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Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Learn Russian in Batumi, Georgia!


The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new summer study abroad program. This overseas adventure will combine intensive Russian language-learning and cultural immersion, with lectures and excursions that highlight the history, culture and contemporary politics of Georgia and the Caucuses region. Highlights of the program include 140 hours of Russian language instruction at Batumi State Maritime Academy (BSMA) located in the Black Sea port-city of Batumi, home-stays with Russian speaking families, weekly meetings with peer tutors. Intensive language instruction will be supplemented by content-based lectures and excursions in and around Batumi and Tbilisi.

This program runs in conjunction with Project GO, which includes ROTC students. Mr. Elliott Nowacky, International Programs Coordinator, Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, will serve as the program’s Resident Director (RD) and accompany students to/from Batumi.   



Eligibility (Summer 2016 Program):

In order to be eligible to participate in this program, all participants must be:

  • A student of The University of Texas at Austin, graduate or undergraduate, who has completed (or achieved) an Intermediate- or Second-year equivalency in the Russian language by the start date of the program.
  • Have a valid passport that does not expire before February 15, 2017.
  • No citizenship requirements.

All participants must partake in the following:

  1. Participation in a pre-travel orientation on Saturday, June 11, 2016 (students depart for Tbilisi the next day, June 12th)
  2. Participation in a post-travel program evaluation (online survey)
  3. The eight-week study abroad program in Batumi and Tbilisi, Georgia beginning on Monday, June 13, 2016 and ending on Friday, August 12th, 2016.   

Important Liability Information **PLEASE READ CAREFULLY**

No University of Texas at Austin student, faculty, or staff can be required to a Restricted Region ( Any participation in travel to a Restricted Region is strictly voluntary, and the participant assumes full responsibility for all risks associated with this travel.

Application Process:

Spaces are limited in this program. In the event that we have more students than we can accommodate, spots will be allocated on a competitive basis.

The deadline to apply is Friday, February 12th 2016, at 5:00pm. Required application materials include:

  • A completed online “Russian on the Black Application” with basic contact information, program relevant information. Application will be available in the late fall of 2015.
  • Personal Statement (500 words or less and in .pdf format) on how the “Russian on the Black Sea” program, and proficiency in the Russian language specifically, will further the applicant’s educational or professional goals. 
  • A .pdf format scan of your unofficial UT transcript 

  • Letter of Reference from a professor assessing the applicant’s Russian language skills and explaining how the applicant might be a good fit for this program and would use it to their professional advantage. (Letters should be signed, printed on official letterhead and scanned into a .pdf file format). Letters should be emailed directly to from the professor, with “Russian on the Black Sea Application: YOUR FULL NAME” in the subject line. Please provide the professor with these instructions. Letters of recommendation submitted by applying students will not be accepted.  

  • A color .pdf scan of your passport  

Submit your completed personal statement, unofficial transcript and color passport scan as three seperate .pdf files to the following e-mail address: with "Russian on the Black Sea Application: YOUR FULL NAME" in the subject line.  

Costs: (Estimated as of August 1, 2015; subject to change without notice)   

  • Program fee of approximately $6,065, which includes tuition, housing, 2 meals per day, all ground transportation and excursions.
  • Round-trip airfare from Austin to Tbilisi, Georgia ($1,500 - $2,000, fares will vary) 
  • $600 affiliation fee
  • $75 one-time application fee
  • Health insurance coverage through the Study Abroad Office for the duration of travel ($19/week for a total of $152), plus the cost of any required pre-departure check-ups, tests and inoculations.
  • Students will also need spending money for personal purchases, all meals, telecommunications and internet, independent travel, transportation and/or sightseeing outside of group activities.


  • This program isForeign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship eligible. This means undergraduate and graduate students can apply through the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) to have your trip fully/partially funded

For more information, please contact Mr. Elliott Nowacky at or 512.475.6145

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