Romanian Prospective Student Visits Grady College

Alexandra Vintila of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, spent 10 days in the Grady College in April, observing graduate courses and meeting UGA faculty and students.

Vintila holds two Bachelor’s degrees in marketing and management, one from Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and one from the University Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France. She is interested in earning a Master’s in advertising and public relations in the United States.

“This is my first time in the United States,” Vintila said. “It has been interesting and surprising to me to see that many important American universities are in smaller cities and not in metropolitan areas. But I think that Athens is a nice university city and the UGA campus is gorgeous.”

Currently Vintila works as Junior PR Specialist for the PR Agency PR&More in Cluj Napoca, the largest city in Transylvania, the western region of Romania.

Her schedule in the Grady College included observations of courses in public opinion, research practice in media industries, mass communication and society, advertising media planning, mass communication theory and historical research methods.

She also attended a lecture on journalism education in Romania given to Grady faculty and students by Dr. Mihai Coman, dean of the College of Journalism and Communication Sciences of the University of Bucharest, who visited the Grady College for a day.

Vintila participated in off-campus social and cultural events with undergraduate students working as research clerks in the Cox Center.

She said that, based on her observations during her visit, the main difference between the European and U.S. academic approach is the focus on projects and dialog in American universities versus the more lecture-oriented European style.

Her program was coordinated by the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia and by Deberah Sickles, administrative associate in Grady’s Graduate Office.

The Cox Center is an international outreach unit of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.