Social Psychology in Romania

Social Psychology in Romania

Students will complete over 20 hours of service learning work in Romania in conjunction with New Horizons Foundation (FNO).

FNO is a Romanian non-governmental organization, established in 2000 and operating in the poorest region of Romania, that organizes youth in community service clubs and experiential outdoor education.

Spring 2020 • $3,699 
Class: PSY 330

PSY 330 Course Details

FNO has been recognized for its sustained excellence and is the largest youth movement in the field of active citizenship in Romania. Students will work alongside Romanian youth engaging in projects such as beautifying local parks, art classes with local orphans, etc. SJC students will also get a firsthand understanding of how FNO’s community initiative clubs are organized and how they inspire sustainable community involvement while simultaneously enhancing youths’ individual life skills.

PSY 330 is a service-learning course that satisfies the Experiential Learning category of the core curriculum. 

Course Registration and Eligibility

This program is open to Long Island students enrolled in the class, PSY 330CS, with the department’s permission by filling out the Romania Interest Form.

Program Cost and Deadlines

All deposits are non-refundable. Failure to make payment in accordance with the deadlines could result in the office terminating the participant's enrollment in the program.

$500 deposit, online application and uploaded passport or passport processing receipt are due on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. Allow at least 6 weeks for passport processing. Program balance is due on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

Price: $3,699

See Lena Grasso in Room 3 off the Student Hospitality Lounge with your payment. Make all checks payable to St. Joseph's College with a note in the memo line: Romania 2020

The price includes:

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations (accommodations include a homestay and hostels)
  • 1-3 meals daily (most breakfasts, and all meals during the homestay are included)
  • Transportation within the country for activities scheduled on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees within the country for activities scheduled on the itinerary

The price does not include:

  • Transportation to/from JFK
  • “On your own meals and trips”
  • Personal expenses such as Wi-fi and phone


Day 1: Fly from JFK to Bucharest, Romania. 
Day 2: Get to know the city of Bucharest through a walking tour. Learn about the past history of communism. 
Day 3: Explore Bucharest on your own. 
Day 4: Train to the idyllic mountain town of Sinaia
Day 5: Visit the castles in Sinaia. Then travel to Sibiu
Day 6: Sibiu: Take a walking tour of the quaint cobblestone streets of Sibiu. 
Day 7: Sibiu: Explore Sibiu on your own. 
Days 8: Travel to Tusnad, one of the smallest Transylvanian towns.  Meet up with the non-profit, New Horizons. Learn about how they use outdoor education to teach children creativity and problem-solving. Participate in their ropes course.  
Day 9: Ropes course in Tusnad
Day 10-Day 13: travel to Baia Mare and experience the area of Romania that has the most authentic Romanian customs. 
Days 14-16: Travel to Cluj-Napoca 
Day 17: Depart from Romania to JFK. 

Itinerary is subject to change 


Directions for applying online:  

  1.  Complete the Romania Program Interest Form
  2.  Open up your email so you do not time out 
  3. Follow the St. Joseph's Study Abroad Program checklist on the portal application. Click here for the application

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Due to new government regulations, passport information must be provided with your final payment. If you need a new passport, apply immediately.

Without passport information tickets cannot be issued and delays with ticketing may create penalties and/or cancellations without a refund.

A copy of your passport is due no later than December 4, 2019.