Georgia is a sovereign state in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, it is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russia, to the south by Turkey and Armenia, and to the southeast by Azerbaijan.

The capital of Georgia is Tbilisi. Georgia covers a territory of 69,700 square kilometres (26,911 sq mi), and its population is almost 4.7 million. Georgia is a unitary, semi-presidential republic, with the government elected through a representative democracy.

Georgia is a member of the Council of Europe and the GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development. It contains two de facto independent regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which gained limited international recognition after the 2008 Russo-Georgian War. Georgia considers the regions to be part of its sovereign territory under Russian military occupation.

Why Georgia

There are several reasons why students choose to study in Georgia. Here we provide you with important things to consider;

  • Admission Letter in just few days.
  • Economical Cost of living. 
  • There are more than 10,000 international students studying in Georgia.
  • Citizenship in one year after marriage with Georgian born citizen.
  • Full settlement Package, Ticket, Insurance, Hostel, Pick up.
  • No IELTS. Student should be able to read/ understand English.
  • Low tuition fee.
  • Low Hostel fee.

And so much more…….

Education System​s

Higher education in Georgia consists of three stages: bachelor program, master program and doctorate program.

Educational program in the institution of higher education during one educational year includes averagely 60 credits. Educational program of first stage of teaching (bachelor) consists of no less than 240 credits. First stage of higher education may include educational program of teacher's training. Only holders of state certificates confirming full general education or persons equalized with them, have a right to study in a bachelor programs. Educational program of second stage of teaching (master) consists of no less than 120 credits. Only bachelors or persons with degrees equalized with them have a right to study in a master programs. Medical/dentist educational program is one-stage higher educational program which ends with awarding academic degree of certified physician/dentist. Academic degree received after completing educational program of physician with 360 credits or dentist with 300 credits, is equalized with academic degree of master. Third stage of studying (doctorate program) consists of no less than 180 credits. Only masters or persons with degrees equalized with them, have a right to study in doctoral programs.

After completing of each stage of higher education, respective diploma is issued. Institution of higher education is authorized to award student with intermediate qualification, in case of completing a part of educational program. Awarding an intermediate qualification is allowed after reaching of results in studying, defined for completing a part of educational program which should not be less than half of credit number defined for educational program.

Cost of Living & Studying

There are two types of accommodation in Georgia.

  • Full time accommodation
  • Monthly accommodation
  • In Bataumi city, the monthly expense for accommodation is approx. 80USD.
  • In Tbilisi city, the monthly expense for accommodation varies from 80USD to 150USD.
  • In Kutausi city, the monthly expense for accommodation varies from 300USD to 500USD.
  • In different universities the monthly expense varies accordingly.

Living Costs in Georgia

  • In restaurants, the cost varies from 1 GEL to 50 GEL.
  • In markets, the cost varies from 1 GEL to 10 GEL.
  • In transportation, the cost varies from 1 GEL to 33,000 GEL.
  • The monthly utilities, the cost varies from 1 GEL to 138 GEL.
  • For sports and leisure, the cost varies from 12 GEL to 100 GEL.
  • In clothing and shoes, the cost varies from 70 GEL to 200 GEL.
  • Monthly rent, the cost varies from 150 GEL to 1500 GEL.
  • For salaries and financing, the cost varies from 600 GEL to 700 GEL.

Courses and Universities

Some of the programmes offered by Georgian universities are:

  • MBA
  • MBBS 
  • Dentistry 
  • Nursing 
  • Bachelors in IT 
  • Business Law

State Universities:

  • Ilia State University
  • Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University
  • International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University
  • Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University
  • Akaki Tsereteli State University (Kutaisi)
  • Telavi Iakob Gogebashvili State University
  • Georgian Technical University (Tbilisi)
  • Gori State Teaching University
  • Sokhumi State University
  • Akhaltsikhe State Education University
  • Shota Meskhia Zugdidi State University
  • Tbilisi State Medical University
  • Tbilisi Vano Sarajishvili State Conservatory ()
  • Tbilisi State Academy of Arts
  • Shota Rustaveli University of Theater and Cinema (Tbilisi)
  • Batumi Art Teaching University
  • Batumi State Maritime Academy

