stoker's sinister Count Dracula. Transylvania attracts millions of visitors every year, all keen to see the legendary Count’s castle for themselves. Transylvania, with its high hills and rocky peaks, is also famed for its natural beauty. Many Romanians will tell you that it’s the country’s nature that sets it apart. Day trips from any city to the countryside are a common way to spend a weekend in Romania. 

Romania also has beautiful beaches, with great bars and views out to sea. Trains head to the seaside city of Constanta from across the country, making it a perfect weekend getaway. Keep reading to find out more about what it’s like to study in Romania.

Education System

Want to learn about how the higher education system works in Romania? Romania offers a tiered education system. It even has opportunities for studying abroad elsewhere.

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Student Visas

If you're from outside of the EU, you'll need a visa to study in Romania. This section tells you what you need to do to get your study visa.

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Housing & Living Costs

Romania is a very affordable country compared to other countries in Europe. We’ve detailed average living and housing costs so you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Romania.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for Romanian programs vary based on the school as well as your nationality. Usually EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens will have a different tuition fee than non-EU students. There are also scholarships available.

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Language & Culture

Romanian culture is full of tradition! From a unique language to incredible wine and a burgeoning art community, Romania has a lot to offer. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, cuisine, and more!

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Application Process

Applications in Romania go to individual schools. This section tells you what you need to do to present in most applications to Romanian schools.

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Programs

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The content of this country guide has been developed in partnership with Study in Romania.

About Study in Romania

The Study in Romania portal is developed and hosted by the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI), within the framework of the "Internationalisation, equity and institutional management for a quality higher education" (IEMU) project. The portal aims to offer a high quality data base with the existing educational offer of Romanian universities.

Last update: 27 May 2021

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