With a population of 750,000 inhabitants and over 2,500 years of history, Constanţa is not only the second largest city, but also one of the oldest in Romania. Port and resort, the city is located on the Black Sea coast in an area of unique natural beauty.
Around the city is the charming land of Dobrogea; this historical province of Romania is famous for the tradition of a perfect coexistence of different ethnic groups: Romanians, Turks, Tatars, Bulgarians, Armenians, Greeks, Ukrainians, Italians. Today, Dobrogea is a model of multicultural consciousness in Romania.
Founded in 1961, Ovidius University is now the alma mater for about 20,000 students. The Faculty of Letters is hosted by a new University building (Campus 1) and has the latest facilities and equipment: a library with thousands of reference titles, two multimedia laboratories where students study foreign languages and carry out their research, to name only a few. The multimedia labs have been widely used by the participants in the summer courses in order to broaden their knowledge of art, history, architecture and ethnography specific to various geographical regions of Romania. These facilities provide interactive methods of learning and have been extremely effective for those interested in acquiring a complex image of Romanian identity.
The International Summer Courses organized by the Faculty of Letters of Ovidius University target all foreign citizens (undergraduate/graduate students or professionals from various fields) with no restriction. If you are interested in the Romanian language, culture and civilization, you can apply for a scholarship with the Romanian Ministry of Education (ME) or you can contact the Faculty of Letters directly, in case of self-financing.
The acquisition of Romanian is designed as an intensive three-week program (15 days, 5 hours per day) with a total of 75 hours. The classes include three levels (a) Beginners through English/French, b) Intermediate, and c) Advanced) and aim to introduce students to Romanian or help them improve their level. The classes do not generally exceed 10 students per group. At the end of the course, students are granted a Certificate of competence in the Romanian language.
The tutors involved are academics and other professionals with a wide expertise in teaching and research.
The actual teaching of Romanian language is complemented by lectures in Romanian art, civilization, history, anthropology, cultural mentalities. In the evening, students are offered readings of Romanian poetry, screenings of Romanian films, concerts, etc. as extra-curricular activities.
For self-financing students, the fee is 500 euro or the lei equivalent at the exchange rate of the day.
Throughout the three weeks, the academic program will be supplemented with tours of Constanţa, its surroundings and the Dobruja region. These will allow the students to understand the cultural, social, historical specificities of the Romanian space. For instance, on the first day of the course, participants will be offered a city tour highlighting the main points of interests and sights (museums, churches, banks, exchange offices, shops, etc.). Moreover, the venues for the lectures in Romanian art, history, ethnology will be the local museums.
At the end of each week, we organize trips to Histria, Adamclisi, St. Andrew’s Cave, Enisala or the Danube Delta. Students should not miss the ruins of the old Greek fortress at Histria, nor the Roman fort at Adamclisi, or the monument that testifies to the Roman rule in the Dobruja region. Moreover, the trip to the Danube Delta, an enthralling space known as “the natural paradise of Europe”, can be an unforgettable experience. The boat trip on the canals will reveal the metaphor “natural paradise” to be sheer reality, not exaggerated publicity.
To enhance the participants’ appreciation of local gastronomy and customs, one of the evenings will be spent having a traditional Romanian dinner at one of the restaurants in the area.
Originating in 1992, the International Summer Courses in Romanian Language, Culture and Civilization have since become an emblem for the history and growth of the Faculty of Letters at Ovidius University, Constanţa. The first editions were organized under the guidance of the prodigious linguist of Romanian origin Eugen Coşeriu, who authored fundamental studies published in various foreign languages, who founded the School of Linguistics of Tübingen, and who was conferred the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by more than 50 universities. Every year, outstanding Romanian and international scholars, members of our teaching staff or academics invited from the Universities of Bucharest, Cluj, Iaşi, Timişoara, Craiova, Sibiu, Târgovişte etc., have validated our programme. The scholars who have lectured at Ovidius University, Constanţa cover a wide range of academic expertise in the field of Humanities – from Linguistics to Literature and Arts, from Anthropology to History and Religion, from the History of Mentalities to Criticism and Literary Theory.
The International Summer Courses in Romanian Language, Culture and Civilization at Ovidius University are aimed at foreign citizens, undergraduate or graduate students who are interested in Romanian language and culture. There are no participation restrictions.
In this latter case, the total fees (tuition fees, accommodation and meals) amount to 1390 euro (see also Accommodation and meals) for the 15 days of courses.
The venue is the University Campus building, situated within a 4-minute bus ride (bus number 5-40) or twenty-minute walk from the Faleză Nord hostels, where students are accommodated.
The University Campus, Faleză Nord 1 and Faleză Nord 2 hostels are within walking distance from Mamaia resort.
Constanța can be reached by train from Bucharest (from Gara de Nord/North Station) or by plane (a 30-minute flight from Bucharest airport to Constanţa) Constanţa airport (Mihail Kogalniceanu) is only 25 km away from the city of Constanţa, and can be easily reached by bus or taxi.
The University hostels Faleză Nord 1 and Faleză Nord 2 are located on the seashore and provide comfortable rooms with en suite bathrooms.
Breakfast and dinner are served in the dining hall of the hostel, lunch is served at the university cafeteria, located a short bus ride away from the University campus and hostels. You can opt for regular or vegetarian meals.