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Study Dentistry in English or French at Gr Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy - Iasi (Dental School)

  • Guaranteed Entry
  • No entrance examination
  • Tuition fees £4,000 (€5,000) per annum
  • Entry in October
  • GDC Accredited - no ORE test required (not affected by BREXIT)
  • Low cost of living, approximately £5,900 (€7,975) a year

Founded in 1879,"Grigore T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy located in Iasi is one of Romania’s oldest educational institutions. It bears the name of the world famous neuro-endocrinologist Grigore T. Popa. The inaugural lecture at the University was held on December 1, 1879 by the famous Dr. Leon Scully. The University itself is made up of four schools (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Biomedical Engineering) and eight Medical Colleges. Practice and medical research study programs take place in two Medical Clinics. Clinical affiliations include the St. Spiridon Hospital, the St. Maria Children's Clinic, the Regional Oncology Institute and the Parhon Hospital, to name just some. The Academic Medical Centreon the campus comprises of 28 laboratories, a number of specialised auditoriums and a high quality library which holds over 470,000 volumes of books, dissertations, theses and international scientific magazines and journals. More than 800 renowned professors work at the University which offers graduate and postgraduate programs to in excess of 4,000 students. It is affiliated with many other internationally renowned educational institutions such as the University of Freiburg in Germany, the Universities of Lyon, Amiens, Nancy and Louvain in France and the universities of Torino and Parma in Italy. The city of Iasi is of great historical importance making it a wonderful city to live and study in not to mention the fact that the cost of living in this area is low making tuition fees and day to day expenses very reasonable. The University is an institution that has proven its quality throughout the decades and as a result enjoys a good reputation for its medical graduates and staff all over the world.

+Study Programme

This Dentistry course is a 6-year programme in line with EU Medical curricula guidelines and is taught over 12 semesters and is offered entirely in English. The course is categorised for student preparation and professional activities with 62% stomatological courses and 38% medical, surgical and fundamental theory. From year one until year five of studies, students are obliged to work in university affiliated hospitals, clinics or dentistry offices as part of their summer practice training for a minimum of 4 weeks (20 days, 8 hours/day = 160 hrs), amounting to at least 800 practical hours over the course of five years. In year six, students are required to cover a number of integrated courses on complex oral treatment training and practical study including some that are relevant to special and rare cases. A dissertation on a topic chosen with an instructor is also required of the dentistry student. A State written exam occurs at the culmination of the course which the student must pass successfully in order to gain their qualification. This will assess students’ knowledge in dental medicine, practice and procedures, and a practical examination in four subjects, namely Clinical cases, Orthodontics, Dental Prosthetics and Radiology. Furthermore, the student must make a Diploma thesis presentation and defence before a board of accomplished Dentists and his or her Professors. Upon successful completion of all these requirements, students are awarded a Master 's Degree and the title of Dentist. Sometimes graduates choose to continue with their specialisation in Romania because of the existence of state funding and also the demand for dentists’ services in the country. Romania a now a global leader in the area of Dentistry with dentistry graduates from

+Fees - Costs
Programme Programme Starts Annual Fees (£)
Dentistry 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

There is no entrance examination and applicants have to 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's copy and authenticated translation in two copies
  6. Medical certificate containing:
    1. proof of vaccination against hepatitis B
    2. any chronic diseases
    3. psychological assessment
  7. 4 passport -size photos
  8. Additional documents from the applicants of the below countries:
    • Brazil – Vestibular
    • Chile - 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 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.

Iasi is the second biggest city in Romania with an estimated population of 343,000 people. It lays in the Northeast of the country, 325 km from Bucharest, Romania’s capital, between the Iași Ridge and the Jijia Plain. The area surrounding Iaşi is very fertile, consisting of valleys, vineyards and lush forests.

Although the city’s name is first mentioned in the early 15th century, there is plenty of evidence pointing to Iasi's existence long before this time. In the 16th century it became the capital of Moldavia. Some of the most notable events which comprise the city's history include a series of regrettable calamities. During the 16th century it was burnt down twice by the Tatars (1513) and the Ottomans (1538), and once again razed to the ground in the 17th century by Russian troops (1686). In the teeth of turmoil and war-embroiled history, it remained the capital of Moldavia throughout the first half of the 19th century whereupon it became the capital of Romania during WWI. During WWII, the Jewish community of the city was nearly exterminated, with but a hundred Jews surviving the massacre. In 1944, Iaşi was incorporated in the Soviet Union, following severe conflict between the Germans and the Soviets. It was perhaps only after the 1950s that it enjoyed a long steady period of peace which led to the several waves of heavy industrialization that, in turn, transpired to its present day prosperity.

Unfortunately, during the Communist era many ornate traditional buildings that would have otherwise been emblematic of the city's splendor were demolished for the sake of contemporaneous aesthetics adhering to the architectural modus. Be that as it may, its long history has still bequeathed Iaşi with marvelous and significant buildings, statues and monuments, besides citadels and churches scattered about the immediate vicinity. The Alexandru Ioan Cuza University (1897), the Vasile Alecsandri National Theatre (late 19th century) and the Roznovanu Palace (18th century), all ought to be on the itinerary of places to visit. In addition, there are several churches worth mentioning, most commendable of which is the Trei Ierarhi Monastery (17th century), where the relics of St. Paraschiva are kept, the Metropolitan Cathedral (19th century) and the Old Catholic Cathedral (18th century). Other important sights include the Romanian Literature Museum, the Botanical Garden and the Great Railway Station.


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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