Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE)
Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE), founded in 1913, is one of the largest universities in Romania and the only one specializing entirely in Economics and Business., being ranked as a top university in Romania. Our university is ranked 601-800 in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 (and second time in a row on the first position in Romania) and 301-350 in the QS Ranking 2017 in Economics & Econometrics. ASE is also the best positioned Romanian university in Shanghai’s Ranking ARWU 2019 being ranked 201 300 in Economic & Business Administration and 401-500 in Management. Comprising 13 faculties and 23 centres for research on economic and social topics, it offers undergraduate and graduate programs, doctorates in Economics, Business, Law and interdisciplinary fields, and post-doctoral programs to more than 23.000 students. Our university aims to improve constantly the educational and research environment for its students, academic staff & researchers, correlated with higher involvement in the community, under the development of the European Higher Education Area.
ASE is committed to enhancing the knowledge economy, valorising more European citizenship, increasing employability and cross-border mobility. Within the triangle education-research-innovation, ASE aims at covering a wide range of subjects, with the main focus on maintaining an active position in the policy-making process in Romania, by providing decision makers with up-to-date research on issues regarding current issues of interest to the community. ASE continuously improves and develops its curricula in an effort to increase the quality and relevance of its educational offer. The Internationalisation Strategy of ASE for 2016-2027 highlights the fact that the consolidation of the international dimension is meant to guide ASE towards excellence, not only in teaching and research, but also, in creating a professional environment which allows for capitalization on the whole potential of human resources. Within this approach, ASE has built its internationalisation strategy on the following assumed academic values: Decisional transparency and academic freedom, Quality assurance of the educational act and International and intercultural openness. The above-mentioned strategy established 4 priority areas of strategic planning in the field of internationalisation, with a strong focus on Internationalisation of the curriculum, increasing the number of international students and of foreign professors teaching at ASE, increasing the European and international mobility of ASE students and academics, developing international partnerships and Increasing international scientific cooperation and the international visibility of ASE research results.
Cooperation with relevant stakeholders is another key pillar of ASE evolution: ASE has sought to consolidate and conclude strategic agreements with the economic and social environment alongside the following main directions: offering study programs adapted to the current needs and perspective of companies, offering annual internships and other career development programs for students, conducting applied research projects and implementing results, organizing joint business events. During the last four years, ASE established long term partnerships with OMV, Deloitte, PWC, Google, Oracle, ERSTE, Microsoft, EY, companies that have invested over 600.000 Euro in developing ASE infrastructure and delivering joint educational and applied research projects.
With more than 900 academic staff of which 10% being international, our University offers:
– 25 Bachelor’s programs, out of which 8 are taught through the medium of English (Business Administration; Management; Marketing; Finance and Banking; Accounting and Management Information Systems; Economic Informatics; Business Administration in Trade, Tourism, Services and Quality Management; International Economics and Business), 1 in French (Business Administration) and 1 in German (Business Administration);
– 73 Master’s programs (4 MSc. and 69 MA), out of which 14 are taught in English, 1 in French and 1 in German;
– 2 International MBA programs, with dual degrees, accredited internationally and taught through the medium of English (Romanian-Canadian MBA and Romanian-French MBA);
– 1 postgraduate diploma program – Strategic Hospitality Management;
– 10 doctoral programs, available also in English, French or German: Accounting; Business administration; Business law; Cybernetics and Statistics; Economics; International business and economics; Finance; Economic informatics; Management; Marketing.
Our university welcomes each year over 800 degree-seeking foreign students that represents 3,5% of annual student cohorts.
The university provides services for the international students such as: orientation and integration (in cooperation with the students’ associations), accommodation in student residence halls owned by the university, university restaurants, free internet access on campus, computer rooms, library, university book shop, sports facilities, medical services, career guidance, language courses (11 languages, including Romanian as a foreign language), cultural and social activities.
Organisation of Studies
ASE has fully implemented the Bachelor-Master-PhD structure recommended in the Bologna Declaration.
These study programmes are 3 years long (6 semesters) and are assigned 180 ECTS. For admission, applicants must hold a Baccalaureate Diploma or an equivalent, such as a high school degree that allows for the continuation of studies within a higher education institution.
Master’s programmes are 2 years long (4 semesters) and are assigned 120 ECTS. For admission, applicants must hold a Bachelor’s Diploma or an equivalent. The programmes can be focused on research or on developing specialized professional competences .
The academic offer includes 3 international prestigious educational programs, organized in cooperation with top-notch Universities from France, Canada and Switzerland.
ASE promotes PhD study relating to main areas served within each faculty by research centres. PhD studies are usually 3 years long and are available to holders of Master’s degrees.
Academic Year Structure
The academic year has two semesters. The first semester starts at the beginning of October and is completed by mid- February. The second semester runs from late February to late June.
The exact duration of each specific programme can be checked with the individual programme outline.
The two regular examination periods are at end of January – beginning of February and end of May – mid-June.
The re-examination session takes place in the second half of June – beginning of July.