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- University of Craiova in brief (here)
- How to get to Craiova (here)
- Local transport (here)
- Facilities of the university (here)
- Leisure time activities (here)
- Student organisations (here)
The University of Craiova is a prestigious Romanian institution of higher education and research. Founded in 1947, the University of Craiova has achieved an outstanding position in the national higher education system and has established long-term cooperation relationships with other universities across Europe and the wider world.
The University of Craiova has made a substantial contribution to the promotion of Romanian culture and state-of-the-art international research, enhancing, therefore, the integration of the young generation to the advanced structures of the global world.
The University of Craiova is the most important higher education institution in the historical region of Oltenia, located in the South West of Romania.
As the most important city in Oltenia and the sixth most populous city in the country, Craiova is an enriching cultural experience. The University of Craiova currently enrols nearly 23,000 students in Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes.
The activity of the University of Craiova is supported by a teaching staff of 948 Professors, Associate Professors, Senior Lecturers and Junior Lecturers, as well as approximately 230 administrative officers.
Undergraduate students: 17,098
Postgraduate students: 5,465
Doctoral studies: 488
Teaching and research staff: 948
Non-teaching staff: 227
All the students are granted access to up-to-date library and on-line facilities. Internet connection is available in all the buildings, establishments and campuses of the University of Craiova. All the programmes provided by the University of Craiova are based on ECTS, which is valid in more than 45 countries.
A number of the study programmes provided by the faculties are taught in English, and the foreign language programmes of the Faculty of Letters are taught in the foreign language concerned. For further information, foreign students should contact the departmental International Relations coordinator of the Faculty they are interested in attending. The curricula of the faculties of the University of Craiova can be consulted online at the following address: http://cis01.central.ucv.ro/evstud/planuri/.
Teaching and learning activities underpin learner-centeredness, monitoring and supervision of students’ work and an active methodology for theoretical and practical training. Internship in well-established companies and public institutions is also provided for all specialisations. For the last five years, the University of Craiova has been submitted to consecutive internal evaluation and national evaluation processes, which have enhanced the design and implementation of the institutional development strategy, with the support of the entire academic community.
The 2009 Institutional evaluation of the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ARACIS) was completed with a “High Degree of Confidence”. The evaluation clearly identified the major characteristics branding distinguishing the University of Craiova within the Romanian higher education system.
Travel by plane
The easiest way of reaching Romania from most European countries is by plane. There are flights from all over the world to Bucharest, the capital of Romania. To reach Craiova you can take an intercity train.
The nearest international airports in Romania are:
The “Henri Coanda” International Airport is the biggest and most important airport in Romania, so if your flight lands in Otopeni, it is advisable to take an airport bus or train to Bucharest (the trip can last from 30 minutes up to 1 hour, depending on the means of transportation chosen), then take an intercity train from Bucharest “Gara de Nord” station to Craiova. For further details and reservations, please visit www.cfrcalatori.ro.
The other possibility is to fly to the International Airport of Craiova, which provides direct flights to many cities across Europe. For further details please visit www.aeroportcraiova.ro or
Travel by train
Craiova is a major railway centre, connected to all the other major Romanian cities. The city is located on the main railway crossing Romania from East to West and linking Timisoara to Bucharest. You can easily reach Craiova by train from Paris, Munich, Budapest, Thessaloniki, etc. The railway station is located in the northern area of the city, from where you can take a bus or a taxi to the University. Students enjoy reduced train fares if they are in possession of a valid student ID card (issued by the faculty that accepts the Erasmus mobility, after concluding all of the enrolment formalities).
Travel by car
Craiova is situated at the junction of the E70, E79 and E574 European routes. The customs offices are located in Bechet, Calafat, Giurgiu and Turnu Magurele at the Bulgarian border, in Drobeta Turnu-Severin and Jimbolia at the Serbian border, and in Nadlac, Bors and Cenad at the Hungarianborder. Foreigners driving a car to Romania are required to hold a valid international driving licence. Car registration and insurance papers are also compulsory. Driving is on the right-hand side and seat belts are compulsory. The speed limit within residential areas is 50 km/h, 90 km/h on national routes, 130 km/h on motorways.
Public transport in Craiova consists of 3 tram lines and 16 bus lines. One ticket costs around € 0.5.There is a 50% discount on standard fares for monthly passes on trams or buses (unlimited travel on one line only) for holders of an enrolment certificate issued by thefaculty that confirms the acceptance of the Erasmus mobility. Most buses run until22.00 and trams until 23.30. Forfurther details on the routes and timetables, please visit www.rat-craiova.ro
Taxi services are relatively cheap and comfortable, amounting to €1- €2 (around €0.3/km)
The official Romanian currency is LEU (singular form), LEI (plural form) (LEU/LEI, RON). Coins: BANI 5, 10, 50.
