Funded Exchange Program SDSU Georgia is now OPEN!

All SDSU students  are invited to apply to the pioneer semester of the prestigious SDSU Georgia Exchange Program for Fall 2016.     All courses at SDSU Georgia are conducted in English at Tbilisi State University. Participants will receive free housing as well as a stipend for meals.   Students will also receive a $700 scholarship from the Office of International Programs. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with Georgian students, as well as international students and distinguished STEM faculty from across the globe.

college girls from Georgia in beretsInformation session

All students are invited to an information Session on SDSU Georgia, Wednesday, February 10, 2016, GMCS 602 Dean’s Conference Room.


Program dates for Fall 2016 are September 10, 2016 – December 16, 2016.  Students should plan to arrive in Tbilisi on September 10, 2016.

Application Deadline

Priority deadline for application:  February 20, 2016.

map of georgia


What makes SDSU Georgia unique among exchange experiences is that the courses being taught are actual SDSU courses. Like our diverse faculty at the San Diego campus, the faculty at SDSU Georgia are partly from Georgia, and partly from other countries. Students who pursue a degree at SDSU Georgia receive a U.S. bachelors degree from SDSU.  Unlike other international coursework, pre-approval of courses is not necessary since the courses are actual SDSU courses. Georgian and international Students receive an SDSU diploma upon graduation.  Students at SDSU Georgia also have the opportunity to do an international semester in San Diego.

The Republic of Georgia is located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe.  It is bound to the west by the Black Sea,  to the north by Russia, to the south by Turkey and Armenia, and to the southeast by Azerbaijan.  The Georgia SDSU program is located in  Tbilisi, the nation’s capital and country’s largest city. All courses at SDSU Georgia are conducted in English.  San Diego exchange participants will take courses in English side by side with their Georgian colleagues, and with international students from around the world.  In an unprecedented move, as part of the pioneer cohort in Fall of 2016, participants in the Georgian exchange in Tbilisi will receive both housing and a meal allowance.

View a short video here on SDSU Georgia.



old town Tbilisi, brick buildings

Old town Tbilisi

Who can Apply?

  • Chemistry/Biochemistry students
  • Computer Engineering students
  • Electrical Engineering students

Coursework Offerings

The following is an updated list of SDSU courses will be available in English, Fall 2016, updated 2/1/16

• Math 141/150 Precalculus/Calculus I
• Math 151 Calculus II
• Math 254 Introduction to Linear Algebra
• Chemistry 100/200 Introduction to Chemistry/General Chemistry
• Physics 196/196 L Principles of Physics (calculus-based)
• Biology 100 General Biology
• Biology 204/204 L Principles of Organismal Biology, Lab
• Computer Engineering 160 Introduction to Computer Programming
• Computer Engineering 270 Digital Systems
• Linguistics 94 (RWS 94) Developmental Writing for International or Bilingual Students
• Linguistics 100 – English Composition for International Students
• Economics 102 Principles of Economics
• GE Humanities (TBA)
• American Institutions (TBA)




pedestrian parkway, benches and trees

Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi

stone Fortress above old town

The Narikala Fortress has overlooked the city of Tbilisi since the 4th century.

Exploring Tbilisi and surroundings

Georgia is very well known in Europe, but in not North American – not so much.  It is a popular destination for adventurers and international students who love fantastic food, beautiful scenery, historic sites, and down-to-earth warmth and hospitality.  The capital city of Tbilisi is elegant and welcoming, a bustling metropolis that is a feast for the senses.   International students, Georgian students and locals make at least one daily pilgrimage to their favorite bakery to indulge in their favorite local bread – hot from the oven. Whether meandering through the little streets and cafes of old town of Tbilisi, exploring the commanding Narikala Fortress,  or taking a walk down  Rustaveli Avenue to Freedom Square, Tbilisi offers an intriguing mix of  tradition, culture, architecture and history.   The country is an adventurer’s paradise, with hiking, river rafting, snow skiing, and Day trip possibilities include a trip to the beaches of the black sea (shh… Eurasian secret), ancient and beautiful Georgian Orthodox churches, Sveti Tskhoveli in Mtskheta, and the ancient cave monastery of Davit Gareja.  Centrally located within Eurasia, Tblisi airlines connect directly to London, Italy, Amsterdam, Paris, Croatia, Moscow, Spain and many other destinations for  weekend/holiday adventures.

