Education System in Georgia
Education in Georgia is compulsory between ages 6 and 14 and begins with 4 years in elementary school. The school year runs from september through to june, with head teacher discretion to close for longer periods in winter, and at harvest time.
Middle school continues through grades 5 to 9. At age 15, by which time education is no longer compulsory, students may sit for their arasruli sashulo ganaltebis motsmoba certificate.
The final 3 years of secondary school are spent at either academic secondary schools, or technical special secondary schools. Examinations taken around age 18 are for sashualo ganatlebis atestasi, or sashualo profesiuli sastsavleblis diplomi certificates respectively.
In addition to ongoing vocational programs, students may also take 2 year professional training courses that lead to diplomas and access to tertiary education too.
There are more than 20 state higher education institutions in Georgia, and many more private ones too. All follow the traditional model of bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees.
The oldest of these is Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University founded in 1918. There, over 20,000 students attend at 8 branches across the country. Faculties include exact & natural sciences, humanities, social & political sciences, economics & business, law, and medicine.