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Masters Study in Romania - A Guide for 2018

A Masters in Romania can offer a unique experience for students willing to look a little further for postgraduate study. There are around 23,000 international students currently studying in Romania, so you won’t be alone in your explorations of this eclectic landscape, which encompasses vast wilderness, medieval castles and snow-capped peaks.

This guide explains everything you’ll need to know about Romanian universities and postgraduate degrees, including fees, funding and visa requirements.

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Postgraduate opportunities in Romania – what’s on offer for 2018?

Romania is a highly diverse country in terms of its demographics, landscape, and culture. Alongside native Romanians, the country is home to a mixture of Hungarians, Gypsies, Germans, Ukrainians and Turks. As a result, Romania is a vibrant melting pot of European customs and languages.

With Romania’s economy expanding at a rapid rate, high-tech domains such as electronics and the computer industry rank amongst the most popular study areas. Other popular occupations include finance, banking, telecommunications and trade.

As a Masters student in Romania, you’d be perfectly placed to take advantage of the country’s dynamic status. Here are a few reasons why you should consider postgraduate study in Romania:

  • Low tuition fees – Compared to many other European nations, fees for most Masters programmes in Romania are affordable, and this is matched by the low cost of living in the country.
  • Study in different languages – As a result of Romania’s cosmopolitan nature, many Masters courses can be studied in several different languages, such as English, French, German, Romanian and Hungarian.
  • Internationally-recognised qualifications – Romanian universities take part in the Bologna Process, which means accredited qualifications awarded by them will be recognised around the world.

Masters Study in Romania - Key Details
Universities 90
Oldest University Alexandru Ioan Cuza University (1860)
International Students 23,073
Course Length 2 years
Typical Fees (Domestic / EU) €1,203 - €11,560
Academic Year October to July

Romanian universities

Romania’s higher education system has been in continual growth since the early 19th century, and continues to thrive in the 21st.

The country’s advanced libraries network provides an excellent basis for research and is a highly valued study resource. A new digitisation project and excellent communicative channels between libraries ensures the ongoing exchange of publications on a national and international level.

Romania is part of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Its university degrees are organised into a familiar system of ‘first cycle’ (Bachelors), ‘second cycle’ (Masters) and ‘third cycle’ (PhD) programmes.

Universities may be either public or private, with some more specialised institutions such as military schools and graduate schools.

All universities in Romania are licensed to teach international students. Private institutions can charge higher tuition fees than their public counterparts. Application deadlines and term dates may also vary between private and public universities.

Top 5 Romanian Universities in 2018
University THE 2017-18 QS 2017-18
Babeş-Bolyai University 601-800 801-1000
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University 801-1000 801-1000
University of Bucharest 801-1000 701-750
Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy 801-1000 -
West University of Timişoara 801-1000 801-1000
Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings. Visit their websites for more information.

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Course types

Masters courses in Romania can be studied full-time, part-time, or through distance learning. It is possible to exit certain courses at different times to attain different awards, such as Certificates and Postgraduate Diplomas, so you will easily find a programme suited to your needs.

Most Masters programmes last for up to two years and are worth between 90 and 120 ECTS credits.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, laboratory classes, project preparation and presentation. Degrees normally include some compulsory units, as well as optional modules.

Assessment will involve coursework and examination, as relevant to your subject area. Where relevant, examination periods take place in February or in May / June.

As in other countries, Masters students will be required to produce a final dissertation. This will be an original piece of research, usually on a topic of your choosing. Unlike the UK, a Romanian Masters dissertation is usually assessed using an oral exam. You will present your work and answer questions on your findings.

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Masters fees and funding in Romania

Tuition fees in Romania vary, though most programmes are between €2,000 and €5,000 per year. For example, Engineering and Computer Systems subjects average at €2,340 per year. Social sciences are generally cheaper to study, with an average of around €1,186 per year.

The costs of living in Romania are relatively low, and there are many scholarship opportunities available for you to fund your studies.

Students who require a visa to study in Romania must pay for their first year of tuition in one instalment, before completing their visa application. Students who do not need a visa to study can pay:

  • Once per year
  • Once per semester
  • Via trimester instalments

Additional costs

All universities have an application fee, which may have to be paid for each programme you apply to (depending on the faculty). Upon arrival, you also pay to the university a fee for registration, which is usually around €50.

Funding and scholarships

There are lots of scholarship opportunities available in Romania, and many of them have been designed to act as a means of strengthening connections between different countries. As a result, you shouldn’t struggle to attain funding simply because you aren’t a Romanian citizen.

Opportunities are available through various government organisations:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs scholarships, for example, are aimed at people under the age of 35 from outside the EU who want to study in Romanian. The scholarship consists of:

  • Free tuition
  • Free accommodation in university halls of residence, dependent on availability
  • Financial support amounting to the equivalent of €75 per month

Candidates for applying for courses in certain subjects – such as veterinary medicine, architecture and political sciences – have priority. For more information and the full list of subjects, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

There are also state scholarships for people with a Romanian background who currently live abroad.

Some universities offer scholarships to students with excellent academic records. You should contact the relevant institution for your programme of study for further details.

