International Mobility

International mobility is one of the main mechanisms for ensuring the internationalization of teaching and learning process at European University and it implies a) physical international mobility of the academic/administrative personnel and students of European University for the purposes of teaching and learning, respectively, at a foreign university, or, conversely b) of the students and staff of partner university with the aim of obtaining temporary teaching or learning experience at European University.

European University has two following tools for implementing this mechanism: I. Co-financing provided by European University for the outgoing and incoming international mobility of academic or administrative staff and students within the framework of the bilateral agreements with the partner universities; II. Funding provided by Erasmus + and other relevant grant programs for outgoing and incoming international mobility of academic or administrative staff and students.

(I)

Participation of students and academic/administrative personnel in the Erasmus + International Credit Mobility program is based on the results of the annual call by the European Commission for KA 107. Therefore, the list of host universities for Erasmus exchange varies from year to year, but is growing at the same time.

Currently, students and academic/administrative personnel of European University have the opportunity to study at the following EU Universities with the Erasmus+ funding:

  • Central European University, Hungary;
  • The University of Malaga, Spain;
  • Masaryk University, Czech Republic;
  • Business College PAR, Croatia;
  • Libertas International University, Croatia;
  • West University of Timisoara, Romania;
  • Dimitrie Cantemir University, Romania;
  • WSB University of Dabrowa Gornicza, Poland;
  • The University of Business in Wroclaw, Poland;
  • Kaliska Academy, Poland;
  • Vistula University, Poland;
  • Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal;
  • The University of L’Aquila, Italy;
  • The University of Western Brittany, IUT Quimper, France;
  • Utena College, Lithuania;
  • St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria;
  • Baltic International Academy, Latvia

Reciprocally, European University undertakes the responsibility to host mobility students and academic/administrative staff from the above-mentioned Universities.

(II)

Unlike Erasmus+ ICM program, international mobility based on bilateral agreements does not depend on the third-party funding. Within this type of format, the scholarship is provided by European University itself, which makes partnerships more stable and diverse. Moreover, the geographical area of this type of outgoing mobility scheme is not limited to Europe only and the partner university can be located anywhere else in the world.

European University has 60 international partners (see ‘’International Partners’’) with whom it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding and, therefore, has the opportunity to implement international mobility based on bilateral agreements.

Students and academic/administrative staff wishing to participate in the Erasmus+ ICM program or the mobility scheme based on bilateral agreements are selected and the winner’s documentation is prepared both according to “the Rule for Participation in the International Academic Mobility Program” and include the following stages:

In case of student:

  1. Students interested in international academic mobility fill in the electronic registration form prepared by the International Relations Office.
  2. Registered students that are deemed eligible to participate, are invited to the first stage of the competition, which involves taking an English language test face-to-face or via remote platforms.
  • The student is required to have a B1 or B2 level English language proficiency, in the four language competencies (listening, writing, reading, speaking) conforming to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(CEFR),
  • Prerequisite for passing to the next stage is the accumulation of at least 60 out of the maximum 100 points available. Additionally, there is a 15-point minimal threshold that a student must pass in all four competencies.
  1. The second and final stage of the student selection process involves an English-language interview conducted face-to-face or through a remote platform. The interviewers assess the motivation of the contestants in terms of the academic, professional and personal development.
  2. Internal and external documents of the learning agreement are signed with the winning student, in which the study courses to be taken at the partner university, as well as the courses to be recognized at home university are listed, with the relevant credits indicated. By signing these documents, European University commits to recognizing the credits accumulated by the student at the partner university upon his/her return, in accordance with the scheme outlined in the document.
  3. International Relations Office is responsible for coordinating the selection/recognition process of the courses, preparing the complete documentation required by the Embassy and the Host University and submitting it a timely manner, as well as providing the informational support to the student prior his/her departure to the host university. The winning student is obliged to share the copy of all personal documents required for international mobility with the International Relations Office and fill in the application form(s) requested by the host university according to the instructions.

