The University of Bucharest organizes the 60th edition – the Diamond Jubilee – of the Summer Courses in Romanian language, culture and civilization, during 25 July – 8 August 2021. We are considering two scenarios, (A) on site and (B) on line, in accordance with the evolution of the current pandemic; depending on this, on the 1st of June 2021 we will announce how the school will be organized (on site or on line).
Founded by the renowned linguist Alexandru Rosetti in the ‘60s, in Sinaia, and coordinated for several years by professor Boris Cazacu, the University of Bucharest Summer School is the oldest academic initiative in Romania meant to promote Romanian language and culture abroad. For more than half a century, the University of Bucharest Summer Courses have gained recognition and prestige due to the participation of many reputed Romanian and foreign professors and academicians, as well as of distinguished scholars and artists.
Our Intensive Romanian Language Courses are designed using the communicative approach to language teaching, which means that vocabulary and grammar notions will be constantly put in relation with interactive purposes. In other words, our goal is not to insist on the theoretical knowledge of grammar, but on the students’ ability to communicate in everyday life. At the same time, the students will become familiar with the main speech acts (how to formulate apologies, thanking, congratulating, complimenting, giving advice, expressing an emotion, etc.) and with the Romanians’ cultural manner of speaking. In line with the European Language Passport, our courses focus on the four language skills: listening, speaking (spoken interaction, spoken production), reading, and writing.
The Romanian language courses are taught by professors from the University of Bucharest, academics, and specialists in linguistics and communication, having a high degree of national and international experience in teaching and testing Romanian as a foreign language. Students will be divided into three or four groups (A1, A2, B1-B2, C1), according to their level, which will be initially tested.
1st of June 2021: Decision on the organization of the course (on site or online).
The registration form for the 2021 edition of the Summer Courses will be available soon.
Director of the Summer Courses
Assoc. Prof. Habil. Alexandru Nicolae
Executive director of the Summer Courses
Assoc. Prof. Ionuț Geană, lecturer
Honorary director of the Summer Courses
Prof. Habil. Oana Murăruș
People with a keen interest in Romanian language, culture and civilization.
The courses aim to provide participants with fluency and language competence in Romanian.
A. Intensive Romanian Language Courses
- The Intensive Romanian Language Courses are based on a communicational perspective, in that vocabulary and grammar will be constantly subject to interactive purposes. In other words, we won’t lay stress on theoretical knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, but on the students’ ability to communicate in everyday situations. At the same time, the students will become familiar with the main speech acts (apologies, thanking, and congratulating, complimenting, giving advice, expressing an emotion etc.) and with the Romanians’ cultural manner of speaking. In line with the European Language Passport, our courses focus on the four language skills: listening, speaking (spoken interaction, spoken production), reading, and writing.
- The Romanian language courses are given by the University of Bucharest academics, specialists in linguistics and communication, with a wide national and international experience in teaching and testing Romanian as a foreign language.
- Students will receive a textbook and various handouts (literary and nonliterary texts, newspapers and magazines, etc.), according to their level, and (when possible) to their individual option. We will use audio and video support, mainly for listening classes. Each classroom is equipped with a computer, sound station, video projector and screen.
- There will be an initial test to assess proficiency in Romanian and students will be divided into three or four groups according to their level.
Applicants are requested to specify their presumed language level in the application form.
- Language levels are the following:
Level A1-A2 (beginners) aims at the acquisition of basic phonetic, grammatical and lexical structures, integrated in everyday conversational topics (i.e. ‘Pleased to Meet You’, ‘What time is it?’, ‘On the Street’, ‘At the Supermarket’, ‘At the Market’, ‘At a Restaurant’, ‘At the Bank/Exchange Office’, ‘Weather. Climate’, ‘At the Station’, ‘At a Hotel’, ‘On the Phone’, ‘Hey, taxi!’, ‘My House’, ‘Family’, ‘Daily Schedule’, ‘At the Postal Office’ etc.). By the end of the course, the student will be able to interact in everyday, specific situations.
Level B1-B2 (intermediate) aims at improving grammar and at extending and refining vocabulary. The topics are to be extended based on the study of literary texts of average difficulty, of nonliterary texts (mainly journalistic), and on listening classes (excerpts from radio and television broadcasts). The student will become an independent speaker, improving his abilities of understanding and producing texts.
