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This Program is Available in:
    and/or Ukraine
   Travel Throughout Georgia and Ukraine Included!

Continuing Education Abroad
in Georgia and/or Ukraine

SRAS and Novamova would like to invite all educators for unforgettable continuing education experiences. Specially formulated to immerse you directly in the subjects and regions you teach, these programs will present the culture, history, politics, and current events of Ukraine and/or Georgia from the perspectives of locals on the ground. Student interest is rising in these fascinating, little-understood, but increasingly important geopolitical centers.

Combining masterclasses, lectures, guided tours, and degustation with an ambitious travel schedule, these courses will teach why these regions appear in the news, but also touch on the demographic, historical, economic, and geopolitical backgrounds of the region(s). You will also dive into local life, learning about traditions and sharing in delicious national dishes.

This is also an excellent opportunity for educators to explore how study abroad can best fit into the student experience abroad – whether through individual programs or faculty-led programming in Ukraine and Georgia. Join us abroad this summer for an unforgettable professional growth experience!

There are two options to choose from, each with a unique focus.

Jump to: Option 2: Georgian Foodways; Application; Details.

Option 1
Ukrainian and Georgian Identity:
Religion, History, and Culture

This reasonably-priced 10-day experience has all accommodation, two meals a day, travel within and between Ukraine and Georgia, and all scheduled activities priced in.

Cost: $1,360*
Dates: June 29 - July 8, 2019 (Apply by May 15, 2019)
Contact us about extending your time in Eurasia with additional studies, research, or travel.

Tentative Schedule:

  1. We will start in Kiev, with an orientation discussion over dinner.
  2. This will be followed by a day spent learning about the recent Maidan revolution in Ukraine and a guided tour of Kiev's historical, religious, and literary landmarks.
  3. Tour the Monastery of the Caves (Pechersk Lavra), a working Orthodox monastery as well as the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War.
  4. We will attend a lecture on Jewish history in Ukraine, eat a kosher lunch, and travel to Babiy Yar, a place where Kiev's Jews were massacred in September of 1941.
  5. Travel to Tbilisi, eat a Georgian dinner, and take a guided tour of the historic old town area.
  6. Attend a lecture on the geopolitical history of Georgia at the Georgian-American University, before having lunch with Novamova lecturers, and then traveling to Mtskheta, one of Georgia's oldest cities and home to the Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. You will then have the option of taking in the Tbilisi Sulphur baths.
  7. Travel to Kakheti, a major wine-producing region of Georgia to try your hand at making poori (a traditional Georgian bread), churchkhela (a Georgian sweet), sulguni (a Georgian cheese), and chacha (a Georgian liquor). We'll aso visit the Winemaking Museum to better understand Georgia's ancient and revered vinticulture traditions.
  8. Travel to Khevsureti to visit a Khevsur sub-ethnic group known for maintaining their traditional lifestyle. We'll meet the Arabuli family  - the owners and founders of the local ethnographical museum. The Arabuli used to be one of the most powerful clans in Khevsureti. Nowadays they are also famous for their talents - the family name unites the whole dynasty of prominent artists, painters, poets and writers. Here, we'll here a lecture on local oral traditions and take masterclasses in khinkali (meat dumpling) making, woodcarving, and Khevsur embroidery.
  9. Visit the archeological ruins of Shatili, Mutso, and Ardoti to learn about local history and religion.
  10. Return to Tbilisi, departure. 


Option 2
Georgian Foodways:
Food in Identity, Economy, and Cultural Diplomacy

This specially-priced 14-day experience has all accommodation, two meals a day, travel within Georgia, and all scheduled activities priced in.

Cost: $2,800*
Dates: June 16 - June 29, 2019 (Apply by May 15, 2019)
Contact us about extending your time in Eurasia with additional studies, research, or travel.

Tentative Schedule:

  1. Arrival in Tblisi, walking tour of downtown and welcome dinner
  2. Lecture: Brief History of Georgia; visit to Djvari church and Tsvetitsxoveli Cathedral; master class in cooking khinkali (Georgian dumplings)
  3. Lecture: What is Food Studies and Why Should You Care; Discussion and lunch: A History of Georgia through its Material Culture; tour of Georgian National Museum
  4. Lecture: Ethnic Composition of the Region; visit to Open Air Museum of Ethnography; masterclass in cooking Gomi and bazhe
  5. Lecture: What makes Georgian food Georgian; visit to a local market; cooking masterclass using what we found in the market
  6. Lecture: Must Georgian food be traditional?; Lunch and discussion: the place of food tourism in Georgia’s economy; Dinner: Nouveau-Georgian cuisine; Travel to Kakheti
  7. Lecture: Traditional and modern winemaking techniques; visit to St. Nino church; masterclasss in making churchkhela (Georgian dessert); travel to Borjomi
  8. Visit to Borjomi bottling factory with sampling of traditional mineral waters and discussion with factory managers; travel to Kutaisi
  9. Lecture: What is western Georgian cuisine and how did it arise?; Visit to Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery; visit a local farm; travel to Svaneti
  10. Lecture: Domestic Life in Svaneti through the Ages; Master class in making Svan salt, kubdary, (local pie with meat) and suluguni cheese;
  11. Lecture: Global foodways/Local business; hike and food foraging in Svaneti mountains (Transcaucasian trail?); transit to Batumi
  12. Lecture: Batumi’s rise as a resort and food destination; discussion with fishing industry representatives on local sourcing, sustainable practices in developing economies; masterclass in cooking Adjaran khachapuri
  13. Lecture: Ottoman cultural influences, Muslims in Georgia; visit to Gonio on the Turkish border; travel back to Tblisi
  14. Farewell lunch and departure

Those interested in how food can be used in teaching should see this article by program lead Dr. Michael Denner on "Why I Teach Food" as well as our growing online resource Eurasian Cookbook


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- Housing and Hosting -

Accommodated will be provided in 3-star hotels and guest houses in double accommodations while on this program. Those wishing to upgrade to private rooms on option one can do so for $450. Those needing private rooms for option two should contact us. At least two meals per day will be included.

This program is hosted by The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) and NovaMova Language School.


Photos from our Students in Georgia

Program Details

*Costs: Program costs include all scheduled events, pre-departure materials, local orientation, double accommodations in hotels or guest houses, round-trip airport transfers, in-country travel while on program, at least two meals per day, all transport costs in and between Ukraine and Georgia, and in-country support. If you need to purchase emergency health insurance for overseas travel, contact us.

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