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Summer 2022: Coronavirus Information

Harvard Summer Program in Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia

Advance your Russian-language skills while exploring Georgian and Russian culture, history, literature, and film.

Program Director:

Veronika Egorova

Update: The Tbilisi program is postponed to Summer 2023. Check back in Fall 2022 for more information.

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.

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, 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.

RUSS S-BG counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit and also counts as two 4-credit courses towards the language citation.



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

Veronika Egorova, PhD, Senior Preceptor in Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
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 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.

Prerequisite: One year of college-level Russian or placement into the course through an exam or consultation with the instructor.

Where You'll 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 Shota Rustaveli Theater and Film and Georgia State University, 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.

Cost & Expenses

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