ROMANIA(N) IN A NUTSHELL - Romanian Language Classes for Foreigners
The Romanian Cultural Institute has been organizing the Romanian language courses for foreigners since 2008.
If you want to study Romanian for your business, for your job or for fun, the language courses offered by the Romanian Cultural Institute are the best choice! Weplan on giving you the opportunity to travel and discover, step by step, the mysteries revolving around one of the roman(t)ic languages.
For 2019 the Romanian Cultural Institute offers:
Courses for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners
”Let's sit over a glass of wine!" - conversation workshops
Summer school in Brașov - Romanian Language, Culture and Civilization Courses
Courses for beginners,
intermediate and advanced learners *(based upon the regulations and principles
issued by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning,
Teaching, Assessment) are available for all the series!
In order to assess the level of Romanian correspondent to the enrolled candidates, an initial placement test will be taken by the prospective students.
According to the results of the evaluation, the study groups will be assembled for the beginner level (A2), intermediate (B1, B2) and advanced (C1, C2) levels.
Please note that the participants not familiarized with the Romanian language, thus corresponding to the A1 level, will not be submitted to a placement test.
The placement test is free.
Duration of one module: 40 hours of study
The study groups comprise 8 up to 12 students. In order to be able to set up a study group for each of the levels indicated above, we need to have a minimum of 5 students enrolled per group.
Regular courses consist of two hours of study/twice a week.
Private courses (are pre-established by mutual agreement with the persons choosing this option).
The scheduling for the 2019
Evening regular courses – 40 hours
January 16th – March 25th (beginner
level A1 and A2 – Mondays and Wednesdays from 6.30 PM till 8.30 PM, deadline
January 17th – March 28th (intermediate B1 and B2 and advanced levels C1 - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30 PM till 8.30 PM, deadline January 14th)
April 8th – June 26th (beginner level A1 and A2– Mondays and Wednesdays from 6.30 PM till 8.30 PM, deadline April 3rd)
April 9th – June 18th (intermediate B1 and B2 and advanced levels C1 - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.00 PM till 8.30 PM, deadline April 4th)
September 16th – November 20th (beginner level A1 and A2– Mondays and Wednesdays from 6.30 PM till 8.30 PM, deadline September 11th)
September 17th – November 21st (intermediate and advanced levels - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30 PM till 8.30 PM, deadline September 12th)
Morning regular courses - 40 hours
February 4th - April 17th
(Mondays and Wednesdays from 9.30 AM till 11.30 AM, deadline January 30th)
September 30th – December 4th (Mondays and Wednesdays from 9.30 AM till 11.30 AM, deadline September 25th)
”Let's sit over a glass of wine!” – conversation workshops – 20 hours / 400 lei
March 5th – April 4 (Tuesdays and Thursdaysfrom 9.30 AM till 11.30 AM, dealine February 27th)
May 6th – June 5th (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30 AM till 11.30 AM, deadline May 2nd)
October 15th – November 14th (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30 AM till 11.30 AM, deadline October 11th)
Private courses (by individual request)
One person: 80 lei/hour/person
Two persons per group: 70 lei /hour/person
Three- four persons per group: 60 lei/hour/person
More than five persons per group: 40 lei / hour / person
All of the aforementioned courses
will take place in the three classrooms within the ground floor of the Romanian
Cultural Institute. The address of the RCI’s new building is 21-23 Biserica
Amzei Street, Bucharest.
Applications must be submitted to the following e-mail address email@example.com with a cc to firstname.lastname@example.org or in hard-copy, at the headquarters of the Institute (21-23 Biserica Amzei Street, Bucharest). Please find attached the application form below or just by clicking here.
The cost of one module is 850 RON or 200 Euros.
The price comprises the placement
test and the material.
The payment must be confirmed to the Romanian Cultural Institute prior to the aforementioned deadlines of the application procedures. Please make sure to explicitly write your full name and the designated address for the receipt/bill on all the documents related to the bank transfer process. Note that all supplementary bank charges fall under the responsibility of the applicants.
Method of payment:
In EURO: using the bank account IBAN
RO63RNCB0072049713640004, open at Banca Comercială Română SA, 155 Calea Victoriei, Sector 1 - Bucharest,
Romania, BIC/SWIFT CODE: RNCB RO BU or cash at the Romanian Cultural Institute.
In LEI: into the bank account no. RO47RNCB0072049713640001, open at Banca Comercială Română SA, Calea Victoriei 155, Sector 1 - Bucharest, Romaniaor cash at the Romanian Cultural Institute
Institutional data: Institutul Cultural Român, cod fiscal (CIF) 15726657, address:
38 Aleea Alexandru, 011824, Bucharest
Conditions for the withdrawal from the course:
• If you inform the ICR team in writing, before the
course starts, we will be able to refund you the course fee, minus an
administrative charge of 10%.
• If you inform the ICR team in writing, during the first week of the course, you will get a credit report and will be reimbursed for the costs of the remaining unattended classes minus 25% of this amount, charged as administrative costs.
• No credits are reimbursed after the ending of the first week.
The Romanian Cultural Institute does not assume responsibility for granting visas in the case of the non-EU citizens that apply for a visa in order to participate to the Romanian Language Classes in Bucharest.
