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Why Study Medicine in English at Arad University (Medical School)?

  • Guaranteed entry to the university.
  • Tuition fees £4,000 (€5,000) for the year.
  • Entry is in October.
  • The university is accredited by the GMC and no PLAB test is required.
  • Low cost of living – approximately £5,900 (€7,975) a year.
+Why choose the Western University of Arad?
  • The university is quite modern, having been founded as recently as 1990.
  • It is named after Vasile Goldis, a teacher and politician with a prominent role in Romanian history, having been an important figure in the merging of Transylvania with Romania in 1918.
  • The university offers studies in six faculties (Law, Economics, Medicine-Pharmacy-Dentistry, Humanities, Psychology, Natural Sciences-Engineering) at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate levels, with more than 20,000 students enrolled.
  • Its medicine and dentistry courses are six years in duration and can be completed through English, French or Romanian.
  • The university boasts several state-of-the-art 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.
  • These libraries contain more than one million scientific volumes across a broad spectrum of disciplines.
+What does Arad University’s Medical programme involve?
  • The Medicine course lasts for six years and is taught entirely through English.
  • The programme is divided into two academic cycles, each of which is three years in duration.
  • The first cycle (Years 1-3) will concentrate on preclinical studies and cover the fundamentals, plus theory, assigned independent research and laboratory work.
  • The second cycle (Years 4-6)also focuses on clinical education, which includes surgical and preventive medicine courses and hospital experience.
  • In each summer from Years 1-5, students must complete work placement in university-affiliated hospitals, medical centres or clinics.
  • Students are required to obtain a minimum of four weeks’ work placement per year (divided into 20 eight-hour days), with the end goal of obtaining 800 hours of hands-on experience across their five years of work placement.
  • In their final year, students must complete a dissertation based upon personal research on a topic assigned in conjunction with their instructor.
  • Final year concludes with an examination divided into three components: written exam, oral presentation-exam and clinical case study exam.
  • When students successfully complete the course, they will be presented with a Master’s degree and will be granted the title of Physician (MD).
  • The degree is fully recognised worldwide, enabling graduates to practice in any EU member state or any country outside the EU.
  • Some students will remain in Romania to pursue their chosen area of medical specialisation, while others will either return to their native country or seek to secure a residence for practice in another country.
+How much does the programme cost?
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
+Admission to Arad University

Applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  1. Completed application form
  2. The Baccalaureate diploma or an equivalent copy and authenticated translation in Romanian in two copies (translated if the original is in a language other than English or French) and transcripts of records/diploma supplement (copy).
  3. Transcripts of records in recognition of previous university studies.
  4. Copy of valid passport (pages 1-4) or an official valid form of identification.
  5. Birth certificate (two submissions required: one copy and one authenticated translation).
  6. Medical certificate containing HIV and VDRL medical tests, plus chronic or neuropsychological illnesses, contagious diseases or other illnesses incompatible with the medical profession.
  7. 4 passport -size photos.
  8. Curriculum vitae.
+Life in Arad
  • Arad is Romania’s 13th-largest city and has a population of 148,000. It is the capital of Arad County and is situated in the west of the country.
  • The city experienced significant economic development during the 19th century, based on its industry and commercial tradition, and it is now considered one of Romania’s most prosperous cities.
  • Arad boasts a wide variety of monuments, statues, theatres, churches and palaces of great archaeological and historical importance.
  • Its cultural importance to Romania is best illustrated by the Arad State Theatre’s annual hosting of the Classic Theatre Festival.
+Life in Romania
  • Romania is a country in the southeast of Europe with an estimated population of 19 million. Its capital city is Bucharest, which has a population of 1.7 million.
  • The country was under Communist influence between 1944 and 1989, when it declared itself a free democracy and began to rebuild its economy.
  • Since joining the EU in 2007, Romania has become a highly modernised country, with a standard of living to match that of most other EU member states. It is also a multicultural nation with a diverse mixture of religions.
  • The cost of living in Romania is quite low, making it a very attractive nation for university students not just from Romania, but all around the world.
  • Romanian universities are regarded as among the best in Europe, attracting thousands of international students.

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