Romanian Language, Culture and Civilization Courses, Braşov, Romania, July 1st -26th 2015

Romanian Language, Culture and Civilization Courses, Brasov, Romania, July 1st -26th 2015
(update: 11 May 2015)
As a result of the evaluation of the 15 applications for the places exempted from participation fee, offered by the Romanian Cultural Institute, the following applicants were awarded:
1.Alzir Oliveira (Brasil)
2.Antanas Keturakis (Lithuania)
3.Alice Victoria Corr (Great Britain)
4.Miguel Cano Diaz (Spain)
Criteria of evaluation:
1.The CV of the candidate – up to 50 points
(his/her links with the Romanian culture – 25 points; perspectives for using the results of the training and personal achievements – 25 points)
2.Letter of motivation – 30 points
3.Letter of recommendation – 20 points



Romanian Language, Culture and Civilization Courses, Braşov, Romania
21st edition, July 1st – 26th 2015

Learn Romanian in Romania! 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 A. 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 (twice a week)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 (twice a week)1. 19th century ball dancing and traditional dancing
2. Journalism and publicity
3. Gastronomy
4. Drama acting

D. Film screeningsParticipants 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 programDuring 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); at the Brâncoveanu Monastery from Sâmbăta de Sus, where you can visit a whole collection of old books and manuscripts dating back from the XIV-XIX centuries; 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; and lastly, we are going to make a stop in the Romanian „realm of mineral waters” with its thousands of mineral water springs, some of which have been established as local and national brands.

F. International eveningAn 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.

AccommodationThe accommodation will be in three-star locations in Braşov in the city center or at a short walking distance from it.

Locations, venues
Language classes will take place at the Faculty of Letters of Transylvania University - Braşov.
The workshops will take place at the Mureşenilor Memorial House (, and the Old Center Bistro, as well as in the artists’ studios.
Lunch and dinner are served at the Old Center Bistro, a downtown located restaurant (

CostsParticipation 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. The costs for hotel accommodations and meals will be covered by the Romanian Cultural Institute.
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.

ApplicationsThe 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 24th, 2015Due to the limited number of places, applications should be sent as soon as possible.

Method of paymentParticipants can pay the fee by bank transfer into the following bank account of the Romanian Cultural Institute:
Banca Comercială Română SA, Calea Victoriei 155, Sector 1 - Bucharest, Romania, SWIFT CODE: RNCB RO BU. Code IBAN RO63RNCB0072049713640004.
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.

Participants’ obligations:
• 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 feeThe Romanian Cultural Institute offers 4 places totally exempted from participation fee. These places are intended for students in Romanian studies departments abroad, and for those who use the Romanian language in their scientific documentation, translation or they are editing works about Romanian culture and civilization.
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 26th, 2015.

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.

About us
Romanian Language Programme Coordinator:
Ana Borca
(4) 0317 100 672; Fax: (4)

38, Aleea Alexandru 011824, Sector 1 - Bucharest, Romania