Let your adventure change the world!

Northwestern College provides a unique study abroad experience engaging the culture of post-communist Romania, building on the grassroots development work of New Horizons Foundation. Living in the Jiu Valley of Romania, students study and experience: Romanian culture, history, and language, Eastern Orthodoxy, Sustainable Development and other topics. All of these are combined with a strong praxis component within the context of a dynamic non-profit organization – New Horizons Foundation. The semester abroad program includes national excursions, back-packing trips into Romania’s Carpathian Mountain ranges, and homestays with Romanian families.

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Top 15 Reasons To Join Us!

  1. Study in a StudyAbroad101.com Top 10 Non-Traditional Program.
  2. Experience authentic cultural immersion through a fantastic home stay.
  3. Take high quality academic courses with local professionals. 
  4. Extend your learning through flexible internships in many fields. 
  5. Travel to nearby cities like Prague & Venice with ease!
  6. Develop your leadership skills in our service learning programs.
  7. Brag to your friends about living in Transylvania, home of Dracula.
  8. Learn about Romanian history by traveling to important sites.
  9. Receive a bi-weekly stipend to cover your day-to-day shopping. 
  10. Make friends with Romanians of all ages and backgrounds.
  11. Touch ancient Roman ruins only an hour away from your new home. 
  12. Make traditional dishes like sarmale and papanași with your host family.
  13. Backpack in mountains known as some of the best hiking area in Europe.
  14. Explore your new backyard by mountain biking, rock climbing, & caving!
  15. See theory come alive in a dynamic & growing international non-profit. 

Hear From Our Students

Lupeni Smokestack at Sunset
The Incredibly Complex Path
Program Administrator | 07 December
As my time in Romania draws to a close, I have to think of all the experiences this has given me. Before coming to Romania I'd never been more than a long...
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Girl on Hike
Imi Va Fi Dor De Voi
Program Administrator | 05 December
We are in our last week in Romania and it has been a series of lasts. Every time I step into a second-hand shop, a restaurant, or a grocery store, I keep...
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Students with Host Sister
New Friendships, New Experiences
Program Administrator | 04 December
When first coming to Romania, I didn’t really know what to expect. What would the people be like? What would the culture be like? More importantly, what would...
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