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Summer: Rutgers- Romania’s [R]Evolution: Investing in Children and Families Across the Life Cycle
Cluj, Romania (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 03/13/2015
Rolling Admission 05/20/2015 06/18/2015
NOTE: Tentative program dates (Program will end on 06/04/2015 for students not participating in 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:
Suggested G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Number of Credits per Semester:
Service Learning:
Program Description:
The Program

2014 Student Photo Blogs
Click below to follow along with four MSW students as they take classes, explore local histories, and participate in service-learning activities in Romania!
     Study Abroad Romania 2014!     
     by Breanna Cannetti     

     Kirsten in Romania     
     by Kirsten Goodwin     

     Roaming in Romania     
     by Christina Kubica     

     Ami in Romania    
     by Ami Patel
  • 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 City: 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.

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 placements for the optional two-week service-learning 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 2015 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.

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

Program Dates
Summer 2015
Arrival: May 20th
Departure (2-week): June 4th
Departure (4-week): June 18th
*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 2015
    NJ Resident Non-NJ Resident
Undergraduate Seminar $1,770 $2,023
Undergraduate Seminar + Service Learning $2,537 $3,043
Graduate Seminar $1,961 $2,173
Graduate Seminar + Service Learning $2,918 $3,343
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•Travel to/from Romania •All Personal Expenses•All Personal Expenses
•Major Medical Insurance •Rutgers Summer Session Fee
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.

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

Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer.  Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis.  For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

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