Study abroad in Georgia this summer.

Study abroad in Georgia this summer.


Tblisi: Beautiful and Strategic

May 12 – June 15 2024 (five weeks)

Georgia is the new "It Country": hikers and foodies love the scenic mountains and legendary cuisine; global strategists see the crucial importance of this democratic contender for NATO status. Georgia was once a wine-drinking, cheese-making part of the communist Soviet Union; today it is an independent country full of eco-tourism and strong aspirations to join the West. Our program takes advantage of both the beautiful and the strategic: a course on “literature and empire” explores Georgian history, resilience, and current geopolitical status; a course on “travel writing” encourages you to become your own journalist, capable of writing blogs and stories about everything from hikes in the Caucasus to Georgian feasts. In short, something for everyone who wants to get there before it becomes the new “beaten path.”


LLC 261: Travel Writing (WC)
1 unit

LLC 262: Literature and Empire (LTI)
1 unit

Students take two courses for a total of two units; both courses will be designed to take advantage of the city of Tblisi itself, with frequent museum, memorial, and architectural excursions throughout. Both courses also involve guided readings and discussion-based, interactive classes, as well as hands-on research assignments that are designed to get you out into the cultural, economic, and social life of the places to be visited.

Faculty Leader

Dr. Yvonne H. Howell
Yvonne Howell

Professor of Russian and International Studies - Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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Cost & Program Information


Costs are approximate, do not include airfare, and are subject to change without notice as a result of fluctuations in currency values and other factors.

Scholarship Assistance: UR students are eligible to apply for the Holt Summer Study Abroad Scholarship. Selected recipients will receive approximately $2,000 toward the cost of an approved UR Summer Study Abroad program.

Students who anticipate needing additional financial aid should contact the Office of Financial Aid and/or the Program Leader about external funding opportunities. Many external scholarships have early deadlines (e.g. in December or January), so students are encouraged to begin this process as early as possible.


Program participants are housed in apartments with other UR students. Housing is located within a 20-minute walk of the classroom building.

What's included?
  • Shared housing in well-managed apartment units in city center, featuring full kitchen and wireless internet access
  • On-site oversight by UR faculty leader and program assistant
  • Orientation
  • 24-hour on-call emergency support
  • Faculty-led field trips and excursions both within the city and beyond, including transit tickets
Activities & Excursions

Day trips in Tblisi and the surrounding area as well as longer excursions in the region.

Ready to apply?

Application Deadline

February 15

Apply online through Gateway Abroad, our study abroad application portal.