Identity and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space

Study Abroad

As the Soviet Union crumbled, it left behind successor states, each with an ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse population. As these states tried to form domestic policies and governing institutions, the interests of their various populations were (and often still are) often in conflict. Civil war erupted in Tajikistan and Georgia. Riots swept Kyrgyzstan. Armed conflicts broke out in Moldova and Russia.

While based in Tbilisi, Georgia,* you will travel extensively throughout the country and also to Armenia and Azerbaijan to discuss the conflicts in these states, both past and present, with local experts. Learning of the historical background and the interests of groups involved, including foreign interests, you will critically consider the governance problems that face modern multiethnic states. You will search for pragmatic solutions using the experience you gain on the ground. This program provides invaluable experience for anyone interested in diplomacy or policy making.

*NOTE: This program is usually held in Kyiv, Ukraine. For the Fall 2022 term, this program will be based in Tbilisi, Georgia. Travel to Armenia and Azerbaijan will be included. If conditions permit, we will travel to Ukraine and/or Moldova.

Those looking to hit the ground running will want to look at our online courses, which will also earn you SRAS Learning Credit for your future study abroad experiece.

Special Conditions for Fall 2022


Ukrainian Language Seminar

Travel and Cultural Program

Housing and Location

Transcripts and Credit Transfer

Scholarships and Grants
Budget Breakdown

Getting Started


English and Russian
Tbilisi, Georgia
Fall, Spring
Conflict Studies, Diplomacy, Geopolitics, History, Identity Studies, International Relations, Russian Language, Ukrainian Language


  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • 18 years of age at time of application

Dates & Costs

  • 2022 Fall
    Year: 2022 Fall
    Dates: 27 August 2022 - 10 December 2022
    Application Deadline: 30 June 2022
    Cost: $15,500
  • 2023 Spring
    Year: 2023 Spring
    Dates: 28 January 2023 - 12 May 2023
    Application Deadline: 01 October 2022
    Cost: $15,500

Program Inclusions

Program cost includes tuition, accommodations with some meals (see Housing), flights and ground transportation during program travel, cultural/excursion program, Russian visa, health and emergency insurance, airport transfers, and 24/7 onsite support.