- Location:(Southeastern) Central Europe
- Capital:Bucharest (București)
- Time Zone:Seven hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time (GMT + 2)
- Flag of Romania:Three vertical stripes: red, yellow and blue.
- Population:19,942,000 (March 2014)
- Official Language:Romanian
- Currency:Leu (RON) ( plural Lei)
- Climate:Temperate, four distinct seasons, similar to northeastern USA
- EU member: since 2007
If you are aiming to do your studies in Romania you must know that this is the largest country in Southeastern Europe and shares borders with Hungary to the northwest, Serbia to the southwest, Bulgaria to the south, the Black Sea to the southeast, Ukraine to the east and to the north and the Republic of Moldova to the east.
Romania's territory is distributed roughly equally between mountains, hills and plains. The Carpathian Mountains dominate the center of Romania, the highest point being Moldoveanu Peak (2.544 m / 8.346 ft). Forests cover over one quarter of the country and the fauna is one of the richest in Europe with 13 national parks and three biosphere reserves. The Danube River ends its eight-country journey into the Black Sea, after forming the second-largest and best-preserved delta in Europe, the Danube Delta.
Thanks to its position on the southeastern part of Europe and to the sea opening, Romania has a temperate-continental climate with four distinct seasons. The maximum temperatures during summer are around 35 Celsius degrees. During winter, the coldest season of the year, the maximum temperature gets below 5 Celsius degrees.
The official language is Romanian, which is a Latin language. English, German, French and Italian are the most frequent languages taught at school and universities, too.
Romanian cuisine shares some similarities with other Balkanic cuisines, such as Greek, Bulgarian and Turkish cuisine. We are known for “ciorbă, mamaligă, sarmale, mici”.
In Romania you`ll have a lot of beautiful places to visit and discover starting from the spooky Dracula’s Castle in Bran, Peleş Castle in Sinaia, the Transfăgărăşan road, the wooden churches of Maramureş, the Sculptural Ensamble of Constantin Brâncuşi from Târgu Jiu, the city of Sibiu and many others.