Study Abroad in Cluj-Napoca, Romania Past Review

By (Southern Utah University) - abroad from 02/27/2017 to 07/04/2017 with

Study Abroad Programs in Romania

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I went from zero knowledge of the European Union to having an in depth education and understanding of the entire system.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration in Romania was very kind and helpful. They were always willing to answer my questions and meet with me.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I found a fantastic apartment in the center of the city, quite close to where my classes were held.

* Food:

The food was quite good and I miss some things a lot, however I am vegetarian and the food in Romania is largely focused on meat.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved being part of the Romanian culture. There were always events and activities going on in the city and the central park where I could get to know people and interact.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I was offered very affordable health care, but did not purchase. I didn't have any health problems while abroad.

* Safety:

I felt very safe in Romania. There was not a single experience in which I felt that I was threatened or in danger. I also felt that I had a good support system in case of an emergency.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

At first Romania seems like a strange place to go, but living in Cluj is a wonderful experience, and I miss it incredibly.


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

I acquired a very generous scholarship from the Erasmus program in Romania, which made living very comfortable while abroad.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I spent approximately 60-70 dollars per week on housing and food.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I suggest cooking at your apartment when possible, traveling in groups when you go sight seeing, and living in a dorm (which would have greatly decreased the amount spent per week in my calculation).


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

My classes were mostly in English, with the exception of one Romanian language class, which I do not recommend taking, because it was unnecessarily difficult. I still learned a lot of the language by immersion.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 3000
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Speaking with people at grocery stores and on the bus are great ways to advance your language skills. Don't be shy!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?