Alexandru Ioan Cuza University

Image of Iasi, Romania
Study abroad for a semester or an academic year through MAUI-Utrecht at Romania's oldest university.
Location: Iasi, Romania
Language of Instruction: EnglishRomanianFrench
Program Type: Semester or Academic Year
Open to non-KU Students: No
Fulfills KU Core 4.2: No
Fulfills KU Core 5: No

  • Alexandru Ioan Cuza University is currently working on over 400 national/international research projects
  • Visit the Mihai Eminescu Central University Library, which holds more than 2.5 million volumes.
  • Take classes in English in a variety of disciplines.
  • Budget-friendly study abroad option in Europe.

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University (UAIC) is located in Iaşi (prounounced 'yash'), Romania, and is the oldest university in the country. Since 1860, the university has been carrying on a tradition of excellence and innovation in the fields of education and research. With over 23,000 students and 742 academic staff, the university enjoys high prestige at national and international level and cooperates with 403 universities world-wide. UAIC is a member of some of the most important university networks and associations and is known for its top level research and student-centered approach to education.

This university is organized into 15 different faculties (schools) that encompass a variety of subject areas including several with coursework in English. The university is home to the Mihai Eminescu Central University Library which holds a large number of volumes from old and rare works, some dating back to the 15th century! Students will enjoy the unexpectedly cosmopolitan atmosphere of Iaşi and the opportunity to study at an innovative and historic university in an off-the-beaten path destination.

Iaşi is a university city of 400,000 in eastern Romania, near the border with Moldova. It is the second largest city in Romania and a regional economic, cultural, and academic hub. In the heart of the city is the impressive St. Paraschiva Metropolitan Cathedral, a 19th-century Orthodox church built in Italian Renaissance style. The city boasts numerous other architectural and cultural sites such as the Vasile Alecsandri National Theater, the Moldova State Philharmonic, and a botanical garden that are important to Romania as a whole. UAIC is one of five universities in the city. To learn more about the city of Iaşi, check out Lonely Planet Travel!

Romania is the largest of the Balkan countries with dramatic mountain mountain scenery and a coastline on the Black Sea. It has seen numerous empires come and go from the Roman, to the Ottoman, to the Austro-Hungarian. Romania was under Communist rule until the Romanian Revolution of 1989 and is today a member of the European Union. From the jaw-dropping castles of Translyvania and medieval towns to the Danube Delta chic cosmopolitan cities, Romania has much to be explored. To learn more about Romania, view information on Romania Tourism!

Students can choose courses from any of the 15 Faculties (Schools) at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University. View the Alexandru loan Cuza University Faculties for more information. The following departments offer degrees in English and therefore have a good selection of courses taught in English:

  • American Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Economics and Finance
  • English Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Translation and Interpreting

Course Information

Students typically earn 12 to 18 KU credit hours during one semester abroad. You are encouraged to use the following resources to research available courses and to determine if these courses will meet your academic requirements at KU:

UAIC Course Lists: Available courses are listed on each individual Faculty/Department's webpage. Search among the course options by selecting the relevant Faculty/Department from these lists: Programs in English | All Programs.

KU Course Equivalency Database: This is a list of courses currently pre-approved for KU credit (approved equivalency) and courses that students have had approved for KU credit in the past (possible equivalencies). Use 'Iasi' in the search field.

Additional academic information as well as a full list of graduate-level courses offered to MAUI-Utrecht exchange students can be found on the MAUI-Utrecht website

Credit Approval Process

Visit the Credit Approval Process page for detailed information on the procedure for obtaining KU course equivalency approval for courses you plan to take abroad. All courses taken and grades earned while abroad must be posted as KU equivalents on a student’s KU transcript and grades will figure into a student’s KU GPA. The relevant KU academic department will make the final decision regarding posting of credit, and their application toward graduation.

The university offers housing for exchange students in one of two campus residence halls: the Targusor-Copou Campus residency (triple rooms) or the Gaudeamus Center for International Exchanges (double or triple rooms). Housing assistance is provided upon acceptance to the program.

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.

MAUI-Utrecht programs are open to all KU students with a 2.5 GPA or higher. These programs are ideal for students who desire an authentic experience as an international student when they are abroad, are independent and want to enhance their problem-solving skills, and would feel comfortable navigating a new city and academic system without extensive assistance.

Nomination through MAUI-Utrecht by February 15 is required. Late nominations considered as space is available. Contact KU Study Abroad and Global Engagement for more information on the nomination process.

This program is part of the MAUI-Utrecht Network exchange.

For more information regarding costs and deadlines, please contact Jenna Hunter-Skidmore at or stop by the Study Abroad & Global Engagement Info Center in 105 Lippincott for Walk-In Advising.

More information can also be found on the MAUI-Utrecht website for the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University.