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Romania Semester Oman Semester

Take your learning on a journey If you’re interested in more than just a trip, go on a global adventure with a community of students. Northwestern College of Iowa offers two exceptional semester abroad programs.

ROMANIA in the fall

Enroll in the Romania Semester to study sustainable community development and experiential education in the shadow of the Transylvanian Alps.

OMAN in the spring

Journey to the most progressive country in the Middle East to study Arabic, Muslim culture, Islam and interfaith dialogue during the Oman Semester.

FALL SEMESTER Lupeni, Romania

Lupeni, surrounded by breathtaking mountains in the coal mining Jiu Valley, is a city where students can begin to understand both the societal dysfunction wrought by communism and the empowering effects of community service and sustainable development. Your host for the Romania Semester is the New Horizons Foundation, an award-winning NGO (non-governmental organization) successfully rebuilding the region’s social capital by investing in youth, teaching them teamwork and trust. Program participants serve as leaders at the foundation’s IMPACT Clubs.


Romanian Culture and History Eastern Orthodoxy Sustainable Development Experiential Education


Your semester in the Transylvanian Alps includes a weeklong backpacking expedition and the chance to spend your fall break touring through central Europe. You’ll spend eight weeks living with Romanian families and the remainder of the semester living in community in apartment-style housing.


Dana Bates is founder and executive director of New Horizons Foundation and has received international recognition and funding for his experiential education and community development programs. A graduate of Gordon College in Massachusetts, Bates is completing a Ph.D. at the Oxford Centre for Missions Studies and the University of Wales.


Located on the Arabian Sea, Oman is internationally known as one of the most peaceful, hospitable nations in the Middle East. In 2010, the United Nations declared Oman’s standard of living had improved more in 40 years than any other country in history. Instructors for the semester are Omani religious scholars and government officials. Participants’ warm welcome in the country is due to the Reformed Church in America’s 120-year legacy of medical and educational work in Oman.


Christian-Muslim Relations Introduction to Arabic Oman Culture and Society Independent study with an Omani scholar


During your semester by the sea, you’ll live at the Al Amana Centre, near the Souq (marketplace) and waterfront Corniche in Muscat’s “Old City” of Muttrah. Weekend excursions enable you to hike Oman’s Grand Canyon, ride camels in the desert, and swim in the region’s blue-green Wadis.


The Rev. Douglas Leonard, director of the Al Amana Centre and professor for the Christian-Muslim Relations class, works closely with Oman’s Ministry of Religious Affairs on interfaith initiatives. Ordained in the RCA, he has a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and studied Arabic at the Qasid Institute in Jordan.

World wise Traveling abroad is valuable, but immersing yourself in another country—absorbing its culture and meeting its people—will enrich and enlarge your worldview beyond what you can imagine. Study the rebuilding of Romania, a country devastated youth for productive futures. Or explore Oman, an oil-rich, politically progressive Arab state with a legacy of peace and a commitment to interfaith dialogue.

World ready

Studying abroad in news-making places like Romania and Oman offers unparalleled preparation for living and working in an increasingly diverse, ever more connected global community. Your experiences will stand out on a resume, suggesting you’re adaptable, curious and ready to succeed anywhere around the world.

Grab your passport

Northwestern’s Romania and Oman semesters are available to students at any college or university who have completed two semesters of college work and achieved a minimum GPA of 2.5.


Both the Romania Semester and the Oman Semester cost the same as a semester at Northwestern College and include: 16 college credits In-country transportation Orientation Housing/homestay accommodations Meals Program travel and events For current Northwestern tuition, room and board rates, visit


The application deadline for both the Romania and Oman semester programs is Feb. 10 of the academic year before you plan to study abroad. If you have questions about either program, contact Northwestern’s Global Education Center: 712-707-7055 Apply online by becoming a guest student at NWC:

Romania & Oman semester  

If you’re interested in more than just a trip, go on a global adventure with a community of students. Northwestern College of Iowa offers tw...

Romania & Oman semester  

If you’re interested in more than just a trip, go on a global adventure with a community of students. Northwestern College of Iowa offers tw...