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Romanian higher academic institutions enjoy a well-deserved international reputation for providing high quality medical education and research programmes. The programmes of Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary studies of Romanian Universities, with which Study Medicine Europe is affiliated, are part of Europe's most celebrated Medical Colleges and Universities. Besides lectures, taught courses and research assignments taught by renowned professors, students have the opportunity to work in teams with internationally acclaimed scientists, either in laboratories or at clinics and university-affiliated hospitals. What is more, Romanian University professors, be they tenured, adjunct or associates, rank among the best in the Balkans, if not in Europe, the vast majority of whom have a massive list of publications in international journals under their belt and are the recipients of numerous scientific awards. In tandem with regular courses, there are also distant-learning programs, as well as part-time study courses and internships. In addition, there also is a Student Exchange program for those wishing to continue their studies in Romania, whereby credits are counted cumulatively towards their Degree, in conjunction with the university registrar and academic calendar regulations. Finally, the quality of education is guaranteed through the national and EU system of regulation and guidelines, and all schools are internationally accredited.

It is not surprising therefore, in line with such an erudite spirit of academia, that Romanian University libraries are massive, containing voluminous copies of nearly all notable international medical journals, periodicals and books, as well as copious references to key papers and limitless numbers of scientific volumes, never mind on-line sources made available to students. Better yet, tuition fees for Medical Schools range between £2,920-3,650 per annum.

More specifically, medical education in Romania, whether it concerns Bachelor's, Master's or PhD studies, is both offered by public (state-run) and private Universities. Medical Universities in Romania offer English and Romanian instructed programs in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy. French instructed courses are offered in Medicine and Dentistry. Other programs in Romanian are: Nursing, Midwifery, Radiology and Medical Imaging, Clinical Laboratory, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Dental Technique, Nutrition and Dietetics, Health Management and Pharmaceutical Assistants.

Romanian Medical University English-taught programs are summarized below:

Medicine
Medicine is a 6-year taught programme, with instruction exclusively in English or French, leading to a Master's Degree in medicine upon graduation. The programme is structured in such a way so that the first three years are dedicated to preclinical training, and the last three years to clinical training. The preclinical cycle involves the study of fundamental theory, such as anatomy, histology, biology, biochemistry, and biophysics, to name but a few. Preclinical training gradually shifts the focus of studies to clinical application by correlating the information from preclinical subjects to their application into medical practice, and clinical practice gradually becomes more focused by the 3rd year of study. Subsequently, the programme enters a phase with a stronger emphasis on clinical experience and surgery, as well as preventive medicine. What is more, every summer, from the 1st until the 5th year of studies, students must work in university affiliated hospitals, medical centres or clinics as part of their summer practice for a minimum of 4 weeks per year (20 days, 8 hours/day = 160 hrs), amounting to at least 800 hours over the span of five years. Lastly, during their 6th year of studies, students have to write a dissertation based on personal research on a topic assigned with their instructor and can opt for an internship or rotation practice. In general, Seminars, practical training, laboratory work and research assignments comprise the teaching methodology of Romanian Medical Universities. There are several Medical Clinics all over Romania associated with each Medical school. The programme culminates with a final State licensing examination, upon successful completion of which the Degree awarded confers upon the holder all the rights and privileges of a Medical Doctor (MD). Subsequently, graduates must continue with their residency training and specialization in any country inside or outside EU. If completed in Romania, specialization may be government-funded, sponsored, or self-funded for EU students including Romanians, but only self-funded for non-EU graduates. Non-EU students are admitted into a residency program by submitting an application to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health approves the specialty they have chosen to join.

