Simona Vaidean holds a Bachelors Degree in Applied Modern Languages (German and English) from Babes Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca as well as a Bachelors Degree in Information Technology from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca. She also holds a Masters Degree and an M.Phil. in German Literature from Columbia University. Simona Vaidean has been teaching as a Lecturer at Columbia University since 2007 and prior to that she taught as a graduate student within the same department. She teaches classes at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.