Bucharest, Romania

“For me, the most rewarding part of this experience was building strong bonds with my peers and making remarkable memories that I’ll never forget. There is no better combination than two true passions – economics and traveling.” 

Renee Le Clerc 


For me, this trip to Europe for the Economies in Transition class was my first opportunity to leave the country and learn more about different cultures and societies. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will treasure for the rest of my life. It has already benefited me in so many different ways. However, when someone asks how it has benefited me, I say that it allowed me to get out of my comfort zone…I would recommend this course to any student, no matter the major. It is an interesting class that allows you to learn more about different countries as they made the difficult transition from communism to capitalism and an open market economy. Not only do you get to learn all of this, the majority of it is hands on and you’ll be able to see different historical sites. This part of the trip has left a lasting mark on me because it was the perfect balance of site seeing, discussions, and free time that allowed us to maximize our short time in each country ” Ian Vogt (Class of 2021)


  • City Tour
  • Romanian National Bank
  • Ceausescu Palace/Parliament
  • BE International Marketing Executive - Business pre and post communism
  • American University Speakers
    • Bojan Glahan -
    • Perspective on living during Communism

Film Screenings

The Lost World of Communism: Romania

The Legacy of Ceausescu