Romania: Babes-Bolyai University

A GVSU Partnership Program

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Open to: Open to all students

With more than 39,000 students, Babes-Bolyai University (BBU) is a large, public University with students from all over the world. It was originally established in 1581 making it one of the oldest Universities in Romania. Babes-Bolyai University is located in the city of Cluj-Napoca, the second most populous city in Romania. Cluj-Napoca is in the heart of the Transylvania which is most often recognized because of author Bram Stoker's fictitious character Dracula. The city offers a great deal to students who choose to venture to this less-traditional study abroad location. It hosts very well-known film and music festivals, many restaurants, clubs and beautiful parks. It prides itself on offering a great blend of strong traditions and modernity.  

The regular cost of a semester at BBU is less than a semester at GVSU due to the low cost of living in Romania. GVSU students can apply for the Erasmus+ Scholarship that will include a stipend of 750 Euro per month and airfare which could bring the total estimated cost of this semester exchange to around $5,500 for 4.5 months. Without the scholarship, this program still costs less than a semester at GVSU!  BBU offers a very welcoming and open campus and embraces multiculturalism as a core value of the institution.

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When can I go?

Fall 2018:                                  October - February

Academic Year 2018-19:         October - June

Winter 2019:                             February - June (Recommended semester) 

Where will I live?

Students are able to apply for on-campus housing and off-campus apartments. Students that wish to live on-campus should apply for housing early to ensure placement on-campus.

Who is eligible to participate?

2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate) GPA required.

How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to to begin your online application.

Winter 2018:                                 September 10, 2017 

Fall 2018:                                      February 1, 2018 

Academic Year 2018-19:             February 1, 2018 


How much does the program cost?

Total Projected Cost: $10,758 - $11,058 (per semester)

Additional Program Cost Information

PLEASE NOTE: Students will apply for the Erasmus Plus Program. Recipients will receive airfare + 750 Euro per month, bringing the estimated total cost to: $5,489 (per semester) 

Did You Know? The estimated cost of a semester at GVSU is $10,294. 

Detailed Estimated Budget

Financial Aid

Students typically pay for study abroad through a combination of financial aid, personal funds, scholarships/grants and alternative loans. Early application for financial aid is strongly recommended.

To contact the Financial Aid office, email with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Financial Aid


Erasmus Plus Program:

Erasmus+ is a program sponsored by the European Commission that offers scholarship support to students studying at a partner institution for one semester. Scholarships are competitive. The number of scholarships available may vary from year to year.  BBU conducts a selection process to identify the strongest candidates who will be offered a scholarship. The number of available scholarships will vary based on the total number of applicants any given semester. Minimum of a 2.5 GPA is required, but a competitive applicant should have a 3.0 or above. Students must agree to attend one of the PIC required pre-departure orientation. Students must be majoring or minoring in one of the following subjects: Journalism, Political Science, Business, Master of Business Administration (MBA). Eligible students are automatically considered when they apply. For more information, contact

Study Abroad Semester Grant: 

Students who complete an online study abroad application by the designated priority deadline, have a 2.5 GPA and a FAFSA on file, may be eligible for a study abroad grant ranging from $500-$1,750/semester.  Due to limited funding, not all eligible students will receive a grant.

Who can tell me more?

Padnos International Center

130 Lake Ontario Hall

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pm
Hours extended on Wednesday until 7pm during Fall and Winter Semesters



All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.