Level B2-C1 (advanced) aims at improving and refining grammar, vocabulary (synonyms, antonyms, specialized terminology, characteristics of spoken Romanian), phraseology, and stylistic registers of contemporary Romanian. The topics are to be widely extended based on the study of literary texts of increased difficulty, of nonliterary texts (according to the students’ interests) and on listening classes (excerpts from radio and television broadcasts). The student will become an experimented speaker, able to attain the native speaker levels of proficiency (C2).
- By the end of the summer school, students will receive an attendance certificate.
- On request, they can take a language proficiency test, based on the model of the European Language Passport. The certificate of language proficiency is issued by the University of Bucharest. Costs of the exam are included in the course participation fee.
- Romanian language courses schedule: 20 class hours per week (4 class hours a day), from 9.30 to 13.30. In Romania, the duration of a regular class hour is 50 minutes.
B. Lectures on Romanian Culture and Civilization
The Lectures on Romanian Culture and Civilization are given in Romanian by academics, specialists in culture, artists and are addressed to advanced students. Hence, for students in Level B2-C1, 3 twice a week, the course programme runs from 9.30 to 13.30 and includes 3 class hours – Romanian language course, and 1.30 class hours – Lectures on Romanian Culture and Civilization.
Students can choose one of the following workshops, running twice a week from 15.00 to 16.30 (the scheduled hours can be modified according to circumstances):
1. Intensive listening (for advanced leaners): a very useful activity for advanced students and conference interpreters, which aims at improving the understanding of authentic oral texts.
2. Romanian Roots in (Traditional) Dance and Theatre (upper intermediate): a truly creative workshop which helps you express yourself through gesture and mimics and learn Romanian using dance, games and improvisational exercises.
3. Romanian Customs and Folklore Traditions (lower intermediate): a workshop destined to those interested in traditional culture, in folklore and ethnographical aspects.
4. Multimedia workshop (beginners): the workshop is conceived as an appendix to the A1 (beginners) classes. During the workshop, the students will listen to both standard textbook recordings and to fragments of real radio or TV shows. Based on these samples, the students will learn, analyze and acquire new linguistic structures.
D. Romanian Films with English Subtitles
A motion picture will be shown in the same building where courses take place. Due to the English subtitles, the movie is addressed to all students, irrespective of their language level. We included in our selection the latest productions of the Romanian film directors, distinguished in the most important international festivals (Cristian Mungiu, Cristi Puiu, Corneliu Porumboiu, Cătălin Mitulescu, Cristian Nemescu, Florin Şerban ş.a.)
E. Cultural Programme and Day-Trips
The cultural programme includes museum visits, walks in the park (the Botanical Garden, Herăstrău Park), a musical evening, Bucharest sightseeing and outskirts, two one-day trips organized during the weekends.
F. Cocktails and Multicultural Evening
The organizers offer a welcome cocktail and a goodbye one. Students are kindly invited to organize one multicultural evening, during which to present images, specific customs and traditions, local objects, food and drinks (if possible) from their countries of origin.
The Romanian Language Courses, lectures and workshops are held at the Faculty of Letters, Edgar Quinet Street no.5-7, (www.litere.ro).
The Faculty of Letters is situated in the heart of Bucharest, at approx. 40 minute walking distance from the Gaudeamus Guest House. You can also reach the Faculty of Letters in 15-20 minutes by bus (no. 137, 138, 268) (7 stops).
Upon completion of the courses and the final test, participants will be awarded 3 credit points (ECTS).
- for on site: EUR 600: Participation fee includes: participants’ registration, language courses, lectures, workshops, 2 cocktail parties, Bucharest sightseeing tour, short trip-tour in Bucharest and surroundings, visit to cultural institutions with tradition in historical and cultural representation of the Romanian culture and civilization, 2 day trips (lunch included) during the weekends, cultural activities, textbooks and handouts, the final language proficiency test and certificate.
Participation fee does NOT cover: accommodation, students’ lunch and dinner, hotel extra services, visa fee, medical insurance.
- for online: EUR 250: Participation fee includes: participants’ registration, language courses, lectures, workshops, textbooks and/or handouts for classes.
Participants from the following states are not required an entry visa for Romania: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, South Correa, Guatemala, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Monaco, New Zeeland, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, USA, European Union States, Uruguay, Venezuela etc. The list of the states which members are required an entry visa for Romania can be found on the official website of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (http://evisa.mae.ro/LongStayVisa).
