Studies

Do you want to study in Romania and have citizenship of a country outside the European Union and European Economic Area? For starters, you must register at the educational institution where you wish to study and be accepted by it.

The next step is obtaining the long stay visa for studies, from the diplomatic missions and consular offices of Romania.(See list

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The long stay visa

You can obtain the long-term visa for studies as a student, master student, doctoral candidate or under a student exchange program. The institution at which you will study can be public or private, on condition of being accredited according to law. The visa is also granted to foreigners accepted for studies based on international documents to which Romania is a party.

In order to obtain a long stay visa you must submit the following documents:

I. As a student, master student or PhD student:

  • proof of acceptance for studies issued by the Ministry of National Education, showing that you will attend a full-time university program
  • proof of payment of tuition fee for at least one year of study
  • proof of means of support in amount of at least a minimum net wage at country level per month, for the entire period inscribed on the visa
  • criminal record certificate or other document with the same legal value
  • medical insurance during the validity period of the visa
  • parental or guardian consent regarding the stay for study purposes in Romania, if the foreigner is underage.

II. If you take part in an exchange program for students:

  • proof of acceptance for studies issued by the Ministry of National Education showing that you follow a full-time program of education
  • proof of participation in a student exchange program, conducted by an organization established according to law and recognized for this purpose
  • proof from the organization that makes the exchange of students, showing that it will provide the means for maintenance and potential costs related to removal
  • medical insurance during the validity period of the visa
  • proof of the accommodation in a family selected by the organization that conducts the exchange of pupils and which holds a dwelling place deemed as normal for a family in Romania
  • parental or guardian consent regarding the stay for study purposes in Romania, if the foreigner is a minor.

The visa fee is 120 EUR and is paid in the State where you make the request.

As internal procedure, the long-term visa is approved by the National Visa Center only after obtaining the favorable opinion of the General Inspectorate for Immigration. The favorable opinion is issued within 30 days of receiving the request, with the possibility to extend the deadline by 15 days.

The long stay visa is granted for a period of 90 days, with one or more entries.

Particularities of visa for studies

Foreigners participating in an exchange program for students must be between 7 and 19 years of age. Foreigners who are beneficiaries of a scholarship offered by the Romanian state do not need to have a proof of having paid the tuition fee nor a proof of the financial means of a support in order to obtain a visa, while those of Romanian origin are not required to prove the means of support.

 

The residence permit

After entering Romania, you must obtain a residence permit. It certifies your right to stay in Romania and you can obtain it from the territorial units of the General Inspectorate for Immigration from the county where you live. In order to obtain a residence permit, you will submit personally a number of documents at least 30 days before the expiry of the right to stay granted by the visa. You also have the possibility to submit the documents through the online service, available at https://portaligi.mai.gov.ro/portaligi/

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for studies, you must submit the following documents:

I. If you are a student, master student or doctoral candidate:

- application

- border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

- letter of acceptance for the studies – only required on the first extension of the right to stay

- certificate from the educational institution proving that you are enrolled to study at a public or private educational institution, accredited or provisionally authorized by law, in a full-time education program, including participation in PhD courses, on the basis of the approval of the ministry of resort

- proof of means of support amounting to at least the minimum gross salary per country guaranteed in payment for a period of at least 6 months

- proof of legal ownership of living space (original and copy)

- medical certificate;

- fees.

Residence permits for beneficiaries of a Romanian state scholarship shall be granted with exemption from paying taxes.

The right of temporary residence for studies may be extended by no more than 6 months after graduation, with a view to the completion of school or university situation, the endorsement of educational documents and the searching for a job and meeting the legal requirements for employment.

Foreigners who have not graduated during the initial granted period may be granted a further extension of the right of residence in order to complete their studies for a period no longer than a year.

II. If you are participating in a student exchange program:

- application

- border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

- certificate from the educational institution

- documents showing that the foreigner is participating in a student exchange program, conducted by an institution established according to law and recognized for this purpose

- documents showing that the organization is established and recognized under the law

- certificate from the organization that conducts the exchange students

- proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

- medical certificate;

- fees.

Situations of exemption for foreigners studying in Romania

  • Beneficiaries of a Romanian State scholarship are exempted from payment of consular fees, the residence permit and do not have to prove the means of support.
  • Foreigners who are ethnic Romanians (who have an ancestor who has or had Romanian citizenship) do not have to prove the means of support.
  • Foreign students who have reached the age of 26 and need social health insurance for the extension of the right of temporary residence, according to the Law no.95 / 2006 on healthcare reform.
  • Foreigners who have not graduated in the initial period may be granted a further extension of the right of residence, in order to complete their studies, for a period no longer than a year.

 

Deadlines for the residence permit

The residence permit is renewed at least 30 days before the expiration of the previous one.

The request for the extension of the right of residence shall be resolved within 30 days from the date of its submission. In case that further checks are required, the deadline for resolving the application may be extended by no more than 15 days.

Foreigners who entered Romania for studies can apply for the extension of the right of residence for a period equal to the total duration of studies, in the case of students and pupils, and for a maximum period of one year in the case of foreigners participating in a student exchange program.

The right of residence may be extended by no more than 90 days after graduation, in order to complete university and school situation and for the endorsement of educational documents.

 

Changing the profile of the studies

You can change the profile of your studies or your professional specialization if the total duration for the initial studies is not exceeded. If the new option requires a longer period of time it is necessary to obtain a new long-stay visa for study purposes.

 

Employment during studies

Foreigners holding a temporary right of residence for studies can be employed in Romania without a work permit only with an individual employment contract for part-time work, lasting no longer than 4 hours per day.

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