If you have kids and will be spending significant time in Georgia (the country), you’ll want to know about getting your kids the best possible education in Georgia. Schools offer internationally recognized certification and international standards of schooling. From primary education through to university.

Education Standards In The Republic Of Georgia

Georgia is a part of the Lisbon Recognition Convention and Bologna Process, and therefore, the Georgian public education system (general, vocational and higher) is fully compatible with international standards of education. Diplomas issued by Georgian public high schools, colleges and higher education institutions offering BA, MA, and Ph.D. programs, are recognized by European countries and the USA.

For most expats, however, they will likely choose to place their children in private, international schools. So, we’ll cover those first. More information about the public school system is at the end of this article.

Private schools in Georgia (country)

There are a number of private schools in Georgia that are not under the Georgian education system and follow American, British, Finnish, and Russian curriculums. They make sure children of expats can continue their education onwards to world-leading international universities or switch to schools in other countries without issues. 

Here is the list of the main private schools in Tbilisi, Georgia:

QSI International School

Language: English

The Georgian branch of a chain of schools across Europe, China, Central and South America, Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the Caucasus. American curriculum, the learning process is conducted in English. Located in The American Village Zurgovani in Didi Dighomi district of Tbilisi. 

British International School of Tbilisi (BIST) 

Language: English

This school supports the British curriculum with International Early Years, Primary and Middle Years Curriculums (accepted in 60 countries in the world). Located near the Lisi Lake area in Tbilisi.

Finnish International School Georgia

Language: English

The first school in the South Caucasus region that follows the Finnish education system (that is acknowledged as one of the best education systems in the world). The School is authorized in Finland and Georgia. They conduct their learning process fully in English and prepare their students for the higher education system in Europe. Located in Digomi 7 area in Tbilisi.

Projector School

Language: Russian

Private Russian school, accredited by a Moscow school that makes it possible to switch to any schools in Russia, Georgia, Ukraine or the EU without issues, or to proceed with the higher education in those countries. Located in the Saburtalo area of Tbilisi.

New School, International School of Georgia

Language: Georgian, English

New School has two sections, Georgian and English, and three International Baccalaureate programs. The school is authorized by International Baccalaureate (IBO.org). Located in Tskneti, Bagebi area of Tbilisi.

Batumi

Unfortunately, there are (at time of writing) no international schools in Batumi. The only option for expats which may work is private schools with more complex English courses. There are two private schools in Batumi with this type of offering: “Georgian-American School of Batumi“, located on Bagrationi street, and “Batumi American School Progress“, located on T. Abuseridze.

Georgia’s Public Education System

The public education system in Georgia is divided into the following stages:

  • General education (schools). Public schools in Georgia have 12 grades: starting primary to high school (6 to 17-18 years old). It is compulsory for Georgian citizens to complete grade I to IX, with X to XII being optional. Public schools typically conduct a learning process in the Georgian language, with very few exceptions of mixed Georgian-Russian, Georgian-Azeri, and Georgian-Armenian schools in the regions populated by national minorities. Public schools are free of charge for Georgian citizens.
  • Vocational education (colleges). A mediator stage between schools and universities can be skipped if a student has completed the general education stage (12 grades). 
  • Higher education (universities). Public and private universities in Georgia offer the following programs: Bachelor’s degree (4 academic years), Master’s degree (2 years), and Ph.D. degree (2-3 years). An exception is the Medical education system, which contains more stages. Many universities have programs for English-speaking students. 

Grades & Ages In The Georgian School System

EducationSchool/LevelGradesAgeYears
PrimaryElementary1–66–126
MiddleBasic Education7–913–153
SecondarySecondary10–1216–183
SecondaryVocational Secondary15–183
Post-secondaryTechnical Vocational Education2
TertiaryTertiary – University
TertiaryBachelor4
TertiaryMaster2
TertiaryDoctorate3

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Tom Williams
Tom Williams

Managing Partner @ ExpatHub.GE | Expert on Tbilisi/Georgia re-location, visas/residency, business, food, wine and more. Previously from the UK, now a full time expat in Tbilisi.