Life in Romania
Romania is a country full of beautiful landscapes and very welcoming people. The Romanian people are known for the hospitality and generosity they convey to all their visitors, whether they’re relatives or foreigners; Romanians enjoy when guests arrive in their homes and do their best to make their guests’ stay as good as possible.
Hospitality is not limited only to Romanians – relatives, friends and neighbors – it also includes any foreigners or visitors who have the opportunity to meet them, all of which are always treated according to Romanian customs. Romanians are very courteous and polite; neighbors visit and help each other, especially in small communities and rural areas. However, in large urban areas, politeness is less in the spotlight.
Old people are respected in Romania, as they are granted top priority in most social activities and are asked for advice on matters of any importance; they are always the ones anyone asks before making an important decision in the family or the household.
Romania’s geographical position and the development of its infrastructure on all levels have rendered it a mosaic of societies: Western-European, East-European and Balkan. Some of the most famous and most beautiful Romanian landscapes include: the Danube River with its unique Danube Delta ecosistem, medieval towns that seem to be frozen in time (like Sighisoara), Transylvania, the home of count Dracula, the Carpathian mountains, forests, religious monuments (churches and monasteries), and many other landmarks that nobody should miss if they ever visit Romania
In the fast paced present day and age, Romanian cities represent a blend of vitality and traditionalism, when it comes to having medieval architecture next to very developed and modern buildings for public and private institutions. During the most recent decades, Romania has seen an incredible rise in economy and industries, as well as education, opening a door for International Students to pursue quality studies at unparalleled undergraduate and postgraduate experiences.
The nation’s urban areas contain an immense number of critical destinations, including landmarks, exhibition halls, parks and statues, but also many interesting cafés, clubs, bars, restaurants, fast food takeaways, etc. The cultural experience is guaranteed by the existence of many cinema theaters, concert halls, sport halls, stadiums, opera and ballet houses, theaters and many others. Regarding sports and other fitness-related activities, future international students will definitely appreciate the availability of an incredible number of possibilities: from indoors activities like gyms and fitness, swimming, handball, basketball or even futsal, to all the outdoor activities one can think of: skiing, tennis, football, running, climbing, hiking, biking, cycling, sky diving, paragliding, ice-skating, , hockey, water skiing, scuba diving, etc.
The national coin is LEU (lion), sometimes abbreviated RON (Romanian New) or ROL (Romanian Leu) which is currently valued at about 4.7:1 to the Euro and around 4.1:1 to the US Dollar. Public transportation fares for one way tickets usually cost somewhere between 1.5 to 2.5 RON. Taxi costs are also very low, compared to the prices in the rest of Europe, as the fair starts from around 2 RON/km.
Also know as the “Little Paris”, Bucharest’s exquisite mid twentieth century design displays its extravagant engineering and architecture: the Village Museum, the Romanian Athenaeum, and the Peasant Museum are just a few of the places nobody should miss, if they ever visit the Romanian capital city. The enormous Palace of the Parliament will flabbergast guests with its imposing size and political history.
Many times, you will realize that people in Bucharest (and in most big Romanian cities) look like they’re always in a hurry. Nonetheless, when they are meeting friends, going out to the cinema or doing business meetings, all the time is very well calculated. Large companies and government institutions are always located to the city centers, but many people live in the suburbs or outside the cities, which makes the car traffic almost impossible in Bucharest or Cluj during rush hours.
Putting all of the above-mentioned information together, an international student will benefit from: an extremely high level of education; very cosmopolitan university life, low living costs, welcoming and supportive Romanian individuals, excellent scenery, world renowned Universities and low educational expenses, making Romania an unmatched target for anyone who wants to begin studying in Europe.