Being a comprehensive higher education institution, with around 6% (around 1000) international students out of a total of 15000, West University of Timişoara is constantly striving to create a substantially authentic, interdisciplinary and international environment for our yearly incoming cohorts of undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates. To this end, we count on a number of 642 academic and 405 administrative staff. Our connection to the pre-university medium of education in Romania, through a specific office focused specifically on this matter, allows us to recruit and cater to the needs of the exact future students who need us the most.
Our curricula for any study program includes foreign language courses, internships and transversal courses, a unique initiative that aims to offer students the opportunity to choose a „minor” specialization. We also host numerous international lecturers and cultural centers (Chinese, Serbian, USFulbright, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Austrian, etc) and offer opportunities for continuous training to our academic and non academic staff.
Having around 350 partners under the Erasmus+ umbrella, and a 1:1 scale for incoming-outgoing mobilities for studies and placement (between 250-300 students incoming and 250-300 students outgoing, yearly), West University of Timişoara also coordinates or partners in tens of other Erasmus+ projects (Key Action 2- Strategic Partnerships, Jean Monnet, Sports), as well as multiple national and international research projects implemented with the support of our research centers.
The university’s strong focus on quality in an increasingly competitive and globalized academic world is acknowledged in international rankings worldwide. For example, the Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings Top 201-250, in 2018, the QS World University Rankings Top 701+, in 2015-2016, the QS Rankings by Subject Top 150-200 in the field of Modern Languages, in 2017, or the Shanghai Ranking by Subject Top 301-400 in the field of Physics, in 2018.
Additionally, the university’s international recognition comes from our alumni, with a notable example being DHC Herta Müller, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2009. Last, but not least, as Timişoara will become Cultural Capital of Europe in 2023, with WUT being an important partner in many of the activities connected to this endeavor, we strongly believe that the socio-cultural dimension of a European University would benefit from our contribution in this sense.