Master in Tourism and Cultural Heritage


University Lyon Lumière 2 – Tbilisi State University


Type of degree: Master Degree – Double-Degree


This program in Tourism focused on the valorization of cultural heritage is intended to young undergraduates who wish to develop the sector of Georgian tourism in bringing to the fore the rich material and immaterial cultural heritage of Georgia. Students will learn how to build relevant businesses in the sector by acquiring skills in diagnosis and analysis of current challenges of tourism and cultural heritage preservation and valorization. They will also learn about different tools and methodologies to implement in the field during individual and group projects as well as during a mandatory internship that will count for ECTS to complete the program. This program is intended to students who already have a good level of French (minimum B1), as lectures conducted by French professors will be held in French. The program includes a mobility scheme of one semester in France and a mandatory internship in France or elsewhere. The completion of the program will be based on an internship report thesis that the student will defend in front of a jury of both professors from the French and Georgian universities.

Graduates will be able to work with hotels, tourism agencies, tourist centers and related state agencies to design high quality tours for visitors including history of Georgia, experiences of Georgian food, wine and music. In short, presenting to tourists the Georgian soul and selling them the most interesting experience possible. Thanks to the French expertise in the field, France being the #1 destination in the world, graduates of the program will also have all the tools in hands to build touristic tours tailored for the demands and expectations of European and Western tourists, to attract new types of customers and tourists in Georgia.

Program structure

Year 1

Semester 1 and 2 are held at the TSU.

Students follow the classes conducted by both Georgian and French professors during teaching visits of professors of Lyon 2 University to Georgia.

Year 2

Semester 3 takes place Université Lumière Lyon 2.

Semester 4 consists mainly of an internship and thesis defense in front of a French-Georgian jury.

Lectures taught in the program:

  • International Hospitality Management
  • Sustainable Tourism Development
  • Destination Management
  • Tourism Marketing strategies
  • Cultural and discovery tourism (in French)
  • Approaches and tools of contemporary tourism (in French)
  • Management of tourism projects (in French)
  • Management of projects of valorization of cultural heritage (in French)
  • Diagnosis and project management (in French)
  • French language courses

Professional experience

To complete the program, the students will have to engage in a professional practice in tourism during the 4th semester (year 2). The Master thesis consists in an internship report thesis that the student will defend in front of a French-Georgia jury.


The studying rights on a Master’s program is entitled person who has at least a bachelor’s or equivalent academic degree and has French knowledge in the level B1 (minimum), that must be approved by appropriate Certificate from Institution with special Accreditation such as DELF/DALF, or tests providing by the University. The person will be enrolled according the results of the Graduate Record Examination (based on the Graduate Record Examinations, and tests in specialty submitted in the English language).

Tuition fee

The students of the double-degree program will be enrolled at both the TSU and Lyon2 University during the 2 years of the program. Enrollment at TSU is supported by scholarships from the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia in the framework of the French-Georgian University.  The students enroll at the University of Lyon 2 in parallel. Cost applicable to FGU students at Lyon 2 is 243€/year instead of 3770€ thanks to the French-Georgian University.


The 3th semester of the program is taught at the Lyon 2 University. Students may receive funding from Erasmus + in order to fund their mobility to France.


Internship is mandatory during the 4th semester of the program and counts for the completion of the program. Internships can be done in France, Georgia or elsewhere.
Internships are regulated under the French law: Students are protected by the tripartite convention between the student, the university (Lyon 2) and the company. In France, internships longer than 2 months are paid and interns receive a monthly compensation of minimum 525 euros. This law is applicable to the French territory only.


After the successful completion of the studies, the students will obtain 2 degrees: one Master Degree from the TSU (120 ECTS) and one Master Degree(120 ECTS) from the University of Lyon 2. Both degrees grant access to postgraduate programs (PhD) in Europe and in all other international higher education institutions that recognize French and Georgian degrees.