the Romanian Language institute

The Romanian Lectorate


The Romanian Studies Program

School of International Letters and Cultures

Arizona State University

Romanian Studies Program at ASU

The Romanian Studies Program at ASU has a long-standing tradition of teaching excellence. Under the Directorship of Ileana Orlich, Professor of Romanian Studies and Comparative Literature, the Program has consistently grown and expanded, diversifying its curricular offerings and developing a Romanian Minor. There are currently over 150 students enrolled in Romanian Language classes, and working toward a Romanian Minor, more than 60 students signed up in Literature and Culture courses, and a robust Summer Program, continuing uninterrupted since 1999.



Professor Ileana Alexandra Orlich

Room 402 A (Language & Literature Building)
Phone: (480) 965-4658

Lecturer Julieta Paulesc

Room 649B (Language & Literature Building)

Romanian lecturer (RLI) Dr. Carmen-Veronica Borbely

Room 173M (Language & Literature Building)
Phone: (480) 965-3948

Faculty Associate Dacian Barbosu

Room 649B (Language & Literature Building)

Teaching Assistant Iulia Hociota

Room 402 A (Language & Literature Building)












the Romanian Language institute (RLi)

Bucharest, Romania

Founded in 1999, as a subdivision of the Romanian Ministry of Education, Research and Innovation, the Romanian Language Institute has over 41 Romanian Lectorates and 43 lecturers operating in prestigious university centers across three continents: Europe, Asia and America. At a regional level, the Romanian Lectorate established at ASU is the third (after the ones created at Glendon College, York University, Canada, and Columbia University, USA), but it is the first lectorate of such magnitude, functioning within the only Romanian Department in an American academic institution (ASU).


On September 1, 2011, under the Protocol signed between the Romanian Language Institute and the School of International Letters and Cultures, a new Romanian Lectorate was inaugurated in the US academia. The Romanian lecturer at ASU is Dr. Carmen-Veronica Borbely. She is a tenured lecturer at the Faculty of Letters, Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She holds a BA in English and Romanian (1993, Valedictorian), an MA in British Cultural Studies (1995), and a PhD in English Literature (2008, summa cum laude) from Babes-Bolyai University's Faculty of Letters.


RLI is dedicated to its mission of:

  • promoting the Romanian language worldwide
  • providing support and training for learners of Romanian in over 24 countries
  • ensuring the logistic support and collaboration of the Romanian Lectorates functioning in academic institutions abroad
  • administering Romanian proficiency exams

RLI Projects @ ASU

Developing language proficiency programs for the Romanian community in Arizona and the neighboring states, and ensuring that heritage and second-generation speakers of Romanian engage in cultural and linguistic projects.

Promoting Romanian culture through literary and artistic events: lectures, academic conferences and symposia, workshops, poetry and fiction readings, theatrical performances.

Establishing an RLI supervised Romanian examination center at ASU, where learners of Romanian may be assessed for their proficiency in spoken and written Romanian, and obtain language certificates attesting their linguistic skills. At ASU, where there already exists a testing center for speakers of Romanian, our project is to make the testing requirements commensurate with the RLI standards and regularly organize language examination sessions.

Opening new gateways to the Romanian culture and building bridges with the American readership through the publication of translations into English of representative Romanian poetry, fiction, studies and scholarly works.



Honorary Consulate General of Romania in Arizona

Ileana Alexandra Orlich, ASU's Professor of the Year (2011), is also Romania's Honorary Consul General in Arizona. Consistent with the global vision of Honorary Consulates of Romania, the mission of the Honorary Consulate of Romania in Arizona is to:

  • contribute to the development of cultural, economic, commercial, and political relations of cooperation between Romania and Arizona
  • maintain a close connection between Romania and the Romanian community in Arizona
  • encourage and stimulate academic and cultural cooperation between the universities of Romania and Arizona





Central European Cultural Collaborative

The Central European Cultural Collaborative is housed in the Department of English at ASU and promotes cultural, artistic, and academic exchanges between U.S. and Romanian scholars and students. Its aim is to build academic exchanges and foster intercultural communication between the countries of Europe and the United States.

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