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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 
  • 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.


Student Financial Services will reassess each applicant's financial aid package for their off-campus semester and provide a breakdown of costs after acceptance from the GEO. Federal and private aid will not be affected. Please contact SFS for specific financial questions. 

Program costs include:

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

Not covered:

  • Flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Independent travel


All Gordon students applying to this program must first submit an online seat application to the Global Education Office before applying directly to your program. Fall and Spring seat applications must be submitted to the GEO by March 1.

After the Global Education Office has notified you of your approval, you may then proceed with the program's application. Please be aware of your program's application deadlines. See the Romania Semester website for more information on application and deadlines. 


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