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Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University


History of I. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU)

Tbilisi State University (TSU) was founded in 1918 by a famous western educated Georgian historian Ivane Javakhishvili and the group of his followers. It was the first institution of higher educational in Caucasus at that time.

Since ancient times, Georgia has emphasized the importance of education, the evidence of which are the education centers scattered throughout the world: the School of Philosophy and Rhetoric of Phazisi in Colchis (IV c.); the cultural-enlightenment centers in Palestine (V c.), Syria (VI c.), Greece (X-XV cc.) and Bulgaria (XI c.); Gelati and Iqalto Academies in Georgia (XI-XII cc.); However, because of the strained political and economic situation in the middle ages and then becoming subject to Russia, there was not a single institution of higher education in Georgia.

The university opened on was January 26th, 1918 which is the day commemorated to the memory of the Georgian king "David the Builder". A church in the TSU garden, named after the King, has been functioning since September 5th, 1995. In 1989, the university was named after its founder - Ivane Javakhishvili.

One of the founders of TSU, Petre Melikishvili, an eminent chemist, was elected as the first rector. Originally, the university had only one faculty – the faculty of philosophy. At the beginning of 1918 the board of professors and lecturers totaled to only 18, the student body of the university accounted 369 students and 89 class auditors.

Despite the communist ideology and censorship, Tbilisi State University managed to maintain enthusiasm, devotion to national ideals, and establish many scientific centers, which birthed several prominent Georgian intellectuals.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of the 20th century, TSU entered a new era. TSU began to restructure and prepare itself to become a world-class university.

Today, the number of professors involved in teaching and training is around 3275, including 55 academics and corresponding members of the academy, 595 professors and doctors, 1246 assistant professors and candidates of sciences. Over 35 thousand students are pursuing their degrees at 8 regional branches of the university. A very important step toward modernization was in 1994 when the university scientific council adopted "The Concepts of University Education”. The document officially introduced new instruction structure at the University that transferred from one level (5 years) study system to a two-level system, which advanced and helped integrate TSU into the European higher educational environment.  

TSU Today 

Today TSU is a driving force behind Georgian higher education. As a forward-looking university, TSU realizes that it faces new demands and strives to meet the challenges of 21st century by offering a top tier education, developing research opportunities, and enhancing its material-technical base and resources. The university’s main directions, principles, values and reforms are carried out dynamically in a systematic, coordinated manner and have placed TSU on a development path leading towards joining the European Higher Education Area. 

Currently, TSU is the largest university in Georgia with 6 enlarged academic units (departments) and over 20,000 students.  There are 873 fulltime and 899 part-time academic staff at TSU.   TSU has eight campuses, 3 scientific-research and study-scientific institutes, 81 scientific-research laboratories and centers, 161 study laboratories and rooms, clinical hospitals, diagnostic centers and libraries.  

In May of 2005, Georgia joined the Bologna process and the transformation of the Georgian educational system began. The university began to implement several new reforms. In 2006, the university successfully passed the institutional accreditation for the period of 2007-2012. New specialties have established at the university and new rules for administrative and academic registration were enforced.

Our Mission 

By making the university more demand-driven for both the domestic and international markets, and better understanding how intellectual property can be utilized as an income source (e.g.: the commercialization of research activities and publications) the university hopes to create new products and services that will contribute to its sustainability and independence. 

TSU Schools 

Numerous universally recognized scientific schools were established at TSU.  These are the schools of mathematics (Andria Razmadze, Nikoloz Muskhelishvili, Ilia Vekua, Viktor Kupradze, Andro Bitsadze), physics (Elepter Andronikashvili, MateMirianashvili, Vagan Mamasakhlisov, Givi Khutsishvili Albert Tavkhelidze), psychology (Dimitri Uznadze and others), physiology (Ivane Beritashvili).   

