The University Of Georgia
Program name: Eastern Studies
Study Level: Undergraduate
Program leader: Alexander Chulukhadze
Study language: Georgian
Qualification: Bachelor of Near or/and Middle East Studies
Program capacity: 240
Program permission:

Admission criteria/ prerequisite (for the citizens of Georgia):
The students are enrolled on the bachelor programs on the basis of the results of the national entrance exams or on the basis of the decree  №224/ნ  (December 29, 2011) of the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, on the basis of  the administrative registration and the decree of the Rector.

Admission criteria/ prerequisites (for the foreign country citizens):
Foreign entrants who completed secondary education abroad or got the education equivalent to it, or/and completed the last two years of secondary education  abroad , or students, who lived abroad during last two or more years and studied abroad in higher educational institutions accredited in compliance with the  legislation of the host country can be  enrolled in the program without taking national entrance exams on the basis of the decree № 224 / ნ  (December 29, 2011)  of the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia. If the entrants don’t have English language Certificate FCE (First Certificate in English) the language competence (B2 – Intermediate )  is proved on the basis of the University exam in English with the minimal passing rate 60%.

Program goals:

The aim of the program is to prepare a qualified specialist of the Middle East studies, equipped with the knowledge of one of the three major Middle Eastern languages ​​(Arabic, Persian, Turkish), a citizen with high social awareness and democratic values willing to understand and respect different cultures, a flexible individual with analytical, critical and communication skills. The program provides the students with the knowledge of the history as well as economic, political, legal, religious systems and culture of the Middle East region, political trends and factors determining different types of conflicts, considering the specifics of the region, present situation and prospects and the dynamics of political relations with each other and Georgia. The program develops the student's ability to critically understand the past and present of the Middle East and to identify the key features of the Middle East as a large region encompassing all the incorporated countries. The program provides the students with a general understanding of the region's development and diachronic framework. The Graduates will be able to get employed in almost all the areas related to various competencies: public service, international organizations, research and foreign relations institutions, Eastern private or state trade / economic missions, macro and microeconomic international companies, diplomatic missions of the relevant countries, etc.  

Methods for Attaining Learning Outcomes:

• the method of working on the book;

• explanatory method;

• using video-audio material;

• interactive lectures;

• Dislike news;

• team working;

• Practical working;

• Written working

• make a presentations;

• Verbal or oral method

• Discussion-debates

Learning outcomes:
Date of approval: 12-03-2012
Approval protocol number: 43-12
Date of program update:
Update protocol number: 33-14
Program details:


Teaching Process Characteristics:

In order to earn a Bachelor of Near or/and Middle East studies  degree, a student is required to earn 240 credits, which includes 168 ECTS of Basic specialty (including 48 ECTS elective oriental languages and 18 ECTS of English language), free credit - 12 ECTS, additional specialty subjects - 60 ECTS. Additional specialty can be selected as a basic specialty implementation, as well as other school; (Minor student does not grant degrees, but the main specialty in combination with, increases the student's general and subject-specific competencies and / or the opportunity to acquire some basic knowledge, which is the main specialty of the work out on it for employment or education to the following cycle to continue to field competencies); (a student who require linguistic knowledge to improve in order to be able to use the free loan format of the  English (A2) and the English Language (B1 / 1).

Program Core

Code Subject ECTS Semester
MATH1414Analytical and Quantitative Reasoning6 6
ENGL2217English language IV (B1/2)6 1
HIST1119Introduction to World History I6 1
KART1220Academic Writing6 1
ORST1110Introduction to The Oriental Studies6 1
ENGL3149English Language V (B2/1)6 2
HIST1219Introduction to The World History II6 2
ORST1210History of The Middle East I (Ancient and Middle Periods)6 2
ORST2120Islam (Region, History, Civilization)6 2
ENGL3213English Language VI (B2/2)6 3
HIST1230Introduction to the History of Georgia6 3
ORST2110History of The Middle East II (New and Contemporary Periods)6 3
ORST2130Political and Economic Geography of The Near East6 3
ORST2220Arts and Culture of The Middle East I6 4
ORST3110Arts and Culture of The Middle East II6 5
ORST4210The Contemporary Middle East (Ideology, Politics and Security)6 6
ORST2217State Structure and Law of The Middle East6 8
ORST4230Bachelor Thesis in Oriental Studies12 8

Credits sum:


Mandatory Elective

Code Subject ECTS
ARAB1140Arabic Language I (A1)6
PERS1140Persian Language I (A1)6
TURK1140Turkish Language I (A1)6
ARAB1240Arabic Language II (A2)6
PERS1240Persian Language II (A2)6
TURK1240Turkish Language II (A2)6
ARAB2141Arabic language (B1/1)6
PERS2141Persian language III(B1/1)6
TURK2141Turkish Language III(B1/1)6
ARAB2241Arabic language IV(B1/2)6
PERS2241Persian language IV(B1/2)6
TURK2241Turkish language IV (B1/2)6
ARAB3142Arabic language V (B2/1)6
PERS3142Persian language V (B2/1)6
TURK3142Turkish language V(B2/1)6
ARAB3242Arabic language VI (B2/2)6
PERS3242Persian language VI (B2/2)6
TURK3242Turkish language VI (B2/2)6
ARAB4140Arabic Language VII (Economics, Politics, Law)6
PERS4140Persian Language VII (Economics, Politics, Law)6
TURK4140Turkish Language VII (Economics, Politics, Law)6
ARAB4241Arabic language VIII (Translation Theory and Practice6
PERS4241Persian language VIII (Translation Theory and Practice6
TURK4241Turkish language VIII (Translation Theory and Practice6

Credits sum:


Matrix Of Privequisites

Evaluation system

Weekly review

36 point / 36%;

Research Paper

10 point/ 10%;

Midterm exams

24 point / 24%;

Final exam

30 point / 30%

Point GPA The university assessment   The general assessment in Georgia
97-100 4,00 A+ A Excellent
94-96 3,75 A
91-93 3,50 A-
87-90 3,25 B+   Very good
84-86 3,00 B B
81-83 2,75 B-  
77-80 2,50 C+   C good
74-76 2,25 C
71-73 2,00 C-
67-70 1,75 D+   D Satisfactory
64-66 1,50 D
61-63 1,25 D-
51-60 1,00 E E Sufficient
Not passed
41-50   FX FX Insufficient
<40   F F Failed

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