In case of Academic/Administrative staff:

  1. Academic staff interested in international mobility fill in the electronic registration forms prepared by the International Relations Office and upload the required documentations;
  2. The authors of the fully completed registration forms are invited by the International Relations Office to deliver a lecture/presentation in English before the commission;
  3. The competition for the selection of mobility candidates among the academic personnel involves a trial lecture for those planning to teach, and a presentation of research project for those interested in a research visit.
  4. The contestants with the highest marks according to the programs are announced as the winners, and their number depends on the conditions pre-determined by the Rector through an order.
  5. External and internal documents of the teaching/research agreement are signed with the academic staff selected to participate in the International Academic Mobility Program. The former is responsible for defining the hours of lectures to be held or the plan of the research to be undertaken at the host university, and the second one outlines the post-mobility activities to be carried out at European University for the purpose of experience-sharing. By signing these agreements, the academic staff selected through a competition assumes responsibility for the conscientious fulfillment of the obligations at the sending and receiving universities.
  6. International Relations Office is responsible for preparing documentation related to the mobility of academic staff and delivering it to the partner university in a timely manner. Academic staff is obliged to share the copy of all personal documents required for international mobility with the International Relations Office and to fill in the application form(s) required by the host university according to the instructions.

To assess the effectiveness of International Academic Mobility, upon their return from the host universities, students and academic staff participating in the program will be required to complete a questionnaire specially designed by the Quality Assurance Service.


Informational Note for Incoming International Mobility Students:


Visa

International students who are willing to study in Georgia have to apply for an immigration visa (D3 category - issued to persons coming for study or do research at the premises of authorized educational institutions in Georgia or to those coming to Georgia as part of international educational programs). EU students can apply for a D3 category visa at the Embassy of Georgia or Consular offices in the appropriate country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, diplomatic missions abroad and consular offices shall make the decision to issue an immigration visa within 30 calendar days after submitting a visa application.

For further information please visit the following links:


Information on Accommodation

European University offers International Students accommodation, which is located in a safe and ecologically friendly area near the embassy of the USA to Georgia. The dormitory includes 4700 square meters of space with a housing capacity of 250 students. Each furnished and well-equipped room has a bedroom for two students with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, central heating and a private bathroom. Some common areas include a cafeteria and gym on the ground floor. Professional residence life staff ensures the maintenance and safety of the dorms.

Accommodation fee per student (Communal taxes are included):

  • Single room – 300 USD per month
  • Shared room - 150 USD per month.

Please visit the links below to find more information about housing in Tbilisi:


Information on Insurance

In Georgia, there are multiple insurance companies offering full range services to customers.


Traveling Options

There are 3 major airports in Georgia. Tbilisi International Airport is the largest one, however, there are 2 more airports located in Kutaisi and Batumi. International students are able to choose various options to travel from Kutaisi/Batumi to Tbilisi. The easiest way is to take train or bus, which will cost less than taking taxi.

You can book train and bus tickets online.

There are several options to arrive at the heart of Tbilisi from Tbilisi International Airport. It is possible to take taxi, train or bus. It takes about 30-40 minutes to get to the city center.

Transportation costs:

  • Bus one-way ticket: 1.00 GEL
  • Metro one-way ticket: 1.00 GEL
  • Micro Bus one-way ticket: 1.00 GEL

Online Taxi Apps: Bolt ; Indriver; Taxi Tbilisi; Taxi.ge  

The administrative building of European University is located between two metro stations: Guramishvili metro station and Grmagele metro station. It will take 5 minutes to get to the University from Guramishvili metro and 10 minutes from Grmaghele.The building of the Faculty of Medicine is located near Sarajishvili metro station.


Programs and courses offered in English

European University is executing 16 accredited educational programs, 2 of which are taught entirely in English and the remaining 14  in Georgian, though with a considerable English-language component.

With the active involvement of the educational program heads and academic personnel, International Relations Office has developed a catalogue of English language courses, which offers a wide range of English language courses to international students interested in incoming mobility. The catalogue is subject to annual updates and serves as a proof of European University’s institutional readiness for the incoming international mobility.