1 LEU = 100 BANI. Bank notes: LEI 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 200, 500. Exchange rate (live): 1 EUR = approx. 4.5 LEI.
You can exchange money at the bank or at exchange offices. Credit/ debit cards are increasingly being accepted.
GMT + 2h
Emergency call centre: 112
International dial code of Romania: +40. Area code of Craiova: (0)251
The University Campus
The University of Craiova offers accommodation in 11 student hostels situated on four university campuses:
Hostels no. 1, no. 2 and no. 3 on the campus of the Faculty of Agriculture (Campus Agronomie);
Hostels no. 6, no. 7, no. 8 and no. 14 on the campus of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (Campus Mecanica);
Hostel no. 10 on the Lăpuş district;
Hostels no. 11, no. 12 and no. 13 on the Campus of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sports.
All student hostels allow the students’ free access to internet and cable TV. Six out of the eleven hostels are completely renovated, offering double rooms provided with refrigerator, TV set and individual bathroom, as well as fully equipped kitchens and laundries, a reading room and a social hall located within the precincts of the hostel, for social activities.
Students are also provided with three canteens situated on the campus of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, in the central building of the University and at the Faculty of Agriculture, where they can eat at discounted prices.
The sports halls of the University of Craiova are located at the following addresses:
The Sports Complex of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sports (fitness center, gymnastics hall)
“Ion Oblemenco” Stadium (the table tennis hall, the in-door handball/ football hall)
The Faculty of Law (the multifunctional sports hall, the sports ground).
All these facilities offer free access, on an organized basis.
The Library of the University of Craiova
The University of Craiova Library is a cultural and scientific centre. The University is legally bound to provide the logistics allowing for the operation of the library. The library is subordinated to the University Senate and to the Rector’s Office. The link between theUniversity of Craiova Library and the University Senate is secured by the Senate Council and the Scientific Research Vice-Rectorate.
The University of Craiova Library is a complex structure comprising specialized branches serving the different faculties within the university. As an educational and training centre, it purchases books, periodicals and special collections, it processes data related to the library entries and disseminates the information with a view to facilitating access for students, teaching staff and researchers. The library provides a wide range of services such as:
Traditional and e-catalogues access
Free access to materials on the shelves in the Reading rooms
Bibliography search and help with information mining
Materials saving, scanning and printing
Guided tour of The University of Craiova Library
Interlibrary loans in-country and abroad
Internet access via the library network
Currently, the University of Craiova Library houses about 1, 000,000 volumes, out of which 27,999 volumes are in special collections and more than 3,000 periodicals are available. The library cooperates with more than 85 foreign partners and 45 national partners in interlibrary loan schemes.The library database uses TINLIB for Windows v.1.15 (library software) and stores about 115,000 book entries and 2,000 periodicals.
Information mining is enhanced by OPAC, which is available at several Information Centersand Multimedia Centers.
Furthermore, data are available via traditional library catalogues. A valuable additional source is the Periodicals Section/Legal Storehouse which allows the readers to access information in the Reading Room.
The University of Craiova Library includes the Unique Books Storehouse, containing reference books (approx. 170,000 titles), and allowing the readers easy access to data via electronic services. Readers may also use the Multimedia Centre and the Conference Room, located in the Lapuş Branch of the library.
For further details, please visit biblio.central.ucv.ro - data on the office hours, localization, interactive communication with the library services, links to databases available in the university campus: Science Direct, Thomson ISI, Springer Link, EBSCO, CSA ResearchPack, American Institute of Physics, Proquest, EngineeringVillage, Scopus, Oxford Journals, Cambridge Journals, Taylor and Francis, The Royal Society, IOP Electronic Journals, Classiques Garnier Numérique.
The University of Craiova Library is affiliated with the Romanian Library Association (ABR).
