STUDY REFORMS & DEVELOPMENT
EVERY MOUNTAIN TOP IS WITHIN REACH IF YOU KEEP CLIMBING
presence and involvement, economic resurgence, doing business and development prospects of Georgia. Students will examine issues and lessons learned from international, comparative perspective with a focus on developing countries.
Each module in the program builds on previous modules and is conducted by a number of guest-speakers, high-level officials and top-ranked practitioners to provide more hands-on perspective. All modules and topics are also accompanied by field trips and tours within Tbilisi and throughout Georgia.
At the end of the program students will choose one of the topics covered and write a reflective paper summarizing and reflecting on the new knowledge and experience acquired during the program.
Study in Georgia
CULTURE AND SOCIETY
Georgia, the country of outstanding history and culture is located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Bridging east and west in the region of Caucasus, Georgia has played a significant role in the political and economic processes in the wider regional context.This one-week module will begin with an emphasis on Georgia's geo-political location, examining the role of its global political and economic positioning and implications on the surrounding world. Next, the course will explore major political, economic, social, and cultural landmarks throughout the history, from pre-historic to Soviet past and the independence of Georgia. Along with chronological framework the course will provide deeper understanding of economic development, religion, archeology, language, literature, viniculture etc. that shape modern Georgian identity, culture, and society.
POLITICS AND REFORMS
Building on the previous module this course will allow students to receive first-hand knowledge in the recent policy and administrative reforms that led to Georgia's recognition as one of the world's top reformer countries. Students will explore modern Georgian politics and government along with some of the most successful public service reforms in the last decade. Discussions will focus on the "How" behind the entrepreneurial reform cases: How did Georgia succeed when many other countries have failed, even after revolutions? How can Georgia's success be replicated in other developing countries? How can Georgia's success be sustained? What is the unfinished agenda?
CSOS AND DEVELOPMENT
This one-week module will allow students to see how complex the world of international development is and how it relates to sustainable growth and democratic reforms in Georgian context. Students will also learn how the post-Soviet legacy of conflicts interplay with the local development agenda, what is the role of international and local nongovernmental organizations within the wider context of development and poverty eradication, conflict transformation and democratic governance, and how their work changes lives of individuals and communities in the developing countries.
This course module will begin with a brief overview of Georgia's economic development from the early 19th century to present day, focusing on the country's multiple transitions from an agricultural backwater on the fringes of the Ottoman, Persian and Russian empires to being a poster child of post-Soviet transition and a go-to place for tourists, traders, freelancers and international investors. We will further discuss Georgia's relatively recent renaissance in economic performance and global rankings and the lessons it carries for other small developing nations.
Georgia is a frontier market with its many opportunities and few challenges. A poster child for business-friendly reforms, Georgia actually has more to its story. Building on the insight of the previous modules, this course will focus on taking a deeper look into doing actual business in Georgia. In doing so we will look at the following aspects: (a) Georgia's place in the global and regional economy; (b) business enabling infrastructure in Georgia; (c) cultural aspects of doing business in Georgia.
In the final week students submit a reflective paper concentrating on one of the module topics while summarizing and reflecting on the overall new knowledge and experience acquired during the program.
DATES & DURATION
HOW TO APPLY
Students wishing to participate in the Study in Georgia Program can apply:
- Through their universities, as part of the Study in Georgia opportunities offered at their universities (if available), or
- through direct enrollment with ISET.
Enrollment as part of a University Study in Georgia Opportunity:
Students contemplating study abroad should first enquire if the ISET Summer Program is available at their university as part of (a) a faculty-led program, (b) a sponsored program, or, (c) through a third party provider.If the ISET Summer Program is not currently listed as a Study Abroad opportunity at students’ host universities, they should follow the procedures for direct enrollment below.
If Study in Georgia is not currently listed as one of the opportunities offered at their host universities, students should contact the ISET Study in Georgia Office at StudyAbroad@iset.ge to enquire about program availability at their universities.We also highly encourage students to look at their academic plan and consult with their academic advisor to determine if the ISET Study in Georgia program is relevant for their field of study.
The ISET Study Abroad Program offers dormitory style housing at the modern residence complex FABRIKA (factory), located in the old historic part of Tbilisi.Once a Soviet sewing factory, FABRIKA has recently been revived and transformed into a modern multi-functional space, with striking “old-meets-new” attitude that oozes genuinely cool vibes blended with funky industrial elements.Students will be placed in 3- and 4-person dormitory rooms with a minimalistic design that brings a certain urban elegance, along with a nostalgic feeling of Soviet elements.All the dormitory rooms have shared bathrooms, are equipped with A/C, small bed counters, individual reading lamps, individual lockers, free fast Wi-Fi, and a common table, as well as super comfy mattresses, crisp linen and fluffy pillows that ensure the best night’s sleep.
- Luggage Storage
- Laundry Room
- Multi-purpose event room
- Secure key card access
- Free Wi-Fi
- Fabulous social spaces
- Delicious Breakfast buffet
- Courtyard loaded with various cafes, artistic studios, workshops, concept stores, co-working space, creative education school and ever-changing one-off events.