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Study Medicine in English at Ovidius Constanta University (Medical School)

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

Founded in 1961, Ovidius University Constanta is a public education institution in Constanta, Romania. It is made up of sixteen schools, and has faculties of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dental Medicine, Economics, Theology, and Literature, and it offers in excess of thirty-five specialisations. The Medical School was founded in 1990 and is one of the newest and most state of the art schools in all of Romania. Postgraduate specialisation choices include Morphopathology, General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Orthopedics, Gastroenterology, Radiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Oncology, Neurology, Urology, Obstetrics-Gynecology, Paediatrics, Paediatric Surgery, Ophthalmology, Epidemiology, Orthodontics, Psychiatry, General Dentistry, Clinical Genetics, and General Medicine. Students wishing to enrol in specialised areas of study should expect it to require four to seven years, as it is an intensive program. Masters studies can last from two to three years while Doctoral studies take four years. Taught courses are predominantly conducted in English, but students do need to have some knowledge of the Romanian language in order to communicate with patients they encounter as part of their studies. Classes are also taught in French. A new campus was opened in 2008 by the President of Romania which made the campus the biggest in Southeast Europe, since it covers an area of over 12,000 sq. m. The University employs over 700 highly regarded professors, who teach over 20,000 students, both local and foreign making the University a unique multicultural place of study. The University houses one of the biggest libraries in Romania, with over 500,000 volumes of publications available to students.

+Study Programme

The Medicine course at Ovidius University is a six year course, taught totally through English with the curriculum strongly adhering to higher education and academic European standards. The first academic cycle of the programme spans across the first three years, and focuses on preclinical studies and also covers the fundamentals, theory, assigned independent research and laboratory medical related work. The second academic cycle, covering the final three years focuses on clinical education including surgical and preventive medicine courses and hospital experience. From the first to the fifth year of studies,students must cover summer scheduled work in university affiliated hospitals, medical centres or clinics for a minimum of four weeks per year (20 days, 8 hours/day = 160 hrs), amounting to a minimum 800 hours over the duration of five years. For sixth year, students must write a research based dissertation covering a topic assigned by their instructor and can also opt for an internship or rotation practice. Following this and also in order to complete their course work, students must sit a State exam, comprising of three parts: a written exam to assess the student's medical knowledge, an oral presentation-exam, as well as a thesis defence, and a clinical case study exam in either internal medicine, surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics or gynaecology. If students successfully pass their exams and meet the other course requirements, they are awarded a Master's Degree and the title of "Physician" (MD). This Degree is recognised on a global basis allowing the graduate to practice medicine in any EU state or beyond. Some medical graduates actually go on to complete their area of specialisation in Romania due to the existence of low tuition fees and a low cost of living in the country.

+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
+Admission

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 (test B) medical tets, and chest X-ray
    2. chronic or neuropsychological illnesses, contagious diseases or other illnesses not compatible with the future profession
  7. 4 passport -size photos
  8. 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

 

Notes:

  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.
+City

Constanta is the fifth biggest city of Romania, with an estimated population of 301,220 inhabitants. It is located in the Southeast of the country, 225 km from the capital of Romania, Bucharest, and constitutes the country's greatest harbor on the shore of the Black Sea.

The city's history goes back to the 6th century BC. Its first name was“Tomis”, possibly deriving from the Greek word meaning “incision”. According to an ancient tale, it was founded by Aeëtes, the mythical king of Colchis, father of Medea. In the Roman period, Constanţa was known as “Limes Scythicus” or “The Scythian Port”. Its modern name was given by Constantia, the half-sister of byzantine emperor Constantine the Great (4th century AD). However, the name “Constanţa” makes its first appearance in medieval monastic manuscripts much later, in the 10th century AD. Constanţa fell under Ottoman rule in the early 15th century and was not freed until 1878, the year of the Romanian war of independence. During WWI, Constanţa was occupied by the Central Powers until its liberation in 1918. In WWII, the city’s harbor suffered such heavy damage by the Allies that it took almost a decade for it to be completely restored.

Constanţa’s main sights include the statue of Roman poet Ovid, who was exiled there by emperor Augustus(Octavian) in the 1st century AD, several churches, such as St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, the so-called “Lion House”, built in the 19th century, the Great Mahmudiye Mosque, erected in 1910, the Casino, and the Archeological Park, which houses fragments of late antiquity buildings as well as a 6th century tower, all of which make for a memorable experience.

+Country

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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