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STUDY IN ROMANIA FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS GENERAL INFORMATION AND METHODOLOGY

The Romanian higher education system is structured on 3 levels for undergraduate/postgraduate studies: first cycle (licenţă) corresponding to the Bachelor’s degree, 2nd cycle (master) corresponding to the Master’s degree, 3rd cycle (doctorate) corresponding to Doctor’s degree. The Romanian higher education is administered by the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports (MECTS http://www.edu.ro/). The Division of Cultural, Educational and Scientific Relations (DRCES) of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) cooperates with MEN in organizing educational exchanges and ensuring the foreign citizens the possibility to study in Romania.

I. EU citizens. Foreign citizens from the European Union member states have the right to enroll to studies in Romania under the same conditions as Romanian citizens, directly to the universities, as per the Order of the Ministry of Education.

The documents required for registering to a higher education institution must be translated into Romanian, authenticated to the public notary and the study diplomas must be recognized by the National Centre for Degree Assessment and Academic Recognition (CNRED) http://www.cnred.edu.ro/. Registration and admission exam takes place directly at the chosen faculty, in accordance with its methodology. For the candidates who want to study in Romanian, a Romanian Language Certificate is required. This can be obtained by passing a language test at the Department of Romanian for Foreign Students. Candidates who can prove that they have attended at least 4 years of study in Romanian do not need to pass this language exam. If a candidate cannot speak the language of study, he/she must attend the courses of the Preparatory Year in order to learn Romanian. During the first semester of the Preparatory Year, the students will study Romanian as a foreign language while during the second semester, they will study the Romanian vocabulary specific for the faculty fields where they will continue their studies: technical, mathematics, medicine, economy, law, humanists, agronomy, etc.

II. Non
EU citizens can study in Romania:

1. On their own expense, at Romanian state universities or private Romanian universities in foreign languages (if the chosen university offers this educational option) or in Romanian, with a supplementary preparatory year for learning the language (if the candidate does not speak Romanian already).
Self-Sponsored Students from Pakistan, India, Iran, Malaysia, Algeria and Nigeria

  1. The call for applications to the Ministry of Education, is open from March 1st 2014 until August 31st 2014. The files registered after the deadline (August 31st 2010) will no longer be processed.
  2. Citizens from Algeria, India, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria and Pakistanwill submit their application files exclusively through the Romanian diplomatic missions in the respective countries (embassies, consulates).

Exception to this provision make the citizens from the above countries which are already registered for studies in Romania and who wish to continue their studies at the next level. This category of students will send their application files directly to the Ministry of Education, Research and Innovation (28-30 General Berthelot Str., 010168, Sector 1, Bucharest).

3. The examination of Romanian/ English/ French language skills for foreign students that apply for instruction in one of these languages, without preparatory year, will take place according to the methodology approved by the Institute of Romanian Language. The testing centers and the periods for taking the language exams will be established subsequently. Foreign citizens who can prove with documents that they have studied Romanian for at least four years, or citizens from a country whose official language is the same with the language of instruction required by the applicant will not need to take
this language test).

2. With scholarships:

•     offered through bilateral co-operation agreements in force or through Romanian unilateral offers;
The scholarship schemes offered by the Romanian state in keeping with bilateral documents in force or with unilateral offers made by Romania to other states are administered by the MEN – The General Directorate for International Relations and European Affairs, in keeping with the proposals made by relevant authorities in the state of origin.
•     offered by the Romanian state through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (based on the Government Decision no 288/1993) at Romanian state universities for the academic year 2013- 2014
The Romanian state grants scholarships through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs -Department of Cultural, Educational and Scientific Relations (DRCES) to foreign students, irrespective of their level of study, by means of selection of files organized by MAE and MECTS in keeping with current regulation.
These scholarships apply only to citizens of non-EU states (even if they live in EU member-states).