Erasmus+ Funding

Romania participates in the EU’s Erasmus+ programme. Erasmus+ opportunities include funding for Joint Masters Degrees, shorter Mobility Grants for placements abroad and a new system of international Masters Loans.

Applying for a Masters in Romania

Applications are usually made directly to the institution of your choice instead of through a central online portal. Most Romanian universities have teams dedicated to helping you with your application.

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss student, you need to have your current (undergraduate) qualifications recognised by the National Centre for Recognition and Equivalence of Diplomas in Romania (CNERD).

In order for them to do so, you must provide copies of your:

  • Application for recognition
  • Undergraduate certificate
  • Passport (which must be valid)
  • Receipt for the recognition fee

Once you have had your qualifications recognised, you will be provided with a certificate of recognition.

Students from other countries may have to undergo other requirements. Contact either the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or your university of choice for more information.

Application process

Once you have received your certificate of recognition, you are eligible to apply to your chosen university. When applying, you will need to submit two copies of the certificate, alongside:

  • A copy of your undergraduate qualification
  • A copy of your academic record translated into either Romanian, English, French, or German (though Romanian is preferred)
  • A certified copy of your birth certificate
  • A medical certificate
  • A certified copy of your passport
  • A language certificate
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs

The time it takes to process your application will vary depending on the institution you apply to. Applications are not generally accepted after the end of July.

Language requirements

Some Romanian Masters programmes are offered in English or other European languages such as French, German or Hungarian. If you are already proficient in one of these – and your course is suitable – you may not need to take an additional language test.

Courses taught in Romanian will require proficiency in that language. You can either demonstrate evidence of this when you apply, or supplement your Masters with preparatory language training.

Candidates who can formally prove that they have studied in Romanian for at least four years consecutively do not need to pass the Romanian language test or complete preparatory training.

Health insurance

If you are under 26 years of age, medical/health insurance is included in your tuition fee. If you are over 26, you must apply for medical/health insurance either before or as soon as you arrive in Romania. It costs around €30 per month for 2-3 months (until you get your residence permit), and €10 per month once you receive your permit.

Masters student visas in Romania

Visa and immigration requirements for Masters study in Romania will depend on your nationality. Romania is an EU member, so if you are from the EU you do not need to apply for a visa to study.

All students will require a residence permit to study in Romania – regardless of whether or not they need a visa.

Who needs a visa to study a Masters in Romania?

Students arriving from the EU countries, the European Economic Area, as well as from Canada, Croatia, Japan, Moldova, South Korea, Switzerland, the USA and Serbia do not need a visa to enter Romania.

All other international students are required to apply for a Romanian student visa prior to arrival.

You should begin this process once you have a letter of acceptance from your university. Visas can take up to two months to process, so you must ensure you apply early for your letter of acceptance.

Applications for a Romanian student visa can be made at your closest Romanian embassy or consulate.

How to apply for a Romanian long stay visa

The embassy in your country of origin should be able to help you with applications, so if you are unsure of any part of the process, contact them directly. They will provide you with an application form. Alongside this, you will need:

  • Your passport (the original and a certified copy).
  • A letter of acceptance. You can apply for this either directly through your university, or request one from the Ministry of Education.
  • Proof of means of financial support, whether from your parents or through a student loan or other funding (cash is not accepted).
  • Proof that you have obtained health insurance for the duration of your visa.
  • Your birth certificate (original and a certified copy).
  • Proof that you have paid at least your first year of tuition (original and photocopy).

Payment must be sent directly to the university as soon as you have received your letter of acceptance.

The length of a long-stay visa is 90 days, thus applying for a residence permit is essential (see below).

Can I work on a student visa?

Yes! You have the right to work during your studies (approximately four hours per day). Work placements may also be available as part of your Masters degree. This is particularly likely in professional and vocational subject areas.

Residence permits

All students regardless of their visa requirements will need to apply for a Permit of Temporary Residence. You must contact the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the area in which you plan to live prior to moving. This is to make sure you will be able to get the temporary residence permit in that area.

Though a temporary residence permit can allow you to stay for longer than 120 days, this will need renewing yearly. You must make sure you apply for your residence permit within 30 days of the expiry date on your visa.

In order to apply, you must provide:

  • Your passport (original and copy)
  • Proof of suitable accommodation
  • Proof of health insurance.

Next steps

So what can you do with your newly acquired degree? Well, you could stay in Romania! According to the European Union regulations, every EU/EEA citizen enjoys the same labour rights as the ones accorded Romanian citizens. This means that if you are an EU/EEA student, you do not need to apply for a work permit.

Citizens outside of these categories can work in Romania only after obtaining a work permit, and will subsequently need a long-stay visa to work, as well as a residence permit.

Having spent two to three years studying in a foreign country, you’ll have skills and experiences that others in your field might not possess. You will be able to enhance your C.V. with the international experiences you’ve acquired. These could include new language and interpersonal skills, and a broadening of your perspectives through experiencing a new culture. Because leadership styles differ from one culture or country to the next, you may also have acquired new means of managing a team, or even running a business.

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Search for a Masters in Romania

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Last updated - 07/02/2018

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