There are several reasons why students come to the Language Centre to learn Georgian. As a country positioned between the Middle East and Russia with strong European influences and an eventful recent history, Georgia is of interest to students studying politics and modern history.  Some students are interested in its turbulent medieval history or the remains of Greek settlements on the Black Sea coast.  Others love the challenge of learning a completely different language.  Georgian is taught with the support of the Wardrop Foundation which enables us to teach in small groups.  The tutor is thereby able to customise the course materials to meet the interests of the students, especially for the more advanced students, who also have translation classes. These students have recently had a book of translations of modern short stories and plays published, “Unlocking the Door”: it is available to purchase from Blackwells, Amazon or at the Language Centre reception.

The organisation of the Georgian classes is different from other modern foreign languages taught at the Language Centre and the Stages are not calibrated on the Common European Framework of Reference.  The fees are the same as for the Language Centre’s General pathway (see fees).


Stage 1

Tuesday 16:00-17:00 and Friday 16:00-17:00

(term time in weeks 2-7)

For absolute beginners. New students may join the course in Hilary term only if they have prior knowledge of the alphabet and can read and write.


Stage 2

Tuesday 17:00-18:00 and Wednesday 16:00-17:00

(term time in weeks 2-7)

For intermediate level students who have studied Georgian for a year or more and have a good grasp of basic grammar.


Stage 3

Tuesday 18:00-19:00 and Wednesday 17:00-18:00

(term time in weeks 2-7)

The advanced level, for students with a good knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and who have studied the language for at least two years.


Academic Georgian

Friday 17:00-19:00

(term time in weeks 2-7)

A translation class that is appropriate for any student from Stage 1 and Stage 2 to enrol on this class. The aim of this course is to familiarise students with Georgian Literature (modern and medieval). It provides a good opportunity for the students to revise the grammar through translation and also gives them the pleasure of engaging with literature.



Details of the textbooks to be used for each course (where applicable) will be confirmed by tutors during the first class.

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Library shelfmark: GGN


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