Education System in Georgia


 EducationSchool/LevelGrade FromGrade ToAge FromAge ToYearsNotes
PrimaryElementary166126 
MiddleBasic Education7913153 
SecondarySecondary101216183 
SecondaryVocational Secondary  15183 
Post-secondaryTechnical Vocational Education    2Sashualo Profesiuli Sastsavleblis Diplomi
TertiaryTertiary - University      
TertiaryBachelor    4Bakalavris Akademiuri Kharishki; Diplomirebuli Specialisti
TertiaryMaster    2Magistris Akademiuri Khariskhi
TertiaryDoctorate    3Doctoris Akademiriu Xarisxi: Presentation and defense of a thesis that leads to a PhD

Primary Education

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 Education

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.

Secondary Education

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.

Vocational Education

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.

Tertiary Education

Georgia EducationThere 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.


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