Romanian-American University
on novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

The University is continually monitoring latest Romanian Ministry of Health and World Health Organization advice about the virus. As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community, on and off campus.

These pages contain advice for staff and students at the Romanian-American University

University Announcements

See all the information we've shared with our students and staff about what the Romanian-American University is doing in response to the outbreak.

students

Information for students about exams and assessment, teaching and learning.



travel

Advice to follow if you are studying, working or travelling overseas including travel insurance, current and planned travel, or if you recently returned to the country.

health

Advice to follow if you are studying, working or travelling overseas including travel insurance, current and planned travel, or if you recently returned to the country.

Academic information

During the declared one-month state of emergency, Romanian-American University decided to suspend the didactic activities carried out as standard, in a "face to face" regime, and to continue the activities through the e-learning institutional system. The resumption of teaching activities is expected to be carried out on April 21st 2020, after the holidays. You can find details on your courses and teaching materials by accessing your account on the PaginaMea platform.

FAQ | STUDENTS

Most frequent questions and answers, for the students

If you have any questions about the courses and the materials, you can use the communication section within the PaginaMea platform or you can contact the teaching staff on their institutional email addresses.

For details regarding how to access your institutional email and your account, please visit this page: http://web.rau.ro/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=656.

You can contact the school secretary online, either through the “contact” section of the PaginaMea platform (http://paginamea.rau.ro), or by email at the email addresses : rcfbii@rau.ro (for students in programs : International Business, Computer Science for Economics, Computer Science for Business, International Business & Entrepreneurship, Finance), etii@rau.ro (for students in Business Management in Tourism & Aviation), mm@rau.ro (for students in Strategic Marketing), see@rau.ro (for students in International Economic Relations and Economic Diplomacy), as well as international@rau.ro (for students in Foundation Year). Moreover, during this period, you can also contact the International Students Office at international@rau.ro and the Erasmus+ Office at erasmus@student.rau.ro.

Because of the current situation, the university changed the academic activities from face-to-face to online. Considering this, your courses will continue as usual, but they will take place in the online environment. The university is adapting to this new situation, in order for students not to be negatively impacted by this crisis. Please make sure you access your platform, participate to the online courses, stay in contact with your professors and the university staff, so that you complete this academic year without encountering any issues. 

Traveling

Travel can increase the risks of exposure to you and the community. Government restrictions and public health measures are changing fast. If you travel, those changes may make it hard for you to resume your academic and professional activities. At this moment, foreign citizens are restricted to enter Romania, except for those going back to nearby countries through transit corridors specially organized for them. Romanians and residents of Romania with a long term permit are allowed to enter Romania.

However, because of the current restrictions that apply in most countries, we highly recommend you not to travel for the moment outside Romania. In case you have to travel, for emergency reasons, please make sure to inform us in advance, by sending an email to international@rau.ro.

For updated information regarding the restrictions implemented worldwide, please visit this page:

https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm 

For those of you coming back to Romania from an international trip, please make you respect the isolation/quarantine guidelines, depending on the countries previously visited. Please find the updated list here: https://www.cnscbt.ro/index.php/liste-zone-afectate-covid-19.

Please note that the red zones require institutional quarantine and yellow zones self-isolation. In case you are in self-isolation and develop symptoms, please remain at home and call 112.  

FAQ | HEALTH

Most frequent questions and answers

The Romanian authorities are already mentioning intra-community transmission, which means, that the risk of getting COVID-19 exists, even for people who haven’t recently travelled outside the country. In order to prevent that, the authorities required people to self-isolate at home at all times, except when they have solid reason to exit the apartment (going to work, getting supplies, offering assistance to elderly or vulnerable people, taking pets outside, going to jog, visiting the doctor’s office, donating blood). In these cases, they should present a work permit (if going to work) or an affidavit indicating the reason for exiting the apartment. You may find the template for the affidavit in the Announcements section. Please remember to fill it out indicating the address where you self-isolate, the itinerary that you will use (with details) and the reason why you need to get there. Please sign it and keep in mind that you should have it on you (either printed, on your phone, or written by hand). You should also remember that it is mandatory to also have an ID/passport/residence permit on you. 

The authorities assured the population that the supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open and that there are enough food stocks, therefore, people should not be stressed about this. When people buy massively, it is possible that shops remain without supplies for a short time, but only until stocks are being refilled. However, considering the recommendations of the authorities, that people should remain in isolation as much as possible, you could make more supplies than usually, in order to avoid going out so much. For shopping, you can also use online shopping apps such as Glovo, Bringo etc.  

Remaining at home in self-isolation is a measure which should be taken by everyone in order to reduce the spread of the virus. Meeting your friends or having them over represents exposing you and them to risk since infection is not always symptomatic. The recommendation of the authorities is to remain at home as much as possible, in self-isolation, without having any social contact. More attention we pay to respect these measures, more efficiently we will be able to fight the virus spread, and we will be able to go back to our normal lives faster.

You can use the time in self-isolation to study for your courses, in order to have more time for other activities, after this situation will be over. Moreover, you can catch up on your reading, movie watching, house cleaning/organizing. It is also recommended to spend at least 30 min per day engaging in physical exercises. Also, during this time, you can watch theatre and opera plays online (e.g. Metropolitan Opera at https://www.metopera.org/nightly-opera-stream/ ), have museum tours online (there are over 2500 museums moving online – you can access this page: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en), even start learning a new language online. Use this time for self-improvement!

The recommendations of the authorities are to pay attention to your personal hygiene (washing hands thoroughly, coughing and sneezing into a tissue or the crook of your arm, wearing masks when sick etc.), to practice social distancing and also to remain at home as much as possible. Please find more details here: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_2. Moreover, you should eat healthy in order to help your immune system, reduce smoking and other activities which might weaken the lungs and spend at least 30 min per day doing physical exercises.

If you are experiencing any possible COVID-19 symptoms (fever, dry cough, tiredness), you shall remain at home and call 112. For more details regarding the symptoms and the recommendations of WHO, please access the page: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_3 .

For more efficiency, only specific population is being tested for COVID-19. The recommendations of the authorities are to remain isolated and if developing any symptoms, to call 112. If you have recently been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, you should also call 112, even without developing symptoms.

The President of Romania has declared a state of emergency in Romania as of 16 March 2020, for a duration of 30 days. However, depending on the evolution of the situation, the state of emergency might be further extended. The authorities have underlined the importance of self-isolating at home in solving this crisis. Self-isolation is the only way to stop the virus spread, which means that our daily actions will have a direct influence on the time frame of this crisis.