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Romania: In Search of Vlad: Vampire Tour
Brasov, Romania; Bucharest, Romania; Targoviste, Romania (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Cost Summer
Fact Sheet:
Academic College: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Best Fit Majors: Foreign Cultures
Language of Instruction: English Program Options: Faculty-Led
Credits Earned: 1 Faculty Leader: Lisa DiBartolomeo
Program Description:


Romania: In Search of Vlad: Vampire Tour
Anticipated offering 2019

Looking for an unusual Education Abroad opportunity, one your friends will be talking about for years?  Come to Romania for the "In Search of Vlad" tour.  Dr. Lisa Di Bartolomeo will be leading this exploration of Romanian history, culture, and folklore, as participants trace the steps of Vlad Dracula to study his legacy in modern-day Romania, as well as seeing ancient castles, churches, and fortresses.  The one-credit class is open to all majors, and is a great first experience abroad, with WVU faculty and students. 

This trip to Romania provides students with a hands-on experience in learning about ancient Romanian and East European folk beliefs, as well as experience of the historic locations of much of the life of Vlad Tepes (also known as Vlad the Impaler).  Generally acknowledged to be the real-life inspiration for Bram Stoker’s seminal vampire text, Dracula (1897), Vlad Dracula’s rule provided vital protection to all of Eastern and Central Europe thanks to his opposition to the invading Ottoman Turks.  Studying Vlad’s life and history yields a deeper understanding of the region’s tumultuous politics and history, which in turn serve as an important basis for understanding the mix of cultures we see today in Romania, as well as in Transylvania.


City: Brasov

Country: Romania

Population: 275,514

Information: Braov is a city in the Transylvania region of Romania, ringed by the Carpathian Mountains. It's known for its medieval Saxon walls and bastions, the towering Gothic-style Black Church and lively cafes. Piata Sfatului (Council Square) in the cobbled old town is surrounded by colorful baroque buildings and is home to the Casa Sfatului, a former town hall turned local history museum.

Places of Interest:
Bran Castle
Tampa Mountain

City: Bucharest

Country: Romania

Population: 1.913 million

Information: Bucharest, in southern Romania, is the country's capital and commercial center. Its most iconic structure is the massive, communist-era Palatul Parlamentului government building, which has 1,100 rooms. Nearby, the historic Lipscani district is home to an energetic nightlife scene as well as tiny Eastern Orthodox Stavropoleos Church and 15th-century Curtea Veche palace, where Prince Vlad III (“The Impaler”) once ruled.

Places of Interest:
Curtea Veche
Herastrau Park

City: Targoviste

Country: Romania

Population: 79,610

Information: Târgovite is a city in Romania, being the county seat of the Dâmbovia County. It is situated on the right bank of the Ialomita River. At the 2011 census Târgovite had a population of 79,610, making it the 26th largest city in Romania.



FCLT 383 - Faculty-Led Travel: Romania - 1 credit


Lisa Di Bartolomeo

For more information contact Dr. Di Bartolomeo at


Program Costs

WVU Course Credit
Round-trip Airfare
Programmatic Academic Excursions
Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance

Billing for the summer 2017 programs will occur upon registration into the courses associated with the Study Abroad program in STAR. The payment deadlines for the program will be the same as WVU Summer Semester Tuition and Fees. Registration will occur in mid-April, students will receive correspondence from OGA with registration instructions upon acceptance into the program after the application deadline. All payments are due in full before trip departure. Payments can be made through STAR or by contacting the Mountaineer HUB at (304) 293-4006.


Visa Required for US Citizens? No

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