The Romanian Studies Program is about doing. Putting into practice what you are learning as you serve others less privileged than you. Living out your faith in a new cultural context.
For over twenty years the Romanian Studies Program has offered American college students the opportunity to be immersed in a fascinating culture, making a lasting contribution to the community of Sighisoara, located in the Transylvania region of Romania (a real place). Students work alongside Romanian Christians who are committed to making a positive difference in this post-communist society that is still characterized by widespread poverty, inequality and corruption. Students live with Romanian families. They take classes in Romanian Language and Culture, and learn the importance of sensitivity to cross-cultural differences in values and behavior.
They are exposed to different approaches in dealing with poverty, and other critical problems such as the refugee crisis or human trafficking. They apply their knowledge and skills in service to children and youth, persons with special needs, isolated elderly, and victims of domestic violence.
Student efforts led to the founding of Veritas, a Romanian non-profit that currently serves about 300 people a week, and provides the context in which students work as members of an international, interdisciplinary team.
Most students complete requirements for a practicum related to their major, most commonly in social work. Internship possibilities also exist in:
- Cross-cultural Ministry
- Youth Work
Cross-cultural Service Learning provides a framework of reading, discussion and reflection for students not doing an internship. Find out more about your context for service at www.Veritas.ro.
We apologize for the fact that our website is currently under reconstruction, and hope to have our new site up and running soon.
Social work majors click here (PDF) to find out how you can do an international practicum in Romania.