SMBS – FAQ

COVID-19 Questions:

As of June 22, 2021, yes it is more open to travel for most countries. We’ve had Americans, Canadians, Germans, and English students attend our programs as of Spring 2021, without even needing a quarantine, and without a vaccine.

But please research your individual country to make sure that travel to Romania would be allowed.

You will receive a full refund, except for the 30 Euro application fee, for the following reasons

If we at PdF need to cancel the program before it starts due to a COVID-19 related reason.

If travel restrictions prevent you from getting to the program.

Yes, students can quarantine at our center before the start of the Bible School program. There will be a 100 Euro fee for the two weeks to help cover room and board fees. Students will be given a room with its own bathroom. Food will be brought to the room for each day’s meals.

It may be required to share a room with a fellow quarantining student.

We request that students observe a time of social distancing before they arrive so as to lower the risk of bringing the virus to the center.

Depending on the current situation, you will be required to wear appropriate protection masks over nose and mouth during the Bible School semesters. This could  include the following areas:

  • during lectures
  • in the common areas of the PdF buildings
  • bistro
  • outreaches
  • city centers
  • in transportation vehicles

Students refusing to wear masks will not be allowed to continue in the program.

Reusable cloth masks are acceptable at our center.

PdF is not responsible to confirm whether or not you are permitted to enter Romania. We ask that all students contact their local Romanian embassy to confirm all travel restriction details.

The safety of our students and staff during the pandemic is a high priority for us. We plan to follow what the government requires us to do as well as add extra safety procedures as required.

Depending on the COVID-19 situation during a program, students may be required to observe times of what we call “safety mode”. This means some of, but not limited to, the following:

  • students eating in their assigned room groups
  • wearing of masks as required: in common indoor areas, during lectures as needed, during transportation, on outreaches or in cities and towns as required
  • observing strict personal hygiene (disinfecting hands, sneezing into elbows, etc)
  • reporting any symptoms of COVID-19 to staff

Not for SMBS 2021. If you arrive on Marhc.15th for quarantine and leave on June. 12 it makes 89 days, giving you 1 day to get out of the country! If you do stay longer you will likely have to pay a fine for each day that you are in the country of the 90 day limit; please avoid this.

General Bible School Questions:

One month prior to start date.

Scholarships may be available in certain semesters. Please contact the registrar if you wish to apply:

registrar@pdf.ro

No, but some Colleges and Universities will recognize certain programs and topics that we provide teaching on and will give students credits if the institution should so choose.

Yes, we provide to different certificates: one for those who attend and complete all assignments and one for those who attend but do not complete assignments.

If you are unsure about wether or not you require a visa to be in Romania please visit the sites listed below to confirm (Note – Romania is not a part of the Schengen agreement):

http://evisa.mae.ro/

http://romaniatourism.com/entry-requirements.html

Romanian is most commonly spoken (latin based, similar to French, Italian, Spanish). Most of the younger adults in Romania can speak English. German is also spoken in the Transylvania region that PdF is located in. Magyar (Hungarian) is also spoken by some residents of the area.

The main language of our program is English. However, we do provide Romanian translation if two or more students should require this. Students requiring translation will need to make this known at the time of their application.

Past Romanian students who have had trouble with English find that after week 3 or 4, their English has improved enough that they no longer need translation.

Several of our staff also speak German, but we cannot provide translation of the lectures into this language.

Each week can vary depending on what events are planned, but you can click the link below to see a typical weekly schedule:

SMBS 2018 – Week 7

The minimum required age is 18.

We have students from 17 to 40 attending PdF with the average age of our students around 19 – 20.

