International students willing to study in Romania can apply either to the Ministry of Education and Research or to the chosen Romanian university, in order to receive the Letter of Acceptance.

The following application papers are requested:
1. Application form; pdf version [download]; on-line version
2. Certified copy of the Baccalaureate Diploma or equivalent - for undergraduate studies;
3. Certified copy of the graduation certificate - for graduate applicants or PhD;
4. Academic record translated into Romanian, English, French or German;
5. Language certificate (see further instructions regarding this issue)
6. Certified copy of the Birth Certificate;
7. Certified copy of the passport;
8. Medical certificate.

The application forms are available at the International Relations Offices of the Ministry of Education and Research or of the Romanian universities, or at the Romanian Embassies abroad. The application papers, only in copy, have to be mailed to the chosen university, or to the Ministry of Education and Research in order to receive the approval statement. The official documents have to be submitted personally, in original, when applying in Romania.

Before coming to Romania, the international students should have their documents endorsed within the Romanian embassies in their own countries; then, they should obtain a valid visa for studying in Romania.

Admission to higher education institutions is based on the selection of application files. For applying to study architecture, arts, and sports, international students are required to present their portfolio.

The application file must be sent to Romania by 15th of September (for undergraduate and graduate studies), but there is no deadline for PhD applicants. The medicine faculties have two deadlines for the post-graduate studies: on 30th of November and another on 31st of March.

International students have to prove good knowledge of the teaching language (Romanian, English, French or German). For the students who do not meet this criterion there are specialized departments where they can improve their language skills.
Usually, international students learn Romanian during the preparatory year. The candidates who speak Romanian can skip the preparatory year after having passed a test of Romanian language. The candidates, who can formally prove that they have studied in Romanian for at least four years consecutively, do not need to pass the Romanian language test or to attend the preparatory year.

The following universities organize the preparatory year:
1. "Politehnica" University of Bucharest;
2. University of Bucharest;
3. University of Bacau;
4. "Babes-Bolyai" University of Cluj;
5. "Ovidius" University of Constanta;
6. University of Craiova;
7. "Al. I. Cuza" University of Iasi;
8. University of Pitesti;
9. "Oil and Gas" University of Ploiesti;
10. West University of Timisoara.

Students will have to take language tests, during the academic year, in order to check their speaking and writing abilities.
Foreign students, who have begun to study in their home country or in another country, can finish their studies in Romania. This is possible according to each individual case, after the recognition and equivalence of diplomas.

College graduates who already have a diploma can continue their studies in similar faculties providing four-year courses, after applying to sit the entrance examination. If they pass the examination they go directly to the third academic year. Since 1998, Romanian universities have introduced the ETCS (European Transfer Credit System) which facilitates student mobility within the European universities.
Further information is available at any Romanian university and at the Ministry of Education and Research, the General Department for International Relations.