Northwestern College (Iowa) is the sponsoring and accrediting institution of the fall-only Romania Semester developed in close conjunction with the New Horizons Foundation and its work in community development and adventure education for youth in post-communist Romania.
Full of majestic mountains and medieval castles, Romania suffers the devastating effects of high unemployment, moral apathy, and endemic corruption and distrust as a legacy of decades of dictatorial rule under Soviet-style communism. Students explore the powerful role of experiential education in rebuilding a vision for the common good in the context of post-communist society.
The Romania Semester offers students the opportunity to invest themselves fully in another culture, and to be transformed themselves while serving as agents of transformation.
While the Romania Semester program offers a rich experience in the dynamic context of post-communist Eastern Europe, it accepts applications from any student who:
Students follow the Romania Semester's curriculum of four courses, receiving the credits as determined by Northwestern College in Iowa, the accrediting institution.
Students may fulfill their Global Understanding core credit requirement by participating in this semester when they take COR210 pre-departure and COR211 upon reentry. Lab fees apply.
Students pay normal Gordon costs* per semester including:
APPLICATION PROCEDURE & DEADLINES
Students wishing to study abroad must first submit an online seat application and have an interview with the Global Education Office.
Online seat applications must be submitted and interviews completed by March 1. You will be notified within five days of the deadline regarding the decision on your seat application.
After you've been approved by the Global Education Office, proceed directly with your program's application process. Romania Semester's fall semester deadline is May 1.
This application requests information that will be used to evaluate your eligibility for an off-campus program. The College reserves the right to grant seats to applicants based on proven academic performance, moral maturity and personal motivation.
Please fill out the application form below with your information. Your responses to these questions will be used in evaluating your applications for a seat in an off-campus program. We encourage you to take your time and write considered responses to the personal statement questions.