While Romanian doctors leave their country to work abroad, medical students from all over the world flock to Romania, in order to obtain their medical diploma here.
Cluj-Napoca, in the heart of Transylvania, at the first sight you would think this is just your ordinary sleepy provincial town. But, take a look behind the faÃ§ade, and you will see that calm and tranquility is a thing of the past.
â€œThe night life is great! You can meet many people, and party a lot, even more than back in Franceâ€
The secret of this fatality is medical students! Out of the 7000 studying at the Cluj-Napoca Medical School, 1600 come from abroad. Romania is indeed very attractive for medical students, affordable tuition fees, good facilities, and many opportunities for clinical exposure. For these reasons French med student Shviashalini left her med school in Strasbourg two and a half years ago.
â€œCompared to France where we had to pass an entrance exam, and where professors are quite elitist, here itâ€™s like a dream, professors are really open, they love teaching us, and we enjoy learning even more.
Shivashalini is driven by her enthusiasm in her quest to become a doctor. Conditions are optimal, direct access to the hospital, concrete work with patients, from theory to practice.
â€œHere we take time to examine but also to talk to our patients. In France things go to fast.â€
Of course lessons are held in French, 1000 students are registered in the French speaking departments, the English speaking sections stay strong with approx. 600 students, 200 of which come from Sweden.
Alexandra Borjesson: â€œthis education is very different from the one in Sweden because we get to do more patient contact and we get more advanced anatomy classes.â€
And this is why Romania stands out as an ideal place to study medicine in Europe.
â€œI didnâ€™t hesitate for one second, it was my dream to become a doctor, I jumped on the opportunity to finish my studies here and not once have I regreted coming to Romania.â€
Indeed, the city of Cluj-Napoca didnâ€™t leave much room for regret, now that it has been invaded by vibrant international students enjoying the Transylvanian night-life.
Europe should take a moment to thank Romania for the brilliant doctors that are now working or consider working abroad!