Harvard Summer Program in Tbilisi, Georgia

June 10, 2018 to August 4, 2018
Apply by: 
January 25, 2018
Advance your Russian-language skills while exploring Georgian and Russian culture, history, literature, and film.  

The Harvard Summer Program in Tbilisi provides you with a hands-on experience living and studying in the capital of the Republic of Georgia, along with a full course in intermediate Russian language meeting daily. Additional lectures with regional experts on Russian and Georgian culture, history, literature, film, urban studies, and Russian literary works dealing with the Caucasus and their cultural mythology (Pushkin, Lermontov, Tolstoy). 

You also delve into Georgian politics, history, and culture. These program elements will provide a larger context for Georgia-US relations, as well as Georgia-Russia relations and will make use of Tbilisi as a laboratory, including meetings with writers, politicians, and NGOs. Topics will be brought to life in excursions and trips within Tbilisi and throughout Georgia. Pre-departure introduction to the Georgian language and alphabet for participants. Language classes, along with many excursions, events, museum tours, etc., will be conducted in Russian.

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 along with additional excursions, museum visits, and lectures on Georgian culture, history, literature, film; and Russian literature and culture pertaining to the Caucasus.


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

RUSS S-BG Study Abroad in Tbilisi, Georgia: Intermediate Russian (34089)

Veronika Egorova
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 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

Tbilisi is an 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 the 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 lunches except for special program events. Georgian cuisine is a highlight of this program, and you 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.

Applications are now closed. 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

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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