Program Details

Participants study Romanian culture, history and language, Eastern Orthodoxy, and sustainable development theory, combining these subjects with experiential and service-learning pedagogy among Romanian young people.
Location:
Lupeni, Romania
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Fall Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:
Northwestern College, in conjunction with the New Horizons Foundation of Romania, is pleased to offer a unique semester experience engaging the culture of post-communist Romania. Fallout from communism, in the form of high unemployment, low morale and deep despair, has contributed to corruption and moral apathy throughout Romania, which has affected its people dramatically. Through this program, students explore this deeply moving place and are directly involved with New Horizons pioneering of experiential education (adventure education and service learning) to rebuild the moral and social fabric of Romanian youth.

Participants study Romanian culture, history and language, Eastern Orthodoxy, and sustainable development theory, combining these subjects with experiential and service-learning pedagogy among Romanian young people.

All participants will take four courses and receive 16 credits upon completion of the program. Part of their time in Romania will be spent living with Romania host families, one of the best ways to experience local culture and language. When not living with the host families or on a retreat, participants will be housed in dormitory style housing provided for by the program. Generally, all meals will be provided either by host families or the program (via a per diem or in group meals). In addition, participants will enjoy a variety of planned excursions. Current plans have the group visiting the Hunedoara Castle, a monastery in Prislop, Timisoara, Cluj-Napoca, as well as Bucharest, among others. One of the greatest highlights for participants is the week-long backpacking trip in Retezat National Park at the beginning of the program.
Setting Description:
Romania is a country of great contrasts and paradoxes—full of great beauty, rich mythology and hard truths. It is a land of majestic mountains, medieval castles and the legend of Dracula. And yet, in the Jiu Valley, the depressed coal-mining region which serves as the base for this program, one sees first-hand the devastating effects of communism. Participants spend much of their time in this area, in the city of Lupeni, where they have the opportunity to live with a Romanian host family and engage Romanian youth through various service-learning projects. Lupeni is located in the southeastern area of Romania, approximately 200 miles from Bucharest, the capital of Romania.
Cost:
The program fee is the same as NWC on-campus semester costs. It includes tuition for 16 credits, in-country transportation, housing/home stay, most meals or meal per diem, orientation, and all program excursions and retreats. All participants will need to cover books (est. $100-$150), passport and pictures, required wilderness excursion gear, immunizations/vaccines, international insurance and individual travel and spending money, among other items.

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