Participants can have lunch or dinner in one of the many restaurants or fast-foods close to the university. The cost for a single person meal varies from 20 RON (approximately 5 euro) at a fast-food restaurant to 40-50 RON (10 euro) at a restaurant. For more information on Bucharest restaurants, you can go to: http://www.restaurantebucuresti.ro/, http://www.afterhours.ro/, https://www.sapteseri.ro/locuri/bucuresti/restaurante
It’s very hot in Bucharest in July and August. The average lower temperature is 23-25 °C (73-77 °F), but it can go up to 30-35 °C (86-95 °F) or even hotter. Participants are advised to bring adequate clothes for a comfortable stay in Bucharest. All rooms where classes take place are air-conditioned.
Participants will be instructed how to protect their personal documents and belongings. Like in every other big city, pickpockets operate in crowded areas or in public means of transport. The University of Bucharest does not take any responsibility for the lost or stolen objects, money, and documents.
The organizers of the Summer Courses will present the participants with a folder which contains: the list of participants, useful information about Bucharest, promotional materials about the University of Bucharest, a detailed study and cultural programme. Any unexpected change in the programme will be announced to the participants in due time. The secretariat and the directors of the Summer Courses will be permanently at your disposal for requirements and suggestions.
Participants are expected to:
- participate in Romanian language courses
- attend the lectures (C1 Level participants)
- attend the workshop according to their level of Romanian proficiency
- attend the study trips
Gemma Cervera (Spania)
Acest curs mi-a permis sa rememorez limba româna, puțin pierdută după mulți ani în care am auzit-o doar la televiziune. Pe de o parte, mi se pare ca acest curs a fost prea intensiv pentru a fi un curs de vară, dar, în același timp, cred că mi-a permis sa învăț mai mult decât am învățat în alte cursuri similare. A fost și un prilej de a întâlni persoane foarte interesante si m-am simțit foarte bine cu profesorii, care au fost deosebit de atenți și receptivi cu noi toți. Mi-a plăcut foarte mult vizita de duminică de la Muzeul Satului, cu acel ghid atât de entuziast. Fără îndoiala, acest curs va fi unul dintre amintirile plăcute ale vieții mele.
Costanza Galanti (Italia)
When I arrived I only knew a few words in Romanian; at the end, I was able to understand easy discourses and make basic conversation. I would say therefore that the school provided me with the grammar tools to continue my learning through independent study and informal interactions, and for this I am beyond grateful.
Rebecca Ebner-Landy (Marea Britanie)
I’ve just had the most wonderful two weeks at the Summer School, met such interesting people and have managed to acquire a relatively good grasp of Romanian in the short time I was there. The trip wouldn’t have been the same without the fabulous directors, Alexandru and Ionuț who went above and beyond the make sure all our needs were catered for, and who put so much time and effort into making sure everything was fabulous. The teaching was of the highest calibre and during the time we spent in class every day, I felt consistently engaged and stimulated. The programme of events that was put on for us was varied and thoroughly enjoyable. Some highlights were Razvan’s dance workshops, the multicultural evening and the Karaoke night. The day trips were also wonderful and allowed us a real insight into Romanian life, culture and religion. I would without a doubt recommend the course to those seeking an immersive cultural experience in Romania, or for those who simply want to acquire some language skills and I really hope I can go back again myself at some point in the future. Thank you so much to all the organisers, teachers and participants for the truly memorable experience.
Ana Elisa Gil Vodermayer (Spania)
Cursul de vară 2019 de la Facultatea de Litere din București a fost in opinia mea foarte complet, cuprinzând orele de curs teoretice și practice intensive și avansate, conferințe privind diferite domenii, ateliere, excursii, concerte etc. Apreciez și foarte mult promovarea unității grupului întreg, compus din persoane de toate vârstele si provenite din diferite țări (Franța, Italia, SUA, Rusia, Polonia, Spania, Canada, Turcia, Brazilia, Anglia, Germania, Elveția, Coreea etc.). Și activitățile extrașcolare au fost foarte distractive și bine coordonate, inclusiv când am mers cu toții la karaoke! Este un curs foarte recomandabil, intensiv, variat și bine organizat.