The application procedure step by step
A. For non-EU/EEA/CH students
Step 1 – Choose your programme and university
Step 2 – Contact the university of choice and apply for your desired higher education programme
- The university will ask you for various documents and among those you will have to fill in the letter of acceptance form.
- Send the documents to the admissions office of the university / faculty concerned. Typically, after 15 days, you should receive a preliminary decision regarding admission.
- Each higher education institution will submit the application file for admission to studies in Romania to the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research (the minimum period of processing the application is 30 days, up to 60 days). If a positive decision is reached by the Ministry, a "Letter of Acceptance" is issued and sent to the higher education institution and by case at the diplomatic mission.
- Should the institution you've applied for, cannot honor your request, the Ministry of Education can suggest another university according to your profile, preferences and availabilities at the moment.
Step 3 - Meet the requirements
Once you have received the university letter of acceptance:
- Create the admission application dossier by certifying / legalizing prior diplomas / documents from the relevant authorities; - Apply for student visa in your country of origin at the diplomatic mission;
- Proof of financial means (at least 2,000 Euros in your bank account, in travellers' checks or in cash);
consecutively years, you do not need to pass the Romanian language test or to attend the preparatory year;
- Proof of accommodation – if needed, universities can issue a "Letter of Accommodation" in which it is stated that you have reserved accommodation within the university campus;
- Health insurance – if you are under 26 years old, health insurance is covered by the university and provides full heath care benefits within the Romanian public insurance system. If your age is over 26 years, you must pay a monthly health insurance fee (49 lei / month). Note that you must register with a general physician (family doctor), who provides basic consults and can refer you to specialists if needed.
Step 4 – Organise your finances
- Inform yourself of the tuition fee of your university, as well as the costs of living (see the Cost of living section on this website), so as to be able to financially plan for your stay in Romania.
Step 5 – Find accommodation
- Before you arrive in Romania we recommend finding accommodation. The following options are available: on Campus or private, make sure you visit the Accommodation Section.
Step 6 – Enter and live in Romania
- Border control in airports is very strict: a visa check and possible questions in income and accommodation in Romania. Please double check the date of the academic year compared to the arrival date, in order to avoid any problems caused by the late arrival pattern. If this situation occurs, it is necessary to contact your host higher education institution one more time in order to obtain an extension of the registration date.
- The requirements to get through the passport control at the arrival in Romania
Step 7 – Enrol at university
Upon arrival, you are expected to visit the dedicated international student registration service of the university in order to finalise the registration process. This usually involves checking the study visa, original certificates and certified translations, providing a proof of payment of the registration fee, etc. After 3 - 7 days, the university issues a document confirming that you were registered and you paid the tuition fee for the respective year of study.
From that moment onwards, you are considered to be part of the academic community with all the rights and obligations stated in the student contract, as well as the Code of Student Rights.
After registration is confirmed and if university accommodation is provided, you will have to go to the housing department, pay the tax to the campus housing, sign the housing contract and can then be accommodated in a room which usually hosts 2 to 4 persons.
Step 8 – Take care of formalities
Under 90 days, you must report to the immigration services for the registration to obtain the residence card.
In order to obtain the residence card, a file must be prepared and consists of:
• Application / Travel documents/ photos / entry visa in Romania (for those who need it)
• The letter issued by the university and to the Director of the Immigration Police
• The rental agreement / lease (covering the entire period of the current year of study) / notaries declaration (the case of residence in a host family)
• Financial guarantees for one year: bank statement (minimum 2,000 Euros) or equivalent.
• Medical certificate
• Insurance Payment Proof (for students aged 26 and over)
• Proof of payment of the residence card tax
B. Admission requirements for EU students
The citizens from EU countries candidate for admission in the Romanian educational system under the same conditions as the Romanian citizens and they are subject to the same tuition fees as the Romanian students.
The citizens from EU countries who wish to study in the Romanian educational institutions must:
a) Have the documents proving the citizenship of the respective state;
b) Have the necessary qualification, attested by educational documents;
c) Have the necessary educational documents for EU students, when applying in Romania, which are:
The methodology of the admission is set by individual Romanian educational institutions, and more information can be received from the respective programme administrators.
Before applying, the recognition of the studies have to be provided by the National Center of Recognition and Equivalence of Diplomas (CNRED) of the Ministry of Education and Research, according to the described procedures you can find here - https://cnred.edu.ro/en.
The admission examination can be organized in the Romanian language, in a national minority language or in a widespread international language, according to the language in which the certain educational program is accredited to function.
When applying for an educational program in the Romanian language, the foreign citizens have the obligation to present a Romanian language certificate. The same condition is also imposed in case of student transfer.
EU citizens are eligible for full coverage of the costs of their education by the Romanian state, should they qualify for one of the state-subsidized study places. This requires having a dossier ranked above the state-funding threshold when measured against other applicants. A candidate declared admitted can benefit from state funding only once for each of the three cycles of higher education. Students who are not eligible for state funding will have to pay a tuition fee which normally ranges from 400 to 2000 Euros per academic year. They are, however, eligible to receive state funding (which amounts to a full fee waiver) based on academic merit, social situation or other criteria as determined by institutional policy.