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Fri Feb 08 2008

FYI: Learn Georgian in Tbilisi

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        1.    Karen Chung, Learn Georgian in Tbilisi

Message 1: Learn Georgian in Tbilisi
Date: 07-Feb-2008
From: Karen Chung <karchungntu.edu.tw>
Subject: Learn Georgian in Tbilisi
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I am forwarding this announcement regarding a great opportunity to learn
the Georgian language in Tbilisi, the Republic of Georgia. I participated
in the program Summer 2006 and can vouch for its excellence.

Karen Chung

National Taiwan University

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Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2008 02:56:40 -0800 (PST)
From: Elguja Khintibidze yahoo.com>


We are happy to announce the Summer School in Kartvelian Studies for
non-Georgians to be held from 12 July to 17 August 2008.

In a broad sense Kartvelian (Georgian) Studies (Kartvelology) embraces
Georgian culture, history and all fields of the humanities: linguistics,
literary criticism, art, archaeology, folklore, ethnography, source study.
Georgia, Sakartvelo, successor to ancient Colchis and Iberia, lies at the
boundary of Europe and Asia, east of the Black Sea, in the south-western
part of the Caucasus. Today too it continues to serve as a geographical,
economic and cultural bridge between East and West.

The Summer School in Kartvelian Studies, the only one of its kind in the
world, with a twelve-year experience of continuous work, is organized by
the Centre for Kartvelian Studies and sponsored by the Government of
Georgia, Tbilisi State University and by the Fund for Kartvelian Studies.

The School will offer intensive instruction in Modern Georgian, both along
the line of spoken as well as grammatical norms of the language, with
account of the level of the mastery of the language by the participants.
They can also attend lectures on Georgian history, literature, language and
art and become acquainted with Georgia’s cultural and historical past and
her present achievements. Excursions out of town to various regions of
Georgia are organized on weekends.

The five-week course at the Summer School costs 1500 Euros per student.
This includes accommodation (in a student’s dormitory or at a private
apartment), board, lectures and seminars, and cultural program (excursions
to the countryside, visiting museums, seeing Georgian films, etc.). The
Centre ensures meeting the attendants of the Summer School at the airport
and seeing them to their destination during the Summer School period, i.e.
three days prior to the announced opening of studies and three days
following completion of the school. The participants should arrange their
visa and travel problems and pay the travel cost, and medical aid, if needed.

This year the cost of instruction and board of *only some foreign young
students* who intend to specialize in Kartvelological disciplines and will
attend the full course of the Kartvelological curriculum but are unable to
pay the whole cost, will be partially refunded by the Fund for Kartvelian
Studies. However, in all cases the attendants of the Summer School,
including those planning to specialize in Kartvelology, are expected to
contribute about one third of the above-mentioned course cost as a charity
to the Fund of Kartvelian Studies, for the Summer School in Kartvelian
Studies in the main is financed by this Charity Fund. The Number of
participants is limited (not more than 10 persons). Applicants will be
accepted on their application basis.

Those who wish to attend the Summer School should communicate with the Fund
for Kartvelian Studies by 1 May, 2008 and await further information from us.

Address: Tbilisi State University (TSU), Centre for Kartvelian Studies.
1, Chavchavadze Ave., 0128 Tbilisi, Georgia

Tel.: +995(32) 29 08 33

Fax: +995(32) 25 25 01

E-mail: khintibidzeyahoo.com


Web site: http://www.kartvfund.org.ge

P.S. In the assessment of a participant of the Kartvelological
Summer School: ''I learnt about the Summer School at my university and I
decided to arrive. My decision stunned everyone – my parents, friends, my
professors. The view about Georgia is hazy in my country. We know almost
nothing and the only thing we have heard is that one must not go there
because it is a zone of dire economic hardship. Imagine my surprise,
elation and joy to find that none of the above points came true.
Furthermore, great warmth and love, selfless kindness and boundless
hospitality – occasionally quite unexpected and strange, exceptional
people, beautiful city and country…'' (Sachiko Iokoi, Osaka University of
Foreign Languages, August 2000)

''For me the Summer School is a great possibility to get to know
Georgia and its crazy language. After five weeks you have some basic
knowledge of Georgian, you have seen some fascinating sites in Georgia on
the excursions which are included in the program, you have participated in
some inspiring lectures from local scholars, and – last but not least you
have had a lot of fun. Highly recommended!''(Florian Mühlfried, Hamburg,
Germany, December 2002)

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