UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Sunflower fields, Romania



Romanian is a Neo-Latin language with an important Slavonic influence. It is the official language of Romania and Moldova (also called Moldovian). It has a fascinating grammatical system based on genders and endings for plurals, verb conjugations and cases. The vocabulary is based mainly on Latin, but often with a corresponding Slavonic pair. Romanian reflects the mode of thinking of its speakers through a rich and varied set of sayings, idioms and its popular literature. The first written document discovered in Romanian was quite late, in the 16th century and it was written in Cyrillic letters. Romanian has regional variants, influenced by the geographical position and landscape.

Senior Teaching Fellow in Romanian Language: Ms Ramona Gönczöl

Student Quotes

"I was quite nervous about taking Romanian particularly because my past experience of learning a language was not a pleasant experience. I came to SSEES thinking I didn’t like languages and a year later found a love for a language and a major reason for this is because of the fantastic support and teaching I’ve had."
(student, year 1)

"Learning Romanian not only equipped me with the skills to understand the language but also granted me a valuable insight into an intriguing country and its fascinating culture and traditions."

"The small teaching groups meant I was able to build a friendly relationship with my teacher, who was always supportive and even tailored the course content to match my interests! The flexibility to study other subjects alongside Romanian meant I could pursue other interests and gave me a good level of diversity across my degree programme."