Bucharest, the capital city of Romania, is a thriving metropolis with a population of approximately 2 million people. The city has a rich and fascinating history, dating back over 500 years to the late 14th century. It was originally founded as a fortress by the Wallachian prince Vlad III, also known as Vlad the Impaler, who is the inspiration behind the famous fictional character Dracula.

Over the centuries, Bucharest has grown into a major cultural and economic center, and it has played an important role in the history of Romania. During World War II, the city was heavily bombed by Allied forces, and it suffered extensive damage. However, in the years following the war, Bucharest was rebuilt and modernized, and it has continued to grow and develop into the bustling city it is today.

Bucharest is a vibrant and bustling metropolis with a rich cultural heritage and a lively social scene. It is a city that effortlessly combines the old with the new, where modern skyscrapers stand alongside grand old buildings and historic landmarks.

Some must-see attractions worth visiting while taking part in the Exchange Programme:

The National Theatre

One of Bucharest’s most iconic landmarks is the National Theatre, located in the heart of the city. The theatre, which dates back to the late 19th century, is renowned for its stunning architecture and grandeur. It hosts a range of performances, including plays, ballets, operas, and concerts, and is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the performing arts.

The National Peasant Museum

Another cultural gem of Bucharest is the National Peasant Museum. This museum showcases the rich and diverse culture of Romania’s rural communities, including their traditions, customs, and way of life. The museum features a vast collection of artifacts, including traditional costumes, tools, furniture, and religious objects.

Herastrau Park

Herastrau Park is one of Bucharest’s largest and most popular parks, spanning over 187 hectares. It is situated on the banks of Lake Herastrau and offers a range of outdoor activities, including cycling, rowing, and walking. The park also boasts several restaurants and cafes, as well as a playground and a petting zoo.

Popular Restaurant – Caru’ cu Bere

If you’re looking for a taste of traditional Romanian cuisine, Caru’ cu Bere is the place to be. This historic restaurant, located in the heart of the Old Town, has been serving up traditional Romanian dishes since 1879. The restaurant’s interior is stunning, featuring beautiful stained glass windows, ornate wood carvings, and decorative frescoes. The menu is extensive and includes traditional dishes such as sarmale (stuffed cabbage rolls), mici (grilled minced meat rolls), and tripe soup.

Therme Bucharest

For those looking for a unique and relaxing experience, Therme Bucharest is the perfect destination. This massive wellness center is located just outside the city center and features a range of indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, and hot tubs. The center also offers a range of spa treatments, including massages and facials, making it an ideal destination for those looking to unwind and pamper themselves.

Useful websites:


Programme Name:

General Psychiatry – Prof. Dr. Alexandru Obregia Psychiatry Hospital




Prof. Dr. Alexandru Obregia Psychiatry Hospital


Sos. Berceni nr. 10, Sector 4, 041914, Bucuresti, Romania.


The EFPT Exchange Program for Psychiatric Trainees in Romania is a unique opportunity for young psychiatrists to gain insight into the mental health care system of Romania. The program aims to facilitate an exchange of knowledge and ideas between psychiatric trainees from different countries, with a focus on the challenges and opportunities facing mental health care in Romania.

During the program, participants will be able to:

– Gain an understanding of the current mental health care system in Romania, including its strengths and weaknesses
– Learn about the cultural, social, and economic factors that impact mental health care in Romania
– Explore different approaches to diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses in Romania
– Develop intercultural communication and leadership skills through engaging in cross-border collaboration with Romanian and international peers
– Visit various mental health care institutions in Romania, including psychiatric hospitals, community mental health centers, and private practices

The program will take place over a period of 2-6 weeks (depending on the trainee’s preference and supervisors’ possibilities) and will involve a combination of seminars, workshops, site visits, and cultural activities. The exchange program will be hosted by AMRPR, which has a long-standing commitment to improving mental health care in Romania. Applicants’ must acknowledge that some periods are busier than others, and that the local organizing team will do their best to suit their preferences, but it is ultimately up to the supervising doctors to choose the periods that suits their schedule.

Eligibility and application:

The exchange program is open to psychiatric trainees who are members of EFPT, with a strong interest in cross-cultural collaboration and learning. Participants must have a good command of English, as it will be the working language of the programme.

Interested trainees should submit an application form, which includes a letter of intention, a CV, and a letter of support from their home institution.

The EFPT Exchange Program for Psychiatric Trainees in Romania offers an excellent opportunity for trainees to expand their knowledge and understanding of mental health care in Romania, while also building lasting professional and personal relationships with peers from different backgrounds. We encourage all eligible trainees to apply and join us on this exciting journey of discovery and growth!


English – B2

Romanian basic skills are recommended, but not mandatory. Case discussions will be held in english

Available periods and placements :

August to January


2 – 6 weeks

The duration and period will be discussed with the local coordinator after the programme admittance.

Travel and health insurance needed:


Visa requirements:

Not needed for most European countries, please check individually.


Check with the local coordinator as there might be some options available

Useful websites:

National coordinator:

Valentin Geanta


Local coordinator:

Matei Leontescu


National/ local trainee organisation website: