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"Alexandru Ioan Cuza"


Rector Professor Gheorghe Popa (1994-2000)
Address Bd. Carol I 11, 6600 Iasi, Romania
Tel. No. +(40) 32 201010
Fax No. +(40) 32 201201
E-mail address
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics and Business Administration
  • Geography & Geology
  • History
  • Law
  • Letters
  • Mathematics
  • Orthodox Theology
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education and Sports
  • Psychology and Educational Sciences
  • Physics

  • Colleges Trainee
  • Economics
  • Computer Science
  • Type of course Full time and Part-time
    Length of course 4/5 years
    Date of commencement Upon decision of the Senate (September 20, 1999)
    Class size 24 (two groups of 12)
    Accommodation Student hostels available
    Fees 320 USD/month for overseas students
    Financial assistance Available through the Romanian Ministry of Education
    Admission requirements Entrance examination organised beginning September for nationals only.
    Romanian language preparatory year is compulsory for overseas students who do not know Romanian.
    The "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi organises language courses for foreign students. The (intensive) Romanian summer course, which will enable one to understand and read in Romanian within a short time, is recommended for students who have no proficiency in Romanian.
    Romanian advanced knowledge is not compulsory, because one may deliver reports and take exams in English or French and because nearly everyone in the University, both students and academics, speaks or understands a foreign language (mainly English and French)
    Student profile Student profile Ratio of National/Overseas students: 12535/513
    Doctoral students: 1593
    Ratio of Men/Women: 4689/7846 (doctoral students 835/758)
    Age range: 18-24
    Contact for application Livia Vranescu
    "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University
    Bd. Carol I, 11, 6600 Iasi, Romania
    Telephone +(40) 32 201022
    Fax: +(40) 32 201201


      Faculty of Biology

      Bd. Carol I, 20 A, phone: +40 (32) 201072

      Academic staff: No. of students: 669

      Plant Biology
      Animal Biology
      Microbiological Biotechnology
      Plants’ Protection

      Specialisation Sections:
      Ecology and environment protection

      Post-graduate Studies (MSc):
      Biological Diversity
      Genetics and Evolution
      Biological Resources and Their Productivity
      Molecular Genetics
      Plants’ protection

      PH.D. Programmes:
      Compared Anatomy
      Ecology and Environment Protection
      Animal Physiology
      Plant Physiology
      General Microbiology

      Faculty of Chemistry

      Splai Bahlui nr.71, phone: +40 (32) 272478
      No. of students: 890

      Analytical Chemistry
      Inorganic Chemistry
      Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
      Organic Chemistry
      Chemical Technology and Catalysis

      Specialisation Sections:
      Physical Chemistry
      Technological Biochemistry

      Post-graduate Studies (MSc):
      Chemistry of Heterocycles
      Structure and Reactivity of Inorganic Compounds
      Molecular Dynamics and Thermodynamics of Chemical Systems
      Enzimology and Biotechnology
      Chemistry of Solid Substances
      Organic Physical Chemistry

      PH.D. Programmes:
      Analytic Chemistry
      Inorganic Chemistry
      Physical Chemistry
      Organic Chemistry
      Inorganic Chemical Technology
      Radiochemistry and Nuclear Fuels
      Chemistry of Silicon and Oxide Compounds
      Science of Materials

      Faculty of Computer Science

      Str.Berthelot, 16, phone: +40 (32) 201090; 201091

      Specialisation Sections:
      Computer Studies
      College of Computer Studies

      Post-graduate Studies (MSc):
      Distributed Systems’ Modelling
      Parallel and Distributed Algorithms
      Parallel and Distributed Programming

      PH.D. Programmes:
      Discrete Mathematics
      Graphs Applications to Computer Science
      Object Oriented Programming, Methods for Adaptable Programming
      Applied Mathematics, Probabilities and Statistics

      Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

      Bd. Carol I nr.20 A, phone/fax +40 (32) 201070; 201071

      Accounting and Financial Analysis
      Information Systems
      Finance and Banking
      Management and Marketing

      College Sections:
      Accountancy and Financial Accounting
      Bank and Stock Exchanges
      Public Administration
      Tourism and Services

      Specialisation Sections:
      Accounting and Business Information Systems
      Public administration
      Accountancy and Financial Accounting
      Finance and banking
      Firm Management
      International Transactions
      Marketing and Tourism
      Social-economic Statistics
      Economics of Environment and Food Production

      Post-graduate Studies (MSc):
      Accounting and Business Information Systems
      Accounting and Financial Management
      Human Resource Management
      Strategic Marketing
      Social economic statistics
      Management in Agribusiness
      Accounting and Financial Management

