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Romania and Central Europe

Quick Facts

  • May 19th - June 19th, 2017
  • Month-long program exploring Romania and Central/Eastern Europe.
  • Includes cultural excursions to five European capitals: Bucharest, Budapest, Vienna, Prague, and Bratislava.
  • Topics include the region’s historical and political formations (Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires and Tsarist Russia), ethnic and religious diversity and conflict, pre-and post-Communism, the European Union, developmental technology and regional sustainability, and cultural geography.
  • Combines features of a traditional study abroad program and excursions, with emphasis on language, history, politics, cultural and religious studies, and cultural geography, among other academic disciplines.

Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to any intersted students in good academic standing at the university.

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Program Housing

While in Romania, housing is based on double occupancy in traditional dormitory rooms with private bathrooms. During excursions abroad, students will be housed in student dormitories or hostels.

Location Details

TRANSYLVANIA: The capital city of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca , where the ASU program is located, is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural city of about 400,000. Situated in the northwestern part of Romania, Cluj is built on the site of a Roman castrum, half-way between Bucharest, the capital city of Romania, and Budapest, the capital city of Hungary. It holds Gothic and Byzantine style churches, nearby monasteries, and an old downtown area, with medieval, Baroque and turn-of-the-century buildings.

In addition to Cluj, the program includes visits to other cities of Transylvania, such as Sighisoara (the birthplace of Dracula) and Bran, to visit Dracula's castle. Also included is a stay in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, to visit Ceausescu's People's Palace, currently housing the Romanian Parliament, and numerous museums and cultural sites, as well as a trip to the painted, medieval monasteries of northern Moldavia.

Faculty Director

Dr. Ileana Alexandra Orlich
Professor, School of International Letters and Cultures
Director, Romanian and Central European Collaborative
Tempe, AZ
Phone: (480) 965-4658
Fax: (480) 965-0135
Email: orlich@asu.edu


Students must enroll in (6) credits, by choosing two courses from the list below:

Societies in Modern Europe (3 credits):
GCU 494/598
REL 494/598
SLC 494/598
ENG 494/598

Jewish Culture in Central Europe (3 credits):
GCU 494/598
HST 494
REL 494/598
SLC 494/598
ENG 494/598

Modernity in the Viusal Arts (3 credits):
SLC 494/598
ENG 494/598

Dracula: Between Myth and History (3 credits):
HST 494/598
REL 494/598
SLC 494/598
ENG 494/598

Cultural Legacies: Ethnic and Religious Conflict in Modern Europe (3 credits):
SLC 494/598
ENG 494/598

Developmental Technology and regional Sustainability in Central/Eastern Europe (3 credits):
GTD 598

Participants may also sign up for Romanian language classes:
ROM 101
ROM 201
ROM 313
ROM 314
ROM 411
ROM 412
ROM 494
ROM 499
ROM 590
ROM 590
ROM 598

Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2017 is $5,990.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition, housing, some meals, and all organized travel during the program, passes to performances at international festivals that the group attends, all entrance fees to museums, castles, monasteries, etc., and international health insurance. Not included: ASU student fees, airfare to and from Europe, passport fees, additional meals and incidentals, non-program excursions, passport fees, and personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.