The Romanian Studies Program was founded in 1994 by Eastern Nazarene College and since then has brought almost 500 students from 21 colleges and universities to Romania for a semester, a January-term, or for part of the summer. Students come from a variety of majors, learning how to integrate their field of study into a cross-cultural service setting. Many of them fulfil requirements for a practicum or internship.
Cultural Immersion: Students learn to appreciate, adjust to, and learn from a new cultural context by living with a Romanian family, studying the language and aspects of the history and culture, and working alongside Romanian Christians.
Academics: Courses are designed to integrate classroom learning with field trips and experiential learning. Most students take a full semester load of courses which are tailored to help students match degree requirements for graduation.
Service: Students work alongside Romanian Christians who are committed to serving needy people and bringing about positive change in their community. Students put their knowledge and skills into practice in many different ways.
Faith: As students are being stretched personally and professionally, they are supported by mature Christians who encourage them in their faith. Their understanding of the faith is enlarged as they interact with Christians from different church backgrounds, and they learn to rely on God in new ways.