A Northwestern student looks out over the Romanian mountains during her semester abroad.

Romania Semester

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 NWC students to participate in NHF’s unique experiential education mission by interacting with Romanian youth while learning about post-communist Eastern Europe.

Application deadline for fall 2017 program:
NWC students: Feb. 10, 2017
Non-NWC students: May 1, 2017

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.

  • Romanian Culture and History
  • Eastern Orthodoxy
  • Sustainable Development
  • Experiential Education

The Romania Semester’s site director is Dana Bates, founder and executive director of New Horizons Foundation. NHF is a Romanian non-governmental organization dedicated to using adventure education and service-learning to rebuild the moral and social fabric among youth in post-communist Romania.