There are three types of higher education institution in Georgia — university, teaching university, and college. Georgia is an increasingly popular destination for international students, due to relatively low tuition fees and low living costs. There were over 10,000 international students in the country in 2018. India sends the most students to Georgia, with about 4,000 students from India studying in Georgia in 2018, and there are also many students from Azerbaijan, Russia, Iraq, Nigeria and Turkey. Healthcare programmes are the most popular programmes among international students in the country, with more than 7,000 students opting for programmes like Medicine and Dentistry. The university with the most international students is Tbilisi State Medical University, which also charges the highest tuition fees.
Georgia signed the Bologna Accord in 2005 and offers three higher education degrees — Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD. Bachelor’s degrees (Bakalavris Akademiuri Khariskhi) usually last for four years. Master’s degrees (Magistris Khariskhi) usually last for two years. PhD programmes (Doctoris Akademiriu Xarisxi) usually last for three years and require the defence of a thesis.
Georgian students may be required to pay tuition fees at the country’s public universities, though this amount is capped at a total of $750 each year. The average tuition fee for an international student at this Georgia’s largest university is over $6,000. Nevertheless, tuition fees for international students vary depending on the institution and programme, but fees for undergraduate courses usually range from $2,500 to $3,000 per year, while postgraduate courses are usually about $4,500, though these can be much higher at popular institutions, as mentioned above.
Information for International Students
Institutions in Georgia, as a rule, do not require international students to sit an entrance examination. International students are admitted to Georgian higher education institutions on the basis of an interview and should have a good knowledge of the study programme language, which is usually Georgian, Russian or English. The number of programmes taught in English rises every year, in 2012, there were 88 foreign language programmes in the country, this had reached 160 by 2014 and 205 by 2016. International students are advised to contact their institution of choice for further information, but Georgian institutions usually require the following for admission: copy of passport, copies of relevant educational diplomas, relevant transcripts, and an admission fee.
International students can live in Georgia with a budget of about $500 per month, though living costs are lower outside the capital. However, according to the Ministry of Education and Science, about 95% of all international students study in Tbilisi, with only 2.2% studying in Kutaisi and 1.8% in Batumi. International students may require a student visa to study in Georgia. Students are advised to contact their institution of choice, institutions in Georgia are able to assist international students with the visa process.