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  • Locations: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Stephanie LaCava
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Service Learning:
Program Description:

Dates for Summer 2019 - May 22 - June 20, 2019 

Mandatory pre-departure meeting: TBA, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Self-Study and Planning: May 16th until departure

Departure from the USA by May 21, 2019 (arrive in country by May 22, program officially starts on May 23)
Departure from Cluj on June 20, 2019

The Program
2016 Student Photo Blogs
Click below to follow along with MSW students as they take classes, explore local histories, and participate in service-learning activities in Romania!
    Black and Abroad 
     by Alesia Ahiekpor  

Wandering Katt   
by Kattya Coral   

Roamin' in Romania
by Katelyn Rogozinski

  • Explore community-based care models, and how they are addressing vulnerable populations in Romania amid a climate of social and political change.  
  • Graduate students can earn 3-credits of field hours through service learning placements with local social welfare agency, where you will engage in meaningful work with professionals caring for the city’s most vulnerable populations. Undergraduate students will earn 6-credits. 
Your Host City: Cluj-Napoca
Cluj-Napoca, commonly known as Cluj, is Romania’s fourth largest and is considered the capital of the region of Transylvania.  It is home to Babes-Bolyai University, which boasts an enrollment of nearly 50,000 students, making Cluj a lively university town with a thriving visual arts scenes and a busy nightlife.  Architectural highlights include the Gothic St Michael’s Church and the Baroque Bánffy Palace, home to the National Museum of Art.

Faculty Director Profile:
Rebecca Davis

Dr. Davis is a professor in the School of Social Work, and also directs the School’s Office of Global Programs.  Her focus on international social work began with a Fulbright to teach social work practices in Romania, where she resided for a decade engaged in child welfare reform before serving as a consultant and project manager for various NGOs and social welfare organizations.  In addition to her specialization in Central and Eastern Europe, her research in international and comparative social work and development takes her to countries in Africa and East Asia.

To view a sample syllabus for this program, please click here.  Please note, as a sample syllabus all contents are subject to change.

This global service learning experience provides students the opportunity to study and learn first-hand about the profession of social work and social services within the Romanian and European contexts. Students will complete a guided internship with a community-based social service agency, working with a range of vulnerable groups including children, adults with disabilities, at-risk adolescents, children who have been abused and/or neglected, adults with mental illness, children with autism, and the elderly.  Some of the field placement will be done, side by side, with a Romanian social work student and/or a visiting European social work student.

As part of their coursework, students will engage in reflective seminars with Romanian social workers, students, and professors.  Students will learn about the evolution and status of social work in Romania (educational requirements, legislation, standards of practice, and regulation). And parallel to learning about social work, students will learn about the evolution of the public and private (non-profit) social services system in Romania, from the post-Revolution years beginning in 1990 to present. Of special interest is the establishment and growth of the non-profit sector and its role in the delivery of social services and the growth of democracy through advocacy and empowerment. European and global comparisons about social work and social services will be highlighted. Students will expand their conceptual frameworks and vocabulary to incorporate global standards and practices.  

Students will be hosted for their field practicum by one of several organizations partnered with Rutgers and Babes-Bolyai University.  Potential service placements include (but are not limited to):
  • Resource Center for Roma Communities
  • Caritas Cluj, After School Program for Youth at Risk
  • Ratiu Center for Democracy
  • Estuar, Serving Persons with Mental Illness
  • Romania Foundation for Children, Community and Family
  • World Vision/Romania
  • ProSocial: Professional Association of Social Workers, Cluj
  • ECCE Homo - Center for Street Children, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

The program itinerary includes several group excursions, designed to enhance student learning about the history, culture, and contemporary society of Romania.  Past excursions have included:
  • A visit to Dracula’s Castle
  • Turda Salt Mines
  • A traditional Romanian countryside festival
Accommodations and Meals
Students will stay in university housing at Babes-Boylai University.  Accommodation will be double occupancy rooms.  Students are responsible for their own meals.  A small set of kitchen appliances, such as a mini-fridge and hotplate, are available, and the in-country orientation includes a trip to a grocery store where students can purchase dishes and utensils.  Most students opt to take the majority of their meals at local cafes and restaurants.

Financial Information

For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses for this program from 2018 please view the program budget sheet.

For more information about Finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers study abroad withdrawal policy.

Students are encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria.  To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships At-A-Glance worksheet, and visit our Scholarship Directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.