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Georgian universities welcome mobile students from Europe! Information for Georgian students, wishing to study in Europe, is provided here .

We offer you additional information about studying in Georgia.

Country profile

Georgia is a state in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. Situated at the juncture of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, 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 east by Azerbaijan.

The history of Georgia can be traced back to the ancient kingdoms of Colchis and Iberia, and it was one of the first countries to adopt Christianity, in the 4th century. Georgia reached the peak of its political and economic strength during the reign of King David and Queen Tamar in 11th and 12th century. At the beginning of the 19th century, Georgia was annexed by the Russian Empire. After a brief period of independence following the Russian Revolution of 1917, Georgia was annexed by the Soviet Red Army in 1921 and in 1922 Georgia was incorporated into the Soviet Union, which lasted until the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. Like many post-communist countries, Georgia suffered from the economic crisis and civil unrest during the 1990s. After the Rose Revolution (2004), the new political leadership introduced democratic reforms but the foreign investment and economic growth which followed initially have slackened substantially since.

Georgia contains two de facto independent regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia and considers these regions to be occupied by Russia (after war in 2008).

Living costs

The standard of living in Georgia is getting closer to European, but accommodation, food, transport and leisure are relatively un-expensive compared to many other countries.

Here some examples (sample prices for the capital city - Tbilisi)

1 Euro = 2.58 Georgial Lari (GEL; as for September 2016; to check exchange rates, please visit InforEuro)

Spending

Costs

Housing/rent: Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre

550 - 800 GEL /month

Food and daily expenses:

300 GEL /month

Calls from cell phone: 1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans)

0.21 GEL/minute in GE

Call to the Europe

0.88 GEL /minute in the EU

Bus/metro ticket: One-way Ticket (BUS, METRO)

0.50 GEL/ per ride

Health insurance package

10 - 50 GEL/month

For more details visit http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/city_result.jsp?country=Georgia&city=Tbilisi

or http://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/tbilisi.

Visa/residence permits

Citizens of member countries of the European Union have the right of visa-free stay in Georgia for one full year.

There are different categories of visas. A D3 category long-term immigration visa is issued among others to persons who come to Georgia to study at educational institutions. Additionally a study residence permit shall be issued to an alien only for the purpose of study at higher, vocational or secondary educational institutions authorised by the Ministry for Education and Science of Georgia.

Georgian visas are issued online, or by diplomatic missions and consular offices of Georgia abroad.

Aliens can only apply for a residence permit while on the territory of Georgia, at territorial offices of the Public Service Development Agency within the Ministry for Justice of Georgia and at branches of the Public Service Hall.

The law does not provide for any restrictions for aliens holding study residence permits to engage in the performance of labour activities.

For more info please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Facts and Figures (www.cia.gov data):

Territory: 69,700 km²

Population: 4,935,880 (July 2014 est.)

Ethnic groups:

  • Georgian 83.8%
  • Azeri 6.5%
  • Armenian 5.7%
  • Russian 1.5%
  • other 2.5%

Languages:

  • Georgian (official) 71%
  • Russian 9%
  • Armenian 7%, Azeri 6%
  • other 7%

Religion:

  • Orthodox Christian (official) 83.9%
  • Muslim 9.9%
  • Armenian-Gregorian 3.9%
  • Catholic 0.8%
  • other 0.8%
  • none 0.7%

Population growth rate: - 0.11%

Net migration rate: -3.25 /1000

Life expectancy: 75.7

Unemployment rate: 33.3%

Population below poverty line: 9.7%

Literacy rate: 99.7%

GDP per capita: $6,100

Useful links:

About Georgia-EU relations

Since 2009 Georgia participates in the Eastern Partnership (EaP), which is a specific Eastern dimension within the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP). EU-Georgia Association Agreement has been signed on 27th June 2014. More info here:

http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/georgia/eu_georgia/political_relations/index_en.htm