RUS 197 Cultural Immersion in Post-Soviet Georgia

RUS 197 Cultural Immersion in Post-Soviet Georgia
RUS 197 Cultural Immersion in Post-Soviet Georgia

This 1-credit embedded course in Georgia provides a one-week immersion in Georgian culture combined with lectures on Georgian history and contemporary politics, including the long history of Georgian-Russian love-hate relations. 

The program includes a tour of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, and its surroundings; key museums and monasteries; interaction with local students, a cooking class; calligraphy workshop; day trips to Kakheti and Kazbegi; a visit to a Georgian sulfur bath; and more!

Program Dates: March 2–10, 2024

This program is open to students taking any Russian course in the spring 2024 semester, including RUS 2, RUS 100, RUS 142, RUS 200, RUS 403, RUS 420.

Irina Mikaelian ( and Yuliya Ladygina (

  • Program Fee: $1,776 maximum, This fee will reduce with a higher number of participants.
  • Airfare: $1,000 estimate
  • In-Country Costs: $200 estimate (meals, spending money, etc.)

NOTE: The embedded program fee will be billed to participants’ Penn State Office of the Bursar accounts in January, and payment will be due Monday, January 22.

  • The embedded program fee includes: hotel accommodations (with breakfast); transportation to/from the airport to the hotel; transportation related to program activities; fees related to program activities; some meals; emergency and administrative support
  • The embedded program fee does NOT include: airfare; some meals; spending money; course tuition; passport and visa (if applicable)

NOTE: This group will be traveling together to and from the U.S. airport and flying together on a group flight to and from the United States. More information will come from your faculty leaders; please do not book separately.  

To officially commit to the program, thoroughly read and submit the Official Financial Commitment Form by December 1, 2023.  Interested students should submit the interest form in the meantime.

There are several official avenues for embedded program funding within the University. The primary ways are through the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network and Penn State Global, but students can also explore funding opportunities through their academic department, the Student Engagement Network, or Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Mentoring.

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Get career ready!

Embedded programs help students to gain key skills that employers are most looking for in college graduates, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Below are 1–2 major competencies students can start to develop by participating in this program.

Critical Thinking

Immerse yourself in Georgia’s culture and history to better understand the country’s contemporary political and economic situation, such as by participating in special topic lectures and visiting key cultural sites.


Learn to communicate across cultures and languages by attending a social event where you will interact with Georgian peers.

Want to hear more? Meet with a Liberal Arts career coach in the Career Enrichment Network to discuss your experience and identify even more ways that this program can enhance your personal and professional development!

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