Georgian Education System
Secondary education in Georgia
Since the educational reform of 1998, secondary education in Georgia consists of 2 stages. Each stage takes 3 years to complete. The first stage is ‘basic secondary education’ and is free of charge for all children in Georgia. The second stage is called ‘general secondary education’ and is largely free of charge.
Secondary schools is concluded by taking the Unified National Examination. This has proven to be reliable and objective tools for assessing knowledge and abilities of students. Students compete for a limited number of places at state or private HEIs. Only students who have completed secondary education and passed the unified examinations may enroll at state recognized HEIs. Annually around 36,000 entrants/applicants are passing national exams in July to study in the higher education institutions of Georgia. The state grants are awarded to the highest achievers. (Source: Unesco)
Higher Education in Georgia
Higher education in Georgia consists of three levels of degree: Bachelor’s (four years), Master’s (two years) and Doctorate (three years).
University level studies:
University level first stage: Bakalavris Akademiuri Kharishki; Diplomirebuli Specialisti:
The duration of the first stage is usually four years. Students are awarded a Bakalavris Khariskhi (Bachelor’s degree). Students with excellent marks are awarded a Diplomi Tsarchinebit (Diploma with Honor).The duration of these studies is five years. Students are awarded Diplomirebuli Specialistis Akademiuri Xarisxi (Certified Specialist Academic Degree). Students with excellent marks are awarded a Diplomi Tsarchinebit (Diploma with Honors).
University level second stage: Magistris Akademiuri Khariskhi:
The second stage leads to the award of a Magistris Khariskhi (Master’s degree) after two years’ study. Students with excellent marks are awarded a Diplomi Tsarchinebit (Diploma with Honor).
University level third stage: Doctoris Akademiriu Xarisxi:
Students who were awarded a Magistri Khariskhi may continue their studies at the third stage. Doctorandura comprises three years’ study and ends with the presentation and defense of a thesis that leads to a PhD.