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

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

''Grigore T. Popa'' University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Iasi is one of Romania’s oldest academic institutions. Established in 1879, it bears the name of the world renowned neuro-endocrinologist Grigore T. Popa, while the inaugural lecture was hosted on December 1st, 1879 by the celebrated Dr. Leon Scully. The University itself is comprised of four schools (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Biomedical Engineering) and eight Medical Colleges. Practice and research programs take place in two Medical Clinics. Clinical connections include the St. Spiridon Hospital, the St. Maria Children’s Clinic, the Regional Oncology Institute and the Parhon Hospital, to name but a few. In addition, the Academic Medical Centre consists of 28 laboratories, several auditoriums and a top class library with in excess of 470,000 volumes, including books, dissertations, theses and international scientific magazines and journals. More than 800 renowned professors work at the University, and it offers graduate and postgraduate programs to over 4,000 students and shares academic connections with many other academic universities throughout the world; it organises many international conferences annually.The University has academic connections with world renowned universities including 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. Those seeking a top class medical institution for their studies in Eastern Europe should certainly keep “Gr. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy at the top of their list as it is an institution that enjoys an excellent reputation and provides an excellent medical education. The city of Iasi where the University is based is a wonderful place to base oneself as it’s a city with great cultural elements, the cost of living is low and University tuition fees are very reasonable.

+Study Programmes

The Medicine course lasts for six years and is taught in its entirety in English and adheres to the higher education standards of medical curriculum in Europe. The first academic cycle spans across the opening three years, with a focus on preclinical studies and the related medical fundamentals, theory, assigned independent research and laboratory work. The second cycle over the final three years focuses on clinical education which includes surgical and preventive medicine courses and hospital experience. Every summer, from year one to year five of studies, students are obliged to 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 at least 800 hours practical experience over the duration of five years. During year six, students must write a personal research dissertation on a topic assigned to them by their instructor and can opt for an internship or rotation practice. To finish year six, students must sit the State examination, comprised of three components: a written exam that assesses the student’s medical knowledge, an oral presentation-exam, as well as oral defence of their thesis research, and a clinical case study exam in either internal medicine, surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics or gynaecology. Following successful exam completion, students are awarded a Master’s Degree and the title of "Physician" (MD). The Degree is recognised globally, allowing graduates to practice in any EU member state or country outside the EU. Some graduates continue in Romania with their area of specialisation, while others return to their home country or another location worldwide to seek residence for their practice.
Dentistry is a six year course taught in English and which falls in line with EU Medical curricula guidelines (12 semesters). Courses are segmented into two categories, each with a focus on overall student preparation and professional stream: 62% stomatological courses and 38% medical, surgical and fundamental theory. From year one to year five, students are required to work through summers in university affiliated hospitals, clinics or dentistry offices for a minimum of four weeks (20 days, 8 hours/day = 160 hrs), amounting to at least 800 hours over the span of five years. During year six, students need to cover a collection of integrated courses on complex oral treatment training and practical study and some that are pertinent to special and rare cases. They must also write a dissertation on a topic chosen in conjunction with their instructor. To qualify, students must sit the State written examination that will assess the student’s dental medical knowledge in both practice and procedures. They will also need to partake in a practical examination in four subjects, namely clinical cases, Orthodontics, Dental Prosthetics and Radiology. Finally, students must present their Diploma thesis with a presentation and defence before a board of accomplished Dentists and relevant Professors. Following successful completion of these final year requirements, students are awarded a Master’s Degree and the title of Dentist. Following this, some graduates do continue with their chosen area of specialisation within Romania, due to the availability of state funding and the widespread need for dentists in the country. Dentistry graduates from Romanian Universities include renowned professionals who have contributed substantially to the field, with cutting-edge innovations in Air Abrasion, Braces and Diode Laser treatments.

+Fees - Costs
Programme Programme Starts Annual Fees (£)
Medicine October 4,000
Dentistry October 3,800
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 - 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 - 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 - SS-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 Iaşi'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 calamity. During the 16th 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, Iaşii 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 Iasi 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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