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Study Medicine in English at Arad University (Medical School)

  • Guaranteed Entry
  • Sit for a basic Biology test
  • Tuition fees £4,000 (€5,000) per annum
  • Entry in October
  • GMC Accredited - no PLAB test required (not affected by BREXIT)
  • Low cost of living, approximately £5,900 (€7,975) a year

The Western University of Arad, Romania was founded in 1990. It is named after Vasile Goldis, a famous and important Romanian historical figure. Goldis was a teacher, a politician, a member of the Romanian Academy and an important figure in what led to the merging of Transylvania with Romania in 1918. The University is a privately administered and offers studies in six faculties (Law, Economics, Medicine-Pharmacy-Dentistry, Humanities, Psychology, Natural Sciences-Engineering), at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate levels. Currently, there are more than 20,000 students attending the University, making it one of the most fertile academic grounds in Eastern Europe. Medicine and Dentistry courses which last for a duration of six years can be completed in English, Frenchor Romanian. Course content is made up of academic lectures combined with practical training. The practical and research segments of course work occur in the Academic Clinics including: the Clinical Emergency County Hospital, the Clinical City Hospital, the Obstetrics-Gynecology Clinic "Salvator Vuia", the ENT Clinic, the Dermatology Clinic and the Psychiatry Clinic, among others. Furthermore, the University is affiliated with a number of laboratories where the students can practice their research skills. The University has its own state of the art series of libraries, including the“Tudor Arghezi Library”, the “Library of Humanitarian Studies”, the “Library of Economic Studies”, the “Library of Medical Clinic”, the “Journal Library” and the “Centre of Socodor Environment Monitoring Library”. They contain a wide range and number of scientific volumes (according to its official site, exceeding 1,000,000). The database of the library includes the general catalogue, the thematic catalogue of the diploma papers and the journal catalogue.

+Study Programme

The Medicine course lasts for six years and is exclusively taught in the English language. The curriculum follows higher education European standards and is arranged to cover two academic cycles. The first occurs over the first three years, and focuses on preclinical studies and covers the fundamentals, theory, assigned independent research and laboratory work. The second cycle which is over the duration of the final three years, also focuses on clinical education which includes surgical and preventive medicine courses and hospital experience. Each summer, from year one to year five, students must complete work placement in university affiliated hospitals, medical centres or clinics. This commitment lasts for a minimum of four weeks per year (20 days, 8 hours/day = 160 hrs), amounting to at least 800 hours over the course of five years. During year six, students have to complete a dissertation based on personal research on a topic assigned in conjunction with their instructor and can opt for an internship or rotation practice. A State exam occurs at the end of year six which has three components: a written exam that assesses the student's medical knowledge, an oral presentation-exam, a thesis defence, and a clinical case study exam in either internal medicine, surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics or gynaecology. Upon the successful completion of the exam, students are granted the award of Master's Degree and the title of "Physician" (MD). The Degree is fully recognised all over the world which allows graduates to practice in any European member state or country outside the EU. Some graduates opt to continue in Romania with their chosen area of medical specialisation, while other students return to their home country or go to another country in an attempt to secure residence for their practice.

+Fees - Costs
Programme Programme Starts Annual Fees (£)
Medicine October 4,000
Living Costs Monthly (£) Annually (£)
Rent (private accommodation) 219-277 2,628-3,504
Food 183 1,825
Books - 292
Electricity & Gas 37 355
Water 7 73
TV Cable / Internet 15 175
Public Transportation 15 146
Total 475-533 5,504-6,380

Candidates have to sit for a basic english entry test and submit the below documents:

