There is a variety of EU opportunities available to Georgian individuals and institutions for engagement with EU organisations, policies and issues, as well as for EU nationals in Georgia.
Georgian citizens benefit from visa-free travel to the Schengen area
Visa-free travel between Georgia and the EU came into force on 28 March 2017. This means that citizens of Georgia with biometric passports can enter the Schengen area visa-free and can stay for no more than 90 days in any 180-day period.
The visa-free travel rules apply to 30 countries in total. This includes the EU Member States, which are part of the Schengen area (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden), EU Member States not yet fully applying the Schengen acquis (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania) as well as Schengen-associated states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland).
The visa-free rules apply to travel only. They do not grant citizens of Georgia the right to reside for more than 3 months or take up employment in the Schengen area. People who hold a non-biometric passport only still need a visa. The same applies to those who intend to work during a short stay – or who want to stay for more than 90 days. Both visas and work permits are required.
Working or living in the Schengen area without the relevant national residence or working permit is illegal.
Education and Training
Study programmes and Volunteering
In line with Goal 4 of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the EU is committed to ‘ensure inclusive and quality education for all, and to promote lifelong learning. The EU supports education in Georgia through direct contributions to the state budget and by providing funds for specific projects.
Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. With an estimated budget of € 26.2 billion, it has a strong international focus and opens many opportunities.
The 2021-2027 programme places a strong focus on social inclusion, the green and digital transitions, and promoting young people’s participation in democratic life.
It supports priorities and activities set out in the European Education Area, Digital Education Action Plan and the European Skills Agenda. The programme also:
- Supports the European Pillar of Social Rights.
- Implements the EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027.
- Develops the European dimension in sport.
Erasmus + Info-Day tomorrow and Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange call of 2022
This action supports online people-to-people projects, based on multilateral partnerships between organisations active in the field of higher education or youth (non-formal education). The EVE action aims to promote various types of virtual exchanges as a complement to Erasmus+ physical mobility, allowing more young people to benefit from intercultural and international educational experiences through online interactions, using existing digital and youth-friendly technologies. All projects under this Call involve organisations and participants coming from EU Member States, third countries associated to the Erasmus+ Programme and third countries not associated to the Programme in certain regions specified in the Programme Guide. This action is a key component of the EU’s response to the challenges of encouraging intercultural dialogue, increasing tolerance and soft skills development to increase employability, socio-economic recovery, growth and prosperity.
The web-streamed Info Session will be organised on 15 June 2022 from 2 to 5 pm (CET – Central European Time). The event will be held in English.
More information, including the link to the web streaming, is available here. The link to the EACEA Webpage with the programme is here. After the event, the Power Point Presentations will be also available here.
More information on the action can be found in the Erasmus Programme Guide (available in all official languages of the EU).
Please contact our helpdesk for any question on the action or the Info Session: EACEA-EPLUS-VIRTUAL-EXCHANGES@ec.europa.eu
There are many ways to volunteer at the European and international levels. Young people aged 17-30 take part in projects lasting from 2 weeks to 12 months. To read about the possibilities offered to you please visit this website.
Under the European Union Visitors Programme (EUVP), young political leaders and opinion–formers from outside the EU are invited on tailor-made study visits to meet Members of the European Parliament, officials from the EU Institutions, and other EU stakeholders.