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

  • Guaranteed entry to the university.
  • Tuition fees €5,000 (approx. £4,300) 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 a year.
+Why choose Ovidius University Constanta?
  • Ovidius University Constanta was founded in 1961.
  • It comprises 16 schools, with faculties of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dental Medicine, Economics, Theology, and Literature, and offers more than 35 specialisations.
  • Ovidius University’s Medical School, which was founded in 1990, is one of Romania’s most modern educational facilities.
  • Specialist areas of study require four to seven years to complete. Master’s studies are two to three years in duration, with Doctorial studies taking four years.
  • Courses are taught mostly in English, but students will need a working knowledge of the Romanian language so that they can communicate with patients. Classes are also taught in French.
  • The new campus, which opened in 2008, covers an area of 12 square kilometres, making it the largest in southeast Europe.
  • The university employs more than 700 professors lecturing a culturally diverse student population exceeding 20,000.
  • The library at Ovidius University is among the largest in Romania, housing more than 500,000 volumes of publication.
+What does Ovidius Medical University’s programme involve?
  • The Medicine course at Ovidius University lasts for six years and is taught entirely through English.
  • The programme is divided into two academic cycles of three years each.
  • The first cycle (Years 1-3) will concentrate on preclinical studies and cover the fundamentals, plus theory, assigned independent research and laboratory medical-related work.
  • The second cycle (Years 4-6) 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 ultimate objective 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.
  • At the end of their final years, students will sit an examination divided into three components: written exam, oral presentation-exam and clinical case study exam.
  • Upon successful completion of the course, students are presented with a Master’s degree and 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 due to the country’s low cost of living, while others will either return to their native country or seek to continue their practice elsewhere.
+How much does the programme cost?
ProgrammeProgramme StartsAnnual Fees (£)
MedicineOctober4,300
Living CostsMonthly (£)Annually (£)
Rent (private accommodation)219-2772,628-3,504
Food1831,825
Books-292
Electricity & Gas37355
Water773
TV Cable / Internet15175
Public Transportation15146
Total475-5335,504-6,380
+Admission to Ovidius 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 and chest X-ray, plus chronic or neuropsychological illnesses, contagious diseases or other illnesses incompatible with the medical profession.
  7. Four passport-sized photos.
+Life in Constanta
  • Constanta is Romania’s fifth largest city and has an estimated population of 301,220. It is situated in the southeast of the country, 225km from the capital city of Bucharest.
  • The city was originally known as Tomis going back to the 6th century BC before its rechristening as Constanta in the 4th century AD.
  • It was under Ottoman rule for almost 400 years until its liberation in 1878 during the War of Independence and its harbour suffered heavy bombing during World War II before a decade-long restoration.
  • Modern-day Constanta boasts a beautiful harbour by the Black Sea, a statue of Romanian poet Ovid, several churches, an archaeological park and a 6th-century tower.
+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 rule 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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