Though relatively new to the Georgian higher education sector, European University is one of the fastest growing and ambitious institutions that is well-integrated into the European education space and closely cooperates with the education systems of other regions of the world.
European University is authorized by the National Center for Education Quality Enhancement, which is a member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), is registered at the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) and is officially recognized by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME). Accordingly, graduates of the European University are qualified to continue their studies or to be employed in Europe, as well as in the United States or elsewhere.
Internationalization policy of the European University is targeted at enhancing the international character of the teaching and learning process, as well as that of the research, in order to increase the competitiveness of our graduates, academic personnel and researchers at the local and international levels. Towards that end, European University strives to promote international mobility of its students and academic personnel, and facilitates inter-university cooperation in the research field.
European University already prides itself on having an intercultural learning environment with 900 international students enrolled in English language programs, fostering the openness and sympathetic awareness of different cultural perspectives.
For the time being, the constantly expanding geographical reach of European University covers Europe, East Asia and North America. Memorandums of Understanding are signed with 25 foreign universities, ensuring active cooperation in the areas of mutual interest. However, beyond formal agreements of cooperation, European University collaborates with dozens of other universities within the framework of various international projects and mobility schemes. Moreover, the international partnership network of European University includes not only higher education institutions, but also medical clinics, associations, non-governmental organizations, etc.
European University is a member and/or leader of a number of international consortia within the framework of various project initiatives. Especially noteworthy is the international project-based cooperation aimed at the development of the veterinary program at European University:
- Through the Estonian government grant, along with the University of Tartu and Caucasus Genetics, European University intends to develop a Master's Degree program in Veterinary Management;
- Under the Erasmus + CBHE program, European University partners with the Estonian University of Life Sciences (of the Tartu University network), the Latvian University of Life Sciences and Technologies, and the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest with the aim of establishing a veterinary laboratory and reorienting Georgian veterinarians towards the EU standards.
Besides, within the Erasmus + Jean Monnet framework, European University plans to implement two large-scale projects involving major international elements such as holding international conferences, inviting foreign experts and professors, and publishing research findings in the internationally peer-reviewed journals.
Erasmus+ Mobility Programs
Participation in the Erasmus + International Credit Mobility program is based on the results of the annual call by the European Commission. Therefore, the list of host universities for Erasmus exchange varies from year to year, but is growing at the same time. If the KA107 applications submitted this year are selected for funding, students of and academic personnel of European University will have the opportunity to travel to 5 new destinations under the Erasmus+ ICM framework.
Participants of the Erasmus + exchange program are selected through an open competition, in accordance with the rule for participation in the exchange program and the selection criteria set internally by European University. Student selection may entail either two (document review & interview) or three-stage process (document review, English language proficiency test & interview), while the academic personnel is evaluated on the basis of a trial lecture. Students winning the competition sign the Learning Agreement ensuring the credit transfer for the courses successfully completed abroad, and the winning staff members sign the Mobility Agreement defining the components of the teaching period at the host university.
Bilateral Mobility Agreements
Students of European University are offered the opportunity to spend a semester or two at foreign universities in the framework of bilateral mobility agreements. Unlike Erasmus+ ICM program, this type of a mobility is not limited to Europe only and does not depend on the third-party funding. Tuition fee as well as travel and subsistence costs incurred in connection with their study period abroad, are fully covered by European University itself, which makes partnerships more sustainable.
Student selection process for participation in this mobility scheme is similar to that of Erasmus+ program and thus may or may not involve a written component (English language proficiency test).
1. Document Review
- Curriculum Vitae
- Motivation Letter
2. English Language Proficiency Test
Nota Bene: Students in possession of an international certificate such as IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge shall be exempted from passing the test.
3. Interview in English
- Spoken English
The commission approved by the Rector reveals the winners who then sign the Learning Agreement ensuring the ECTS recognition once they are back.
Programs and courses offered in English
European University is executing 10 accredited educational programs, 2 of which are taught entirely in English and the remaining 8 in Georgian, though with a considerable English-language component. In order to achieve full institutional readiness for incoming international mobility, short-term objective is for each program to provide at least 25% of the courses in English.
International experience beyond mobility
European University hosts a chapter of European Horizons, which allows for the internationalization of student activities. European Horizons is an international student network that unites more than 60 higher education institutions with the aim of implementing joint research projects, organizing international events and for networking purposes. Among the list are the world’s top-ranking universities such as Stanford and Yale in the United States, or Cambridge and St. Andrew's in the United Kingdom. Additionally, European University supports students through various financial instruments for them to gain international experience if their activities abroad are related to research or education.
With regard to the academic staff, affiliated personnel are financially supported through the special scheme designed for them, while others, including the visiting lecturers, may also receive the funding for their professional international activities, provided those are considered meaningful and relevant by the Faculty council. What is more, international experience at European University is attainable even without going overseas, as foreign experts are constantly being invited to hold workshops, seminars and share their best practices with the local staff, including via online platforms.
For more detailed information about the University’s Internationalization policy please contact the International Relations Office +995 032 2 000 171 (123) or via e-mail: email@example.com;
- Head of the International Relations Office
- International Relations and Mobility Manager