The cost of living in Romania is cheaper than a vast majority of the European Union nations, while the tuition fees in institutions of higher education very low. This makes Romania the ideal study location for foreign nationals.
Romania offers its international student community 56 accredited institutions of higher study (seven of which are military), 26 private institutions and six graduate schools. Universities which are allowed to teach foreign students are granted special licenses by the government and the quality of education is controlled by the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports.
The educational programs use the European System of credit transfer (ECTS) as their basis so students can transfer credits and degrees throughout Europe with ease. Romanian degrees are recognized the world over and are valued by employers. International students may opt to study in programs conducted in English, French or Romanian. They may enrol in these programs directly or after taking a one year language preparatory course.
A large number of internships in various fields like Journalism, veterinary practices, archaeology and amateur dramatics to name a few are also available to students. They are ideally suited to the needs of students taking gap years, or fresh graduates looking to gain experience abroad. The voluntary internships can last anywhere from two weeks to any desired length of time. The students are placed with English speaking professionals where they actually get to practice the basics of their trade. The trainings take in internees throughout the year and are provided with food, and lodging either with a host family or hostel as a part of the project package.