Doctoral studies at the „Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu are part of a long-standing tradition in high-performance education and scientific research. The prestige that both our teaching and scientific research activities enjoy is subsequent to the consistent implementation of two principles: the quality of the teaching and research activities and competitiveness. Studies at the LBUS offer doctoral candidates access to an academic environment that welcomes the diversity of opinions and openness, access to European programs in the field of postgraduate studies, as well as the possibility of working in high-performance research teams under the guidance of more than 70 doctoral advisors, within our 13 research fields.
About doctoral studies in Romania
In Romania, according to the Law of Education (no.288/2005), doctoral studies are the highest form of education and research. The above-mentioned law stipulates that Romanian educational authorities must certify all institutions organizing doctoral studies and all doctoral advisors. Doctoral studies are further regulated by a decision of the Romanian government (no.567/2005) who specifies that in Romania doctoral studies take two forms:
-Full time studies and part time studies, with a length of 3 years(4 years for medicine field), out of which 1 year for exams and 2 years (3 years for medicine field) for reports.
Candidates complete their degrees under the supervision of specialists in the respective fields of research, certified as doctoral advisor by the Romanian Ministry of Education, Research and Innovation. The research topic and the aims of the project available for supervision are matched with the candidate's own preferences and background.
Degrees and fields
Doctoral studies at the LBUS lead to a doctoral degree (Ph.D. degree) in one of the following fields:
Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Material Engineering, Engineering and Management, Computer and Information Technology
Humanities and Arts
History, Philology, Theatre and Arts of Performing
Economics, Management, Finance, Cybernetics and Statistics
Requirements for completing a doctoral degree
Doctoral studies have two components:
The training program based on advanced academic studies which
consists in activities that take place in institutionalized forms of study, through lectures, seminars, laboratories, etc.
For each attended discipline included in the training program based on advanced academic studies within “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, the PhD student will receive a certificate of attendance.
The individual program of scientific research / artistic creation has as main objective the elaboration of the PhD thesis.
The individual program of scientific research / artistic creation consists of 3 (three) oral reports in front of the scientific coordinator and the advisory committee:
In the first year of study the PhD student shall complete a scientific research / artistic creation project that will result in the elaboration of the final PhD thesis. The acceptance of the research project represents the approval of the PhD theme.
In the 2nd and 3rd year of study the PhD student shall present a research / artistic creation report concerning his/her both the progress of the scientific research / artistic creation and the results of the work
Candidates who have completed the individual program of PhD studies must submit a thesis, which is evaluated in a public meeting by an officially appointed commission. The officially appointed evaluation commission proposes whether the candidate be awarded the title of “doctor” (Ph.D.) or not. Then, according to Romanian legislation, a dossier containing the required documents and a copy of the thesis are sent, to the National Council for Attestation of Academic Titles, Degrees and Certificates. Upon written confirmation by the above named institution the candidate will be awarded the doctoral degree.
The grading system states that candidates must obtain at least the grades good or very good in order to pass an exam (from the individual program or at the end of a doctoral course) or the presentation and defense of a report or the public defense of the doctoral thesis.
The admissions policy of LBUS is highly flexible and stands under the sign of competitiveness. Romanian applicants are admitted to doctoral studies at the LBUS if successful in the admission contest, which is organized every September. For international applicants, the documents required for application must be submitted to the National Center of Equivalence and Recognition of Diplomas (NCERD), in order to obtain a certificate that allows the candidate to participate in the PhD admission exam. International doctoral students may develop their studies in a widely used modern language as well as in Romanian. Applicants from abroad must submit their request to the LBUS’s PhD Department.
In its admissions policy LBUS does not discriminate on the basis of gender, color, religion, ethnicity, age or political orientation.
Usually, the documents required by the NCERD for application to doctoral studies are certified copies of the :
high-school graduation certificate,
university graduation degree,
postgraduate degree/master's degree,
birth certificate and marriage certificate (if the applicant's last name changed subsequent to marriage)
as well as a copy of the grade transcripts for the university studies at graduate level,
a curriculum vitae,
a list of publications,
a medical certificate (including the HIV test, only for international applicants),
four passport-size photos (only for international applicants) and
the application form (different for Romanian and international applicants).
For further details regarding the admissions process please refer to the web page of LBUS's PhD Department and admission section
List of doctoral advisors
In this list you will find a short presentation of each of LBUS's over 60 doctoral advisors. The presentation includes the research interests of each advisor, as well as the languages in which he is willing to supervise doctoral theses and some contact information.
List of doctoral advisors that are to receive new doctoral candidates for the 2005-2006 academic year
Foreign students who wish to study at universities in Romania should register with the Foreign Students Office (Passport Office, Authority for Foreign Citizens), 4-6 Revoluţiei str.,Sibiu,tel.:0040-269-208205.
For studying at universities in Romania, foreign citizens should possess, when entering Romania, a studying visa obtained from the Romanian Embassy in their country.
