Erasmus Plus, or Erasmus+ as we will also refer to it from now on, is a dream opportunity for higher education students to study abroad and complete a master’s degree. Georgia is one of the countries to welcome students as part of the programme.
Erasmus+ is an EU directive that allows students to study abroad at no additional cost. If an applicant qualifies for a scholarship under this scheme, they can study in Georgia for up to 2 years without paying tuition fees. A living allowance will also be paid.
Not all degrees and diplomas are eligible to apply to study in Georgia. The programme is designed to promote opportunities in education, training, youth and sport.
Read on to learn more, and visit our dedicated Georgia eVisa (Electronic Visa) page to apply for your travel document to visit this Eurasian country ahead of studying here!
- 1 Why Consider Erasmus+ in Georgia?
- 2 Do I Need to Speak Georgian?
- 3 Who is Eligible for Erasmus Plus in Georgia?
- 4 What is the Difference Between Erasmus Plus and Erasmus Mundus in Georgia?
- 5 How Do I Apply for Erasmus Plus in Georgia?
- 6 How to Craft a Motivation Letter for Erasmus
- 7 Where is the National Erasmus+ Office in Georgia?
- 8 What is the Erasmus Code for Georgia?
- 9 What is the Best Erasmus University in Georgia?
- 10 Do I Need a Visa for Erasmus in Georgia?
Why Consider Erasmus+ in Georgia?
A successful application for the programme in Georgia will allow you to study at a high-quality university that is less crowded than those found in other European countries, giving you the opportunity to advance your studies in quick time.
The education system in Georgia is highly regarded and continues to advance. An increasing number of overseas students are attracted to Georgia to study, whether qualifying for Erasmus+ or privately financing their education.
Georgia, especially the capital city of Tbilisi, is multi-cultural and safe for students. This means that everybody will be made to feel welcome by the locals.
Georgia also boasts stunning scenery and plenty of job opportunities, with a growing economy and local government that welcomes overseas investment. The country also has a fascinating history.
Do I Need to Speak Georgian?
This is possible and depends on what language your choice of course is taught in. Some are in English, others Georgian. If the latter, you will be asked to take a language test to ensure that you will be able to understand the lectures that you attend.
Who is Eligible for Erasmus Plus in Georgia?
To qualify for the programme, you must be:
- Registered with an existing higher education establishment.
- Studying an officially recognised degree or diploma.
- In at least your second year of your studies, having successfully passed the first year.
If your application is successful, you will not need to pay any additional tuition fees and can apply for a monthly grant to help cover your living expenses.
The grant is provided by the European Commission and is paid through your institution. Like with many similar schemes, this grant may be means-tested i.e. based on your household income. If you wish to apply for a grant, you will need to fill out an extra form, although you must be accepted first.
As you can imagine, competition for this EU scheme is often high, with three-quarters of scholarships awarded to students from partner countries. Many people also choose to pay to enter the programme as it is of such a high educational standard.
Examples of Going on the Erasmus + in Georgia
For now, Georgia is still in its early stages as part of the Erasmus+ programme. As a result, there are few case studies online and examples of students that have enjoyed an adventure of studying in this country.
Do not let this deter you, though! Take a look at some case studies of students that have enjoyed placements in a variety of other territories. This will confirm all of the significant advantages that arise from taking advantage of this EU directive.
What is the Difference Between Erasmus Plus and Erasmus Mundus in Georgia?
There is no difference. By combining the 2 you can attain a joint master’s degree, or EMJMD – this is a short-term student exchange programme.
How Do I Apply for Erasmus Plus in Georgia?
If you are interested in applying in Georgia, follow these steps:
- Investigate the calls for proposals and ensure that your application will be eligible.
- Take a look at the latest programme guide.
- Register yourself with the relevant body to announce your interest.
- Complete an application form.
Like all university applications, you will also need to write a motivation letter. This will assure the university that you are the kind of student they are looking for.
How to Craft a Motivation Letter for Erasmus
As discussed, competition for places on this study programme can be high. In addition to exemplary academic performance, you must convince the university that you will be an asset to their establishment.
When writing a motivation letter, be sure to highlight the following:
- Your ability to self-motivate and meet deadlines.
- Why you are keen to study in Georgia.
- Mention any relevant courses that you have completed, to show dedication.
- What you would offer the university.
- What you hope to achieve upon graduation.
- Knowledge of the national culture in Georgia, and why you feel you will adapt to this.
- Show warmth and enthusiasm as well as detail and ask others to read through your application to see if it portrays you as an enthusiastic applicant.
Be polite and not arrogant, although don’t be shy about selling yourself!
Once you are accepted for the programme, you will need to think about where you are going to live and suitable accommodation. The institution that put you forward for a placement should be able to help, although there are also plenty of forum boards offering shared or private living space in Tiblisi.
It is wise to arrive a few weeks before the programme starts to get yourself organised.
Where is the National Erasmus+ Office in Georgia?
If you are hoping to transfer from an existing university, speak to the international relations office of your establishment. They will be able to advise about potential opportunities in Georgia.
If you would rather contact the Applications Office in Georgia directly, you have several options. If you want to write to the office, the address is:
Mitskevich Street 27b
Alternatively, you could call + 995 322 147 139 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, where the programme managers speak a variety of languages. Visit the website for more information.
What is the Erasmus Code for Georgia?
There is only 1 university in Georgia that offers the programme – the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. The code for the establishment is BILATERAL036.
What is the Best Erasmus University in Georgia?
As discussed, the only university to offer these studies in Georgia is the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.
This is the top-ranking university in Georgia, and just outside the top 100 universities in Emerging Europe and Central Asia. As the establishment continues to grow its reputation, this standing will only increase in the coming years.
Do I Need a Visa for Erasmus in Georgia?
If you are a passport holder from the European Economic Area (EEA), you will not need a visa for studying in Georgia under the programme.
If not, discuss your options with your university. You may or may not be eligible to apply – it depends on whether your country is considered a partner of this scheme programme. The list of participating partner countries is:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Russian Federation
As the programme grows through its infancy, it is anticipated that more countries will be added to the partner list. We hope that you enjoy your time here!