Centrul de Cooperări Internaționale

Interuniversity Agreements Incoming

The memoranda of understanding, either institutional or interdepartmental, between Babeș-Bolyai University and other similar higher education institutions provide a framework for bespoke exchanges of students (all levels), academics, researchers, and administrative staff.

Each agreement has a set number of exchanges, with specific characteristics and requirements. Please note that any exchange under the umbrella of the agreement of cooperation requires a formal nomination from the sending institution. If your institution has an agreement of cooperation with Babeș-Bolyai University, you can contact your International Office to inquire on the selection conditions.

Students/ Ph.D. candidates of universities that have signed general cooperation agreements with Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, agreements that stipulate the exchange of students/ Ph.D. candidates, are welcome to study at Babeș-Bolyai University within mobility schemes in the framework of these agreements.

Interested students/ Ph.D. candidates can check if their home university has signed a general cooperation agreement with Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca here: https://cci.ubbcluj.ro/international-cooperation/partners

The nominations for the stage are made by the home/sending institutions, so the first step is to contact your international office to find out about the eligibility criteria. For more information, please contact the international officer of Babeș-Bolyai University responsible of the cooperation with your home university.

Please note that in the case of general interuniversity agreements/ Memoranda of Understanding, Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca doesn’t issue a diploma at the end of the mobility, but a Transcript of Records.

Information for EU Citizens

The following documents are to be sent via e-mail (scanned) or per regular mail:

Copy of ID card or passport

Copy of the latest obtained degree (BA, MA, Ph.D.)

Nomination letter from the home university (from a professor or from a member of the International Relations Office) stating that the student is nominated for a mobility within the general cooperation agreement

Recommendation Letters (optional)

Upon agreement with the responsible international officer, translations are to be provided.

Information for non-EU citizens

Babeș-Bolyai University has been successfully developing its international network for over 30 years now, as stated in its internationalisation strategy. Aside from the high-profile developed university associations that the university has joined, it has also tied strong, long-lasting partnerships with top universities across the globe, showcasing its open, inclusive, multicultural take, and emphasising the importance of higher education in the world.

Some of BBU’s traditional long-standing partnerships with non-EU member states include:

BRAZIL

Beginning with 2010 and 2011, when BBU opened Casa do Brasil Brazilian Cultural Centre and the Library of Latin American Studies, interuniversity agreements were also established in partnership with some of the most prestigious Brazilian universities. Student mobilities with Brazil are not funded by BBU or the Romanian government, but students are free to apply for them at the following universities:

CHINA

Babes-Bolyai University welcomes students from partner universities to study in Cluj for one academic year or one semester. Chinese students have the possibility to study in English at the BA and Ma levels. In order to apply for the exchange program, students must undergo the selection procedure organized by the International Office in their home universities. Upon selection, they will prepare a series of documents which will be sent to UBB. UBB will process the application and will send the student the invitation and accommodation letter and the Education Ministry acceptance letter. The student will then apply for the Romanian visa. UBB does not offer scholarships for inter-university mobilities. Please see below the list of our partner universities from China:

JAPAN

Interuniversity cooperation between Babes-Bolyai University and Japanese similar higher education institutions was set in 1998 when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with Kobe University. Many new partnerships have been established since then, offering inter-university exchange opportunities for the students of the following universities:

SOUTH KOREA

Babeș-Bolyai University has concluded several agreements with South Korean universities, in order to foster cooperation, bilaterally beneficial exchanges, and mutual understanding of academic culture. The agreements provide opportunities for students and staff to participate in exchange programs and experience academic and cultural diversity.

Depending on the terms of each Memorandum of Understanding, student exchange programs can provide tuition waivers, free accommodation, and a monthly allowance. Those interested in studying at Babeș-Bolyai University as exchange students are encouraged to contact our Centre for International Cooperation or the related international relations department at their home university, and find out the application guidelines. Our partner universities from South Korea are:

In order to apply, the following documents are to be sent to us via e-mail (scanned) or per regular mail:

Ministry of Education Application form

Nomination letter from the home university (from a professor or from a member of the International Relations Office) stating that the student is nominated for a mobility within the general cooperation agreement

Recommendation Letters (optional)

High-school graduation diploma or its equivalent, certified copy in the original language and certified translation, at notary public (in Romanian, German, English or French, if the original is not issued in one of these languages)

Bachelor diploma or its equivalent (only for the application for master programs), certified copy in the original language and certified translation at notary public (in Romanian, German, English or French, if the original is not issued in one of these languages)

Transcript of records pertaining to the previous studies, certified copy or certified translation at notary public (in Romanian, German, English or French, if the original is not issued in one of these languages) and the analytical curriculum in case of candidates that request equivalence for certain periods of studies

Medical certificate (translated in a language widely spread internationally)

Birth certificate, certified copy or certified translation at notary public (in Romanian, German, English or French, if the original is not issued in one of these languages)

Passport copy valid for at least 6 months after the date of issue of the Acceptance Letter.

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

  • 1st semester (Oct. – Feb.): 1st July of prior semester
  • 2nd semester (Feb. – July): 1st November of prior semester

LANGUAGE requirements:

Students may enroll in the courses taught in the English language, without taking the course in Romanian. They need at least a B1-B2 level of competence in English or the language of studies.

*B1-B2 level – intermediate/upper-intermediate level (https://www.coe.int/en/web/common-european-framework-reference-languages/level-descriptions).

LEVEL OF STUDY:

Students coming from partner universities may enroll in any course in the undergraduate level and/or postgraduate level, in order to meet the necessary credits at their home institution, upon their return home.

ACCEPTANCE LETTER from the Ministry of Education:

Upon receiving the complete application portfolio from the foreign students (or international office of partner university), the Centre for International Cooperation (CIC) will make a formal request to the Ministry of Education and Research to issue an Acceptance Letter (usually taking 2-4 weeks to be issued).

The CIC will then send via e-mail and post office the copy and original Acceptance Letter, together with the Certificate of Acceptance issued by BBU (max. 5 days for Europe, max. 3 weeks for the

Americas and Asia).

VISA:

Upon receiving the Acceptance Letter and Certificate of Acceptance, the students will proceed to apply for the visa (where necessary).

*Students should have their return ticket dated prior to the expiration date of their Residence Permit and/or Study Visa.

BUDDY SYSTEM:

Upon arrival at BBU, students coming from partner universities can be assigned a buddy (tutor) – a Romanian student who will help them get around town, move within the university and assist them in all of the necessary procedures.

ACCOMMODATION:

Upon arrival, the students accommodated in the BBU dormitories will have to sign a contract with the dormitory administrator (standard procedure). More information about our the accommodation facilities can be found here: https://www.ubbcluj.ro/en/studenti/campus/spatii_cazare