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Eastern Gate of Europe for

Higher Education and Research
• 1. You have a solid university degree recognized all around Europe and beyond. Romanian Higher Education is known for its
rich academic heritage - the first Romanian universities were established by Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza - the University of Iasi (1860)
and the University of Bucharest (1864). Offering state-of-the-art facilities, a thrilling student life and modern research opportunities,
Romania gives you the possibility to also benefit from its renowned university tradition especially in the fields of engineering, medicine
and science. Four of Romania’s universities are ranked in the QS Top Universities in the World.
• 2. World's fastest Internet - Ranked 3rd place in the world, Romania has ultra fast internet connectivity that you can benefit for
studying, staying in contact or simply enjoying music on Youtube.
• 3. Study in English, French, German, Romanian or Hungarian. Romania has a wide choice of university programmes. With over
100 public and private accredited Higher Education Institutions, you can choose from different degree programmes at Bachelor,
Master, PhD /Doctorate level, all leading to an EU recognised diploma.
• 4. Low tuition fees and living expenses – While maintaining our academic standards, we have some of the lowest tuition and living
costs in the European Union.
• 5. Cultural life – Bucharest offers more than 40 museums and Romania has the second-largest outdoor museum in the world, Astra
Museum in Sibiu. Cinemas, theatres, classical music, festivals, concerts…just choose your favorite.
• 6. Work opportunities and quality of life - There are a number of possibilities to work as a student: you can apply directly to vacant
positions published online, in Call Centres/outsourcing companies where you can work part time, or via personnel recruitment
companies and students NGOs that can help you find a job, adequate for your student schedule. In terms of life quality, Romania is
ranked number 48 in the world in air quality by World Health Organization. You will also be living and studying in one of the safest
countries in Europe, with the crime rates among the lowest in Europe. The 210 sunny days per year give us plenty of opportunities to
enjoy the time outdoors!
• 7. A great place to travel – The home of seven UNESCO world heritage sites, Romania is a country of many facets. Now you have the
perfect opportunity to travel to Transylvania and visit the land where Dracula’s legend was born. Bran Castle is in the middle of the
country waiting for you, as well the fortified city of Sighisoara. Or, you may choose the seaside, with its wide fine sand beaches and
modern clubbing resorts, the Danube Delta, the Carpathian mountains with their very good hiking paths and skiing resorts or Moldova
County with its Painted Monasteries of Bucovina. Also, Western Romania is characterized by multiculturalism and has numerous
musical festivals (Garana Jazz Festival, Electric Castle, Summer Well, Untold, Plai, etc.)
Travel to Romania
Rich history of education
• Sungkyunkwan University(SKKU) was established in 1398 and is the
oldest university in Asia.
By comparison:
• 1640 – Academia Vasiliana, founded by prince Vasile Lupu in Iasi
• end of The 17th c. – Academy of Bucharest, opened by the prince
Constantin Brancoveanu.
• 1857 – the National School for Medicine and Surgery was set up in
• 1864 – National School for Bridges, Highways, Mining and
Architecture was opened, to become later the nucleus of the
Polytechnic School in Bucharest
• 1860 – University of Iasi and 1864 – University of Bucharest - the first
Romanian universities, established by prince Al. I. Cuza, who also
issued the first Public Education Law (1864).
Romanian Education System
Structure of universities
• The national educational system includes both public
and private higher education institutions:
• 56 accredited public higher education institutions
(49 civilian higher education institutions and 7
military universities),
• 35 accredited private higher education institutions,
• 5 post university academic schools.

The academic year usually begins on October 1st .

The university level
The three cycles of higher education are:
• Undergraduate studies, with a length that varies
according to the field :
• 6 semesters (3 years) for sciences, humanities,
economic and social sciences, political sciences.
• 8 semesters (4 years) for engineering, technique.
• 12 semesters (6 years) for general medicine, dental
medicine, veterinary medicine and architecture.
• Master studies: 1 - 2 years, for university graduates;
• Ph. D. studies: 3-4 years.
The post-university studies
The post-university programs offered by the
Romanian educational system are:
• Post-Ph.D. programs, with a minimum length
of 1 year;
• Specialisation studies, with a length of 2 or
more semesters;
• Lifelong learning programs.
The undergraduate and the master studies can be
organized as:
• Full-time programs;
• reduced frequency education;
• long distance education.
Ph.D studies and medical studies programs can only be
organized as full-time programs.
Types of diplomas

The qualifications from the higher education system are:

diplomas, certificates, degrees and other official state
documents, with special regime, that confirm the higher
education program graduated and the professional titles.
• Diplomã de licenţã - Bachelor's degree.
• Diplomã de master - Master degree.
• Diplomã de doctor - Doctoral degree (Ph.D.). This is the
highest academic degree awarded in all domains after 3-4
years of study and original research. It requires the passing
of examinations and the submission of an original thesis.
The holder of a doctoral diploma is granted the Ph.D. title
in the respective field of science or arts.
International recognition of diplomas
• Romania signed the Convention on the Recognition of
Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European
Region (Lisabona 1997), and, at the same time, it is part of the
Bologna Process concerning the implementation of the common
European Higher Education area.
• Through commitments assumed at the European level, focused
on quality assurance, credit transfers and transparency of
educational programmes description, qualifications (diplomas)
obtained in the Romanian Higher Education ensured the
academic and professional mobility of the graduates all over the
• The recognition and the equivalance of the diplomas is assured
by the National Center for Recognition and Equivalance of
Diplomas (CNRED), on the basis of a methodology approved by
order of the Minister of Education, Research, Youth and Sports.
Higher education and scholarships:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs – “Study in
Romania” at
Ministry of National Education – “Study in
Romania” at

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