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 The most important thing that schools can do is to make people aware that understanding the world is very much part of the requirement of being an educated person. There should be some shame attached to not being more aware of the world, not having some mastery of foreign language.

Fareed Zakaria, Editor, Newsweek

Romania

Authentic, Natural and Cultural are the words that best capture the essence of Romania, a dynamic country rich in history, arts and scenic beauty. Romania offers countless unique travel experiences that are waiting to be discovered. A journey of a few hours by car or train can take you from the Danube River to a beautiful, intact, medieval town in Transylvania; from Bucharest - Romania's capital city - to the Black Sea; from Southern Transylvania to Bucovina or Maramures. Take a step back in time as you visit one of the world’s famous painted monasteries in Bucovina, the ancient, hilltop citadel in Sighisoara or an authentic, centuries-old, folkloric village in Maramures.
Explore Romania's many architectural treasures and experience its vibrant and flourishing arts scene.

UNESCO designated ”Living Human Treasures" - gateway to Romania's cultures and traditions
The Romanian Living Human Treasures are spread throughout the country, and their skills and area of expertise is as wide as it is diverse. From wood carving to egg painting or embroidery, these people have inherited their skills from their parents and grandparents. Their art, their skills and their stories are genuine and give a first hand introduction into the local culture.
Visiting Romania, you’ll have the opportunity to meet these Ambassadors of Romanian culture while enjoying the best of Romania in terms of lodging, food and local wines.

Dracula- Beyond the legend
Tales of the supernatural had been circulating in Romanian folklore for centuries when Irish writer Bram Stoker picked up the thread and spun it into a golden tale of ghoulishness that has never been out of print since its first publication in 1897.
Count Dracula, a fictional character in the Dracula novel, was inspired by one of the best-known figures of Romanian history, Vlad Dracula, nicknamed Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), who was the ruler of Walachia at various times from 1456 to 1462.
The most important historical places associated with Vlad Tepes:
• The Princely Court from Targoviste, which served as the capital of Walachia, where Vlad ruled. It was here that the Prince impaled a great many disloyal court members (boyars) after inviting them to a celebratory feast. Chindia Watchtower now houses an exhibition illustrating Vlad's life;
• The 14th century town of Sighisoara where you can visit the house in which Vlad was born (now hosting a restaurant and a small museum of medieval weapons);
• The Old Princely Court (Palatul Curtea Veche) in Bucharest;
• Snagov Monastery, where, according to legend, Vlad’s remains were buried;
• Bran Castle: Surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend and perched high atop a 200-foot-high rock, Bran Castle owes its fame to its imposing towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram
Stocker's Dracula.

Romanian Foods and Wines
“The central characteristic of the Romanian cuisine is its great variety. It is a cuisine influenced by repeated waves of different cultures: the ancient Greeks, with whom Romanians traded; the Romans, who gave the
country its name; the Saxons, who settled in southern Transylvania; the Turks, who for centuries dominated Romania; as well as Slavic and Magyar neighbours. All of these influences gradually blended into the varied and delicious Romanian culinary tradition.” (Nicolae Klepper — Taste of Romania)
The main ingredients used by Romanian chefs are meats such as pork, beef and lamb, fish, vegetables, dairy products and fruit. A traditional Romanian meal may include:

Appetizer
All kinds of cheeses, cold cuts and vegetable spreads.
Soup or broths (ciorba)
"Ciorba" is usually served with sour cream (smântana) in Transylvania but there are several recipes of broths served with or without sour cream:”Ciorba de periooare" (meatball soup),”ciorba ?araneasca" (vegetable soup, with or without meat),”ciorba de burta" (tripe soup).

Entree
"Tocani?a" or”tochitura" (meat stew seasoned with onions and/ or spices), "ghiveci” (over 20 vegetables cooked in oil),”sarmale" (pickled cabbage leaves stuffed with a mix of minced meats, rice and spices) and”mititei" ("tiny ones" - small skinless grilled sausages) are among the favourites.

Dessert
"Papanaoi” (cottage cheese donuts, topped with sour cream and fruit), "clatite cu brânza” (crepes filled with cottage cheese, raisins and spices) and "cozonac” (traditional holiday sweet bread filled with walnuts, poppy seeds or cream cheese).


Traditional Romanian spirits are very strong and we can include here the famous palinca and ?uica (a sort of brandy). Romania is also a great wine producer. Whether you travel in Romania along the coast of the Black Sea or in the Dobrogea Plateau near the Danube Delta region or in the Province of Moldova or along valley slopes of the scenic Carpathian Mountains or in the Transylvanian Province or in Wallachia or in nearly any agricultural area throughout Romania, you are in a wine country. Romania is one of the world's top-ranking producers of numerous delicious wines, some of which never leave its borders.
Some of the most important vineyard centres are Dealu Mare, Pietroasa, Dragasani, Murfatlar, Cotnari, Odobeoti and some of the best Romanian wine varieties include Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Neagra, Babeasca, Jidvei, Galbena de Odobeoti, Busuioaca, Tamâioasa Româneasca and many others.

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January 27, 2015

The Department for Studies in Foreign Languages has opened the pre-enrollment platform at http://www.studymasteruvt.com .

Any potential candidate interested in our programmes and courses in foreign languages can apply for pre-enrollment on this platform in order to benefit from answers, personalized advices, and professional guidance from staff and professors in the field chosen for pre-enrollment. Therefore, if you are a graduate or you are going to graduate this year and you are interested in finding out if the educational experience we can offer answers your expectations you can save time and energy to reach the right answers by registering on the platform. We are here for you!

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The Departament for Studies in Foreign Languages of Valahia University of Targoviste has been set up in 2012 with the aim of managing the study programmes in foreign languages and founding new ones aimed at answering the interest of our prospective students and the needs of the society in Romania and in Europe.The study programmes in foreign languages help our students affiming their career aspirations and the skills and competences they acquire boost their chances to successfully compete for jobs on the European common market Learn more...