      PH.D. Programmes:
      Financial Economical Analysis
      Agriculture Economics
      Economy of Industrial Firms
      Political Economy
      Financial Accounting
      Accounting and Business Information Systems
      Management in Industry, Constructions and Transportation
      Money and Credits
      International Economic Relations
      Economic Statistics

      Faculty of Geography-Geology

      Bd. Carol I, 20 A, phone: +40 (32) 201074; 201075

      Specialisation Sections:
      Geography-Foreign Language (a section with complete teaching in French)
      Environmental Study
      Technological Geology

      Post-graduate Studies (MSc):
      Geochemistry of Mineral Resources
      Science of the Soil

      PH.D. Programmes:
      Physical Geography
      Economic Geography
      Human Geography
      Environmental Study

      Faculty of History

      Ancient History and Archaeology
      Medieval History
      Modern History
      Contemporary History

      Specialisation Sections:
      History-Foreign Language (Latin or Modern)

      Post-graduate Studies (MSc):
      Sources of Antique and Medieval History
      Romanians in the International Relations

      PH.D. Programmes:
      Prehistoric Archaeology
      Medieval Archaeology
      Contemporary History of Romania
      History of the Culture
      Medium History of Romania
      Medium History of Romania and Fundamental (Auxiliary) Sciences
      Modern History of Romania
      Old History of Romania
      Compared Universal History

      Faculty of Law

      Bd. Carol I nr.11, phone: +40 (32) 201058; 201059

      Public Law
      Private Law

      Specialisation Sections:

      Post-graduate Studies (MSc):
      Public and Private International Law

      PH.D. Programmes:
      Private International Law
      Criminal Court Law

      Faculty of Letters

      Bd. Carol I nr.11, phone: +40 (32) 201052; 201053
      Academic staff: 167
      No. of students: 1500

      Romanian Language and General Linguistics
      Romanian Literature
      Comparative Literature, Aesthetics and Balkan Studies
      French Language and Literature
      English Language and Literature
      Classical Languages, Italian and Spanish
      Germanic Languages and Literature
      Slavic Languages and Literature's
      Romanian as a foreign Language

      Specialisation Sections:
      Romanian language and literature - a foreign language and literature (English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. Italian, Latin)
      A foreign language and literature (English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Italian)
      Romanian language and literature or a foreign language and literature (English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Latin)
      Classic philology (Latin, Ancient Greek)

      Post-graduate Studies (MSc):
      Romanian Language and Literature
      French and Francophone Literature
      British and American Literature
      Comparative Literature
      German Culture in European Context

      PH.D. Programmes:
      Romanian Language
      English and American History
      Universal and Compared Literature
      French Language
      French Literature
      Germanic Languages and Literature
      Latin Languages and Literature
      General Linguistics
      Romanian Literature
      Stylistics and Poetics

      Faculty of Mathematics

      Bd. Carol I, 11, phone/ fax: +40 (32) 201060; 201061
      No. of students: 921
      Differential Equations
      Mathematical Analysis
      Mechanics and Astronomy

      Specialisation Sections:
      Applied Mathematics
      Computer science (informatics)

      Post-graduate Studies (MSc):
      Differential Equations and Partial Derivates
      Algebra and Geometry
      Abstract Analysis and Applications

      PH.D. Programmes:
      Mathematical Analysis
      Differential Equations and Partial Derivates
      Computer Sciences

      Faculty of Philosophy

      Bd. Carol I nr.11, phone: +40 (32) 201054; 201055; fax: +40 (32) 212522

      Philosophy and Logic
      History of Philosophy
      Philosophy of Culture and Hermeneutics
      Logic and Semiology

      Specialisation Sections:
      Political Sciences
      Social Assistance
      Post-graduate Studies (MSc):
      Epistemology and Science Philosophy
      History of Logic
      Ontology and metaphysics
      Political Sciences and Political Philosophy

      PH.D. Programmes:
      Epistemology and Philosophy of Science
      History of Philosophy
      Ontology and Metaphysics

      Faculty of Physical Education and Sports

      Str. Toma Cozma nr.3, phone: +40 (32) 201026; 201027

      Specialisation Sections:
      Sports and Physical Education

      Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences

      Str.Toma Cozma nr.3; phone: +40 (32) 201028; 201029
      No. of students: 600


      Specialisation Sections:

      Post-graduate Studies (MSc):
      Psychology of the Social Field, Psycho - Social Analysis
      Intervention and the Intercultural Education