Scholarships are granted for three categories of students:

  1. for the first cycle (licenta): This scheme is dedicated to graduates of high schools or of equivalent pre-university systems, as well as to candidates who require the recognition of partial studies and the continuation of their studies in Romania. The complete cycle of university studies lasts for 3 to 6 years, according to the specific requirements of the chosen faculty, and ends with a Diploma exam (licenta);
  2. for the 2nd cycle (master): This scheme is dedicated to university graduates/post graduate studies; it lasts for 1.5 to 2 years and ends with a Dissertation exam;
  3. for  the  3rd  cycle    (doctorate)    this    scheme   is    dedicated   to    university graduates/postgraduate studies (i.e. holding a Master’s Degree); it lasts for 3 years, in keeping with the specific requirements of the chosen specialization, and ends with a Doctoral Thesis.

Priority will be given to candidates applying for: political and administrative sciences, education studies, Romanian culture and civilization, journalism, technical studies, oil and gas, agricultural studies, human and veterinary medicine, architecture, art. Requests for other fields will also be taken into account.
In order to promote Romanian language and culture, MEN has decided that the beneficiaries of the offered scholarships should study only in the Romanian language. The candidates who do not know Romanian are offered one supplementary preparatory year to study the language. The selection criteria of the application files, both at MAE and MEN, take into consideration the candidate’s former scholar performances, mentioned in his/her study papers, and in the priority study fields mentioned above.

The scholarship obtained through the selection process offer:

  1. tuition free access to education;
  2. a monthly amount which represents:
  1. the equivalent in Romanian currency of 65 EURO per month, for under-graduate students;
  2. the equivalent in Romanian currency of 75 EURO per month, for post-graduate students (master degrees and specialization);
  3. the equivalent in Romanian currency of 85 EURO per month, for post graduate students (doctor’s degree).

These scholarships do not cover other personal expenses or international and local transport. The candidates must be prepared to support all additional expenses.
The scholarships will be suspended if the student in any education cycle fails a year due to poor results. The scholarship may be resumed in the following academic year, after the student has successfully graduated the failed year. The students who fail an academic year must pay the full study fees. The scholarship can only be received for a number of years corresponding to the respective education cycle.
Depending on availability, the accommodation of foreign scholarship owners will be mainly ensured in university hostels, according to the policy of the respective higher education institution. Accommodation costs are provided for from the state budget, through the budget of MEN.

Enrollment:
The candidates will submit two copies of complete files only to the diplomatic missions of Romania abroad or to the diplomatic missions of their countries of origin accredited to Bucharest. The first file will contain the authorized copies and translations of the requested documents and the second the simple copies thereof.

Any files submitted directly by the candidates to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or to the Division of Cultural, Educational, Scientific Relations of the MAE or to the Ministry of Education.

If the relevant documents are in other foreign languages than English or French, they must be accompanied by authorized translations in one of the following languages: Romanian, English or French.

The file with the original documents presented personally by the successful candidate for the actual enrolment to Romanian higher education institutions must contain all documents accompanied by authorized copies and authorized translations into Romanian language. It is of utmost importance to fill in correctly all forms, stating full name and contact details of each candidate.

Application files for the 2013-2014 academic year must be registered at DRCES/MAE no later than the 15 April 2012, irrespective of the diplomatic missions of origin. In this respect, for the files sent by the Romanian embassies abroad, it is necessary to consult in advance the schedule of the diplomatic courier.

The diplomatic missions receiving the application files must:

  1. check that the MAE and MEN application forms are filled in correctly;
  2. ensure that the applicant keeps a copy of the signed application forms;
  3. send the complete files, containing all documents stipulated in the methodology;
  4. send the graduation diploma or a certificate that the applicant has graduated high school, if applicable, until 1 September 2013;

• send in due time to DRCES the confirmation that the successful candidate will use the scholarship granted by the Romanian state for which he/she applied.
Once the files are registered with MAE-DRCES, they cannot be  completed with other documents, except for the copy of the graduation diploma/certificate in case the candidates attend a terminal year of studies.
Incomplete files are not taken into consideration and will not be submitted to the MAE selection board. Rejected application files are not returned.
DRCES does not receive any application files for the MAE scholarships after the announced deadline. All candidates interested to study in Romania can apply directly to study on their own expenses, by submitting a new file according to the instruction at item I. above.