  1. Application
  2. The Baccalaureate diploma or an equivalent copy and authenticated translation in Romanian in two copies (translated if the original is in another language than English or French) and transcripts of records / diploma supplement (copy)
  3. For transfer of applicants: transcript of records and syllabus of the university, for the recognition of previous studies
  4. Copy of valid passport pages 1,2,3,4 or an official valid ID
  5. Birth certificate - copy and authenticated translation in two copies
  6. Medical certificate containing:
    1. HIV and VDRL medical tets
    2. chronic or neuropsychological illnesses, contagious diseases or other illnesses not compatible with the future profession
  7. 4 passport -size photos
  8. CV
  9. Additional documents from the applicants of the below countries:
    • Brazil - Vestibular
    • Chile - Prueba de selección universitaria
    • China - Chinese National University Entrance Examination (Gao Kao)
    • Cyprus –Hyperesia exetaseis (average 10) or Öğrenci Seçme Sınavı
    • Columbia -Examen del estado
    • Greece -Panelladikes exetaseis (for general lyceum)–average 10
    • Iran -Peeshdaneshgahe (Pre-University diploma)
    • Japan - Senta shiken
    • Republic of Moldova–certificate of authenticy from the Ministry of Education of Republic of Moldova, for diplomas issued before 2008
    • New Guinea-one-year foundation course
    • Peru - Curso preparatorio
    • Portugal- Provas de Ingreso (average 9,5)
    • Spain - "Pruebas de Aptitud para el Acceso a la Universidad, calificación Apto"
    • Sweden –certificate from Verket för högskoleservice regarding access to HE studies
    • Turkey -ÖSS-Öğrenci Seçme Sınavı
    • U.S.A.- SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) or ACT (American CollegeTesting)
    • Venezuela - Prueba de Aptitud Academica



  1. Documents in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by a certified translation in Romanian
  2. Diplomas of applicants issued in Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Cyprus should bear the Hague Convention Apostille
  3. Diplomas issued in countries which are not part to the Haga Convention must be authenticated by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the issuing country, and the Embassy of Romania in that country.

Arad is the thirteenth biggest city in Romania and the third largest city in the western part of the country, with an estimated population of 148,000 people. It is the capital of Arad County.

Arad is first mentioned in the early 11th century (1028 AD). Following the settlement of the first Jews during the 18th century, the Jewish community of Arad numbered more than 10,000 just before WWII, which regrettably was to be decimated. During the 19th century, the city underwent significant economic development, based on its industry and its commercial tradition. Today, Arad is considered to be one of the most prosperous cities in Romania.

Arad contains a great number of monuments, statues and churches that are of great archaeological and historical importance. Monuments include several palaces, the statue of St. John of Nepomuk (1729 AD), the monument of the Holy Trinity (1746 AD), the busts of Vasile Goldis and of Moise Nicoara, the statue of Liberty (1890 AD), the so called “House of Cannon Balls” (1800 AD), the old theatre (1817 AD) and the Water Tower (1896 AD). Important churches include the St. Peter and Paul's Church (1698-1702 AD), the St. Simon Monastery (1762 AD) and the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (1862-5 AD).  Finally, Arad has a significant cultural presence in Romania, as it is home to the annual Classical Theatre Festival that takes place in the illustrious Arad State Theatre.


Romania is a country in the Southeast of Europe. It borders Ukraine and Moldova to the northeast and east, Hungary and Serbia to the west and Bulgaria to the south. It is the eighth largest country of the European Union, while its capital, Bucharest, is the tenth largest city of the EU. Romania has an estimated population 19,000,000 people, while Bucharest's population is estimated at 1,700,000 people. The official language of the country is Romanian. There is no official religion, although the vast majority of its population identify themselves as Orthodox Christians. Religious minorities include Catholics and Protestants. The population consists mainly of Romanians (88%). Additionally, there is a Hungarian minority (6%), and a Roma minority (3%).

Romania boasts significant paleontological findings, among which what could well be the oldest relics of modern man in Europe. In more recent times, the vicinity of Romania was reigned by two disparate Principalities, Moldavia and Wallachia, which were to unite in 1859 under Alexander Ioan Cuza, former Princeps (prince) of this union. These two Principalities played a pivotal role in the events that transpired during WWI and the economic development of the region. During the WWII, Romania supported the Axis. However, by 1944, after the fall of the military regime of General Antonescu, Romania forthrightly joined the Allies. With the eventuation of the war, and until 1989, state affairs brought Romania under Communist intendance. But a few decades ago, it declared itself a free Democracy, thereafter enabling it to enter the global economy steadfast.

Due to its eventful history, Romania has numerous significant sights, abounding in war monuments, sculptures and religious edifices, be they remnants of the distant past or present day structures. Many of its cities, first and foremost Iasi and Constanta, are well worth visiting. After the fall of Communism, Romania has swiftly became modernized coping with European standards enjoyed in other EU member states. The cost of living in Romania is notably cheap, making study at its famous Universities most appealing to students from all over Europe and the world. Indeed, today there are thousands of international students visiting Romania in order to pursue their studies, aptly granting Romanian Universities a well-deserved position among the best of Europe.

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