Fulbright Presence at the New Academic Year Festivities Hosted the University of Bucharest

On October 2nd, in the presence of Romanian and American guests, the American Studies program at the University of Bucharest kicked off the new academic year with a special ceremony attended by current students and alumni as well as faculty and staff. Special welcome addresses were given by Ms. Merry Miller, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy, Dr. Rodica Mihaila, Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission, Dr. Octavian Roske, Head of the English Department and Professor of English and American Studies, Dr. Roxana Oltean, Coordinator of the American Studies program and Professor of English and American Studies, as well as Ms. Karina Patrascanu, PhD student in American Studies and alumna of the American Studies program. Dr. Mihaila addressed the audience in her capacity as pioneer of the institutionalization of American Studies in Romania and founder of the American Studies program at the University of Bucharest, encouraging the students to make the most of the opportunities afforded to them by their chosen study path.

Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission & FEAC-EducationUSA at RIUF 2018 Fall Edition in Bucharest

This past weekend, the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Fulbright Educational Advising Center-EducationUSA took part in the Bucharest 2018 fall edition of the Romanian International University Fair (RIUF), a landmark on the map of educational fairs in Eastern Europe.
The Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission and its EducationUSA-affiliated advising center were once again present at this year’s fall edition of RIUF in Bucharest, sharing information on undergraduate or graduate study opportunities in the U.S., the application process and financial aid options.
The FEAC-EducationUSA adviser also delivered a presentation during the fair, providing more in-depth information on the Fulbright program and the path to studying in the U.S., at an undergraduate or graduate level.
The two-day event proved successful, with over 300 people stopping by our booth to inquire about study opportunities in the U.S. All prospective applicants were also happy to learn more about the Fulbright grants, as well as the wide range of free resources, services and events that FEAC-EducationUSA offers, in order to assist them in the application process.

Participation in the First Fulbright Diversity Conference

On September 22-23, 2018, the German-American Fulbright Commission hosted the first Fulbright Diversity Conference, both as a culmination of its 10-year Diversity Initiative program and as a new initiative meant to support and help develop a more consistent Fulbright diversity strategy. The event brought together and energized an impressive number of Fulbright alumni, staffers and executive directors as well as current Fulbright ETAs in Germany. Six task forces, made up of Fulbright EDs, staffers, grantees and alumni collaborated both prior to the conference and during the event itself on drafting action plans and possible future recommendations for Fulbright Commissions in Europe, with the overarching goal of promoting a more diverse, equitable and inclusive framework within the Fulbright community and thus making the program more welcoming towards students from diverse backgrounds. The Romanian participation consisted of the invaluable input and tireless efforts of Jasmine Mangrum, Fulbright alumna and 2017-2018 U.S. grantee to Romania, member in task force 2 and main speaker at the event, and of the Fulbright educational adviser, member in task force 1, whose focus has been on developing best practice recommendations for pre-departure materials for incoming U.S. grantees.

Drexel University Rep Connects with Romanian Students in Bucharest

Drexel University representative Amanda Anderson (Director of International Admissions) was back in Bucharest this past week to connect with Romanian high school students. The Fulbright Educational Advising Center-EducationUSA team was happy to meet her again and assist her in her outreach efforts.

On September 25, our guest delivered an engaging in-center presentation on study opportunities at Drexel University. The attendees, mainly high school students, had a chance to learn more about Drexel’s rich academic offering, with its unique emphasis on experiential learning, the admission process and the generous financial aid available for highly competitive applicants, via the Drexel Global Scholar program. We were happy to learn that Romanians are well-represented among the DGS finalists.

We also accompanied our guest to three of the finest high schools in Bucharest - “Tudor Vianu” National College of Computer Science, “I. L. Caragiale” National College and “Gheorghe Şincai” National College -, where an average 200 students (mainly 10th and 11th graders) gathered to hear the presentations, eager to learn more about the Drexel community and the path to studying at this prestigious U.S. school.

We took the opportunity to tell participants a few words about the resources awaiting them at FEAC-EducationUSA and ways we can help them in preparing strong applications to undergraduate programs in the U.S.

Stanford & Penn Connect with Undergrads in Romania

On September 20, the Fulbright Educational Advising Center-EducationUSA (FEAC) had the pleasure of introducing two representatives of some of the most prestigious U.S. universities, University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University, to Romanian high school students and the general public. After a public program at the American International School of Bucharest on September 19, Ms. Kiyoe Hashimoto (Deputy Dean of Admission, Stanford University) and Ms. Beth Downing (Senior Associate Dean of Admission, University of Pennsylvania), together with the FEAC advisor, talked to the students of the International Computer High School of Bucharest and delivered a public presentation at American Corner Bucharest. During both events, the students, some of whom were joined by their parents, found out about the liberal arts curriculum at both institutions, the diversity of study paths at the undergraduate level, funding options and the admission timeline, while also having an opportunity to ask questions about various nuances of the admission process and best practices in applying for undergraduate study in the United States.

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