Romania is the sixth most populous country in the EU. Situated on the shores of the black sea, and bordering Ukraine, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Serbia, it boasts both sea and ski resorts as well as hundreds of years of cultural history. There are nine medical schools in Romania that offer courses in English, providing lots of choice for potential applicants. Between them, they accept 1,100 medical students onto their English courses per year. Fees are low; around 5,000 Euros/yr, making Romania a financially economical place to study Medicine.
All the Medicine courses offered in Romania are 6-year programmes, each of which features three pre-clinical years and three clinical/internship years. Graduate and undergraduate applicants apply to the same course in each of the Romanian medical schools, with some offering an advantage to students who have completed a degree in a health-related field.
All of the Romanian medical schools offer 6-year programmes in Medicine, and all favour a traditional approach with three years of pre-clinical study and three years of clinical placements. There is also the opportunity to take early clinical placements over the summer holidays in several of the schools. Romanian medical schools ensure all graduates have a good grounding in the biomedical sciences through lectures and small group sessions, as well as providing clinical experience in the later years.
All nine of the universities provide teaching in the Romanian language in the early years, which is vital for the students as they progress towards the clinical years where patient interactions become more frequent.
Each university has different academic requirements and selection procedures. As a general rule, they tend to have either no minimum requirements or relatively low requirements (e.g. BB at Vasile Goldis), but then reward students with higher grades during the selection process. This makes it hard to predict what grades will be required to be successful in each admission cycle.
All but three of the Romanian medical schools require candidates to sit an exam prior to admission. These are unique to each university. All are conducted in English. Three of the schools (Carol Davila, Oradea, and Craiova) have exams to test applicants English ability only, while two (Victor Babes and Ovidius) assess candidates on the English abilities as well as their scientific knowledge. Only one, Vasile Goldis, assesses candidates purely on their scientific knowledge.
Medical student's opinions
Several students say that the input and engagement from the faculty is one of the best parts of studying in Romania. They also celebrate the diversity of the student bodies, providing exposure to a range of cultures that they may not otherwise have encountered. Students also report a strong affection for the cities in which the universities exist, and feel there is a good atmosphere and range of things for students to do. While some feel that their teachers may not have a perfect grasp of the English language, or that the courses are well organised, most would recommend their medical school to a peer. If you are interested in learning more about studying abroad view our guidebook "Get into Medical School Eastern Europe, Ireland & Italy".