Arriving in Tbilisi, Georgia

When I signed up for a study abroad trip, I mainly only looked at what I would learn in terms of academics. It wasn’t until I was navigating the Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C. that I realized how much more there is to learn outside of a classroom while studying in another country. My …

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Join Us on the #AbroadLessTraveled

We are celebrating IEW using the hashtags #AbroadLessTraveled and #IEW2018. If you haven’t already, share your photos of traveling off the beaten path with us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook! To get you inspired, here are three blogs that embody #AbroadLessTraveled. Tajikistan's Unfettered Nature – Ellie was a participant on the Eurasian Regional Language Program …

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Happy International Education Week!

Happy International Education Week! International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate international exchange and education worldwide. Every year, the U.S Department of State and Department of Education highlight programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future participants from abroad to study, learn, and exchange life experiences. Here at American Councils …

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The Best Part of Studying Abroad

Studying abroad and living with a host family was extremely nerve-racking. I felt uncomfortable at the thought of living in a house with complete strangers who may or may not speak English. Luckily prior to leaving the United States, I received a letter from my host family describing who they are and their interests. Having …

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Walking in Urban and Rural Georgia

In my first study abroad experience — 3 months in Barcelona — I found that some of my most redeeming experiences and memories came from simply exploring the city. Granted, there hasn’t been much time to do so in Tbilisi with busy weekdays of classes and frequent weekend excursions. However, I have managed to carve …

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PSSC in Photos

The Peace and Security in the South Caucasus (PSSC) program has been an amazing experience. The academic program was very well structured, and the professors were exceptional. I particularly enjoyed the courses on the history of the Caucasus, democratization and linguistics. My host family was incredibly welcoming and helped me through adjusting to living in …

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Where Are You From?

This question is ubiquitous when you meet new people – whether in the United States or traveling overseas. Granted, it is easy to answer abroad: я из Америки, из США. Most people can guess I am American anyway, especially when surrounded by other Americans, by volume, laughter, and most likely, dress. Still, some may wish …

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Georgia’s Path to Full Democracy

Georgia went from having no democratic institutions and no clear path to freedom to having a relatively stable and well respected system of democratic institutions in the span of 25 years since independence. The path to democracy started at independence, but one could argue that legitimate democracy began with the 2003 rose revolution. Obviously there …

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Communism in 21st Century Georgia

In the hills that surround and define Tbilisi, a solitary villa overlooks the city, a testament to the power of capitalism and the free market. It is an obscene display of wealth, complete with security, a giraffe, and a shark tank. The villas owner has a personal fortune of several billion, equal to 50% of …

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