Casa Universitarilor (University Club)
The contemporary Casa Universitarilor, the former Romanescu House, is a remarkable piece of architecture of the 19th century, situated in the very heart of the city of Craiova, on Unirii Main Street. It was founded by the Romanescu family, true patriots and outstanding members of the Romanian aristocracy ever since 1486. The entire building is divided into a large number of salons, each one with its own style, design and honouring its founder, different local and international personalities, colors or regions. (The Blue Salon, The Green Salon,The Oriental Salon, The Mihai Eminescu Music Hall, The Hillary Salon, the A. I. Cuza Salon, The Nicolae Romanescu Salon etc.). The top floor of the House works as an independently-running hotel, with guest rooms overlooking the beautiful garden designed between 2002-2003, in an attempt to recreate the original one. Nowadays, Casa Universitarilor is a venue for the presentation of doctoral theses, national and international conferences, art exhibitions, book displays and is home to the academic spirit of the city.
The Student’s House (Casa de Cultura a Studenţilor)
The Students’ House is a public institution founded in 1964 and is subordinated to the National Youth Authority and coordinated by the Agency for Student Support. Its main purpose is to meet the needs of the students in Craiova by initiating and organising cultural activities, sports and touristic events, educational, entertainment and leisure time activities, by initiating and organising artistic and literary circles, theoretical and practical courses and creative workshops, while facilitating the smooth functioning and performance of student artistic groups and encouraging the participation of students in all activities.
The Students’ House organised the first « Jazz, Folk, Rock » student festival, an event that had a huge impact upon the students’ community and was taken up by similar student institutions in the country. The festival made its way into Bilboard Magazine. The Students’ House in Craiova has always been and continues to be a place open to all the students, providing a good opportunity for everybody interested in socio-cultural, educational and artistic activities to take an active part in these events. It is located on 10, Eugeniu Carada Street, Craiova, DoljCounty, and further information is offered www.ccscraiova.ro.
Cafe Teatru Play- 18 C.D. Fortunescu Street and Scena 8 - 13 Libertăţii Street are two local pubs hosting theatrical plays performed by students or graduate students from the Arts Department of the University of Craiova and live concert performed by local bands.
« Modern » Cinema
3-5, Madona Dudu Street
Number of seats: 175
Full-price ticket 2D: 8 lei
Half-price ticket 2D – 6 lei
(Monday – Thursday, 2 p.m.)
Full-price ticket 3D: 10 lei
« Patria » Cinema
19, A. I. Cuza Street
Number of seats: 708
Full-price ticket 2D: 15 lei
Half-price ticket 2D: 10 lei
Full-price ticket 3D: 20 lei
Half-price ticket 3D: 15 lei
Shopping Centres and Hypermarkets
Electroputere Park 80 Calea Bucuresti Boulevard is a shopping center with various famous brand boutiques and Auchan Hypermarket. The shopping galleries are open between 10:00 and 22:00 and the hypermarket between 08:00 and 22:00.
Mercur Shopping center Mihai Viteazul Square, 14 Calea Unirii Street is a complex of department stores specializing in articles of clothing, footwear, home appliances, hygienic products, cosmetics, decorative items, bookstore etc.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 09:00-21:00, Sundays: 09:00-14:30.
Real Hypermarket 5 Calea Severinului Boulevard is a large shopping center housing a commercial gallery that offers articles of clothing and footwear, home appliances, telephone services, pharmacy, pet shop, laundry and cafes.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday - 08:00-23:00; Sundays: 08:00-22:00.
Hypermarket Kaufland 142 Calea Bucuresti Street and 6-6a Tineretului Boulevard is an Hypermarket includes a commercial gallery offering mobile telephone services and a pharmacy. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday - 8:00-22:00; Sundays: 08:00-20:00.
Other supermarkets/ hypermarkets in Craiova: METRO, Selgross, Succes, Carrefour Market, Lidl, Profi, etc.
The Faculty of Automation, Computers and Electronics Students Association- email@example.com, http://www.osace.ucv.ro
Law Students Association at the University of Craiova- firstname.lastname@example.org
Physics Students Association of Craiova- email@example.com
Horticulture Students Association of Craiova- firstname.lastname@example.org
Theology Students Association of Craiova- email@example.com
Social Sciences Students Association of Craiova- firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Organisations Convention- email@example.com
Economics and Business Administration Students Association- firstname.lastname@example.org
The Faculty of Letters Students Association of Craiova- email@example.com
The Faculty of Mechanics Students Organization of Craiova- firstname.lastname@example.org
The Faculty of Mathematics-Informatics Students Association- email@example.com
Counselling and Career Orientation Centre- firstname.lastname@example.org
Physical Education and Sports and Kinetotherapy Students Association- email@example.com
The Polytechnic (electrical engineering specialization) Students Association of Craiova- firstname.lastname@example.org
The Faculty of Agriculture Students Association- email@example.com
Chemistry and Biochemistry Students Association- firstname.lastname@example.org