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    Smashingdude is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Studying Medicine in Romania as of 07

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    Hi everyone,

    I am a 2nd year student in Iasi, Romania at the UMF Gr . T. Popa. For now, I am relaxing back at my homeland but very soon Ill be heading back.

    I chose Romania, after alot of research, because comparably it is the cheapest & reasonable place in this era where Medicine is the most expensive field. However, cheap as it is, it comes with a bit of price.

    Corruption has reduced alot. The myths that "the professors will only pass you if you pay" is quite wrong. I, for example, passed all my subjects with high grades, without paying a single cent. The rule of thumb is if you study, you pass! But if you have just come around to relax and go after the girls then, you should get ready to empty your pockets. It just pisses me off sometime to see a rich student pass his exam by paying while I on the other hand work my *** off to study for the exam. But anyway, thats the way it is. Anyhow, as I said, corruption has started to decline here(specifically in the University). Usually, the professors of the first 2 years(that is preclinicals) are a bit corrupt. Seniors, after 3rd year, told me that it is very hard to bribe the professors of higher years. So I assume its only these first 2 years that you find a few professors who are a bit out of the way. I didnt come across many professors like these, as the old ones are slowly going away, and the new assistants which are coming along are quite good, both verbally(as they speak very good english) and in teaching methods.

    The second rule of thumb. If you want to learn, you have to study yourself. Noone will come and teach you individually(Although the professors do come on time now..except a few). You have to rush to the professors and bother them with questions. You have to ask them. You have to tell them to teach you. They normally do teach students who are willing to learn. For other students, they just dont bother. Regarding the Education level. Well, I am not quite satisfied with it. But, heck, which student is satisfied by his University? I was hoping for a more better faculty with better labs and teaching materials but here if you want to study, you have to do all by yourself. I was hoping of involving into more of extracurricular activities and researches, but most of these are in Romanian language. So yeah, the language is a big problem.

    Speaking of language, it is very necessary to learn language in Romania. Not just for everyday lifestyle, but for the University, for these activities I mentioned. Hopefully, this year, Ill try to go and open up an English Committee or something similar.

    About the Universities in Romania. Well, Ive heard many students transferred from Oradea & Timisoura to Iasi. Iasi has the 2nd oldest medical university. So they are quite experienced in the teachings. All the others were after it. I seriously dont recommened anyone to attend Oradea as there is a lot of corruption. Timisoura, on the other hand, is quite good, but Ive heard that some students had problem with the administration and had shifted to Iasi. Cluj, is good as well so is Buccharest.

    As for nationalities studying in Iasi, well, there are many. I have many malaysians in my batch, many arabs, a greek, 2 korians, 1 zimbabwe, few pakistanis(including me) and some other which I cant remember. I have also a friend who shifted from UK to Iasi. He is in the 3rd year now.

    Sometimes I still think that I'd been better of some other place. But everywhere else its just damn expensive. I am still thinking of transferring though, not because of education, but just that Romania has a bit of a bad name in some countries(although it has started to clear up) and I am that kind of a person who likes to research a lot. So does anyone know the procedure to transfer to other Universities like Cluj/Buccharest in Romania?(or possibly some other place like Hungary/Germany) Anyhow, its just a thought for now. I am not sure if I will act on it. I will act if I find a cheaper University like in Iasi and probably a good level.

    Hey, that reminds me, I wanted to ask of Scholarships. Does anyone know the procedure/requirements/deals/conditions/how to/where of applying for a scholarship in Romania? My financial status has turned miserable and I dont quite think Ill be able to complete medicine. Ill be going to Buccharest after a few weeks and there I would be able to go to the Ministry Of Education. Does anyone know where to go there or what documents to take with me or which person/sector/department to go and see? If anyone has any information regarding this matter, please do let me know.

    Thats for now. If you have any more questions regarding studying here, let me know at [email protected]

    -Smash

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    whitehouseforall is offline Junior Member 514 points
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    the information given by smashing dude' about Oradea is untrue and baseless. and the mode of teaching, bothering professors to teach you, and so on are outdated...you may want to check out Oradea module ystem (how tedious it is--same system in some other Romanian medical schools).in short the Romanian medical schools (I mean almost all of them have improved tremendously! ...anyway he posted this as of 2007..it's understandable how outdated most of the content is.

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