The Institute on East Central Europe at Columbia University was established in 1954 to promote the study of the countries lying between Germany and Russia and between the Baltic and Aegean seas. Reflecting the changes that had taken place in the region following 1989, in 1997 it was renamed the East Central European Center and is the oldest academic unit dealing exclusively with East Central Europe in any major U.S. academic institution. Its program covers Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine. For many years, together with the Harriman Institute, it has been designated an East European, Russian, and Eurasian National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education. This designation has permitted an enlarged variety of courses and other offerings, and support to outstanding students through Foreign Language and Area Study (FLAS) fellowships. The Center actively cooperates with other units within the University as well as other institutions in the United States and in East Central Europe to provide the best possible training opportunities.
The Romanian – U.S. Fulbright Commission was established as a binational Office for Educational and Scholarly Exchanges following the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of the United States of America and inaugurated on May 26, 1993.
Since 1993, almost 400 U.S. Fulbright grantees – included in the Scholar, Student, Specialist, Teacher Exchange a. o. programs – were present in Romania. Many of the American alumni of the programs have remained involved in long-term professional and even institutional relationships with their Romanian colleagues and host institutions. They were instrumental in concluding partnerships between their home universities and Romanian higher education institutions, they organized visits of US students professors and researchers in Romania and vice-versa, as well as other types of academic exchanges.
Applicants from all fields of knowledge are welcome to participate in Fulbright programs in Romania, to serve the encouragement and fostering of mutual understanding, of cultural diversity, and last but not least, of academic and scholarly excellence.
For more information on the Fulbright Program in Romania, visit our website at www.fulbright.ro.