Arizona State Univeristy is pleased to announce its eighth annual Summer Program in Romania. This four-week session (July 5th - August 5th, 2006) will be held at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca and is designed to give undergraduate and graduate student participants a comprehensive view of the rich and unique cultural history of Pre/Post Communist Central Europe. The classroom work of this traditional study abroad program is complemented by an intensive program of guided visits to museums, historical sites, and other outstanding centers of Central European cultural heritage, and by a one-week cultural trip to the capitals of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire.
THE BLACK SEA: Travel to the historical town of Constanta, a feminine replica of Constantinople, to partake in a city tour, visit the mosques, and see Ovidís statue. Stay overnight in Mamaia, another one of the Romanian Black Sea resort towns. The group will also take a day trip to Bulgaria to visit the Balcic Castle in the golden sand dunes.
TRANSYLVANIA: Cluj-Napoca, the capital of Transylvania, is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural city of about 400,000. Situated in the northwestern part of Romania, Cluj is built on the site of a Roman castrum, half way between Bucharest, the capital city of Romania, and Budapest, the capital city of Hungary. It holds Gothic and Byzantine style churches and cathedrals, nearby monasteries, and an old downtown area, with medieval, Baroque, and turn-of-the-century buildings. The program includes visits to other cities of Transylvania, such as Sighisoara (the birthplace of Dracula) and Bran (the site of Draculaís castle). Also included is a two-day stay in Bucharest to visit Ceausescuís People Palace, currently housing the Romania Parliament, and numerous museums and cultural sites.
CULTURAL TRAVEL: An essential part of the academic program, the cultural trip will include guided visits to the former capitals of the Austro-Hungarian empire: BUDAPEST, sightseeing tour of the Hungarian capital, the Buda and Pesta sides, along the Danube River; PRAGUE, visits to the Old Town Square, Mala Strana (The Little Quarter), Charles Bridge, and a tour of the city; VIENNA, sightseeing and visit to Schoenbrunn Castle, summer residence of the Hapsburg royal family, as well as dining in the Grinzing, the traditional Viennese woods made famous by Johann Straussís music; BRATISLAVA, capital of the new Slovak Republic, the latest addition to the European Union.
ELIGIBILITY: This program is open to qualified undergraduate and graduate students interested in the culture and politics of Central Eastern Europe and the Romanian language who desire to study, travel, and experience different customs, foods, and ways of life. Students signing up for the program do not have to take Romanian language classes. Students from other universities in the U.S. are encouraged to apply. Applications and a $250.00 deposit are due by February 1, 2006. However, applications will continue to be accepted until the program is full.
ACADEMIC PROGRAM: Students can choose their coursework from amongst the following options:
ENG 429/598: ST: Pre/Post Totalitarian Studies in Central Europe (3)
ENG 429/598: ST: Jewish Culture in Central Europe (3)
FLA 494/598: ST: Pre/Post Totalitarian Studies in Central Europe (3)
FLA 494/598: ST: Jewish Culture in Central Europe (3)
HST 394: ST: Pre/Post Totalitarian Studies in Central Europe (3)
POS 494: ST: Pre/Post Totalitarian Studies in Central Europe (3)
POS 494: ST: Jewish Culture in Central Europe (3)
REL 494/598: ST: Pre/Post Totalitarian Studies in Central Europe (3)
REL 494/598: ST: Jewish Culture in Central Europe (3)
REL 494/598: ST: Religion in Central European Life and Thought (3)
WST 494: ST: Pre/Post Totalitarian Studies in Central Europe (3)
ROM 101/201: Elementary & Intermediate Romanian (5)
ROM 313/314: Romanian Comp/Conversation I & II (3)
ROM 494/598: Advanced Romanian (3)
ROM 499: Independent Study (1-3)
LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS: Housing is based on double occupancy in traditional dormitory rooms with private bathrooms. During travel time in Romania and abroad, students will be accommodated in student hotels.
COST OF THE PROGRAM: The cost of $2,600 (subject to possible change) includes: housing, two daily meals, and organized cultural travel. Not included: Arizona State University tuition and fees and airfare. Several Ratiu Family Foundation Travel Scholarships of $500.00 each will be available via a competitive application process.
The Program may allow for time which can be spent in non-Program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee, or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food, and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.
Dr. Ileana Alexandra Orlich
Languages and Literatures
LL Room 402 A
Arizona State University
PO Box 870202
Tempe, AZ 85287-0202
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