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.
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.
Priority deadline for application: February 20, 2016.
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.
Who can Apply?
- Chemistry/Biochemistry students
- Computer Engineering students
- Electrical Engineering students
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)
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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com. For additional information, please contact Dr. Nancy Marlin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Related articles and videos:
SDSU Announces Partnership with Nation of Georgia (SDSU NewsCenter)
Traditional Georgian Supra on YouTube
For more Georgia videos, use search terms such as “Country of Georgia”, “Tblisi” and “GoPro Country of Georgia” on Youtube and Planet Doc