When I knew I was accepted in Sibiu, I looked for practical information but it was almost impossible to find any. I have to admit I am also a little bit lazy so I didn’t search a very long time, and for example I didn’t know where I was going to sleep until the very end. Anyway, for the lazy people like me, I will try to give you all the practical information you might need : travel, accomodation, courses, ESN…
- How to reach Sibiu
The city of Sibiu is a bit complicated to go to. Indeed, since it is kind of in the middle of Romania, and not so big, it might take you some time to finally arrive there – but don’t worry, you will get used to it. You have several ways to go to Sibiu : plane; bus; train; hitch-hiking (pretty common in Romania), but let’s show you a few options.
From Bordeaux, France, I chosed to go to London by plane with Easyjet company, and then from London to Sibiu directly by plane, with Wizzair company. Both of the flights were low-cost so finally it is not so expensive. From London Luton airport, you have two direct flights a week : on Tuesday around midday, and on Saturday at the same hour. The plane after landing in Sibiu goes back to London around 7pm. It was very practical for me, because my boyfriend lives in London, which is finally a lot easier to go to from here than Paris.
An other option, if you don’t want or cannot go to London first, is to go to Bucarest. There are lots of low cost flights with Wizzair again, from various places, so I let you do the research. Then, from Bucarest, you will have to take the bus or the train to reach Sibiu. The journey Bucarest-Sibiu last around 5hours by bus and 6hours by train (yes, not very logical I know) and cost, I don’t know, maybe 10 euros for the bus (the train is more expensive if you don’t have a special discount you will get after the first days at the university). So, it is a bit of a mission, but well, you won’t die. You can check the bus times and prices on http://www.autogari.ro and the train on http://www.cfrcalatori.ro
Finally, if you have the spirit of an adventurer, you can go all the way from where you are (Spain, Germany, France, Turkey, whatever) to Sibiu by BUS. It might take a while, but why not? It’s an adventure! Check for example http://www.eurolines.fr or http://www.atlassib.ro
For your Erasmus, if you ask for it, the university will provide you an accomodation in the dormitory number 3 (the best of all). You will have a private or a double room, depending what you ask for. Don’t worry, if you want to be alone you will have a private one, there is no problem. You have your own private bathroom too, but you have to share the kitchen with the other people of your floor.
To my mind the dormitory is nice. At first I tought I will have to share my room with other people as I saw on the website of the university room shared by four people, but such rooms are only in other buildings. My room is located on the ground floor, with a wonderful view on… an abandoned and very ugly building. As a consequence I can say I don’t have ANY (any any) light, NEVER, but it’s not so bad, I got used to it. I would even say I have a nice room since we are a few in the ground floor, which means a small but cosy kitchen and a nice atmosphere. I know all the people who lives in my floor and we have almost everyday lunch or dinner all together, like a family (soapy moment!).
All the rooms are pretty much the same anyway. If you are lucky you can even get a balcony which can be very nice and helpful if you are a smoker! The cost of the room is 540lei, so around maybe 140euros per month? It is expansive for Romania but I’m sure cheaper than in France or in Germany for example.
- Organisation of the courses
That’s a long story. Let’s say that in Romania, the organisation is a bit different. Which is fine, totally, but you might get a bit lost at the beginning. For me to choose the classes at the beggining of the year was pretty easy, since I had already completed my Learning Agreement before to leave and only choose classes of the Third year of Journalism. It was what I wanted to study anyway and this way my schedule was (supposed to be) the same as the other students of my class and that’s it : no classes at the same time or in different locations. But, if you want to have fun organizing your ECTS and timetable, you can also do it.
Most of the classes at Lucian Blaga University are in Romanian, of course. If you don’t speak Romanian, and don’t wish to spend hours not understanding what people around are talking about, you have a few solutions. First, it is very important to go to see all of your professors at least once, and present yourself to them. They will know your existence and most of the time tell you what is going to happen this semester. Whether they will do the class in English if it is possible for them and for the other students of the class, or some kind of half-English half-Romanian class. Two of my professors did that for me this semester, and it is basically the only classes I went to. If they are not willing or cannot do so, which is completely understanble and normal, they can also give you a project to do during the semester that you will present at the final exam. It is what happen in most of the case. They will give you one subject, and you have to write like 10 pages more or less about it, depending on what is asked.
The University in Romania is not very strict. The students usually know their teachers well, have their emails and even phone numbers in case they have a problem with a class or a question to ask. Don’t hesitate to send them emails or to talk to them or to coordinator, they are very helpful.