For SMBS/ Fall Bible School:

  • English bible
    • Paraphrase bibles not recommended
    • Romanian bible optional
    • Please avoid bible apps if possible
  • Clothing
    • The following outdoor clothing will be required for the outdoor team challenge:
      • Hiking boots (above ankles)
      • Moisture control socks
      • Warm sweater
      • Breathable long sleeve shirt
      • Hiking pants
      • Sunglasses
      • Warm hat
      • Running shoes
      • Slippers (house shoes)
      • Rain jacket
      • Gloves (in case of snow)
      • Underwear
      • Long underwear
      • Socks
      • Swimsuit
      • T-shirts
      • Long-sleeved shirts
      • Shorts
      • towels
    • Clothing for various activities (outreaches, church services, grad ceremony, sports activities, etc)
  • Gear
    • small backpack 25 – 30 litres (optional)
    • flash light
    • pocket knife
    • notebook and writing materials
    • band-aids and moleskin
    • Water bottle
    • Walking poles (optional)
    • Any required personal medication
    • Camera (note that phones or media devices will not be allowed on tour)
  • Personal toiletries
    • Toothbrush and tooth paste
    • Deodorant
    • Shaving items
  • Optional
    • Personal climbing equipment
    • Portable instruments

PdF Can Provide the Following if Required:

  • Hiking back pack 50-80 liters
  • Towels
  • Sleeping bag
  • Outdoor Sleeping mattress
  • cup and bowl

ASCENT – Equipment list

Equipment for outdoor activities:

  • large backpack (approx. 60 liters) (can be rented at PDF)
  • daypack ( approx. 20 liters)
  • sleeping bag (comfort zone 0°C and less) (can be rented at PDF)
  • sleeping mat (light weight) (can be rented at PDF)
  • head lamp
  • pocket knife (small)
  • cup and bowl (plastic or aluminium), spoon
  • water bottle or camelbak (min. 1l, max. 2l)
  • sunglasses (100% UV rating recommended) and sunscreen
  • Band-Aids, moleskin or second skin
  • light microfiber towel
  • cycling shorts
  • cycling jersey
  • bike gloves
  • running shoes
  • mountaineering boots (Your boots must have strong ankle support, a ¾ shank, and VibramTM or equivalent soles, Goretex is recommended)

Optional (for those travelling by car):

  • 2 heavy-duty garbage bags, 1/2 dozen large Zip Loc™ freezer bags – excellent for watertight packing
  • rainproof cover for backpack
  • personal climbing equipment (harness, helmet, climbing shoes, via ferrata set)(PdF can provide these)
  • hiking poles (telescope)
  • mountain bike (can be rented at PdF)
  • bike helmet (can be rented at PdF)
  • bike repair kit, spare tube

Clothing for outdoor activities:

  • waterproof rainwear (jacket, pants) breathable fabric is preferable, Gore-Tex is the best, 2 or 3 layers.
  • light clothing (shorts, T- shirts)
  • warm clothing,
  • softshell jacket (preferably fleece)
  • underwear
  • long underwear
  • swimwear
  • sport clothing
  • hiking pants (not jeans)
  • cap (for sun protection) warm hat (wool or fleece)
  • Hiking socks

Equipment/Clothing for school:

  • any required personal medication
  • personal toiletries
  • house shoes
  • english bible (small, translation – not paraphrase), small notebook, writing materials
  • clothing for lectures, church, celebrations
  • Towels

Optional:

  • camera (mobile phones are NOT permitted on some tours and can’t be used as a camera)
  • portable musical instruments

 

Note:
The electrical voltage in Romania is 220 Volts AC 50Hz, so if you intend to bring any electrical
appliances, you may need to bring a voltage converter as well as an adaptor plug.

  • Spring in our area can be warm during the days (10-20 Degrees Celcius) with the evenings being cool (0-10 degrees Celcius)
  • We normally receive a lot of rain during the spring so be sure to bring your rain gear! We also have been known to get snowfall during this season as well.

It may be possible for you to stay at our center for 35 lei/ night. Advanced notice required.
There are also several hotels in the nearest town of Râșnov where you can stays it is 6 kilometers from PdF.
Brașov, the nearest city to PdF, has much more to offer in terms of accommodations. It is approximately 30 kilometers from PdF.
The website below will provide you with some good options:

We are located 6 km from Rasnov, in Brasov county, Romania.