List of documents necessary for the application file:
1.  Cover letter issued by the diplomatic mission of the country of origin accredited to Bucharest or of the Romanian Embassy in the respective country, containing the following:

  1. Specification  of the   scholarship   scheme  for  which  the   candidate   applies,   i.e. “scholarships offered by the Romanian state through MAE”
  2. The candidate’s full name
  3. Comments on the candidate or his/her activity if the case may be
  4. A list of all documents contained in the file.

2.  The document attesting the last cycle of education graduated (graduation diploma) in authorized copy and authorized translation. In case the candidate is still enrolled in the last year of pre-university studies, the file must contain a certificate and its authorized translation, stating that the respective candidate will have the graduation exam at the end of the 2013 – 2014 academic year, specifying the date when the diploma is issued. In case the file is selected, the candidate must present to the diplomatic mission, until 1 September 2013, the
following:

  1. the confirmation that he/she will use the scholarship
  2. the authorized copy of the graduation diploma and its authorized translation, or, as the case may be, the copy of the certificate attesting that he/she has graduated, mentioning the date the diploma will be issued.

The original diploma or the original certificate will have to be produced together with all original documents when the candidate enrolls personally in the Romanian system of education. The candidates who choose the post-university study schemes must submit all the diplomas and study certificates previously obtained.

3.  Diploma supplement transcript (authorized copy and authorized translation):
Graduates of the pre-university system applying to study in the Romanian higher education system will produce the authorized copy of the Diploma Supplement transcript of the last school cycle, i.e. high school or the equivalent thereof. The candidate in the last year of study will produce the transcript of the previous years and for the first part of the 2013-2014 academic year.

In the case of candidates requiring recognition of partial studies (intermediate year) and the continuation of studies in Romania, the transcript of records must be accompanied by the authorized copy of the curriculum and its authorized translation for the partial studies performed so far.

Graduate candidates applying for postgraduate studies must produce authorized copies of all study documents at all university levels, Transcript of records / diploma supplement included.

  1. Birth certificate authorized copy and authorized translation.
  2. Passport – authorized copy.
  3. Medical certificate attesting that applicant is not affected by any transmissible disease or by illnesses incompatible with the future profession.
  4. A dully filled in MAE application form for a scholarship to study in Romania.
  5. MEN application form for the Letter of Acceptance to study in Romania. In case the applicant’s file is selected by the MAE and the MEN selection boards, MEN issues and sends to the applicant the Letter of Acceptance to study in the Romanian system of education, based on this application form dully filled in. The Letter of Acceptance is sent to the candidate through MAE-DRCES and must be produced upon registration at the university and when applying for the long stay visa.
  6. The candidate’s CV and 4 recent photos.

Evaluation and Letters of Acceptance:
Application files will be thoroughly checked by DRCES and will be submitted to MAE and MEN selection boards. They will approve the list of accepted candidates, in accordance to the number of available scholarships, as well as a waiting list, in case some of the successful candidates give up the scholarship.

MAE selection board will meet between 1 and 15 May 2012. The files accepted by MAE selection board will be sent to MEN board. After its own analysis and selection, this board will issue a Letter of Acceptance to study in Romania, mentioning also the supplementary preparatory year compulsory for learning the Romanian language.

In case the candidate does not specify two options and the chosen university cannot offer a place, MEN may make another offer of university (same faculty), according to the availabilities of the Romanian higher education institutions. If the letter of acceptance to study in Romania contains another equivalent offer, the candidates are free to reject it, in which case they can apply to study in Romania on their own expenses, in keeping with item I above.

The candidate will receive the original Letter of Acceptance to study in Romania from the diplomatic mission that submitted the file to MAE-DRCES, approximately between 1 and 15 of July 2013.

