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). Also, the registration form for the 2021 edition of the Summer Courses is available here.
The courses aim to provide participants with fluency and language competence in Romanian. More details of the program are available here.
The event Summer Courses in Romanian language, culture and civilization is opened to people with a keen interest in Romanian language, culture and civilization. Participants can earn credits – by completing the courses and the final test the students will get awarded 3 ECTS-credit points.
General Director of the Summer Courses is Assoc. Prof. Habil. Alexandru Nicolae Prof. Habil. Oana Murăruș is Honorary director of the Summer Courses and Assoc. Prof. Ionuț Geană – Executive Director of the Summer Courses, all of them from Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest.
Participation in the courses will be not free of charge.
- 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.
Courses taught by professors from University of Bucharest, academics and specialists
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.
Feedback from alumni
“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”, Costanza Galanti (Italy)
“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”, Rebecca Ebner-Landy (United Kindom)