In the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, full time and part time Bachelor level studies are offered in its 12 faculties (9 in Cluj-Napoca, 4 in Baia-Mare) and the colleges running locally in: Alba-Iulia, Bistrita, Satu-Mare, and Zalau); the studies extend over four years for engineering sciences, only three years in the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences of the North University Centre of Baia-Mare and 6 years in the Faculty of Architecture. Bachelor level studies contain minimum 180 and maximum 240 ECTS points, according to the Bologna system. The exception from the rule is represented by the Faculty of Architecture with six years of study and 360 ECTS points. Bachelor level studies can be state funded or paid individually by fee-paying students. These studies are offered both in Romanian, English and German, in several faculties of the university.
Master level education represents the second tertiary education cycle, coming to continue Bachelor level studies. These courses are full time and conclude with a dissertation. Their duration is two years and the number of ECTS points ranges between 60 and 120. Master level study programs can be either of the professional type, where the emphasis is set on professional competences, of the research type, in which the aim is to form and train students for research, and educational/teaching type. The basic requirement for the admission to master level studies is a bachelor graduation diploma. Studies are offered in Romanian, English and French by several faculties.
The doctoral studies are organised by the Doctoral School of the university. They are full time and research oriented, running under the supervision of a Ph.D. coordinator. The Ph.D. program includes a training part organised by the doctoral school and an individual research part. Ph.D. studies are supervised by our professors, though quite often students are supervised by teams where one of the coordinators comes from abroad from institutions with which our university has contacts. The duration of studies is three years and the student scholarships can be financed by the state, by a company, or the tuition is paid by the student.
According to the Romanian laws, higher education graduates can take part in life-long learning programmes. Such courses are offered to individuals, all along their professional life. For many of them, such offers are part of their professional reconversion activities. Graduates of postgraduate courses (organised as single lectures or sets of courses) are awarded a certificate which shows the competences gained during the courses.
Another form of education is represented by part time courses (abbreviated by IFR in Romanian) which are addressed, in a flexible manner, to people who cannot attend full time courses. An integrated form of education, part-time education replaces classical lectures with individual work; multiple support media serve at sending educational materials to the participants, similarly to Distance Learning. Meetings between tutors and students for the practical part of the curriculum are the basis of this kind of training.