• Loredana Marcela TRANCA Lecturer, PhD, The West University of Timioara


rural students, university qualification, social sciences, admission.


The objectives of the present study aim at knowing the factors that contribute to the decision to continue studying in university education for students; identifying critical aspects of rural students' access to qualification and identifying measures to improve access for students from rural areas to universities. The study is a qualitative-exploratory one, based on the focus group method. Seven focus groups were organized at the West University of Timisoara, Romania, with personnel involved in the development of university education programs: teachers, rural students and social services employers. The research tool was the moderation guide, having as main topics the students' motivation to continue their studies, the process of admission to the university, the admission process, proposals for improving the access of rural students to the university. The results of this study have an essential instrumental value in terms of developing measures to improve the access of rural students to qualification in university education programs.


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