Why Tbilisi is One of The Best Cities for Study Abroad
October 30, 2023
By Mariam Korakhashvili
Are you a Webster student contemplating where to spend your study abroad semester? Perhaps you are uninterested in taking the popular routes and are looking for new and unique experiences. If so, Tbilisi, Georgia's capital city, often regarded as a "hidden gem of Europe," is waiting for you! Tbilisi is becoming an educational hub of its region and becoming increasingly attractive for students worldwide. Luckily, Webster University has opened its new campus in this magnificent city, allowing more students to join an ever-growing Tbilisian culture. Here's why studying in Tbilisi might be the best choice for you.
For many centuries, Tbilisi has been known for its diversity. It has a history of being exceptionally tolerant towards foreigners residing and visiting it. Georgian people are renowned for their hospitality, which you will feel constantly in every interaction. As an exchange student, you won't just study here – you'll be a part of a welcoming community that is always here to help, no matter what. Whether it's a neighbor inviting you for a traditional supra (feast), a local artist offering insights into their craft, or a classmate guiding you through the city's hidden treasures, you'll find genuine friendships that will last you for a lifetime.
Affordability and Accessibility
For many students, financial affordability is crucial while picking out their destination. Compared to other European capitals, the cost of living in Tbilisi is meager, which makes it an ideal destination for students who seek high-quality experiences and education without going bankrupt. The average rent of a one-bedroom apartment in the city's heart is just $400 monthly!
In addition to affordable housing, the city has an efficient public transportation system, which further contributes to a student-friendly environment. The buses of Tbilisi travel around the entire city and only cost 1 Lari, which is about 40 cents!
In Tbilisi, another unorthodox way of transportation is becoming increasingly popular: eco-friendly electric scooters! You'll see younger people riding them all the time. It is an environment-friendly, convenient, and faster transportation alternative that is also relatively affordable—taking a scroll per minute costs 0,45 Lari, which is only 18 cents!
Did you know that Georgia is one of the safest countries in the world? According to research carried out in 2020 by comparing 133 countries regarding safety, Georgia came in 4th in the world and 1st in Europe. Safety is one of the crucial factors to consider while picking out a study abroad destination, and Georgia fills this criterion perfectly.
Therefore, if you move here, ensure you are safe and secure, and there is no need to worry about crime.
Tbilisi is a city where ancient history meets modernity. This harmonious blend results in a metropolis where anyone can find a place where they belong. The city has a youthful spirit; depending on your personality and interests, you can find various spots to hang out at. Enjoy nightlife and clubbing? Club Bassiani and Khidi are among the best nightclubs in the world. Need a peaceful and professional co-working space? Terminal Tbilisi is perfect for that. Or maybe you're a history nerd. If so, the ancient old town of Tbilisi will be full of exciting discoveries for you.