This rule may except for the only EU citizens who are allowed to enter Romania without the visa stamp but who are required to get a temporary stay permit, from the Foreign Students Office, after 90 days since entering in Romania.
The visa prolongation request should be submitted to the Foreign Students Office at least 30 days before the visa date expiring, otherwise foreign students are subject to fines. Foreign students may request a visa prolongation if they are in one of the following situations:
-Being enrolled in a public or private accredited education institution
- Submitting the proof of having paid the tuition fees for the whole academic year
- Submitting the proof of having USD 250 funds per month on his bank account for the whole period the visa will be prolonged.
The visa can be prolonged with maximum 90 days after university graduation .
If the student didn't succesfully complete a year of study through his own fault, the Foreign Students Office may not prolong his/her visa
The Authority for Foreign Citizens may not change the visa type (for studying, for business etc.), it may only prolong it.
In order to prolong their visa, the students also need two passport sized photos and a fill-in-form to be found at the Passport Office. The visa fee for self-financing students amounts to 60 $ for the period the tuition fees have been paid.
Foreign students who want to enroll in the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu have two choices:
- To submit their documents to the Ministry of Education and Research Romania from Bucharest
- To submit their documents directly to the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
Admission through the Ministry of Education, Researchand Innovation
Foreign students coming to study to Romania, both the ones wanting to get a Romanian Government scholarship and the ones paying their school fees, must contact the Department for Student Mobilities within the General Office for International Relations (str. Spiru Haret nr. 12, Bucuresti, Tel/fax: +401/18.104.22.168).
Romanian embassies from abroad can give more information about admission to Romanian universities.
Through its above-mentioned department, the Ministry of Education, Research and Innovation ensures:
The equivalance of the studies attended in the native countries in accordance with the conventions which Romania is a part of the financial conditions which students have to fulfill
The distribution of students at institutions of higher education according to their specialization and university
Counselling students who need to go through a medical exam before being admitted
Documents required for application to undergraduate and graduate studies:
Certified copies of the following documents translated in Romanian/ English/ French/ German language:
- The transcripts of records for the high-school studies / undergraduate studies
- Birth certificate
- Marriage certificate (if the applicant's last name changed subsequent to marriage)
- Medical certificate (including the HIV test)
- Four passport-size photos
They must be submitted to the Department for Student Mobilities within the General Office for International Relations (str. Spiru Haret nr. 12, Bucuresti, Tel/fax: ++40/22.214.171.124).
Before registration, all documents are checked in order to make sure that they are valid. PhD Students must also submit the original documents, recognized by the Ministry or the Romanian embassies/consulates from abroad. If the study documents are elaborated in an international language, they no longer have to be translated into Romanian; their certification will do.
Foreign PhD students who have enrolled through the Ministry will contact the PhD Department from the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu (550024, Sibiu, Blv. Victoriei no. 10, phone & fax: +40-269-236207, where they will submit the following documents, before each August 30:
-The Order of the Ministry of Education, Researchand Innovation
-Bank receipt proving the payment of fees
-A passport-size photo
Enrollment directly to Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
Foreign citizens who want to study at Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu must contact the PhD Department of the LBUS for details concerning tuition fees and accomodation costs. They must also submit the documents stipulated in the chapter Documents Necessary for Enrollment.
Foreign citizens can enroll in Romanian universities as self sponsored PhD students without having to pass an admission exam. Doctoral students need the scientific coordinator's agreement.
The fees are to be paid at the Romanian Commercial Bank Sibiu. PhD Students will go to the bank after having received the invoice issued by the Accounting Department of Lucian Blaga University.
For PhD Studies
- full-time studies
370 EURO / month (for the field of Medicine)
270 EURO / month (for the fields of Phylology, History, Law, Theology, Management, Finances, Economics, Cybernetic and Statistics)
320 EURO / month (for the field of Engineering)
Important: The above-mentioned fees do not include board and lodging costs. The academic management can change these fees. For more precise information, students can contact the PhD Department.
NOTE: According to law no 316 from 12 July 2006, foreign citizens living in the Members states of the European Union have access to all forms of study and in the same conditions as the Romanian citizens, including the amount of fees.
Admission for Romanian Ethnic Foreign PhD Students
They have two possibilities:
They may enroll in Romanian universities and pass an admission exam just like any Romanian student.
They may enroll in Romanian universities without passing an admission exam if:
-they hold a scholarship granted by the Ministry of Education and Research
- they are Ministry of Foreign Affairs scholarship holders
- they hold a scholarship granted by international foundations or organizations
- they pay for their school, board and logding
Application to doctoral studies
Certified copy of the following documents translated in Romanian/ English/ French/ German language:
-High-school graduation certificate
-University graduation degree
Copy of the following documents translated in Romanian/ English/ French/ German language:
- Birth certificate
- Marriage certificate (if the applicant's last name changed subsequent to marriage)
- grade transcripts for the university studies at graduate level