From Bucharest:

It is recommended to take a shuttle bus from the airport to the city of Brasov and from there take a train to Rasnov; from there one of our staff members can pick you up. Please communicate with the bible school coordinator regarding your arrival to the airport and again when you are getting close to the center (with the estimated arrival time). Reservations can be made ahead of time through the following sites:

http://www.autogari.ro

https://www.direct-aeroport.ro/en/

Students can travel by train as well from the North Station (Gara de Nord) to Brasov or to Predeal. An additional train can be taken from Brasov to Rasnov. A vehicle pick-up will need to be arranged from there.

Train Timetable: http://www.cfrcalatori.ro/ro/servicii/serviciistatii/98-servicii/servicii-in-statii/140-bucuresti-nord

From Sibiu:

In Sibiu, you can take a taxi from the airport to the train station, then the train to Brașov.

Train timetable: http://www.mersultrenurilor.ro/

From Brașov to Râșnov there is a private train “Regiotrans” every hour. We can pick you up from Rasnov, or even Brasov if necessary.

Train timetable: http://www.regiotrans.ro/mersul–trenurilor–brasov-zarnesti

  • Car rentals are available in Brașov (be sure to have an international driver’s license just in case).
  • Many of the major cities are easily reached by train. PdF can drop-off and pick-up students at the train station in Brașov or Râșnov.

Here at PdF you would likely be sharing a room with 1-3 other students of the same gender. Rooms have bunk beds with blankets, pillows, and sheets provided. Each student will have their own wardrobe for their clothing; extra clothing or suitcases can be stored in a separate area. A desk will be in each room. Showers and toilets are also located nearby each room.

You are more than welcome to drop off excess luggage here before school begins.
If you would like to drop off luggage before April. 3, please send us an email or phone us beforehand so that we can make sure that someone is here in the office when you come.

Yes!
The costs for one load a week are included in the student fee.

At PdF it is possible to have free wireless Internet using our wireless access point.

Yes, in the town of Rasnov, 6 km away from the center, there are two main grocery stores (Billa and Penny). The nearest city of Brasov, 25 km away, has several larger grocery stores (Carefour, Auchan, Kaufland, Metro, Mega Image) as well as large shopping centers (Coresi, Elian, and a future mall made by AFI)

There are bank machines in the local town where you can withdraw your money. International bank cards are normally compatible with the machines here. Most stores also have chip technology. Visa and Mastercard are also regularily accepted.

You should bring about 150 – 200 EURO for spending money. This would be for restaurant food, sightseeing, gas money for personal outings, and for other personal items that you may need during your time here (shampoo, toothpaste, medicine/ drugs).

Romania’s currency is called Lei (sometimes referred to as RON). It’s exchange is typically 1 EURO = 4.5 Lei.

No! The use of alcoholic beverages and tobacco is NOT permitted for the duration of the Bible School.

Yes, medical travel insurance is required prior to travelling to our center. You will receive a form regarding this once you are accepted.

Because you will have travel insurance, you will be able to use the local hospitals here. There are several good hospitals in Brasov, the nearest city to PdF (Medlife, Regina Maria, and an emergency hospital). Depending on your medical travel insurance you may or may not need to first pay the hospital bill and then be reimbursed afterwards. Hospital fees in Romania are very low and in most cases you won’t need to use your travel insurance.

The catering department will do their best to accommodate those people who require a special diet for medical reason. If your diet is a lifestyle choice we may not be able to cater for all your needs and you may need to substitute with your own food.

We have a sound system that will amplify the sounds according to your hearing needs.

Romania’s electrical current is 220 Volts A.C.; 50 cycles and sockets take the standard continental European dual round-pronged plugs. A plug adaptor is required for non-European appliances. Please remember that simple adapters do not convert voltage or frequency.

