Georgia is a sovereign state in the Caucasus region of Eurasia and is one of the most exciting and stimulating countries in the world. Situated at the juncture of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, the country 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.
At present, Georgia is emerging as a significant and a popular destination among the medical students who wish to pursue their higher studies in Europe. Georgia is fast emerging as a new destination for the Indian students to study medicines. The country is gradually enhancing its educational standards to become a top choice for students. Medical universities in Georgia are the best in Central Europe. The courses offered by the medical universities in Georgia are both recognised by the Medical council of India and World Health Organization (WHO).
Benefits and Advantages of Studying MBBS in Georgia
Apart from being a beautiful country, Georgia provides various benefits to International students. Students from India and other countries come to Georgia to take medical education. These are some of the reasons why students prefer to study medical in Georgia.
- No donations
- No entrance exam
- Scholarships for meritorious students
- Globally recognised degree
- Good climate throughout the year
- Affordable fees and low cost of living
- Fully English medium
- Highly qualified faculty
- Eligible for education loan
- Covered under ECTS & Bologna Process
- Student can work in any European country
Studying MBBS in Europe and finally settling there is a dream for every student. MBBS fees in Georgia is comparatively low and the quality of education in Georgia is very high. That is why Georgia is becoming one of the famous destinations for taking medical education in Europe. Many Indian students have started going to Georgia after 2011.
High-Quality Education: Universities in Georgia offer significantly better education as compared to private medical schools in India. The focus is put on to inherit practical skills in the student. The students also get access to the latest & modern medical equipment. The good universities in Georgia follow the quality guidelines of the World Health Organization. Hence, studying from a top-rated MBBS University in Georgia ensures success in the medical career or the students.
Lower Cost than India and Other Countries: Studying MBBS in Georgia is a much cheaper option as compared to the Indian private medical schools. Indian medical schools also lack practical experience. Hence, there is no point in paying huge donations to Indian medical schools. The overall fees vary across universities since some universities like European University offer a 5-year degree while the rest of them offer a 6-year degree.
Cost of living in Georgia is quite easy on pockets. The average food and living expenses are just around $250 per month i.e. Rs. 16000. Also, there is no donation to take admission in MBBS University in Georgia. So, Indian students can get the best and cheap MBBS education from the best universities in Georgia.
MCI Approved Medical Universities in Georgia (updated 2019): Medical Council of India (MCI) maintains a list of universities. Only students studying in these universities are eligible to take the MCI screening test. So, students are advised not to take admission for MBBS study in Georgia without checking the list on MCI website. Only the following universities in Georgia are approved by MCI of India for medical study abroad.
Universities for Medicial Science Recognised by MCI
- AkakiTsereteli State University
- European University
- University of Georgia
- IvaneJavakhishvili Tbilisi State University
- Teaching University Geomedi
- David Agmashenebeli University of Georgia
- David Tvildiani Medical University
- East Europeon University (not recommend)
- Euroregioinal Teaching University LLC
- Georgian American University
- High Medical School “Ayeti”
- Kutaisi Medical Institute “Kutaisi”
- LLC Caucasus International University
- Batumi ShotaRustaveli State University
- New Vision University
- PetreShotadze Tbilisi Medical Academy
- Tbilisi Medical University “Hippocrates”
- Tbilisi Open Teaching University
- Tbilisi Public University “Metekhi”
- Tbilisi State Medical University
- “AIETI” Medical School
“The Embassy of Georgia has been working in close cooperation with VFS Global to provide convenience to bonafide Indian students desirous of pursuing their further studies in Georgia. The Visa Application Centre network has been expanded to 15 cities across India which will greatly help student applicants to apply for their Study Visa to Georgia closer to their home and without the need to travel to Delhi.
VFS Global will also assist the Embassy of Georgia and the Georgian universities in the student selection process by offering Check & Assess services in order to ensure that the students travelling to Georgia on study visas have the right credentials, academic ability, financial capability and intent. The services shall further help Georgian Educational Institutions improve the quality of their foreign students to help make Georgia an even more attractive study destination.”
Comparison with Russia and Ukraine
Many agents are spreading false information about Georgia. This is because they do not have collaboration with MBBS universities in Georgia. Hence, they defame MBBS study in Georgia so that they can send the students to Ukraine or Russia. However, by facts, Georgia is a much better destination for Medical Studies than Russia or Ukraine.
The majority of universities in Russia offer a bilingual medical course. However, their agents in India do not pass on this information to the students. So, the students who go to Russia are taught in the Russian language for the last 3 years of the MBBS course. This affects the understanding of the students and they fail to grasp the information properly
A large number of the graduates have already completed or are currently doing the residency or other proficiency courses, working as physicians in prominent USA and European Universities and Clinics. The absolute majority of the graduates have been employed in the professional field, while many more successfully passed the international exams (USMLE, PLAB, MCI) and are currently developing their skills at clinics and research centers of the USA, Germany, Britain, Sweden and other countries.
The other benefits the students can experience in Georgia are that is one of the matchless places when it comes to living standards and peace of life. There is a plethora of options for you to have a happy and relaxed life within a budget. While the country is a Democratic Republic, the crime rates are very less in the country, which provides a safe environment for the students. Georgia ranks top 10 safest countries in the world. At the same time, universities offer innumerable employment opportunities to the students, which feature several top medical universities when it comes to the medicinal study. The economical living which is almost 2.5 times cheaper than the USA and around 3 folds cheaper than UK. Georgia is a perfect place for the students to Pursue MBBS in Georgia’s medical universities.
(This article has been contributed by Embassy of Georgia, New Delhi)