Apply to SDSU-Georgia Exchange Program for Spring 2019

Apply to SDSU-Georgia Exchange Program for Spring 2019
Students in front of landscape

First Cohort to SDSU-Georgia: L to R Gonzalo Tucker, Astronomy; Samantha Crawford, Biochemistry; Alexia Chavaria, Environmental Engineering; Damian Ariza, Computer Engineering; Luke Draney, Electrical Engineering; Taylor Inouye, Chemistry; Claudia Eguia, Biology; Mairani Marin, Biology.


map of georgia

Georgia – at the intersection of Europe and Asia

round brick structures

Sulfur Baths at Abanotubani, at the foot of Narikala Fortress. The oldest bath  is the King Heraclius bath from the 16th century.  Baths have been essential part of life in Tbilisi for centuries. Citizens would spend their leisure time relaxing here, at times even entertaining guests with dinner parties in the water. Water temperatures remain a constant 38C to 40C. The sulfur and minerals baths have been used as a therapeutic aid for a range of ailments including skin conditions and arthritis; the baths are now mostly used for therapeutic massage relaxation.


2 girls in Chemistry aprons

Taylor Inouye and Samantha Crawford in Analytical Chemistry Lab.


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,, (619) 594-1813


Typical class size is about 20 students. Our students enjoy meeting their classmates and getting to know their professors early in the semester.

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.


Chem 432 SDSU-Georgia with Lab TA Ana and Lecturer Dr. Casey Larsen



Students in forest in winter coats

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.



students around a square table

Students from San Diego enjoy socializing with Georgian students in Tbilisi


First, do a search by major.

  1. Click here
  2. Inside the red box Major/Credential, use drop down arrow and select your major
  3. Under Class Level select Undergrad
  4. 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.)

  1. Click here to begin scholarship search.
  2. Inside the red box Major/Credential, use drop down arrow and select All Majors
  3. Under Class Level select Undergrad
  4. Scan the Application periods to see which scholarships are open
girl in red in lecture hall

As is the custom in Georgia, textbooks are free.


Girl in red in lecture hall

All courses are taught in English by SDSU-certified professors for SDSU Credit.


chemistry students in aprons

SDSU chair of Chemistry, Dr. Bill Tong, talks with Georgian chemistry students about their research projects.


girl rolling bread dough

Chemistry major Samantha Crawford learns to make puri (bread) at a vineyard in Kakheti


Temo Nikolaishvili on top of rock



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.

hiking on path in mountains

Georgia: Trekker’s heaven  (Shhh Georgia is Europe’s big secret for low cost holidays in beautiful scenery)


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.


Frutos tubular building with traditional buildings and park

Students locked and loaded for a post-Thanksgiving dinner game of “spoons” at the home of former Dean Ken Walsh, Tbilisi. Dr. Walsh’s wife and daughter are at center.


Interior of Georgian Orthodox stone church

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Mtskheta, Georgia.


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

Tblisi State University


chemistry lab

Chem 232 Lab, SDSU-Georgia

Courses Spring 19


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.


2 girls in ski clothing

Samantha Crawford and Taylor Inouye, Bakuriani ski resort. 2 hours west of Tbilisi


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:  For additional information, please contact Dr. Nancy Marlin at For scholarship info:  Ms. Maureen

Still not sure?

Don’t take our word for it. Watch our SDSU students talk about living and studying in Georgia   here