Romanian Language, Culture and Civilization Courses, Braşov, Romania
23rd edition, July 4th –29th 2017
The Romanian Cultural Institute organizes and conducts Romanian Language, Culture and Civilization Courses in the 12th century citadel of Braşov. The program is organized in collaboration with the Faculty of Letters of Transilvania University - Braşov, Mureşenilor Memorial House and Reduta Cultural Centre.
A multicultural environment, Braşov (Corona, Kronstadt, Brassó) was renowned not only as an important medieval trade centre, but also as a cultural and academic ”fortress”. Braşov is also known as the place where the first spark of an anticommunist uprising was lit in November 1987.
The Structure of the Program
Intensive Romanian language courses
The Romanian language courses are taught according to a flexible syllabus and adapted to the students’ requests and needs. In order to develop the fluency of expression and to strengthen previously learned grammatical structures, the vocabulary and grammar exercises are alternated with individual and group communication activities. The reading syllabus includes texts about everyday life, as well as literary texts, press articles, songs, etc. These instructional media are supplemented by the use of audio-visual teaching materials.
The instructors selected for teaching the Romanian classes are chosen primarily for their professional skills, but also for their friendly attitude, enthusiasm and patience.
Participants are enrolled in several study groups that are selected and formed based on an initial language test that evaluates the students’ level of linguistic competence, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2). Each group consists of approximately 8-12 students.
The beginners’ level aims to obtain simple comprehension skills, as well as to communicate in familiar situations.
The intermediate level develops the comprehension abilities of more complex texts, as well as competencies in written and oral communication, on various topics.
The advanced level – students will improve their skills of understanding long and complex texts, appreciating distinctions of style as well as improving their communication skills through the use of nuanced expressions.
Certificate of Attendance:
At the end of the programme, students will be given a written and oral exam. Upon succesful completion of the course, the Faculty of Letters of Transilvania University – Braşov will award the participants with certificates of language proficiency, and the Romanian Cultural Institute shall present the students with a certificate that indicates the level of Romanian language knowledge the student has achieved.
Transilvania University of Braşov grants 3 (three) credits for this program in the ECTS system.
B. Lectures in Romanian culture and civilization
The Romanian Cultural Institute invites and provides a public forum for university professors and researchers and other notable figures in Bucharest and Braşov to give lectures that cover history, cinema, literature. The talks are given in both the English and Romanian languages.
C. Creative Workshops
2. Journalism and publicity
4. Drama acting
D. Film screenings
Participants will attend Romanian film screenings once a week. The film productions are selected from works by renowned Romanian film directors (with a particular accent upon the New Wave Romanian Cinema) and recipients of important awards at great European film festivals as well as screenings of Romanian classics.
E. Cultural and sightseeing program
During the weekends we have scheduled sessions of cultural documentation in the Old City of Braşov, on the Transfăgărășan, which is one of the most spectacular routes in Romania, also known as the “route in the clouds” (a road that ensures, in fact, the connection between the historical region of Wallachia and Transylvania); another historically significant landmark in our trip throughout the country will be Cetatea de Baltă, with its Bethlen Haller Castle, considered to be a monumental combination of Renaissance architecture and Baroque influences; we also plan to have a visit in a traditional Romanian village etc.
These site visits benefit from the informed comments of young historians, sociologists, and art historians, specialized in researching the region, its history, traditions and the rich socio-cultural and ethnographic milieu existing in this area of Romania.
F. International evening
An international evening will be organized for the participants, who are asked to present the specific customs, foods and drinks, objects and other things relevant to the countries they come from. This event is followed by a party.
The accommodation will be in three-star locations in Braşov in the city center or at a short walking distance from it.
Language classes will take place at the Faculty of Letters of Transylvania University - Braşov.
The workshops will take place at the Mureşenilor Memorial House (www.muzeulmuresenilor.ro), and the Old Center Bistro.
Lunch and dinner are served at the Old Center Bistro, a downtown located restaurant (www.oldcenterbistro.ro).
Participation fee: 1 100 €/ a place in a double room, 1 300 €/ single room
The fee covers all expenses related to the activities included in the program.
Alumni are granted a 15% discount.
The participation fee does not cover international and domestic transportation, entrance visa, extra hotel services (mini-bar, phone calls, etc.), non any medical services.
The Romanian Cultural Institute warmly recommends that participants have a health insurance that is valid for Romania.
The applications will contain:
- the completed application form (download)
- a curriculum vitae,
- a copy of passport,
- a copy confirming the payment of the participation fee.
The deadline for applications is May 31st, 2017
Due to the limited number of places, applications should be sent as soon as possible.
Method of payment
Participants can pay the fee by bank transfer into the following banks accounts of the Romanian Cultural Institute:
in Euro: using the bank account IBAN RO88 RNCB 0072 0497 1364 0039
in US Dollars: using the bank account IBAN RO61RNCB0072049713640040
in Lei: into the bank account IBAN RO18RNCB0072049713640038, open at Banca Comercială Română SA, Calea Victoriei nr. 155, Sector 1 - Bucharest, Romania
SWIFT CODE: RNCB RO BU.
Please write the applicant’s name and ”Braşov” on all the documents relating to bank transfer of funds. All bank charges are the responsibility of the applicant.
General conditions for the participants
The organizers will provide a detailed program of the courses, as well as a daily schedule. Any change that may occur will be announced.
Each participant has the responsibility to be informed about the structure of the program, the conditions and terms of participation, and any changes that may appear in the program.
In the event that a participant decides to no longer attend the courses or decides to drop out of the program for a serious reason, he/she has the obligation to inform the organizers in writing as soon as possible. The partial reimbursement of the participation fee is granted only under exceptional circumstances.
The organizers are open to the participants’ suggestions and will be glad to answer any question the participants might have.
• to participate in the intensive Romanian language courses
• to attend at least 75% of the conferences in Romanian culture and civilization
• to enroll and participate actively in two workshops and attend all trips
• to pledge to respect the rules established by the organizers, most of all those regarding the academic program
Places exempted from participation fee
The Romanian Cultural Institute is offering six (6) full scholarships which cover entirety of the participation fees. These are destined to be accessed by students of foreign Romanian studies departments (2 scholarships), by researchers interested in Romanian cultural studies (2 scholarships) and by cultural promoters of Romania (2 scholarships).
Students who enroll to the summer courses and fulfill the criteria described before can apply by sending the following supplementary documents (written in English or Romanian):
- a letter of motivation and
- a letter of recommendation from a professor or a person who is familiar with the candidate’s professional activity.
The deadline for application for the places exempted from participation fee is April 30th, 2017.
Applicants should send all application documents by this deadline, including the completed application form, CV and copy of their passports.
Applications will be evaluated by a jury comprising 3 persons as independent evaluators.
The Romanian Cultural Institute has the right to make changes in the program of the courses in case of unexpected events.
Romanian Language Programme Coordinator:
(4) 0317 100 672; Fax: (4) 021.230.13.73
THE ROMANIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE
38, Aleea Alexandru 011824, Sector 1 - Bucharest, Romania