Harvard Summer Program in Tbilisi, Georgia

June 18, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Apply by: 
January 26, 2017

Advance your Russian-language skills while exploring Georgian culture, history, literature, and film.  

The ancient capital city of Tbilisi, which is rapidly developing itself for the twenty-first century, offers you a distinctive and fascinating site for urban studies, as well as a guiding theme for your Russian-language learning. In this program, you undertake small-group fieldwork projects that allow greater contact with the city and its residents, as well as opportunities to use Russian in real-world situations. You meet with city experts, writers, artists, preservationists, politicians, and NGOs.

You also travel extensively within Georgia—to Mtskheta, Davit Gareja, Gori, Borjomi, Batumi, and Kazbegi—to gain a deeper understanding of the Georgian nation and its regional context.

Program Structure

Your studies include intermediate-Russian language courses every weekday and additional sessions two to three times each week, devoted to Tbilisi small-group urban fieldwork projects; Georgian culture, history, literature, film; and Russian literature and culture about the Caucasus.

Note: A pre-departure introduction to Georgian language will be available for participants and additional non-credit Georgian language study may be arranged as part of the program in Tbilisi for those desiring to study Georgian.


This program counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit. 

RUSS S-BG Study Abroad in Tbilisi, Georgia: Intermediate Russian (33489)

Veronika Egorova
Julie A. Buckler

8 credits
UN, GR Limited enrollment.

The Harvard Summer Program in Tbilisi, Georgia, provides students with a full course in intermediate-level Russian language instruction. Language study tracks the content of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences Russian B-level courses (equivalent to Russian Ba-Bb, Bta-Btb, or Bab), preparing students to continue in Advanced Russian/Third-Year (Russian 101-103); the program includes 140 hours of language instruction. Our unique situation in Tbilisi also allows us to explore Georgian culture, history, literature, and film, including Georgia's cultural and political relationship with Russia. The ancient capital city of Tbilisi, which is rapidly developing itself for the twenty-first century, offers a distinctive and fascinating site for urban studies and a guiding theme for your Russian-language learning. We undertake small-group fieldwork projects that allow us greater contact with the city and its residents and opportunities to use Russian in real-world situations.

Where You Live and Study

Tbilisis is the ideal city to immerse yourself in the Russian language and study Georgia's complex, diverse history, cultures, and artistic legacy. 


You stay in double rooms at a small hotel convenient to the historical center of Tbilisi and to International School of Economics (ISET), where classes will be held. The hotel is also a short walk from the museum and arts district, and offers numerous shopping and restaurant opportunities nearby. All hotel rooms and the classrooms have air conditioning. Wifi is available at both the hotel and the university.

Daily breakfast and dinner will be provided at the hotel’s restaurant. You are responsible for lunchtime meals except for special program events. Georgian cuisine is a highlight this program, and have ample opportunity to explore Tbilisi’s restaurants and cafes, which feature truly amazing food at very reasonable prices.

How to Apply

Review How to Apply before submitting your application.

Application materials include: 

  1. A detailed statement of interest in the program 
    • ​Include information on relevant coursework and Russian language study, as well as travel experience abroad (previous travel is not a prerequisite)  
  2. Transcripts
    • Harvard College applicants: You may submit an unofficial transcript accessed from my.harvard.edu
    • Non-Harvard applicants: Submit an official transcript from your university
  3. A $50 nonrefundable application fee

Note: Interviews may be requested.

Apply Now

All application materials are due January 26, 2017. You will be notified of admission decisions by mid- to late-February.


The program fee includes tuition, accommodation, scheduled excursions and activities, and some meals.  

See Funding and Payment for information on how to submit payments and funding options. 

Student budget

In addition to the program fee, you will need to budget for a number of personal expenses: 

  • International airfare ($1,800 to $2,000)
  • Local transportation ($250)
  • Most lunches and dinners, and some breakfasts ($1,000)
  • Course materials ($50)
  • Personal expenditures, laundry, communications, and miscellaneous ($300)

Please note: The amounts are approximate, and you may incur additional expenses not listed here. Your actual expenses will depend on a number of factors, including your personal spending habits and currency exchange rates. If you have specific questions about budgeting, please contact the program directly.

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