Until 1 September 2013, the diplomatic missions that submitted the candidates’ application files have to send to DRCES (by fax or e-mail):

  1. the confirmation of each candidate’s decision to use the scholarship granted by the Romanian state through MAE for which he/she has applied;
  2. where applicable, the copy of the diploma or of the authorized copy of the graduation diploma or of the certificate attesting that the applicant has graduated the respective education cycle, mentioning the date when the proper graduation diploma is issued.

If the diplomatic mission does not send out the applicant’s confirmation or if the file remains incomplete, the selection boards considers that the scholarship has been refused and it is automatically passed on to the next candidate on the waiting list.
The accepted candidates must come personally to register at the Romanian Ministry of Education, Department of International Students (General Berthelot Street No. 28), until 1 October 2013.  They will have to present a file containing the following:

  1. all original documents from the application file
  2. Letter of Acceptance to study (original and copy).
  3. Passport (original and copy) containing a valid study long stay SD visa.

The scholarship holders will receive a Minister’s Matriculation Order to be presented upon registration at the university, together with the above-mentioned documents. Where teaching is offered only in Romanian, a supplementary preparatory year for learning the language will be required.

II. Romanian citizens living abroad, who want to complete their education with scholarships in a Romanian university, can apply to the Department      for        Romanians Abroad (DRP)http://www.mae.ro/index.php?unde=doc&id=29228 and MEN. DRP scholarships are meant to support studies in Romania, to promote Romanian language, culture and civilization, to specialize young Romanians living abroad in their profession, as well as to sustain research on current topics such as the state, the dynamic and the evolution of the Romanian communities abroad.

Romanian citizens living abroad can study without DRP scholarship by applying directly to the chosen university with an admission exam (selection of files or written exam). Studies are to be performed under the same conditions applied to other Romanian citizens: without paying the fees, if they qualify for budgeted places or by paying the same fees as other Romanian citizens.

IV.   Citizens   from   the   Republic   of   Moldova,   citizens   of Romanian ethnic origin from neighbouring countries and Diaspora.
The methodology for the citizens from the Republic of Moldova, Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine and Hungary, as well as for the citizens of Romanian ethnic origin living abroad is posted on the website of the Ministry of Education, (www.edu.ro) towards the end of May, beginning of June every year. Universities will also post the information as soon as they receive it. Candidates are kindly asked to wait until the information is published / posted.
Citizens from the above-mentioned countries have the following admission options:

1. Bachelor Studies:
1. Candidates with a high school diploma from the Republic of Moldova

  1. can apply for a Romanian state scholarship according to the regulations comprised in the Methodology.
  2. can take the admission exam and enroll directly at a chosen faculty, provided they have previously had their High School Diploma recognized by the Romanian Ministry of Education (http://www.cnred.edu.ro ). In this case, they will pay the same tuition fees as Romanian citizens.

2. Candidates with a Romanian high school diploma
can apply directly at the chosen faculty and take the admission exam in the session organized in July in order to get a financed place (within the limits of the scholarship number offered by the Ministry);
can apply directly at the chosen faculty in the session organized in September as well, in which case they will have to pay the tuition fees on a yearly base. Tuition fees are the same as for Romanian citizens.

2. Master’s Studies:
Citizens of Romanian ethnic origin from the Republic of Moldova, Romania’s neighboring countries and the Diaspora can apply and enroll directly at the chosen university / faculty, provided they have previously had their study certificates recognized by the Romanian Ministry of Education – National Council for Degree Assessment and Academic Recognition (CNRED http://www.cnred.edu.ro)

3. Doctoral Studies:
Citizens from the Republic of Moldova follow the same admission procedures as Romanian students. For a list of required documents, please refer to the Methodology.

Useful documents
Application for The Issuance of Letter of Acceptance to Studies
Application for Recognition Required for Acceptance to Studies
Registration EU citizens
Registration of non EU citizens

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