Students may enroll
in the Romanian Studies Program for Fall Semester, January Term,
Spring Semester, or part of the Summer and earn up to 16 semester
hours of credit in the following areas:
Cross-cultural Service Learning
Each student spends fifteen hours a week in
volunteer work, as well as reading and reflection on the dynamics
for cross-cultural ministry. Many student volunteers care for
abandoned children in state orphanages, others work with the elderly
or street children, or teach English. Some have found opportunities
to share computer and business know-how, used talents in music and
art, or worked in radio.
Language and Culture
appreciation for the rich history and culture of Romania is taught
through group trips to areas of cultural significance. Plus, each
student develops conversational language skills through study and
The program is
centered in Sighisoara, one of the historic German cities of
Transylvania which has a blend of Romanian, Hungarian, and Saxon
culture with their rich traditions and distinctive architecture.
Romania has suffered under 45 years of a harsh communist regime,
years which devastated the country's economy, outlawed vital
religion, crippled the cultural life and reduced most of the people
to poverty. The people of Sighisoara, like most Romanians,
have lived a hard life by most western standards. But, there is a
certain joy and privilege in living alongside these colorful people.
- learn how to survive living conditions less comfortable that
they are used to.
- learn how to adjust to a new culture and survive culture
- have the opportunity to use their spiritual gifts and
abilities to help others.
- be challenged to find ways to communicate their faith to
Romanians who have had little opportunity to hear the Gospel.
- expand their world view by making friends who have lived
under communism and still have far fewer freedoms and choices
than Americans do.
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