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Study Guide to Masters and Bachelors Degree Courses


Structure of Educational System
Admissions to Higher Education and Recognition  of Foreign Credentials 
Student Life 
International Cooperation and Exchanges   
 Pre-higher Education System

     Duration of compulsory education
     Age of entry: 6
     Age of exit:  14

     Structure of school system

     Type/level of education:     Elementary
     Type of school:                    ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
     Length of program (years): 4
     Age level:                              from 6 to 10

     Type/level of education:     Secondary
     Type of school:                    SECONDARY SCHOOL
     Length of program (years): 7
     Age level:                              from 10 to 17
     Certificate awarded:             SASHUALO SKOLIS ATESTATI

     Description of secondary school system
Secondary school education lasts seven years. The document certifying completion of secondary school is a sashualo skolis atestati. Technical and vocational upper secondary education leads, after two to four years, to the Prophesiul-teknikuri sastscavlebis diplomi. Special secondary education leads to the Sashualo specialuri sastscavlebis diplomi. All three diplomas give access to higher education. Candidates, however, must pass a competitive entrance examination (misagebi gamotstebi).

Higher Education System

     Structure of system
There are twenty-two public higher education institutions in Georgia - eight universities and fourteen technical and specialized institutes. In addition, 209 private colleges have been established recently. Studies in some 300 different specialities are offered in higher education institutions. They include fields which are highly specific such as the study of Kartvelian languages (related to Georgian) and Caucasian languages, as well as traditional science and technology subjects. Technical and specialized institutes offer studies in metallurgy, cableway and railway transport, chemical and food technology, and wine making, silkworm breeding, tea and citrus growing. Courses in Fine Arts (theater, cinematography, painting, sculpture) are provided by specialized higher education institutions.

     Main types of higher education institutions in country

     Type of institution:       UNIVERSITY

     Type of institution:       COLLEGE

     Type of institution:       INSTITUTE

     Main laws/decrees governing higher education

     Name of law/decree:        On the Status of State Higher Education Institutions in Georgia
     Date:                      17 January, 1991
     Institution type:  Higher Education Institutions

     Name of law/decree:        Plan of Urgent Measures to be carried out in the Field of Education
     Date:                      31 December, 1993

 Administrative structure of higher education

     Name of body:      Ministry of Education

          Street: 52, Uznadze Str.
          City: Tbilissi
          Postal code: 380002
          Telephone: 995-32-958886
          Fax: 995-32-770073

     Academic year
     Classes start:     September
     Classes end:       June

     Languages of instruction
     Abkhazian, Azerbaijani, Armenian, Georgian, Russian

Stages and Organization of Higher Education Studies

     University level studies

     Stage 1

Description: The duration of the first stage is usually four years. Students are awarded an Umaglesi Ganatlebis Diplomi (diploma of higher education). Students with excellent marks are awarded a Diplomi Tsarchinebit.

     Stage 2

Description: Students who have obtained a Diplomi Tsarchinebit may continue to study in aspirantura. Aspirantura involves at least three years' study and ends with the presentation and defence of a thesis leading to the academic degree of Metsnierebata Kandidati.

     Stage 3

Description: The highest academic degree in the country is the Metsnierebata Doktori conferred after presentation and defence of a thesis containing valuable ideas and results in any field of science. Students may prepare for the degrees of metsnierabata kandidati or doktori in some specialized institutions only.

Grading system

     Usual grading system in (upper) secondary school
     Highest on scale:  5
     Pass/fail level:           1/2
     Lowest on scale:   1

     Main grading system generally used by higher education institutions

     Highest on scale:  5
     Pass/fail level:           1/2
     Lowest on scale:   1

Admissions to Higher Education

     Admissions to university level

     Secondary school credential/certificate/diploma(s) required for entry

     Name of sec. school credential: SASHUALO SKOLIS ATESTATI
     Total number of years of primary and secondary school study: 11

     Name of sec. school credential:

     Name of sec. school credential:

     National admission entrance examination requirements

     Name of test/exam: Competitive entrance examination.
     For: Access to higher education.

Recognition of studies and qualifications

     Recognition of studies completed and credentials awarded in foreign countries

     Bodies primarily addressing questions relating to the recognition of foreign credentials and studies in higher education

     Name of body: Georgian National Information Centre for Academic Recognition and Mobility
          Street: 6 Chitadze Str.
          City: Tbilisi
          Postal code: 380018
          Telephone: 995-32-989429
          Telex: 212906 INFO SU
          Fax: 995-32-997249

Student expenses and financial aid

 Tuition and fees for national students  Tuition and fees for foreign students 
 Minimum:   US Dollar 10  Minimum: US Dollar 500
 Maximum:   US Dollar 200  Maximum: US Dollar 1500


     Date:         1995/1996
     Source:     International Association of Universities (IAU)