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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.

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