Northwestern College: Romania Semester

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Communism fell in Romania in 1989, but the Eastern European country still struggles with civic and moral apathy, corruption and hopelessness. New Horizons Foundation (NHF) aims to change that through youth clubs and camps that teach self-confidenc... read more

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Living in Romania is easily one of the most worthwhile experiences I have had. Since our world is ever more "connected", digitally and otherwise, it is ever more critical that we learn to engage with the Other. After spending some time abroad, I felt as if I had lived my entire life up to that point with one eye closed. Because ... - Northwestern College View Entire Review
January 31, 2016 Life Changing
Cultural awareness, love and appreciation for other cultures, life long friends were made - Kuyper College View Entire Review
Intercultural communication skills, time management, humility, hospitality. - Northwestern College View Entire Review
What I gain and learned on this trip can not fit into this small space. This experience has informed the way that I want to live my life. It has changed the way that I view things. I has given me a perspective that I would have never found. - Northwestern College View Entire Review
Absolutely worthwhile. I was shaped, molded, and formed with the unique opportunity and experience of the Romania program that ultimately prepared me, motivated me for further education and work experience in community development best practices and biological studies. - Northwestern College View Entire Review
I learned firsthand that people from different cultures see the world differently, approach problems and solutions differently, and that different isn't bad. This has proved to be extremely useful while living and working in our ever-connected world. And due to the unique component of working with local IMPACT clubs, I left Roma... - Northwestern College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Northwestern College: Lupeni - Fall Semester Program in Romania
A theme for the semester is living life to the full. My friends and I tried to live our experience in Romania to the full and learn as much as we could. I still strive to live my life in this spirit. - Northwestern College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Northwestern College: Lupeni - Fall Semester Program in Romania
My experience in Romania was so rich, it is hard to sum up! The things my internship with NHO taught me about community development, youth empowerment, and cultivating democracy greatly influences my current work with a non-profit in the U.S. and with starting a new school here. My study of Orthodoxy profoundly influenced my f... - Gordon College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Northwestern College: Lupeni - Fall Semester Program in Romania
-Understanding about and a love for a part of the world (Eastern Europe) that I had never experienced before. -Relationships with my host family. -Deep relationships with my fellow students that still persist several years later. -Though participating in our internship with IMPACT youth clubs, we were able to see how the the... - Calvin College View Entire Review
Learned how to live in a foreign place and how to become a part of the community. - Northwestern College View Entire Review
I learn to value culture so much during my time abroad, living in Romania also taught me to value simplicity and enjoy a very relaxed culture - Northwestern College View Entire Review
I am used to different cultures in general, but this was something completely different. Imagine being thrown into foreign culture with little to no language lessons, but the lessons you learn each day you see around you. Same goes for the classes as you learn the history, culture, language, and development you actively see and ... - Northwestern College View Entire Review
My experience was very worthwhile. I learned more about Romanian culture, and what it means to be a stranger in a different land. I came to call Lupeni home and love the good and bad about it. - Northwestern College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Northwestern College: Lupeni - Fall Semester Program in Romania
That's a loaded question. Yes, it was worthwhile. I learned that problem-solving is a very important life skill, and that living in community is the best way to live a good life. I learned about life under communism and how it has effected the Romanian people and society today. - Gordon College View Entire Review
This experience was truly incredible. From the moment we stepped off the plane, we felt welcomed and at home. The best part about this experience is how deeply you feel connected to those around you. You will have the chance to make lasting friendships with a wide range of people, including your host family, the baker down the s... - Calvin College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Northwestern College: Lupeni - Fall Semester Program in Romania
My semester in Lupeni was extremely worthwhile. It was challenging to me as a person, as a Christian, and as a student, as I wrestled with all the questions of cross-cultural living, sustainable and empowering development work, and my role as an outsider in a place that was not my own. The wrestling was just the beginning of a... - Calvin College View Entire Review
April 19, 2014 Viață
I learned about another culture, people and religion. I understand that they are quite similar to me despite living so far away. They laugh, love, cry, and play soccer (futbol) as I do. The world is a big place, but we are not so different that we can't be friends or respect one another. It was completely worth my while! - Northwestern College View Entire Review
During my time I made friends, met people who I hope to be in contact with for the rest of my life, learned so much, did an internship, went to castles, helped at summer camp, backpacked, learned Romanian history and then got to see the places we learned about--it was an amazing experience. - Houghton College View Entire Review

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Communism fell in Romania in 1989, but the Eastern European country still struggles with civic and moral apathy, corruption and hopelessness. New Horizons Foundation (NHF) aims to change that through youth clubs and camps that teach self-confidence, teamwork and trust. Northwestern’s Romania Semester enables students to participate in NHF’s unique experiential education mission by interacting with Romanian youth while learning about post-communist Eastern Europe.

This program is offered each FALL Semester.

Location: Lupeni, Romania
Participants live and study in Lupeni in the Jiu Valley, an economically depressed coal-mining region that is breathtakingly beautiful. They also backpack in the Retezat Mountains and National Park and have other opportunities to travel, including to Bucharest and Transylvania—origin of the legend of Dracula.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Romanian Language, Literature
  • Global Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • International Relations
  • Psychology
  • History
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Year Founded:
2007
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