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Free University of Tbilisi
Tbilisi, Georgia (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
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Restrictions: UM applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Language Requirement: None
Minimum GPA: 2.8
Program Description:
Free University of Tbilisi

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The Free University of Tbilisi (FUT) was founded in 2007 through the merger of two highest ranked educational institutions—ESM Tbilisi (its business school) and Tbilisi Institute of Asia and Africa.  UT has a total of 620 students and provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the languages and culture of the Asian and African regions.

Academics
Georgian, Russian, and English are the languages of instruction at FUT.  Undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in Business, Law, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, and Middle and Far East languages, culture, economics, history, and religion are offered.  Many UM students study one of the many languages offered including Arabic, Persian, Armenian, Afghan (Dari), Azeri, Hindi, Urdu, Georgian, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, English, French, German, Spanish, and Russian.  
  
Housing & Meals
FUT does not have on campus housing, but the university helps to find housing-usually private apartments- for students once they have arrived.  Lunches are provided on campus for Winter semester, otherwise students provide their own meals.   

Cost Information
Students pay tuition, room and board to FUT. Apartments generally cost between GEL415 and GEL575 per month, and food costs approximately GEL495 per month.  A student visa to study in Georgia costs GEL100.  UM financial aid can be applied to tuition, living and travel expenses while on this program. 

Credit Transfer
Students will register for classes upon arrival in Tbilisi.  Students who register for 225 FUT contact hours will receive 15 UM credits per semester.  The minimum full-time course load is 180 FUT contact hours per semester, which transfers to 12 UM credits per semester. 

Program Dates
Semester 1: mid September to  mid January
Semester 2: mid February to mid  June 

Fast Facts
Exchange levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of      instruction: English, Georgian, Russian
Language Requirement:  none
University website:  http://freeuni.edu.ge/?lng=eng

Tbilisi at a Glance
Population
1,485,293

Climate
The climate is influenced both by dry Central Asian and humid Atlantic Ocean air masses, creating cold winters and hot summers.  

Proximity to
Istanbul: 820 miles
Tehran: 548 miles
Cairo: 1,104 miles
Damascus: 733 miles

Tbilisi, Georgia
The City

Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, once part of the Soviet Bloc, is the largest and most diverse city in Georgia.  The capital city for over 1,500 years, the city is swelling with history.  Its location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia put Tbilisi on the path of the Silk Road, an ancient trade route, and infused the city with a rich multiculturalism.  Today people from more than 100 ethnicities, and many religious and cultural backgrounds make Tbilisi their home.   
The city itself sits between the banks of the Mt’k’vari River Valley and is surrounded on three sides by the Caucasus Mountains.  The city abounds in cultural sights including the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theater, the breathtaking Sameba Cathedral, the Narikala fortress (dating from the 4th Century AD), and Children’s Palace, among countless others.
Georgia is brimming with the beautiful landscapes of the Black Sea coastline and the dramatic mountain peaks of the Caucasus Mountains.  With such a diverse history, the architecture, ethnic communities, and markets of Georgia share an intriguing past, and a fascinating present.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/12/2014 10/01/2014 02/10/2015 06/15/2015
 NOTE: Program dates are approximate. Official program dates are provided by the host institution upon acceptance.