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01 - 26/07/2014

Romanian Language, Culture and Civilization Courses, Braşov, Romania

20th edition, July 1st - 26th 2014

 

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 (60 hours)

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 

2. Journalism and publicity
3. Gastronomy 
4. Drama acting

D. Film screenings

Participants will attend Romanian film screenings once a week. The film productions are selected from works by renowned (new)-wave Romanian film directors and recipients of important awards at great European film festivals or films, as well as from film classics.

 

E. Cultural and sightseeing program

During 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 with Transylvania); at the Brâncoveanu Monastery from Sâmbăta de Sus, where there is available to visit a whole collection of old books and manuscripts dating back from the XIV-XIX centuries; in Sibiu and Sighişoara, at the Peleş and Pelişor Castles; at the George Enescu Memorial House in Sinaia etc.

 

F. International evening

An 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. 

 

Accomodation

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

 

Location, 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 (www.muzeulmuresenilor.ro), 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 (www.oldcenterbistro.ro). 

 

Costs

Participation 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. 

 

Applications

The 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 20th, 2014

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


Method of Payment

Participants 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 fee

The 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 30th, 2014. 

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.

Specifications


The Romanian Cultural Institute has the right to make changes in the program of the courses in case of unexpected events.

Contact


Romanian Language Programme Coordinator: 
Ana Borca
or.rci@acrob.ana 
(4) 0317 100 672; Fax: (4) 021.230.13.73

THE ROMANIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE 
38 Aleea Alexandru, 011824, Sector 1 - Bucharest, Romania
www.icr.ro/cursuri_brasov

 

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