PdF is located in a fairly remote part of Transylvania on the edge of a forested mountain range (no, there are no vampires or werewolves). Bears have been known to travel through the area but have seldom caused problems with humans. There are dogs that move freely about their owner’s farmland and at times they can confront hikers or bikers. It is best that people do not explore the land alone, but instead travel in groups of 2 or 3 minimum.
Herds of sheep and the Shepherds are commonly seen near Pdf and make for great pictures. Horses are also on nearby properties and commonly come to our field to eat the grass!

Yes – we have a number of small units we can use for married couple, we generally can only accept 1 or 2 a semester so it is good to apply early.

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Fees and Payments Questions:

One month prior to start date.

Application fee: 20 Euros

  • due at time of application
  • non-refundable
  • is not included in over all tuition amount

Deposit: 400 Euros (250 Euros for Romanian students)

  • due 1 month after receiving acceptance letter via email
  • non-refundable unless sufficient reasoning given
  • fee is included in over all tuition amount

Remaining Tuition: 

  • varies depending on student nationality, scholarships, etc
  • due 1 month prior to start of program

PAYMENT OPTIONS: (European students)

 

1.BANK TRANSFER (WIRE)

You can wire the payments from your bank to our Euro Bank account. Note that PdF is not responsible for paying any transfers fee; transfer fees will not be included as part of your tuition payments.
We recommend this for European students, as there is no fee for the transfer within Europe.

Euro Bank Account:

BANCA TRANSILVANIA (BT)
BIC: BTRLRO22
IBAN: RO03BTRLEURCRT0V00031702

2. TRANSFERWISE

 

International non-European Students

For overseas students, “Transferwise” is the least costly option to transfer money. You also determine the precise amount that we will receive when using this service. You can do your transfer from their Website wiring into our Euro Account. You may have to first set up an account with them in order to make the payment transfer.

Euro Bank Account:

Purtatorii de Faclie

BANCA TRANSILVANIA (BT)
BIC: BTRLRO22
IBAN: RO03BTRLEURCRT0V00031702

Canadian Students:

Canadian students can now transfer funds through TransferWise without having to start an account. Electronic transfers (EFT) or Direct Deposits can be used for this. Please avoid wire transfers as they will be automatically rejected along with a $15 fee. Please use the following details for the transfer:

Account holder As. Purtatorii de Faclie

Institution number 621

Account number 200110022861

Transit number 16001

Address TransferWise Canada Inc.

99 Bank Street, Suite 1420

Ottawa ON K1P 1H4

Canada

3. CREDIT / DEBIT CARD:

If you desire to use a debit or credit card, we can send you an email with a link to make your payment. We use EuPlatesc, and the fee is around 1% of the amount transferred. You will have to support that fee.

Please inform us if you want to use this option.

Postal address:
Asociaţia Purtătorii de Făclie
C.P. 20
505400 Râşnov, România
Email: receptie@pdf.ro

All meals, accommodation, books, lectures and use of the washing machines are included in your fees.

You will need extra money for personal travel, meals outside of PdF events, cell phone data. 150-200 euros is suggested for personal pocket money.

Scholarships may be available in certain semesters. Please contact the registrar if you wish to apply:

registrar@pdf.ro

There are bank machines in the local town where you can withdraw your money. International bank cards are normally compatible with the machines here. Most stores also have chip technology. Visa and Mastercard are also regularily accepted.

You should bring about 150 – 200 EURO for spending money. This would be for restaurant food, sightseeing, gas money for personal outings, and for other personal items that you may need during your time here (shampoo, toothpaste, medicine/ drugs).

Romania’s currency is called Lei (sometimes referred to as RON). It’s exchange is typically 1 EURO = 4.5 Lei.

