Romanian (limba română), the only Romance language taught at Inalco, is spoken by over 25 million people in Romania, the Republic of Moldova and the Romanian diaspora (Western and Eastern Europe, USA). Since Romania joined the European Union in 2007, it has been one of the country's official languages.
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Paysage du Maramures © DR‎

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Marked by a Thracian substratum predating the Roman conquest (IIe century), enriched from the IXe century onwards with numerous foreign lexical elements (Slavic, Hungarian, Turkish and Greek), Romanian has more than 60% of its lexicon inherited from Latin. The first Romanian text dates back to 1521, but the real literary language was created in the second half of the 17th century. The massive addition of French-derived vocabulary in the 19th century (30% of the total lexicon) contributed to its further development.

Studying Romanian at Inalco

The teaching of Romanian at Inalco dates back to the 19th century: it was in 1875 that Émile Picot, secretary to Prince Carol in the 1860s and then diplomatic representative in Timişoara, a connoisseur of the language as well as Romanian realities, gave the first Romanian course there. Today, teaching is open to beginners: no linguistic competence in Romanian is required.

Training courses

You can study Romanian language and civilization at Inalco as part of a bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree; as part of a Romanian language and civilization establishment diploma; or as part of Continuing Education for employees, individuals or companies. From the 2nd year of the bachelor's degree, students can also choose one of 5 career paths: international business, intercultural communication and training, didactics of world languages and French as a foreign language, international relations, multilingual digital processing.


Career opportunities

Public service, teaching and diplomacy, international organizations and the voluntary sector, translation and interpreting, international trade, tourism, multilingual engineering, publishing, journalism and communication

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Why learn Romanian at Inalco?
Studying in Romania