How did the communists come to power in Romania after World War II? What were the repercussions for the opponents of the new political regime? What was daily life like in the 50s or 60s or 80s? Who exactly was Ceaușescu, the so-called ”last Stalinist dictator in communist Eastern Europe”? How did Bucharest get the second largest building in the world? Why did Romania undergo such a bloody transition from totalitarianism to democracy? And how come so many Romanians are still nostalgic about communism 30 years after its fall?

If you are a foreign student in Bucharest in the second semester of the 2021/ 2022 academic year, you can find out the answers to all of these questions by enrolling in the „History of Romania during Communism” project, organized by the Institute for Investigation of Communist Crimes and Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER). The program consists of two courses and a visit to Jilava detention centre, a former political prison near Bucharest, all designed to give you an overall perspective on one of the most defining topics of Romanian recent history.

The calendar of the project:

  1. First lecture: ”Romania during Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej. 1945-1965”

           5th of May 2022, 11:00 – 12:30.

  1. Study visit: ”Jilava Prison – The Knot of Political Repression”

           12th of May 2022, 10:00 – 13:00.

  1. Second lecture: ”Romania during Nicolae Ceaușescu. 1965-1989”

           19th of May 2022, 11:00 – 12:30.

The two courses will be held in English at the IICCMER headquarters (13-19 Alecu Russo Street, 5th floor, apartment 11).

In the unlikely case of new restrictions due to Covid-19, the courses will take place online, via Skype.

Registration is free and it is open until the 30th of April. You can apply now by sending an e-mail to

Project implemented with the support of the International Relations Direction, University of Bucharest.