Travelling Questions:

If you are unsure about wether or not you require a visa to be in Romania please visit the sites listed below to confirm (Note – Romania is not a part of the Schengen agreement):

http://evisa.mae.ro/

http://romaniatourism.com/entry-requirements.html

Yes! Romania is known for being a passive and non-violent country. Even Bucharest, Romania’s capital city, is known for being one of the least violent cities in Europe. Theft can be a problem if you don’t take care of your items, but if you use common sense you will be fine.

Romanian is most commonly spoken (latin based, similar to French, Italian, Spanish). Most of the younger adults in Romania can speak English. German is also spoken in the Transylvania region that PdF is located in. Magyar (Hungarian) is also spoken by some residents of the area.

  • English bible
    • Paraphrase bibles not recommended
    • Romanian bible optional
    • Please avoid bible apps if possible
  • Clothing
    • The following outdoor clothing will be required for the outdoor team challenge:
      • Hiking boots (above ankles)
      • Moisture control socks
      • Warm sweater
      • Breathable long sleeve shirt
      • Hiking pants
      • Sunglasses
      • Warm hat
      • Running shoes
      • Slippers (house shoes)
      • Rain jacket
      • Gloves (in case of snow)
      • Underwear
      • Long underwear
      • Socks
      • Swimsuit
      • T-shirts
      • Long-sleeved shirts
      • Shorts
      • towels
    • Clothing for various activities (outreaches, church services, grad ceremony, sports activities, etc)
  • Gear
    • small backpack 25 – 30 litres (optional)
    • flash light
    • pocket knife
    • notebook and writing materials
    • band-aids and moleskin
    • Water bottle
    • Walking poles (optional)
    • Any required personal medication
    • Camera (note that phones or media devices will not be allowed on tour)
  • Personal toiletries
    • Toothbrush and tooth paste
    • Deodorant
    • Shaving items
  • Optional
    • Personal climbing equipment
    • Portable instruments

PdF Can Provide the Following if Required:

  • Hiking back pack 50-80 liters
  • Towels
  • Sleeping bag
  • Outdoor Sleeping mattress
  • cup and bowl
  • Spring in our area can be warm during the days (10-20 Degrees Celcius) with the evenings being cool (0-10 degrees Celcius)
  • We normally receive a lot of rain during the spring so be sure to bring your rain gear! We also have been known to get snowfall during this season as well.

It may be possible for you to stay at our center for 35 lei/ night. Advanced notice required.
There are also several hotels in the nearest town of Râșnov where you can stays it is 6 kilometers from PdF.
Brașov, the nearest city to PdF, has much more to offer in terms of accommodations. It is approximately 30 kilometers from PdF.
The website below will provide you with some good options:

We are located 6 km from Rasnov, in Brasov county, Romania.

From Bucharest:

It is recommended to take a shuttle bus from the airport to the city of Brasov and from there take a train to Rasnov; from there one of our staff members can pick you up. Please communicate with the bible school coordinator regarding your arrival to the airport and again when you are getting close to the center (with the estimated arrival time). Reservations can be made ahead of time through the following sites:

http://www.autogari.ro

https://www.direct-aeroport.ro/en/

Students can travel by train as well from the North Station (Gara de Nord) to Brasov or to Predeal. An additional train can be taken from Brasov to Rasnov. A vehicle pick-up will need to be arranged from there.

Train Timetable: http://www.cfrcalatori.ro/ro/servicii/serviciistatii/98-servicii/servicii-in-statii/140-bucuresti-nord

From Sibiu:

In Sibiu, you can take a taxi from the airport to the train station, then the train to Brașov.

Train timetable: http://www.mersultrenurilor.ro/

From Brașov to Râșnov there is a private train “Regiotrans” every hour. We can pick you up from Rasnov, or even Brasov if necessary.

Train timetable: http://www.regiotrans.ro/mersul–trenurilor–brasov-zarnesti

  • Car rentals are available in Brașov (be sure to have an international driver’s license just in case).
  • Many of the major cities are easily reached by train. PdF can drop-off and pick-up students at the train station in Brașov or Râșnov.

