The Babes-Bolyai University is by far the largest university in Romania. Located in Cluj-Napoca, the heart of Transylvania, UBB, as it is often called, takes around 40,000 students under its wing each year. The incoming students can choose their academic path from a range as wide as 22 faculties, totaling 114 different bachelor specializations and numerous masters’ studies.
Babes-Bolyai, considered an advanced research and education university, was included in the Top 700 Universities of the World as of 2012, along with three other Romanian universities and is officially ranked as number 1 university in Romania.
As it benefits from a multicultural and multilingual environment, UBB supports ethnical diversity, having introduced study programs in Hungarian, English, German and French and it proudly prepares foreign students from all over the world.
Babes-Bolyai University is spread all throughout Cluj-Napoca, each faculty having its own modern or historical building and its own library. Babes-Bolyai has a wide range of cultural centers and language centers, museums (Zoological Museum, Mineralogical Museum, Academic Museum, etc) and other notable facilities such as the unique Botanical Garden or the Sports Park. UBB provides students with qualitative accommodation in 15 dormitories. The university even extends outside of Cluj-Napoca, with several branches spread through Transylvania.
Babes-Bolyai is one of the most prestigious universities in Eastern Europe, especially after signing the Magna Charta Universitatum and establishing partnerships with 210 universities from 50 countries.
The University received the name of Babes-Bolyai after two renowned students: Romanian biologist Victor Babes and Hungarian mathematician Janos Bolyai. Before this, the University underwent several changes. The creation of a university teaching in Hungarian, Romanian and German in Cluj was under discussion ever since 1870, but with the coming of World War I and the Great Union of Romania, this was postponed until 1919, when the Romanian University of Cluj was established. World War II also caused disruption within the university, which was moved to Timisoara and Sibiu and replaced with an Hungarian University. At the end of the war, the University moved back to Cluj under the name of King Ferdinand I University and later Victor Babes and it established the Hungarian teaching Bolyai University. These two institutions united in 1959 forming the now well-reputed Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj.
Babes-Bolyai University delivers a great deal of tourism experts annually through the Faculty of Geography on Republicii Street. It specializes students in 5 domains: Geography, Tourism Geography, and Territorial planning, Cartography, Hydrology and Meteorology in 3 choices of language: Romanian, Hungarian and German.