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Summer: Rutgers- Investing in Children and Families Across the Life Cycle
Cluj, Romania
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 03/01/2014 
**
Rolling Admission 05/21/2014 06/19/2014
 NOTE: Tentative program dates (Program will end 06/05/2014 for students not participating in service learning field placement)

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
 Program Manager:
Greg Spear
 Language of Instruction:
English
 Suggested G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
 Number of Credits per Semester:
3-6
 Service Learning:
Yes
Program Description:
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The Program
  • Take an intensive two-week seminar exploring community-based care models, and how they are addressing vulnerable populations in Romania amid a climate of social and political change.  
  • Visit local social welfare organizations and meet with social workers from across the field to learn firsthand about the challenges and complexities of the emerging social work profession in Romania.
  • Following the two-week seminar, opt to complete an additional two weeks of service learning in a local social welfare agency.  Building on your background knowledge of social welfare issues from the first part of the course, you’ll get a chance to engage in meaningful work with community members caring for the city’s most vulnerable populations.  Past placements have included a home for the elderly, centers for at risk youth, and a mental illness facility.  The service learning placement is worth an additional three credits (total: 6), and can be counted toward the required field hours for MSW students.
Your Host Cities: Cluj-Napoca
Cluj-Napoca, commonly known as Cluj, is Romania’s fourth largest and is considered the capital of the region of Transylvania.  It is home to Babes-Bolyai University, which boasts an enrollment of nearly 50,000 students, making Cluj a lively university town with a thriving visual arts scenes and a busy nightlife.  Architectural highlights include the Gothic St Michael’s Church and the Baroque Bánffy Palace, home to the National Museum of Art.


Academics
Faculty Director Profile:
Rebecca Davis

Dr. Davis is a professor in the School of Social Work, and also directs the School’s Center for International Social Work.  Her focus on international social work began with a Fulbright to teach social work practices in Romania, where she resided for a decade engaged in child welfare reform before serving as a consultant and project manager for various NGOs and social welfare organizations.  In addition to her specialization in Central and Eastern Europe, her research in international and comparative social work and development takes her to countries in Africa and East Asia.
In Romania you will be enrolled in Romania’s Revolution: Investing in Children and Families across the Life Cycle, an intensive two week seminar worth 3 credits.  After the completion of the course, students may choose to stay in Romania for an additional two weeks to complete an optional service learning component. These students will receive an additional 3 credits (70 hours of field education credit for Social Work students) upon completion of the program.  These hours can apply to School of Social Work Fall/Spring Field Education Hours.  Students who wish to participate in the Service Learning component must also enroll in the preceding seminar.

The course will begin with an on-line pre-departure orientation and preliminary readings.  The in-country instruction will be based at Babes-Bolyai University. Students will attend classes in the morning and field visits to local and national governmental and non-governmental health and social welfare organizations. Romanian social work educators, researchers, and practitioners will join the program for both didactic and field experiences.

Potential service learning placements for the optional two-week ISL portion include (but are not limited to):
  • Resource Center for Roma Communities
  • Caritas Cluj, After School Program for Youth at Risk
  • Ratiu Center for Democracy
  • Estuar, Serving Persons with Mental Illness
  • Romania Foundation for Children, Community and Family
  • World Vision/Romania
  • ProSocial: Professional Association of Social Workers, Cluj
  • ECCE Homo - Center for Street Children, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail.

To view the the program's preliminary 2014 syllabus, please click here.  Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.


Excursions
The program itinerary includes several group excursions, designed to enhance student learning about the history, culture, and contemporary society of the host community.  Past excursions have included:
  • Visit to Dracula’s Castle
  • A traditional Romanian countryside festival
  • Weekend trip to Budapest, the Hungarian capital

Program Dates
Summer 2014
Arrival: May 21st
Departure: June 5th
Departure (ISL): June 19th
*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted and the program dates have been confirmed.


Accommodations and Meals
Students will stay in university housing at Babes-Boylai University.  Accommodation will be double occupancy rooms.  Students are responsible for their own meals.  A small set of kitchen appliances, such as a mini-fridge and hotplate, are available, and the in-country orientation includes a trip to a grocery store where students can purchase dishes and utensils.  Most students opt to take the majority of their meals at local cafes and restaurants.


Financial Information
Program Cost: Summer 2014
    NJ Resident Non-NJ Resident
Undergraduate Seminar $1,795 $2,036
Undergraduate Seminar + Service Learning $2,695 $3,177
Graduate Seminar $1,995 $2,217
Graduate Seminar + Service Learning $2,995 $3,440

PROGRAM COST INCLUDES (Billable)  
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PROGRAM COST DOES NOT INCLUDE (Non-Billable)  
•Travel to/from Romania •All Personal Expenses•All Personal Expenses
•Major Medical Insurance •Rutgers Summer Session Fee
•Meals  
 
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses please download and review the Romania Expenses Worksheet:
Romania Summer 2014 Expense Worksheet

For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.


Scholarships
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.

International Service Learning Scholarship- Available to Rutgers students participating in Rutgers International Service Learning programs.  Students must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA, and must be enrolled in the full four week program in order to apply.  Information on how to apply will be released to students after their acceptance. 
Early decision deadline: February 21, 5:00PM.  Final scholarship deadline: March 26, 5:00PM.

Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.