Study in Romania

Romania is trying to attract overseas students into its higher education system.  Romanian universities offer a broad range of study possibilities (including medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, engineering, architecture, oil and gas, chemistry, computer science and civil engineering).  The list of courses is growing and it’s interesting to note an increasing number of courses are being taught in languages other than Romanian, with English, French, German and Hungarian becoming popular.

The principles of higher education are similar to those in other parts of the EU. Higher education courses vary in length from four to six years, with university colleges offering shorter three-year courses.

How much will it cost?

Although tuition fees are lower than in the UK, courses are not free. As a foreign student you must pay fees, which vary with the type and level of the course to be undertaken. Each university senate decides on the level of fees for all courses of study.

The fees are payable for the entire academic year including periods of practical work. They must also be paid three months in advance.

Generally university tuition fees are around 2000  Euros per annum = £1819.  Private universities set their own fees and Medicine and Dentistry degrees are more expensive than other studies.

Breakdown of Annual Study costs for Romania
Tuition FeesLiving CostsOther CostsVisa/Study Permit costsAnnual Cost of Study
£1819 per annum£4000£5819
prices and conversion to £s as at 2020

One other point to note is that foreign students attending courses taught in languages other than Romanian have to pay a monthly fee. So make sure you check the university websites carefully so you don’t get caught out by unexpected fees.

All foreign students have the same rights as Romanian students re medical insurance – so all students under the age of 26 have the right to medical insurance.

What are the entry requirements?

In principle, the qualifications you need are similar to those in the UK. Access to higher education for Romanian nationals, is based on the Baccalaureat diploma and an entrance examination. So for EU nationals, A level/Scottish Highers or equivalent is needed.

As a foreign student wishing to study in Romania, you’ll need to apply directly to the Ministry of National Education specifying the Romanian institution you have contacted or wish to attend, in order to receive the letter of acceptance.

How do I apply ?

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As Romania is an EU member state, UK applicants may apply to Romanian universities under the same terms and conditions as Romanian nationals.

The International Relations Department of the Ministry of Education and Research carries out the registration of foreign students. Application forms may be obtained from the Romanian embassies. The office is also responsible for organising the enrolment of foreign students at the individual universities, checking the medical history, the academic records and results.

The above is not to be confused with the specific university application process. There is no centralised university application system in Romania, so students should apply directly to the universities they are interested in.  You are likely to be asked to provide the following documents in support of your application:

  1. The application form for the institution (this can usually be downloaded from their website)
  2. Certified copies of your A levels/Scottish Highers etc.
  3. A certified copy of your Birth Certificate;
  4. A certified copy of your passport.

It’s worth keeping a close eye on the timescales.  The application deadline is usually at the end of July. Depending on the level of applications the deadline can be extended by the Ministry of Education and Research, or by the universities until the end of August. But don’t chance it – we strongly advise you to apply early.

 Venture Hot Tips

  • Find out more about studying in Romania  by checking out the website
  • Find out in advance how much your fees will be and ensure you’ve got enough money to fund them and your living expenses. Remember you will need to pay 3 months in advance.
  • Is your chosen course taught in English? If it is  you may need to pay an additional fee, so check this out.
  • Take a look at the individual university websites before you apply so you understand whether you have the right qualifications – and make sure you don’t miss the application deadline.
  • Make sure (as ever) that you have comprehensive travel and health insurance and a valid passport for the duration of your stay.