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Romania Semester


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:

  • Makes the statement of Christian faith expected of students at Gordon College
  • Agrees to abide by the College's behavioral standards (Download Statement of Life and Conduct below)
  • Satisfies criteria set by the Global Education Office
  • Has sophomore standing or above
  • Has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher


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:

  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Room and board (equivalent to double room and meal plan 1)

Not covered:

  • Flights
  • Personal Expenses
  • Independent Travel


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.

Online Approved Program Seat Application

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.

1. Date of application:

2. Semester:

3. Program:

4. I understand that in order to study abroad, I am required to attend the following:

Safety and Security Meeting
Pre-Departure Seminar: 1 full-Saturday course at the end of the semester before you study abroad
Re-entry Seminar: 1 full-day, Saturday course at the beginning of the semester after you return to campus
Not Applicable: My program is Domestic

5. Last Name:

6. First Name (Given Legal):

7. Middle Initial:

8. Gordon College ID #:

9. Gender:


10. Date of Birth:

11. Place of Birth:

12. Country of Citizenship:

13. Valid Passport:

Not necessary for my program

14. If yes, what is the expiration date on your passport?

15. Full Name exactly as it appears on passport:

16. Email Address:

17. Campus Mailing Address:

18. Campus Phone/Cell:

19. Parent/Guardian (Last, First, MI):

20. Parent/Guardian Phone:

21. Parent/Guardian Email

22. Parent/Guardian Address in full:

23. Emergency Contact if other than Parent/Guardian: (Provide Name, Address, Phone and Email in full)

24. Off Campus study can affect your eligibility for institutional, federal and state financial aid. Please check with your Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility status should you be accepted into an off-campus program.

I receive Financial Aid and will meet with my Financial Aid Officer to determine which forms of financial aid are transferable to this program.
I am not currently receiving any forms of financial aid.

25. Do you have any chronic physical conditions that require regular medical attention or that may be relevant for consideration in a program that requires physical activity such as walking, etc.?


26. Do you have allergies to foods, plants, etc.? Are there any prescription or non-prescription medications that you take regularly that you would anticipate needing while you are attending this program?

27. Do you have any learning disabilities you would like the program faculty to be aware of?


28. Current Class Level:


29. Expected Graduation Date:

30. Major Field of Study 1:

31. Major Field of Study 2:

32. Minor Field of Study:

33. Current Overall GPA (Grade Point Average):

34. Name of Major Advisor:

35. Major Advisor’s Email:

36. Name of Faculty Reference:

37. Faculty Reference’s Email:

38. Name of Student Affairs Reference (someone in Student Life or an RD - not an RA):

39. Student Affairs Reference's Email:

40. What is your motivation for participating in the program for which you are applying? How does the program meet your academic, personal and/or professional goals? (AT LEAST 250 words)

41. What in your past experience (international, educational or other) has prepared you for success in this program? What qualities or strengths do you possess that will contribute to your success in the program? (AT LEAST 250 words)

42. In the context of your own personal journey of faith, reflect upon your willingness to engage culturally diverse expressions of Christian experience. What is your experience with such engagement? (AT LEAST 250 words)

43. The program for which you are applying is structured with conditions of greater personal freedom than is normally the case in a Christian college environment. How are you likely to respond to this greater freedom? (250 word minimum)

44. PIKE and IA MAJORS only: Please identify the name and provide a brief description of this program fits the specific requirements of your major/contract. (Has your IA advisor approved the program, or is this specific program written into your Pike contract?)