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Medical University in Cluj, French students’ haven

France’s ‘Le Figaro’ daily has published an article on the Medical University in Cluj. While 85 per cent of the medical students in France drop out of university in their first year of study, the Medical University in Cluj is recruiting students based on their files. According to the French daily, this system determines many French youths to study outside of France. Thus, for most of the French students the Cluj option is a shortcut they use in order to return in order to practice medicine in France. While there were only two or three French students enrolled there several years ago, today there are 262, ‘Le Figaro’ shows, being quoted by Antena 3. The exodus started in 2000 when a French language section was created, Constantin Ciuce, the university’s dean, states. ‘Back then several francophone countries had asked us to introduce French language course too. We have a 35 year old tradition in teaching foreign students. We have the necessary infrastructure and many teachers that speak French.’ Romania’s accession to the EU subsequently meant that the diplomas issued by the university enjoyed recognition in all EU countries.


According to Ciuce, foreign students are accepted only on the basis of a file. ‘We select the most motivated candidates, the ones that come from the best high schools but that nevertheless do not manage to go through the entrance exam in France.’ The taxes for foreign students stand at EUR 5,000, with 70 per cent of the courses being mandatory. The French students use their language in the first three years of study; however the courses and the exams are the same for all sections. Only in the 4th year are the sections joined and the Romanian language becomes the main language used.

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