YFU Romania was founded in 1994 when the first group of 13 students spent one year exchange in Germany. Since then, the organisation has grown both by increasing the number of partner organisations to 23 and with the diversification of programmes. Until this year a total of over 550 students took part in our programmes. YFU Romania not only sends students abroad, but also hosts students from all over the world. So far over 35 students from Germany, Sweden, Norway, Thailand and the United States have chosen Romania as the destination for an exchange year.
Studying in Romania
Secondary education in Romania is free and regulated by the Ministry of Education and Research for students between the ages of 15 and 18. The academic year starts on 15 September and end on 15 June. High school studies are four years in length, two compulsory (9th and 10th year), two non-compulsory (11th and 12th year). There are no exams between the 10th and the 11th grade. There are different schools you can attend, depending on the subjects you are studying:
- National college
- Military college
- Economic college
- Liceu – standard high school
- Grup scolar – vocational school.
Each type of high school offers one or more academic programmes:
- Theoretical programme which is either science or humanities oriented
- Technical and vocational programmes
- Economic programmes
As an exchange student in Romania you will probably study at national college or a standard high school and you will follow the theoretical programmes.
If you are interested in spending an exchange year in Romania, contact the YFU Romania team to find out more information. Get ready to experience and try new things in one of the most hospitable countries in Europe.
Romania is located in Southeastern-Central Europe with a population of almost 20 million inhabitants. Their unique culture is a mix of ancient indigenous people from the Balkans and the Roman culture that resulted in the Romanian language – the only Romance language in Eastern Europe. In terms of geography, the terrain is distributed roughly equally between mountains, hills and plains also, with a beautiful delta and coast at the Black Sea. Due to its geographical position, Romania has a temperate continental climate, with four distinct seasons. Romanians are very proud of their culture and traditions and they are very close to the community as they enjoy spending time with family and friends.
Did you know?
- The name “Romania” comes from the Latin word “Romanus” which means “citizen of the Roman Empire.”
- In 1889 the Romanian city of Timisoara became the first in Europe to have electric street lighting.
- The first ever first perfect 10 in the Olympic Games was given to Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci after her performance in Montreal, Canada in 1976.
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