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    lilas423 is offline Newbie 510 points
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    studying in the Medical section in english, Cluj ?

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    Hello everybody,

    Well, i would like having some advices !!
    I have tried to pass the first year medical exam in France and i'm waiting for the results. I'm not very sure, so i want to apply to the university of Cluj (as it's the period of admissions).
    My father keep telling me to apply in the english section and not the french. According to him, it will help me in the future: for doing a stage in a english country, or there is many medical english books ...
    I heard that some french people have already done it (learning english while studying). But i heard also that you have to learn romania's language for
    the end of studies.
    In my case, i will have to perform my english, while learning romania's language and studying medicine... Possible or not ?
    Has someone already done it ? Isn't it exhaustive ? Did you get used at long ? How did you manage for taking notes while the prof speak ?


    Thinks

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    While studying in English certainly does make it easier for you in the future to work and adapt in English speaking countries I don't think it's a must for having it easier. Frankly, I would go with the quality although unfortunately I cannot advice you here as I do not know the quality of the French speaking programs in Romania. So if the French ones are better, go for them. Do an ERASMUS exchange year in an English speaking country, have some internships abroad and you probably won't have much problems later in case you gonna decide to work in an English speaking country. On the other hand I can tell you from my own experience. 3 years ago I moved abroad to start studying in English, a point at which I was everything but perfect in English. My language skills were a lot worse than what I can see from your writings here. And though the beginning was hard (I remember some biochemistry book I read; after the first chapter there were some 200 words I had not understand and I was pretty down), once you get the drill it becomes easier from time to time. And I promise you, if you are willed to put the effort into it, after the first semester you won't have much problems anymore. If you are willed to put that much extra work into it of course you can only decide for your own.

    But again, since you have the luck to decide for either of the both path, I would honestly go for the one that provides you with the best quality.


    Good luck!
    Last edited by mercany; 06-06-2011 at 02:44 PM.

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    Well what you can do, is to start on the French program, and when you feel that your english knowledge is getting better (2th or 3th year), you can transfer to the english section!

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    I have heard rumors that the English program in Cluj is better than the French. And what your dad says makes sense.

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    Thanks !!
    I'm going to apply to the english section.
    I think it's better to start when it's the begenning of the studies !! And as it's the best program !!
    Next week i have english lessons !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilas423 View Post
    Thanks !!
    I'm going to apply to the english section.
    I think it's better to start when it's the begenning of the studies !! And as it's the best program !!
    Next week i have english lessons !!
    Good luck with that!

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    The English section here is better than the French one, atleast thats what the professors say and i've heard this from atleast 3 of them. From student's perspective, the English section is much better. Don't worry about the language difficulties, you will just be fine because i've seen people who can barely speak English do just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClujDDS View Post
    The English section here is better than the French one, atleast thats what the professors say and i've heard this from atleast 3 of them. From student's perspective, the English section is much better. Don't worry about the language difficulties, you will just be fine because i've seen people who can barely speak English do just fine.
    I wonder what kind of doctors graduate from cluj tho.. Since if the students cant speak english how are they supposed to learn anything??

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    french section (I was in during the 1st 2 years) is just a mess especially when coming to the clinical years : Romania used to be a francophone country till 1989 (for political reasons) , from this date students started to study english instead of french at school.
    That means that if they can find in some cases a main teacher to make the lectures in french (but even not the case , sometimes I wondered if some were really doctors..) , it is IMPOSSIBLE now to find 5 or 6 cardiologists for instance to be lab teachers (as it is group teaching in labs). Clinical learning is just awfull , last day was talking to one 6th year this almost graduated student was giving 80% for normal O2Sat (not kidding).
    in english section 80% of all young doctors you'll cross at hospital and have as teachers speak a good english
    Last edited by chapelier; 06-15-2011 at 08:04 AM.

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    ClujDDS is offline Junior Member 512 points
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juhis View Post
    I wonder what kind of doctors graduate from cluj tho.. Since if the students cant speak english how are they supposed to learn anything??
    There is a difference between speaking and understanding whats being taught. Although they don't speak the language well, they do understand it and in my opinion they study and understand the material better since they try to find sources in both languages, i.e both French and English books. So for them, understanding is the key, while for other English speakers...memorizing might play a bigger role here depending on a subject ofc.

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