Moreover, the Institute does not have the obligation of providing
accommodation in Bucharest for the foreign participants that do not reside in
Romania, during their stay for the courses, this task falling under the
applicants’ personal concern.
For further information please contact: Ana Borca - tel. (004) 031 7100 672
Ana Borca (born in 1973) is a graduate of the Faculty of Roman-Germanic Philology as of 1995, holding a PhD in Philology since 2001, with a thesis presented at the Faculty of Letters at the University of Bucharest. In January 2011, she took up a specialized and intensive course in teaching Romanian as a foreign language, organized by the Institute for the Romanian Language as a European Language, held at Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. Raised and educated in the historical Maramureş, Ana has a previous experience in Romania, working as a journalist, and now she is a specialist in teaching Romanian without using an intermediate language, by submerging the students in a "linguistic bath". A former journalist, she also taught Romanian Language at the Eudoxiu Hurmuzachi Institute for the Romanians Living Abroad. With 10 years of teaching experience in Romanian language for foreigners, she has been coordinating the Language Courses Program at the Romanian Cultural Institute since 2009, being the organizer and main coordinator of the Romanian Language, Culture and Civilization Courses, the oldest and one of the most popular programs held at the Romanian Cultural Institute.
Ilinca Busurcă (born in 1979) graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, specialization Russian Language and Literature - Romanian Language and Literature. She graduated the Master on Russian Cultural Studies and Business Communication and the second Master "Culture and Mentality in the European Integration of Romanians". Currently she works at the Department for Students' Services from the University of Bucharest. Ilinca taught Romanian Language at the Eudoxiu Hurmuzachi Institute (Center) for the Romanians Living Abroad. She has a qualification as a trainer and she has a 10 years experience in teaching Romanian language for foreigners. In January 2011 (25-29) she took up, as her colleague Ana, a specialized course in teaching Romanian as a foreign language, organized by the Institute for the Romanian Language as a European Language and the Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca.
Gabriela Stoica (born in 1979) is a graduate of the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest, Romanian Language and Literature and Latin Language and Literature. She holds a M.A. degree in “The structure and the evolution of Romanian language” and a Ph.D. in Philology (linguistics field, history of Romanian language). She started teaching Romanian as foreign language in 2003, within the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest, Department of Linguistics, where she currently works as a lecturer.She was a teacher at Summer Courses of Romanian Language, Culture and Civilization, organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute (Baia-Mare 2004, 2005, Braşov 2008), and by the University of Bucharest (Sinaia 2006, Bucharest 2012). Starting with 2010 she became aconstant collaborator of the Romanian Language Classes Programme of The Romanian Cultural Institut, Bucharest. In 2009 she was the beneficiary of the grant Lifelong learning programme. Erasmus Teaching Mobility, implying an exchange of teaching experience at the Department of European and Intercultural Studies of the University „La Sapienza”, Rome. Since 2002, she also works as a researcher at the “Iorgu Iordan – Al. Rosetti” Institute of Linguistics of the Romanian Academy of Sciences, Department of Etymology.
Ioana Vasiloiu (b.1979) is a lecturer at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest. She has graduated the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest in 2002 (specialization: Romanian Language and Literature - French Language and Literature), finishing a program of master in Modern Romanian Literature (2003) and Master program in Cultural Anthropology (2004), held at the University of Bucharest. In 2008, she obtained her PhD in philology at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest. During 2004-2008 Ioana Vasiloiu worked as an assistant and lecturer in Romanian language as a foreign language at "Eudoxiu Hurmuzachi" for Romanians Abroad Institute, within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 2008 , she has been working as a professor of Romanian language as a foreign language at the Romanian Cultural Institute. Between 25-29th of January 2011, she has followed an intensive course in teaching Romanian as a foreign language, organized by the Romanian language as an European Language Institute and „Babeş-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca.
Carmen Mîrzea Vasile (born in 1982) is a Romanian language researcher at the “Iorgu Iordan – Al. Rosetti” Institute of Linguistics and she teaches Romanian as a foreing language as of 2009, becoming a permanent collaborator of the Romanian Language Classes Programme organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute. Carmen graduated from the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest, Romanian Language and Literature and French Language and Literature, graduated the Master on “Contemporary Romanian language: structures and communication strategies”, holding a PhD in Philology as of 2010. As her colleagues, she took up a specialized course in teaching Romanian as a foreign language, organized by the Institute for the Romanian Language as a European Language and the Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca in July 2010 (12-16). She has benefitedfrom a Postdoctoral Scholarship (2011-2013), granted by the Romanian Academy.
„I came to Romania two years ago. When I arrived here, I did not know Romanian language at all. Then I decided to study at ICR and after some courses, I am convinced that ICR is the best choice if you really wish to learn Romanian language, in a very nice atmosphere, with an easy and effective method. But the most important fact is that ICR has a very professional female team, integrated by five enthusiast teachers who are always willing to help you. They are teachers highly qualified, with a deep knowledge of Romanian language and every time they show their best disposition to encourage you to improve your performance and have success to learn Romanian language.” (Juana Nunez, Mexico)