ETA Activities in Sibiu

The American English Club at Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu (ULBS), run by Fulbright ETA Matthew Chernick, is a weekly activity that meets at the Faculty of Letters and Arts. Drawing students from across the university and Sibiu community, the club aims to be a relaxed, informal, and enjoyable way for students of all levels to work on their English language skills.

On January 16th, 2018, the club welcomed its first guest speaker, Fulbright ETA Courtney-Sophia Henry, who presented a talk entitled “Beyond Sailor Jerry: Tattoo and Body Modification in Contemporary American Culture.” The talk was informative and deeply engaged the attending students. During the visit, time was also spent networking with the ULBS Anglo-American and German Studies faculty for the benefit of the Fulbright Program, American, and the Romanian academic communities. The Club hopes for other visits from Fulbrighters in the future!

BOOK LAUNCH: Train to Trieste by Fulbright Alumna Domnica Radulescu

Published in 2008 with the prestigious press A. Knopf and twelve other international presses since then, winner of the 2009 Library of Virginia Best Fiction Award, Train to Trieste was hailed by critics, journalists and best selling authors as “an unforgettable story that introduces a new and astonishingly fresh voice,” (Arthur Golden, best selling author of Memoirs of a Geisha), and it’s author, Romanian born Domnica Radulescu, “a remarkable writer enriching American letters with her Romanian perspective” (best selling author of The House on Mango Street and Caramelo, Sandra Cisneros).

The event will take place on January 24, from 5:30 p.m., at Eminescu Bookstore. The pioneering editor of Tritonic press, Bogdan Hrib will speak at the launch, as well as the author Domnica Radulescu and professor Maria Sabina Draga Alexandru.

EducationUSA REAC Connects with Students in Bacău and Craiova via DVC

On December 12, the Information Resource Center (IRC) at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest hosted a digital video conference on U.S. study opportunities, co-presented by Katherine Scodova, the EducationUSA Regional Educational Advising Coordinator for Europe and Eurasia, on a two-day visit to Bucharest, and the FEAC-EducationUSA adviser.
Romanian high school students joined us live from the American Corners in Bacău and Craiova, keen to learn more about the process of applying to U.S. universities and financial aid opportunities. We took the opportunity to tell the students about the ways the Fulbright Educational Advising Center can help them throughout the application process and the newly launched competition for the EducationUSA Opportunity Funds program. The last part of the presentation was allotted to the Q&A section, in which participants asked questions on campus life, particular majors, as well as graduate study opportunities.
Many thanks to the IRC and American Corner coordinators for their kind support in organizing and promoting the event!

Interview Prep Workshop Taught by Fulbright ETA Bridget Kelly @FEAC

On December 11, the EdUSA-affiliated Fulbright Educational Advising Center hosted a workshop titled “Acing Your Admission Interview”, coordinated by Fulbright ETA and FEAC friend Bridget Kelly. Bridget shared practical tips on how to approach with maximum confidence the interview some U.S. universities require as part of the admission process, providing examples of commonly asked questions and encouraging participants to do some critical reflection well in advance, to be able to answer those questions confidently and ask their own questions, highlighting their genuine interest in a particular school.
While discussion was encouraged throughout the workshop, at the end the participants, mainly 10th and 11th graders from some of the top Bucharest high schools, had a chance to ask questions on topics ranging from how to avoid repetitiveness to examples of unusual questions that might come up during an interview.

Thinking Outside the Box

Sophia Henry, ETA Fulbright Lecturer at the West University in Timisoara, recently participated in a conference organized in Oradea: “From December 8-9, 2017 I participated in the "Thinking Outside the Box: American Studies Goes West" conference, a joint venture between the West University of Timişoara American Studies MA Program and Partium Christian University, hosted in Oradea, Romania. It was a wonderful chance to see my students from UVT present on a wide variety of topics related to American Culture, and I even learned a few new things too!

I closed out the conference with my talk, 'Between Two Worlds,' which centered on my experience as a Fulbright ETA in Romania. The conference was a wonderful chance to exchange ideas and discourse between our two universities, as well as encourage the Romanian Masters students to apply for a Fulbright grant to study in United States themselves!”

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Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission

Adress: 2 Ing. Nicolae Costinescu Street, sector 1, Bucharest, Romania
Phone: 021.230.77.19
Fax: 021.230.77.38
E-mail: office@fulbright.ro

Fulbright Educational Advising Center

Phone: 021.231.90.15
E-mail: feac@fulbright.ro

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