Why Georgia?

hiking on path in mountains

Georgia: Trekker’s heaven

Georgian kabobs, sauces and bread

Georgian kabobs, fresh off the grill, with sauces and the traditional bread.




people singing around a table full of Georgian food

Georgians have taken the art of toasting (one’s friends, family, city, country, employers, teachers, ancestors, land, grapes, relatives) to a new level. The “Tamada,” a selected honored guest, makes elaborate toasts and keeps the fun rolling.  Toasts are interspersed with eating, singing, dancing, games and friendly competitions. “Every guest is a God-send,” according to a Georgian proverb.

Singing and dancing Georgian style around laden table

The supra – Singing, dancing, feasting and toasting Georgian style


Georgians are notorious for their warmth, hospitality and food, three compelling reasons to read Sara Freeman’s article about why to study in the Republic of Georgia. Be forewarned: families will toast guests all night long, and will not stop bringing plates of food. Ever.  Adventurers who enjoy strapping on hiking boots will appreciate the fantastic trekking opportunities in the wild and rugged Caucusus mountains.


Party of guests doing line dance in the vineyard

Supras can be held for birthdays, weddings, holidays and to celebrate an honored guest. They can be elaborate or simple, and always contain the elements of wine, toasts, laughter, games, singing and dancing.

Interior of Georgian Orthodox stone church



cheese in boat shaped bread.

Khachapuri – Hot from the oven. Every bakery makes these delicious, traditional Georgian cheese breads. Aromas wafting out of bakeries onto the street are intoxicating – resistance is futile.

Tblisi State University

The SDSU Georgia Program is headquartered at Tblisi State University.


white water rafting

World Class white water rafting is one hour from Tbilisi


4 people on horses in forest

Horseback riding is available for outdoor enthusiasts.


camper's feet in a tent, overlooking lake and Caucusus

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the many scenic camping and hiking opportunities in the Caucusus. Photo by Oleg Grigoryev


A note on cigarette smoking

In making your decision, keep in mind that cigarette smoking is very popular in Georgia, and is not limited to outdoor locations.

Prospective STEM employers will take note that:

• You had the pioneering spirit to select a non-traditional location
• You studied substantial subjects in your professional field rather than easier electives while abroad
• You have demonstrated experience collaborating with international faculty and students within your scientific field
• You were selected to participate in the very first cohort of its kind in the history of San Diego State University.

The ideal candidate

While just about all students are itching for an adventure, not every student is interested in studying abroad in traditional locations such as London, Sydney or Rome. Likewise, some students may think about studying abroad, but don’t know how they could swing it financially.

This exchange program is ideal for a  student who will use this extraordinary funded opportunity as a springboard – to deepen the understanding of international collaboration, to specifically broaden  understanding in an international arena, and to take advantage of the beautiful countryside and incredible benefits of the welcoming Georgian culture.   The ideal candidate would probably be more excited about singing, dancing and feasting rather than checking into a 5 star resort hotel.    Those students who would be a good match would prefer to come across a vineyard rather than to come across a mall, and would likely lean towards enjoying dinner around a congenial family table rather than being seated at a formal, upscale restaurant.  Georgians are open and friendly people who are proud of their heritage and crazy about enjoying life.   Participants in the Georgia program will be embraced by the openness, warmth, hospitality of the Georgian people, whose most treasured proverb is “Every guest is a God-send.” This experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the right Chemistry students. If you are interested, we invite you to apply.

Information session

Students are invited to an information Session on SDSU Georgia, Wednesday, February 10, 2016, GMCS 602 Dean’s Conference Room.


Application and selection

Because of the substantial benefits afforded to the inaugural cohort of SDSU exchange students, Fall 2016 selection will be limited to 12 SDSU Students

Application and additional information on Georgia SDSU is here on Aztecs Abroad.  For assistance with the application process, please see Ms. Ine Williams in the SDSU Study Abroad office in the International Student Center. Email:  For additional information, please contact Dr. Nancy Marlin at


Related articles and videos:

SDSU Announces Partnership with Nation of Georgia  (SDSU NewsCenter)

Georgia Prime Minister meets with first students of San Diego State University Georgia

Planet Doc video on the Tbilisi, Georgia

Traditional Georgian Supra on YouTube

Planet Doc video on Georgia, Metropolis of the Caucusus

For more Georgia videos, use search terms such as “Country of Georgia”, “Tblisi” and “GoPro Country of Georgia” on Youtube and Planet Doc