Dentistry
Dentistry is a 6-year English- or French-taught programme, leading to a Master's Degree in dental medicine. The curriculum aims to afford students with an optimal balance between theoretical and practical training. As such, Courses are grouped into two categories, each with a well-established focus on overall student preparation and professional stream: 62% stomatological courses and 38% medical, surgical and fundamental theory. Moreover, from the 1st until the 5th year 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 hours over the span of five years. During their 6th year, students must take a number of integrated courses on complex oral treatment training and practical study and some that are pertinent to special and rare cases, besides the writing of a dissertation on a topic chosen with their instructor.  Subjects in the curricula are structured in such a way so that their sequence is incremental, building on previous knowledge. Dentistry skills and expertise is strictly aligned to EU requirements for dentistry qualifications. At the end of the programme, the student is evaluated by an exam, upon successful completion of which, he or she is awarded with title of Dentist (DMD). The exam consists of the following steps: two theoretical exams (Fundamental Medical subjects and Dentistry subjects), an examination of the clinical practice procedures and the Dissertation defense. Optional specialization may take place either in Romania or abroad.

Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Medicine is a 6-year programme, offered in English or French and leads to a Master's Degree. The programme is arranged into two main cycles: the first cycle includes the first three years and focuses on fundamental and preclinical theory, such as anatomy, biochemistry, animal biology, cell biology, ecology, physiology, genetics, microbiology, immunology and pharmacology, to name but a few. During the remaining three years, the focus shifts to clinical subjects, namely infectious diseases, parasitic diseases, dermatology, internal diseases, surgery, toxicology, obstetrics, gynecology, and veterinary pharmacy, among others. The programme finishes with the licensing examination. Graduates usually opt for the following professional streams: Veterinary healthcare in districts that are in need for rotating veterinary care or private offices and clinics, Veterinary food control, Production and distribution of veterinary medicine, veterinary tools and equipment, feed and feed additives, or may opt to become teachers, among other options. Graduates have thorough knowledge about diseases common to both man and animals and are able to contribute to the protection of human health through their veterinary practice by helping minimize the incidence of zoonosis.

Pharmacy
Pharmacy is a 5-year programme, offered entirely in English. It commences with the study of undergraduate-level courses and leads to a Master's Degree. The studies can roughly be grouped into two main cycles: The first cycle, during the first two years, comprises fundamental theory and helps students grasp essential knowledge in chemistry, medicine, pharmaceutical techniques and pharmaceutical legislation. In turn, in the next three years students concentrate mostly on special topics in pharmaceuticals and biomedical application of theory, whereby in the last year of the course, students are also required to complete their practical training in university affiliated pharmacies or hospitals, laboratories or pharmaceutical companies. Students are also required to do summer practice every year, which lasts minimum 3 weeks (15 working days x 8 hours /day = 120 hrs) for a total of at least 600 hours throughout the entire duration of their studies. In order to graduate, students must successfully pass a state licensing examination and defend a dissertation. Subsequently, graduates ought to continue with their residency practice in Clinical Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Laboratories the stipulations in the curriculum of which are given by the Ministry within the EU framework for pharmaceutical practice and it is coordinated by teaching staff who possess specialized training in the student's chosen field.

EU and non EU candidates can attend English or French programs offered by Romanian Medical Universities paying £730-3,500 a year. More specifically, Medicine programs cost between £730-3,500 a year, Dentistry programs £3,500 a year and Veterinary Medicine £3,300 a year. Prospective international students from countries whose native language is other than English or French, will have to either sit for a language test (English or French) or submit an internationally recognized certificate of competency in these languages.

For postgraduate medical programs (specializations and PhD studies), EU students are admitted after successfully passing an entry exam and do not pay tuition fees if they secure funding, while non-EU students are admitted on the strength of their application and pay tuition fees in the vicinity of £2,409-5,621.

Romania's Medical Universities and their programs that offer English taught courses are the following:
 

University of Medicine and Pharmacy Gr. T. Popa - Iasi
ProgramDuration (years)EnrollmentTuition Fees per Year (£)
Medicine6October3,500
Vasile Goldis Western University of Arad
ProgramDuration (years)EnrollmentTuition Fees per Year (€)
Medicine6October3,500
Ovidius University Constanta
ProgramDuration (years)EnrollmentTuition Fees per Year (£)
Medicine6October3,500
University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine - Cluj Napoca
ProgramDuration (years)EnrollmentTuition Fees per Year (£)
Veterinary Medicine6October3,300
 

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