      PH.D. Programmes:
      Educational Sciences

      Faculty of Physics

      Bd. Carol I nr.11, phone: +40 (32) 201050; 201051

      Electricity, Magnetism Electronics
      Optics and Spectroscopy
      Plasma Physics
      Solid State Physics
      Theoretical Physics

      Specialisation Sections:
      Technological Physics
      Medical Physics

      Post-graduate Studies (MSc):
      Plasma Physics
      Non-Linearity Phenomena and Self-Organisation of Complex Systems
      Theory of Non-Linear Phenomena
      Techniques of Material Processing and Non-Damaged Control
      Electric and Magnetic Properties of Fine and Ultra Fine Systems
      Physics of Thin Layers
      Optics and Spectroscopy

      PH.D. Programmes:
      Physics of Electromagnetic Phenomena
      Physics of the Condensed Stage
      Plasma Physics
      Physics of Self Organized Systems
      Theoretical Physics
      Technical Physics

      About the University

      Short History of the University

      As an important outcome of institutional renewal during Al.I.Cuza's reign, the University of Iasi - the first university of the country organized by modern standard and principles - was inaugurated on 26th of October 1860, in the presence of the Prince and of the leading mind of this new foundation, Mihail Kogalniceanu. Being called at first the Mihail Sturdza Academy (after the ruler who was its founder in 1835), the institution would later receive the name of Alexandru Ioan Cuza, the maker of the Union, and therefore the Moldavian University is forever linked with the Romanian great ideal, that of uniting all of the Romanian provinces into a national state.

      For the beginning the institution contained three faculties: the Faculty of Philosophy (with depths of philosophy, literature and sciences), the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Theology. In 1878 the Faculty of Medical Sciences was created, and in 1892 the Department of General Chemistry (existing within the section of Physics) was divided into the Department of Organic Chemistry and the Department of Inorganic Chemistry. The School of Electricity was added in 1910, and in 1912, the School of Applied Sciences was divided into the Departments of Agriculture, Technological Chemistry and Electronics.

      After the process of unification was completed in 1918 by the union of Transilvania, Basarabia, Bucovina and the Romanian Kingdom, the University of Iasi grew continually, proving to be responsive to general European progress and to necessities specific to Romanian society. The Education Bills of 1932, 1937, and 1938 favoured the progress of sciences and facilitated the fair representation of the diverse schools, departments and subject matters to be studied in the five faculties: Medicine and Pharmacy, Sciences, Law, Philosophy and Letters, and Agriculture. In 1933, the subsection of agricultural studies, included in the section of applied sciences, became the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. The other two branches of the section (the Electromechanical School and the Department of Technological Chemistry) were reorganised in 1937, when they became the "Gheorghe Asachi" Polytechnic Institute of Iasi, to which the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences was attached a year later.

      It is worth mentioning that, as far as organisation and teaching programmes are concerned, the University of Iasi reached the level of similar European institutions in the period between the two World Wars. Numerous remarkable personalities of Romanian culture worked here, creating and disseminating the values that have forever enriched the Romanian spiritual inheritance. Mention should be made in this respect of Grigore Cobalcescu, Petru Poni, Alexandru Philippide, A.D. Xenopol, Gh.I.Bratianu, Garabet Ibraileanu, Iorgu Iordan, Mihai Ralea, Petre Andrei, Traian Bratu, Dragomir Hurmuzescu, Alexandru Myller, Nicolae Leon, I. Borcea, Radu Cernatescu, Stefan Procopiu, C.I. Parhon, Octav Mayer, George Calinescu, Al.Dima, Gh. Ivanescu and others.

      After World War II, with Romania's coming under the influence of Soviet communism, the Romanian academic teaching system had to resist the new rules, which marred its dignity and its authentic mission.

      Some members of the teaching staff were forced to leave the University because of their democratic views, while the others "adjusted" themselves to the new requirements, either obeying the "directions" of centralised institutions, or cleverly avoiding ideological demands. Fact is that even after World War II, the Iasi University could ensure for the undergraduates a relatively distinguished and open atmosphere due to the presence of such first rank personalities as Andrei Otetea, Gheorghe Ivanescu, Teofil Simenschy, Vasile Pavelcu, Stefan Barsanescu, Petre Botezatu, Alexandru Dima, etc., who were faithful to authentic academic values. During the Communist period, the true academics that managed to survive by "shunning" the exaction of the regime (because such a thing was nonetheless not impossible) adhered to the strict scientific and theoretic values to protect themselves from the penetrating infestation of the official ideology. The socio-humanistic sciences were exposed most, as they were called upon to serve and to sustain the regime. Perhaps this is the reason why the orientation toward civic and political values of the social field was approached less often by honest academics who found their refuge in the "ivory tower" of some "abstract" values less controlled by the super-ordinated indications.