Private Universities:

  • American University for Humanities Tbilisi Campus
  • Free University of Tblisi
  • Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (Tbilisi)
  • The University of Georgia (Tbilisi)
  • David Aghmashenebeli University of Georgia (Tbilisi)
  • Grigol Robakidze University (Tbilisi)
  • International Black Sea University (Tbilisi)
  • Georgian American University (Tbilisi)
  • Caucasus International University (Tbilisi)
  • Kutaisi University
  • Caucasus University (Tbilisi)
  • Tbilisi Medical Academy
  • Tbilisi University “Metekhi”
  • Tbilisi Teaching University
  • Saint Andrews Georgian University (Tbilisi)
  • Teaching University of International Relations of Georgia (Tbilisi)
  • Zugdidi Teaching University
  • Teaching University “Rvali” (Rustavi)
  • Sukhishvili Teaching University (Gori)
  • Teaching University SEU (Tbilisi)
  • Agricultural University of Georgia (Tbilisi)
  • Guram Tavartkiladze Teaching University (Tbilisi)
  • Tbilisi Medical Institute “Hippocrates”
  • Tbilisi Petre Shotadze Medical Academy
  • David Tvildiani Medical University (Tbilisi)
  • Teaching University “Iveria” (Tbilisi)
  • Georgian Aviation University (Tbilisi)

Eligibility Test Requirements

Generally, higher educational institutions have an easy application system that allows candidates to register for an application form online. In most universities, foreign students are admitted on the basis of an interview, and only a few universities require IELTS in order to follow a degree programme taught in English. Usually, only an official document from your school attesting your understanding level of English speaking as acceptable is sufficient.

Admission and Application Procedure

  • With improved access to education, many students strive to get admission in Georgia.
  • Overseas students have the right to study in safe and secure environment abroad.
  • Therefore, the students need to know certain things before taking admission in Georgia.
  • Students must be aware of the changed and new VISA rules regarding foreign education.
  • Students must be aware about the challenges they will be facing in getting Georgian VISA.
  • Candidates must also enquire about the complete fees which includes tuition fees, hostel fees.
  • Candidates must know about living cost and exchange value of USD in Indian rupees.
  • Candidates must know the fact that which teaching medium is being adopted by the university
  • This will help them in grasping the concepts easily.
  • Candidates must be active in taking admission within the allotted time.
  • The number of seats is fixed and the admission is done on first come first serve basis.
  • Candidates can contact Eklavya Overseas to get information required to study in Georgia.

Visa Process

  • Check if you really need a student visa. Usually, if you are an EU-national and want to study in another EU country, you won’t need a visa. Some other non-EU countries may also be exempt from an entry visa, at least for an initial duration;
  • Start accessing the websites of the embassy and consulate, in order to get a general picture of the whole “visa-application” thing;
  • Check the deadlines and figure out how much time you’ll have to wait for your visa. You wouldn’t want miss studying abroad from this silly mistake of bad planning;
  • Go on a scavenger hunt and collect all the documents you will need. Remember, you can find the list on the embassy’s website;
  • Start saving up money, as some applications might require you to have proof of minimum funds;
  • Brush up on your English skills. Even if this is not always a visa requirement, it will help you a lot to succeed during your university studies.

Work Opportunities

Students are permitted to work 20 hours per week on-campus during the first years of study. In the second year students are allowed to take part-time jobs or co-op/internships off campus to fulfill academic or financial requirements. The on campus jobs do not pay much and certainly not enough to finance a university education. This kind of jobs can only be a supplement to other funds.

Along with the acceptability and recognition of education, USA also offers the best in terms of future job prospects and immigration possibilities after studies. All students are entitled to stay back and work for one year period in USA under OPT (Optional Professional Training). For STEM Graduates(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) the OPT can be further extended to another 24 months (Total 36 Months). Students who are successful in finding a suitable placement canapply for H1B (Job Visa) during this period.

Exceptions to the General Rule