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Romania

Historic villages and castles, fertile plains, and the majestic Carpathian mountains are just some of the things that YFU students to Romania get to see and experience! 

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Study in Romania

Historic villages and castles, fertile plains, and the majestic Carpathian mountains are just some of the things that YFU students to Romania get to see and experience! 

+ More About Romania

Buna! Does the story of Dracula fascinate you? If so, you may want to put some garlic in your luggage – for Romania may be just the place for you! Of course, there's more to Romania than just vampire stories. With its historic villages and castles, fertile plains, majestic mountains, and Black Sea coast, it will undoubtedly be an experience of a lifetime!

The mythical home of Count Dracula, inspired by real-life Romanian Vlad the Impaler, is a real place, and you may have the opportunity to visit Transylvania during your time in Romania. You might even have the chance to travel to the actual ruins of Dracula's castle, which has been around since the 14th century!

If you enjoy wildlife you may want to visit the broad, swampy Danube delta, the largest in Europe, with its wild animals, such as bears, wolves, wild boars, and lynx. It is also a paradise for birdwatchers.

Apart from exploring wildlife and learning about the country's rich history, you'll also experience life like a Romanian. You will have the chance to eat a Romanian diet, which consists of many foods you will recognize, as well as some country specialties, such as Mititei (grilled meatballs), Patricieni (grilled sausage), and Sarmale cu Mamaliga (meat rolled in cabbage leaves and served with mashed maize). For outdoor recreation, you and your new friends will have the opportunity to play soccer and oina – a Romanian game similar to baseball. More relaxing activities include socializing with new people and going to theatre, opera, movies, and folk shows. You certainly won't be bored in Romania!

When you return home, you'll be sure to miss the friends, foods and experiences you had abroad. Your adventure in Romania will leave you with unforgettable memories, a priceless experience, and a strong appreciation for other cultures!

Online Resources

To learn even more about Romania, we recommend:

+ Scholarships Available

Scholarships for 2020 programs have not yet been confirmed. Applications for 2020 Summer/Fall scholarships will open in the Fall of 2019. The YFU Financial Aid Fund can be applied to any program and will remain available for 2020 Spring programs until September 15. The YFU Legacy Grant can be applied to any program at any time of application. For more details on the Financial Aid Fund, Legacy Grant, and previous merit-based scholarships please visit our scholarships page.

Learn more about scholarship details and deadlines.

+ Programs & Tuition

Fall Year: $13,995
Fall Semester: $13,995
Summer: $5,995

Applications for tuition based programs must be submitted by October 1 for winter/spring departure programs and March 15 for summer and fall. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case by case basis depending upon availability.

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

Please note that students should be prepared to pay a €130 (approximate) residence permit fee to the Romanian National Authority for Foreigners. Further information about visas will be provided upon enrollment.

Additional Costs

Program tuition does not include personal spending money or school-related costs such as books and school trips.

Important Information

Students who have previously participated in an exchange year or semester in another country are ineligible for the Romania year and semester programs.

Choose Your Program

+ Academic Year Program

As a YFU student in Romania, you will live with a Romanian host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience will be:

School

YFU exchange students will attend a Romanian public high school, called Liceu or Colegiu (college-preparatory school) and take classes in one of two main fields of study: sciences or humanities. A ten-point grading system is used, with the highest level being 10 and 5 denoting a passing grade. Your school will place you according to your age and previous academic performance, usually in the 10th or 11th grade. Gap year students will most likely be placed in the 12th grade, although it will be up to your school to decide. Enrollment in bilingual English, German, Spanish, or French classes is possible.

Orientations

All students applying for the year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June.

Upon arrival in Romania, students will attend a 3-day orientation seminar along with YFU exchange students from all over the world. Students staying for the full academic year will have the chance to participate in a mid-year international orientation seminar run by YFU Romania, which includes a city tour and cultural visits. During this seminar you will have the opportunity to meet international students currently spending their exchange year in Bulgaria, Moldova, and Greece. You'll end your incredible experience in Romania with a two-day re-entry orientation. All orientations costs are included in program tuition.

Language

Romanian. Romanian is a romance language related to Spanish, Reto-Roman, and French. It is very similar to Italian. Previous language study is not required, but encouraged. Students may be placed in English/Romanian bilingual schools.

A Romanian basic language course is available for an additional fee of approximately 500 Euro. This price includes two weeks of language lessons upon arrival as well as assignments and tutoring by YFU staff. After two weeks, students are provided with a booklet and CD so they can continue their language classes in their Romanian host city.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Year Late August Late June $13,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Romanian high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Romania Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Age Requirement

  • Students born October 1, 2002 - July 31, 2005.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Host Family Placement

May be located throughout the country, often in medium-sized cities with a carefully selected, native Romanian-speaking host family.

+ Semester Program

As a YFU student in Romania, you will live with a Romanian host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience will be:

School

YFU exchange students will attend a Romanian public high school, called Liceu or Colegiu (college-preparatory school) and take classes in one of two main fields of study: sciences or humanities. A ten-point grading system is used, with the highest level being 10 and 5 denoting a passing grade. Your school will place you according to your age and previous academic performance, usually in the 10th or 11th grade. Gap year students will most likely be placed in the 12th grade, although it will be up to your school to decide. Enrollment in bilingual English, German, Spanish, or French classes is possible.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June.

Upon arrival in Romania, students will attend a 3-day orientation seminar along with YFU exchange students from all over the world. All orientations costs are included in program tuition.

Language

Romanian. Romanian is a romance language related to Spanish, Reto-Roman, and French. It is very similar to Italian. Previous language study is not required, but encouraged. Students may be placed in English/Romanian bilingual schools.

A Romanian basic language course is available for an additional fee of approximately 500 Euro. This price includes two weeks of language lessons upon arrival as well as assignments and tutoring by YFU staff. After two weeks, students are provided with a booklet and CD so they can continue their language classes in their Romanian host city.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester Late August Early January $13,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Romanian high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Romania Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Age Requirement

  • Students born October 1, 2002 - July 31, 2005.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Host Family Placement

May be located throughout the country, often in medium-sized cities with a carefully selected, native Romanian-speaking host family.

+ Summer Program

If discovering new cultures and people appeals to you, try out a five-week homestay in Romania! You'll live with a Romanian host family and have an opportunity to immerse yourself in Romanian, absorb the colorful culture, and make new friends in your local community.

Summer

Since school is not in session during the Summer months, you have a high degree of flexibility with how you wish to spend your time. YFU Romania will organize activities for all of the YFU exchange students from around the world who chose to make Romania their home for the summer. You can also spend time joining extracurricular clubs, playing local sports, attending local fairs and events, and even volunteering in the community you live in! You'll begin your program with an arrival orientation to prepare you for your experiences abroad, and then you'll have a chance to reflect on your time during a re-entry orientation at the Black Sea.

Orientations

Students on the summer program will attend a 2-day arrival orientation with students form around the world studying in Romania at the beginning of the Summer. At the end of the program, students will attend a re-entry orientation visit to the Black Sea. In addition to the wonders of the Black Sea at high season, students will also experience educational tours such as a historucal tour of Constanta. All orientations costs are included in program tuition.

Age Requirement

  • Students born June 1, 2002 - May 31, 2005.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Romanian. Romanian is a romance language related to Spanish, Reto-Roman, and French. It is very similar to Italian. Previous language study is not required.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Summer Mid June Late July $5,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Romania Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Host Family Placement

May be located throughout the country, often in medium-sized cities with a carefully selected, native Romanian-speaking host family.