Apply here for the SDSU Georgia Exchange Program for Spring 2019
- Meet Georgian exchange students currently studying at our campus
- Find out why so many students petition to stay an extra semester, and even an extra academic year
- Learn about the program, the classes and the country of Georgia
- Meet faculty who have taught at SDSU-Georgia
- Enjoy Georgian snacks
- Study Abroad staff will be on hand
Information: Maureen Crawford, firstname.lastname@example.org, (619) 594-1813
What do our students love about SDSU-Georgia?
Smaller class size (about 20) Our student get to know the other students and the faculty.Lower cost of living means your dollar stretches farther than in San Diego, where the cost of living is high. Average student costs
Textbooks are free
$500 scholarship from the Office of International Programs for all participants
Take SDSU courses for SDSU credit with SDSU textbooks
Everything is on your doorstep. Meeting friends? Walk a block. Need something at the store? It’s around the corner
The food! The fresh fruit and vegetables!
The BREAD…. ah…
Like our diverse faculty at the San Diego campus, the faculty at SDSU Georgia are partly from Georgia, and partly from other countries. 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. The size of Switzerland, 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.
Above: In the forest in Kutaisi near Prometheus (stalagmite/stalactite) Cave. Back row L to R: From SDSU-Georgia: Enes Basbug,Turkish student, Electrical Engineering; From SDSU-California: Luke Draney, Electrical Engineering; Taylor Inouye, Chemistry; Alexia Chavira, Computer Engineering; Damian Ariza, Computer Engineering. Front row: (L to R) From SDSU-California: Claudia Eguia, Physics; Samantha Crawford, Biochemistry, Missing: From SDSU-California: Derrick Jones, Electrical Engineering, Gonzalo Tucker, Astronomy, Mairani Marin, Biology. Mauro Garcia, Computer Engineering.
First, do a search by major.
- Click here
- Inside the red box Major/Credential, use drop down arrow and select your major
- Under Class Level select Undergrad
- Scan the Application periods to see which scholarships are open.
Next, search for scholarships for which you may be eligible for other reasons (Ethnicity, financial aid, etc.)
- Click here to begin scholarship search.
- Inside the red box Major/Credential, use drop down arrow and select All Majors
- Under Class Level select Undergrad
- Scan the Application periods to see which scholarships are open
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.
We estimate housing to cost approximately $350/month; food to be $150/month.
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.
You may never want to come home. But do!
In 2016, 5 of the 9 student cohort decided to stay in Georgia for a 2nd semester, Spring 2017. Christopher Frutos, Engineering Student from Fall 2017. is back in Georgia for the academic year 2018-19.
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 Chemistry/Biochemistry, and Engineering student who will use this extraordinary funded opportunity as a springboard – to deepen the understanding of international collaboration, to specifically broaden scientific 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 (although yes, there is a mall) and would likely lean towards enjoying dinner around a congenial family table rather than being seated at a formal, upscale restaurant. (although there are many elegant venues in Tblisi). 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.
For assistance with the application process, please contact 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. For scholarship info: Ms. Maureen Crawford@email@example.com.
Still not sure?
Don’t take our word for it. Watch our SDSU students talk about living and studying in Georgia here
- Watch a documentary about Georgia and the Caucusus here.
- Georgia Hiking, don’t miss the night sky at 20:45 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltLDUDYYK-E
- Georgia… countryside complete with horses and cows https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9xlie_SJKs
- Georgian Supra (traditional party): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu3uNjqKQIU
- Georgian language lessons available at no charge! View video here.
- Read a November 2016 blog and photos by Chemistry major Taylor Inouye studying in Georgia, here.
- Read a September 2016 blog and view photos by SDSU Astronomy Major Gonzalo Tucker, here.
- View a video about the wonders of Georgia’s nature, here.
- Read an article and view photos about the first few weeks of the Georgia Exchange by Maureen Crawford here.