      Other subjects followed their natural course and, despite deficient material base and lack of specialised information, maintained their high standards due to the dedication and talent of the people engaged to serve them. In recent years, with the ideological barriers down, the University of Iasi has been going through a process of recovery in an attempt to connect itself to the modern experiments of the world, by reworking its structures and by promoting new, attractive and efficient courses and programmes designed to respond adequately to present day requirements and to the prospects of Romanian society.

      Organization and Structure

      The "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi, with some 13,000 undergraduate students and 1593 doctoral students currently registered, provides one of the fullest ranges of classical education available in Romania. At present, the University employs some 900 academics and about 800 administrative staff members. Almost all the faculties offer Master’s and Ph.D. degrees. These faculties are Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Geography-Geology, History, Law, Letters, Mathematics, Orthodox Theology, Psychology and Education Sciences, Philosophy, Physical Education and Sports, and Physics. They ensure the necessary training for over 50 specialisation fields: teachers for all subjects, lawyers, economists, computer science experts, geological engineers, ecologists, and priests. Full time studies cover four to five years, evening and part-time courses for five. Three colleges have been founded after 1989: Economics, Physical Education, Computer Science and Secretariat. Full-time courses in these colleges are scheduled for three years. The University also provides refresher courses for high school staff from several Romanian counties. It receives most of its funding from public sources and is governed by the Senate, whose president is the Rector himself. Other members of the Senate are the Vice-Rectors, the scientific secretary to the Senate, academic representatives from each faculty as well as representatives of the students.

      The present building of the University, dominating the area of the Copou hill, came into use in 1897, and a new wing as well as other buildings have been added since then. Several research units, indispensable to the instruction process, have appeared in the meantime: "Mihai Eminescu" Central University Library, the Botanical Gardens, the Museum of Natural History, the Computer Centre, the Marine Biology Research Unit of Agigea (at the Black Sea), the Biological Research Unit of Potoci (in the Carpathian Mountains), etc. At present, the University has 9 buildings containing 11 specialised libraries and 15 reading rooms, a Duplication Centre able to cover didactic requirements and, since 1990, its own publishing house and printing press.

      Facilities for Students

      Library Facilities
      The "Mihai Eminescu" Central University Library (generally referred to as BCU) is also situated on the Copou hill, very close to the main university building. It has a collection of about 2,2 million volumes. BCU and its 11 faculty branches have 26 reading rooms reserved for studying, with a total capacity of about 1,200 seats.

      Computer Facilities
      In almost all the university buildings, PCs are tax-free available for students. Students must obtain an account number that gives them access to the computer network first, e-mail and Internet. These account numbers can be requested at the Department of Data Communication

      Sports Facilities
      The University has a Sports Centre (volleyball, gymnastics, basketball, handball, fitness), outdoor sports grounds (handball, basketball, and football) and there are many possibilities in the city for sporting activities (swimming pools, sauna, massage, etc.).

      Social Life
      The Students' Club organises conferences, shows, symposia, literary and musical evenings, theatre shows by students, meetings with artists and scientists, etc. Students also have the possibility to participate in the various programs organised by the French and German Cultural Centres which are both very close to the University.

      Student Organisations

      There are several associations of students in Iasi. They offer a meeting-place for members and offer various activities. The associations functioning in the University are:
      the Students' League, AIESEC (The International Association of Economics and Managemnt Students - address: Bd.Copou nr.22, tel.+40 32 212244; president – Ms Cristina IACOB, e-mail,
      and AEGEE (The General Association of European Students - president Ms Violeta CIOBANU, e-mail ,

      These are non-governmental, non-profit organisations that have been created in order to ensure that students’ rights are respected. These associations are involved in the process of increasing students' contribution to the development and improvement of the education process and of informing them about international programmes and possibilities to study abroad.

      "Studmont" is a Students' Circle of Mountain Tourism affiliated to the Students' Club. Its members are pupils, students and graduates for whom the mountains are a real hobby. They participate in various competitions organised by other Tourism Clubs and Associations in the country as well as in ecological actions (address: Str.Vasile Conta nr.30; president: Mr.Vladimir I.Contratov - E mail, tel. +40 32 147358, fax +40 32 117340).

      The "ERASMUS" Office is functioning as part of the Department of International Relations and University Image. Assistance will be offered both to the teaching staff and to the students who are going to take part in the programme. This office collaborates with the Students "ERASMUS" Office organised within AEGEE –Iasi.


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