Study in Moldova
The period of studies is 4-6 years. The duration of the academic year is 34 weeks, divided
into two semesters. The duration of the study week lasts for 5-6 days with 28-32
The activity of the higher education institutions is regulated by the Law of Education and
by Government Decisions in the educational sphere. To ensure the compatibility of
curriculum, to create conditions for students' mobility inside and outside the country, to
ensure transparency and compatibility of educational system with similar systems in
other countries the Frame-Plan for higher education has been developed.
Organization of the year of study
The academic year starts on the 1st of September.
Each year is divided into two semesters. Each semester lasts fourteen weeks. Students
have a summer holiday, a Christmas holiday, an Easter holiday and a holiday at the end
of the first semester.
Examination take place at the end of each semester. They may be oral or written. A re-
examination period is scheduled before the beginning of the new academic year.
Classes are held from Monday to Friday.
The Moldovan higher education system provides full time courses, part time courses and
distance learning. The part time and distance learning courses may be provided only by
higher education institutions that organize full time courses. The programs of such
courses are usually one academic year longer than the full time courses programs.
Duration of studies
The duration of the long term studies varies according to the field:
* 8 semesters ( 4 years) for sciences, humanities, economic and social sciences, law,
political sciences, art and sports.
* 10 semesters (5 – 5,5 years) for pharmacy and architecture.
* 12 semesters (6 years) for general medicine, dental medicine.
Graduate education offers specialization or an extension of the education provided in
universities. Graduate study programmers include Master studies (1-2 years) for
Doctoral studies (3 years) offered by universities and research institutes accredited as
such; the doctoral courses are organized as full courses or part-time courses. The
scientific title of doctor granted by the institution is validated by the Superior National
Council for the Attestation of Academic Titles, University Diplomas and Certificates.
Admission to higher education is for graduates from general secondary schools, lyceums,
colleges and graduates from the higher education institutions. The studies may be of full-
time or part-time attendance.
In the Republic of Moldova all citizens, irrespective of their nationality, gender, social
origin, religion, places of residence, are guaranteed equal access to higher education of an
adequate quality. Admission to the higher education institutions is based on competition.
The admission is provided according to the Regulation of Admission approved by the
Ministry of Education. The process of admission is not centralized. Each institution
appoints an admission Committee consisting of representatives of the teaching staff and
The admission period is July-August for the citizens of the Republic of Moldova and
September-November for foreigners.
There are some ways of enrolling foreigners in higher education institutions of the
Republic of Moldova:
* exchange students (according to the Agreements between our republic and the
* according to international Conventions;
* according to interuniversity Agreements;
* students who pay tuition fees.
International students willing to study in Moldova can apply either to the Ministry of
Education or to the chosen university, in order to receive the Letter of Acceptance.
The following application papers are requested:
1. Application form;
2. Certified copy of the Baccalaureate Diploma or equivalent - for undergraduate
3. Certified copy of the graduation certificate - for graduate applicants or PhD;
4. Academic record translated into Romanian, English or French;
5. Language certificate;
6. Certified copy of the Birth Certificate;
7. Certified copy of the passport;
8. Medical certificate.
The application forms are available at the International Cooperation and European
Integration Office of the Ministry of Education
The application papers, only in certified copies, have to be mailed to the Ministry of
Education or to the chosen university, in order to receive the approval statement.
The Ministry of Education or the institutions may issue the Letter of Acceptance in at
least 2 months from the date of receiving the complete files. The official documents have
to be submitted personally, in original, when applying in Moldova.
Before coming to Moldova, the international students should have their documents
endorsed within the Moldovan embassies in their own countries; then, they should obtain
a valid visa for studying in Moldova.
The application file must be sent to Moldova by 1st of September (for undergraduate and
graduate studies), but there is no deadline for PhD applicants.
Admission to higher education institutions is based on the selection of application files.
For applying to study architecture, arts, and sports, international students are required to
present their portfolio.
International students have to prove good knowledge of the teaching language (Romanian,
English or French).
Usually, international students learn Romanian during the preparatory year. The
candidates who speak Romanian can skip the preparatory year after having passed a test
of Romanian language. The candidates, who can formally prove that they have studied
Romanian, do not need to pass the test.
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concerning the procedure of legalization of foreign citizens,
matriculated to pursue their studies at higher education institutions
from the Republic of Moldova.
1 The official arrangement of invitation $15 USD
2 Entry visa to the Republic of Moldova $65 USD
3 The prolongation of entry visa $15 USD
4 Immigrant card $10 USD
5 Medical investigation $40 USD
6 AIDS-HIV test (yearly) $5 USD
7 Residence permit (yearly) $40 USD
Total amount: about $190-200
varying depending on the exchange
established by the National Bank of
In the table below you can find the approximate minimum costs indicated in USD
Costs’ type Monthly Yearly
Accommodation from $200 USD from $2400 USD
Board from $240 USD from $2880 USD
Transport from $25 USD from $300 USD