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Physics in Romania: Science and Culture


Experience the history, culture, burgeoning scientific and political influence of the country of Romania!

Join Dr. Dragos Amarie on a 5-week excursion in the country of Romania to become acquainted with the increasing influence and importance of this Eastern European state.  Learn about the country through cultural excursions, while exploring the field of physics.

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APPLICATION FORM and REFERENCE FORM (Deadline February 15, 2019)

Course Options:
Students have the opportunity to earn and must be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours.  Students will be able to select from the following A, B, or C option:
A) PHYS 2212 – Principles of Physics II (4) & PHYS 3520 – Solving Problems in Physics (2)
*Requires completion of PHYS 2211 with a grade of “C” or better
B) ASTR 1010 – Astronomy of the Solar System (3) & ASTR 1211 – Astronomy Lab (1)
C) PHYS 5890 – Physics Research Experience (3)
*Requires completion of PHYS 2212 with a grade of “C” or better

Students should be in good academic standing at the time of application, with no active disciplinary record.  All students must be fully admitted to the institution, and at least 18 years of age by the program departure date.
Pre-requisites must be completed prior to the program departure date.

Dates of Program:
June 21– July 25, 2019 (Summer Term B)

Program Cost:
$1,785.00 (plus tuition, fees and airfare)
Includes: All regional transportation; lodging for the duration of the program; classroom and laboratory access; tours and excursions; weekend excursions; and insurance coverage.

Additional Costs:
Georgia Southern tuition & fees for course enrollment, roundtrip airfare to Bucharest, meal expenses, incidental travel/medical expenses and souvenirs.

Nature and Purpose of the Program:
Romania’s strong folkloric traditions and attachment to the natural environment makes studying the natural sciences a uniquely rewarding experience. This program allows students to explore the field of physics in an experiential setting, and trips throughout the host city and country will allow students to study physics in a laboratory setting, as well as its use in daily life.

The 5-week trip will be based in Craiova, Romania’s 6th largest city located in the southwestern part of the country, and in the heart of the Balkan peninsula.  Living and studying in Craiova provides ample opportunity to study the major historical, political, religious, architectural, and scientific developments of Romania and understand how this convergence of cultures and traditions are making the country a technologically and strategically important state.  Romania has produced an extraordinary number of scientists and engineers whose work has positively impacted the lives of millions around the world.  Study and hone your knowledge of the principles of physics by learning with the guidance of Dr. Amarie with the help of our hosts at the University of Craiova.

Example Excursions and Activities:

  • Trips to Bucharest, Brasov, Cozia, Deva and many others
  • Excursion to the regions of Oltenia, Wallachia, and Transylvania
  • Explore physics in daily life with trips to Ford Romania, Cummins Generator Technologies, Lotru-Ciunget Hydropower plant, Ocnele Mari Salt Mines, etc.
  • Day trip to the Hateg Bison Reserve
  • Tour of the Palace of Parliament, the heaviest and most expensive administrative building in the world, as well as the Cotroceni Palace – the Romanian White House
  • Visits to several history and art museums and historic places and monasteries, such as Dracula’s Castle, Peles Castle, Cozia Monastery or Corvin Castle
  • Engage with locals in Craiova and at the University of Craiova

Students will stay in clean, comfortable dorm rooms on the University of Craiova, where they can engage with and easily access locals, the city, and its surrounds.

Application and Payment Schedule:
Program Application and $500.00 Program Deposit: Due February 15, 2019
1st Program Payment of $850.00: Due March 15, 2019
2nd Program Payment of $382.00 + $53.00 mandatory insurance coverage cost: Due April 9, 2019

All payments should be made through the Georgia Southern Studies Abroad “Romania: Science and Culture” Marketplace webpage.

Refund information:
Once accepted to the program, all deposits and program payments are non-refundable.



Submit applications to any of the locations listed at the top of the application form.  Applications can also be sent through campus mail to Kristin Karam at P.O. Box 8106.

Have questions or need more information?  Please contact:
Dr. Dragos Amarie, Department of Physics –
Office of International Programs & Services –

Last updated: 4/8/2019