The American Studies Program at the University of Bucharest already has a long tradition within the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures and was the first such academic venture in Romania. Supported by both the Cultural Center of the US Embassy and the Fulbright Commission in Romania, our program has benefited from the experience of some of the top specialists in the field of American Studies.
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What Our Students Think
I attended the Media Communication course in the winter semester 2019. The course focused on how the common status of the outcast that has been bonding Jewish Americans and African Americans was represented by the media. The discourse was created by adopting a multidisciplinary approach, ranging from movies to comic books; the atmosphere of openness and willingness to welcome multiple interpretations and perspectives helped enrich the quality of the classes. Furthermore, the teacher was absolutely passionate and committed to take the best out of the entire course, also by showing curiosity about my country and providing me additional materials.
The final exam allowed me to deepen the topic I was mostly interested in and the multidisciplinary approach I decided to adopt was highly appreciated and encouraged from the very beginning. If I could, I would take the same course over and over again.
Erica Bruno, Erasmus student from the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Turin [2019-2020]
My name is Sebastian Lins and I am a student from Germany who came to Romania with the Erasmus Exchange program. I studied American Studies for the first semester in 2016. For me it was a big chance to have a view on many different topics, from Literature, Psychology, History and Anthropology to Linguistics. This multi-perspective view on America was for me the key to get deeper knowledge about the United States and the issues of immigration, colonization and culture, which would not be possible with one single subject.
I really enjoyed working with many different methods and many different kinds of texts and would recommend this program to anyone who is interested in the humanities and wants to understand a problem, from many different points of view.”
Sebastian Lins, Erasmus student in Psychology from the University of Trier, Germany [2016-2017]
I have to say that this was really enriching for me as a westerner, on top of being a very nice cross-cultural experience too. Moreover, I have dived into intercultural predicaments, politics, and similarities in modern America within different communities. In general, classes at the American Studies Program have been an inclusive place where to discuss, present and challenge myself in front of others. The professors have been supportive and open-minded at all times. As a matter of fact, I have always felt welcome as an Erasmus student. The American Studies Program has given me the chance to explore new horizons, points of view, and academic disciplines in a warming intellectual atmosphere.”
I am not originally part of the American Studies Program, however, I belong to the Foreign Languages Faculty while doing my Erasmus stay. My experience taking classes, both at the first and the second year of the graduate program, has been very rewarding and fulfilling. I have had the chance to take a closer look at topics such as transatlantic imagology or “balkanism” from an unusual and geographically privileged perspective.
Miguel Angel Villaescusa, University of the Basque Country/ Translation and Interpreting major Erasmus+ scholarship [2018-2019]