Would you like to study on low tuition in a country that has a bit of everything from sandy beaches, wild forests, medieval castles to vampires? Well the last one is a joke, but if you love all the rest, then you should consider studying on low tuition in Romania. This beautiful country is full of historic interest, beautiful natural landscapes, calm people, and a nice combination of European cultures.
Understandably, vampires do not really exist here, but those with an interest in the field may join the throngs of tourists keen to visit sites such as Bran Castle, considered the real-life inspiration for the spooky home of Bram Stocker’s Dracula.
Applying to study in Romania
For you to apply to study in Romania, you have to be at least 17 years old. The documents required as follows:
- Duly completed application form for diploma recognition (EU, EEA or Swiss applicants)
- For undergraduate applicants: you need a certified copy of the Baccalaureate Diploma or equivalent
- For postgraduate applicants: you need a certified copy of your graduation certificate
- Certified copies of academic records should be translated into Romanian, English, French or German
- A certified copy of your birth certificate
- A medical certificate specifying that the candidate does not have any contagious diseases and explaining the applicant’s health status
- Certified copy of passport
- A statement specifying that the applicant’s high-school diploma (Baccalaureate Diploma) enables him/her to apply for bachelor’s degree studies
- Language certificate, except for applicants coming from countries where the official language is the language of instruction (this certificate can be obtained from the university after passing a test before enrolment)
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Visa to study in Romania
Note that students who come from countries that are within the EU or European Economic Area (EEA), as well as those from Canada, Croatia, Japan, Moldova, South Korea, Switzerland, the US and Serbia would not require a visa to study in Romania. Others will need to apply for a student visa prior to arrival in the republic.
You must have a letter of acceptance at a university in Romania, from the Ministry of Education, before you can apply. Also have the back of your mind that student visas typically take up to two months to process.
Once you arrive in the country, you will need to extend your visa and obtain a residence permit. For more information, contact the Romanian Office for Immigration within the Romanian Ministry of Administration and Interior.
Fees and Funding
Typically, tuition fees in Romania vary across institution. Usually these fees are between €2,000 and €5,000 per annum (US$2,500 – 6,300) depending on the faculty and where the student comes from. Medical programs would be slightly more expensive, going for €7,000 per year (US$8,800) at some Romanian institutions.
International students who require a visa to study in Romania are expected to pay the tuition fee in one instalment before making their visa application each year. For those who do not require a Romanian student visa, these fees can be paid can pay in one, two or three instalments.
List of Low Tuition Universities
University of Bucharest
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University
West University of Timisoara