Here at PdF you would likely be sharing a room with 1-3 other students of the same gender. Rooms have bunk beds with blankets, pillows, and sheets provided. Each student will have their own wardrobe for their clothing; extra clothing or suitcases can be stored in a separate area. A desk will be in each room. Showers and toilets are also located nearby each room.

You are more than welcome to drop off excess luggage here before school begins.
If you would like to drop off luggage before April. 3, please send us an email or phone us beforehand so that we can make sure that someone is here in the office when you come.

There are bank machines in the local town where you can withdraw your money. International bank cards are normally compatible with the machines here. Most stores also have chip technology. Visa and Mastercard are also regularily accepted.

Romania’s currency is called Lei (sometimes referred to as RON). It’s exchange is typically 1 EURO = 4.5 Lei.

Yes, medical travel insurance is required prior to travelling to our center. You will receive a form regarding this once you are accepted.

Because you will have travel insurance, you will be able to use the local hospitals here. There are several good hospitals in Brasov, the nearest city to PdF (Medlife, Regina Maria, and an emergency hospital). Depending on your medical travel insurance you may or may not need to first pay the hospital bill and then be reimbursed afterwards. Hospital fees in Romania are very low and in most cases you won’t need to use your travel insurance.

PdF is located in a fairly remote part of Transylvania on the edge of a forested mountain range (no, there are no vampires or werewolves). Bears have been known to travel through the area but have seldom caused problems with humans. There are dogs that move freely about their owner’s farmland and at times they can confront hikers or bikers. It is best that people do not explore the land alone, but instead travel in groups of 2 or 3 minimum.
Herds of sheep and the Shepherds are commonly seen near Pdf and make for great pictures. Horses are also on nearby properties and commonly come to our field to eat the grass!

Application Questions:

One month prior to start date.

Application fee: 20 Euros

  • due at time of application
  • non-refundable
  • is not included in over all tuition amount

Deposit: 400 Euros (250 Euros for Romanian students)

  • due 1 month after receiving acceptance letter via email
  • non-refundable unless sufficient reasoning given
  • fee is included in over all tuition amount

Remaining Tuition: 

  • varies depending on student nationality, scholarships, etc
  • due 1 month prior to start of program

We currently are not set up for online payments. You can pay through a bank transfer in either RON (romanian currency) or Euros, to the bank accounts below. Funds can also be mailed but this is not recomended for larger sums of money (postal address below):

RON:
BANCA COMERCIALĂ ROMÂNĂ (BCR)
BIC: RNCBROBU
IBAN: RO10RNCB0053148663950001

EURO:
BANCA TRANSILVANIA (BT)
BIC: BTRLRO22
IBAN: RO03BTRLEURCRT0V00031702

Postal address:
Asociaţia Purtătorii de Făclie
C.P. 20
505400 Râşnov, România
Email: receptie@pdf.ro

All meals, accommodation, books, lectures and use of the washing machines are included in your fees.

You will need extra money for personal travel, meals outside of PdF events, cell phone data. 150-200 euros is suggested for personal pocket money.

Scholarships may be available in certain semesters. Please contact the registrar if you wish to apply:

registrar@pdf.ro

No, but some Colleges and Universities will recognize certain programs and topics that we provide teaching on and will give students credits if the institution should so choose.

Yes, we provide to different certificates: one for those who attend and complete all assignments and one for those who attend but do not complete assignments.

The main language of our program is English. However, we do provide Romanian translation if two or more students should require this. Students requiring translation will need to make this known at the time of their application.

Past Romanian students who have had trouble with English find that after week 3 or 4, their English has improved enough that they no longer need translation.

Several of our staff also speak German, but we cannot provide translation of the lectures into this language.

Each week can vary depending on what events are planned, but you can click the link below to see a typical weekly schedule:

SMBS 2018 – Week 7

The minimum required age is 18.

We have students from 18 to 40 attending PdF with the average age of our students around 19 – 20.

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