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Foreign citizens from EU third countries will be enrolled in undergraduate and post-graduate studies only after graduating the Romanian language preparatory year or on the basis of a certificate proving Romanian linguistic competencies; during the preparatory year, the candidates will learn the necessary Romanian language vocabulary as well as the specific vocabulary needed for the future studies (anatomy, physics, chemistry, technical drawing etc.), if the study programme is held in Romanian.

Romanian Language Preparatory Year

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Aims and scope

The one-year, full-time academic programme in Romanian as a Foreign Language is addressed to foreign citizens who wish to gain entry onto a Romanian degree programme (at bachelor, master, Ph.D. level), as well as post-graduate and advanced training programmes in various fields. The programme also meets the needs of expatriates who work in Romania and who want to acquire a formal language certification.

The course aims at developing international students' skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking in Romanian for academic purposes. By the end of the course, students will have reached level B2 of the Common European Framework.

Besides the 22 contact hours per week, the programme also includes extracurricular activities to ensure that international students understand Romanian academic life and culture. Various social events, excursions, outings and documentary visits to other cities and tourist attractions are organised regularly to ensure social, linguistic and cultural integration.

 Programme structure



No. of hours / week

Academic credits

30 ECTS/ semester


First semester (14 weeks)




Practical Romanian Language Course (CEFR Levels A1 and A2)

20 hrs/week



Romanian Culture and Civilisation (Module 1)

2 hrs/week



Second semester (14 weeks)




Practical Romanian Language Course (CEFR Levels B1 and B2)

18 hrs/week



Romanian Culture and Civilisation (Module 2)

2 hrs/week



Romanian Language for Specific Purposes - (1 course to be elected out of Romanian for business/ technical/ humanities/ law and social sciences fields)

2 hrs/week



Teaching and assessment

This course is taught by a team of experienced scholars and uses varied teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, and one-to-one tutorials. Students normally have twenty hours of scheduled contact time per week. In addition, staff are available each week for one-to-one tutorials.

Assessment consists of a combination of methods, ranging from assessed coursework, including essays, assignments, creative writing and other tasks; progress tests; oral examinations, including viva voce, individual and group presentations and seminars; individual research assignments, including library projects.


Students who successfully complete the course and pass the final examination will be awarded a CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY IN ROMANIAN LANGUAGE - B2 LEVEL. The programme is approved by the Romanian Ministry of National Education; therefore certificates are valid across the European Union.

Application procedure:

Prospective students will send the application files directly to "1 Decembrie 1918" University of Alba Iulia. The University will evaluate the files and send to the Ministry of National Education - General Department for International Relations, a shortlist of persons that are nominated to receive the Letter of Acceptance to Studies. Along with the list, the University must send a copy of the applications for issuing the Letter of Acceptance to Studies that were filled in by the candidates. The General Department for International Relations will issue the Letter of Acceptance to Studies and send it to "1 Decembrie 1918" University of Alba Iulia.


Applications are received on a rolling basis, until the end of August for admission to studies in the following academic year. The Letter of Acceptance will be issued by the Ministry of Education by the commencement of each academic year, i.e. 1st of October.


Documents required for the application file:

1. Application form (in 2 original copies);

2. Certified copy of the High school graduation diploma or equivalent - for undergraduate studies;

3. Certified copy of the Bachelor's degree or equivalent - for postgraduate applicants or PhD;

4. Transcript of records translated into Romanian, English, French or German;

5. Language certificate (optional);

6. Certified copy of the birth certificate;

7. Certified copy of the passport valid at least 6 months after the date when the letter of acceptance to studies is issued;

8. Medical certificate (in a widespread international language) to prove that the person to be registered for studies does not suffer from infectious diseases or other illnesses that are incompatible with the future profession;

9. Four passport-type photos.



When registering, the candidates will present the documents from the Application file, in original, certified for authentication by the Embassy of Romania to the issuer country or endorsed with Apostille of Hague, if the previous studies were not completed in Romania, in a European Union country or in accordance with the legal assistance agreements signed between Romania and third countries.


Tuition fees

Tuition fees for foreign citizens from non-EU member states (valid for the academic year 2013/2014), payable in advance for 9 months (one academic year), as per University Senate's decision from 20th March 2013:


Romanian language preparatory year

2,970 Euro/academic year


Other administrative fees:

The fee for processing the application file: 40 Euro.

Tuition fees and other adminsitrative fees will be transferred into the following bank account:




IBAN: RO 96 RNCB 000 303 778 355 0004


FISCAL CODE: 5665935




Universitatea ,,1 Decembrie 1918" din Alba Iulia
Alba Iulia, Judetul Alba