Also notable are the national scholarly schools of Georgian historiography (Ivane Javakhishvili and others), history of literature (Korneli Kekelidze and others), Georgian philosophy (Shalva Nutsubidze and others), study of art (Giorgi Chubinashvili and others), Georgian and Caucasian linguistics (Akaki Shanidze, Giorgi Akhvlediani, Arnold Chikobava), Oriental and Classic philology (Grigol Tsereteli, Simon Qaukhchishvili, Giorgi Tsereteli). 

TSU is the well-known center for development of humanities. The scholarly journal Georgica (written in German), published jointly by Tbilisi University and Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, has been issued annually since 1978. Georgica is is published in Constance (Germany) through the cooperation of four universities - those of Tbilisi, Jena, Saarbrucken and Constance since 1991. The international scholarly journal Phasisi has been published since 1999 by the Institute of Classical Philology, Byzantine and New Greek Studies, which was founded in 1997 through the support of the governments of Georgia and Greece, scientific-educational centers and intelligentsia.  TSU also publishes a scientific journal on American Studies (since 2002).

Thanks to the scientific activity of TSU scholars, Kartvelology (Kartvelian Studies) has turned into an international scholarly discipline.  The relevant chairs and scientific research departments serve for preparation of post-graduate students and scientific degree explorers. 

Medical education was restored at the university in 1994.  An assembly of TSU university medical clinics offer excellent labs, material and technical equipment and highly qualified scientific-intellectual staff.  The TSU Medical School operates a Center of Public Health Management and Department for Continuous Medical Education.  TSU diagnostic center in addition to teaching provides health care services to its professors and to the general public. 

TSU was one of the founder of "The Caucasian School of Business" (CSB).   CSB was established in 1999 is now a leading business school in Georgia.  It trains specialists in business administration within the framework of the Bachelors and Masters courses.  

Programs for International Students  

Admission and application 

Doctoral Level applicants must have a Master’s Degree or equivalent qualifications. The call for applications is usually biannual and happens in Fall and Spring semesters. The rules on accepting a student at the university are developed by the Unified National Examination Center and the Ministry of Education and Science.  

Doctoral programs at TSU

Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences


Mathematical modeling and calculus

Harmonic analysis

Computer Sciences


Plasma physics and astrophysics

Computer modeling of physical processes  

Physics of elementary particles

Non-linear physics


Inorganic and metal-organic chemistry 

Physical chemistry 

Colloid chemistry

Physical chemistry






Physical geography

Physical geography

Applied ecology 

Archeological metallurgy and petrology 

Faculty of Humanities


History of Georgia

History of the people of ancient oriental, medieval, and classic Ages- cultural comparatives 

American Studies

Cultural studies


Theoretical and comparative linguistics

Kartvelian linguistics 

Comparative literature

English philology

German philology

Roman philology (French, Italian and Spanish languages and literature)

Classical philology and ancient studies

History of arts

Turkish philology

Education sciences

Philosophy (individual)

History of Americas and American people (individual)

History of Georgia (individual)

History (individual)

Archeology (individual)

Ethnology (individual)

History and theory of arts (individual)

Theoretical and comparative linguistics (individual)

Theory of literature (general and comparative research; individual)

Georgian literature (individual)

Philology of Georgian bible

History of Georgian literature (individual)

Kartvelian linguistics (individual)

German philology (individual)

Roman philology (individual)

Russian philology (individual)

Education sciences (individual)

English philology (individual)

Iberian- Caucasian linguistics (individual)

Cultural sciences (individual)

Oriental studies (individual)

Greek and Romanic philology (individual)

Translation studies (individual)

Russian and Slavic languages (individual)

Russian and Slavic literature (individual)

Hebrew-Aramaic philology (individual)

Philosophy of logic and language (individual)

Faculty of Social and Political Sciences

Political sciences 

Social Geography

Conflict analysis and management 

Organizational psychology 




Social, political and cultural psychology 


International relations 

Faculty of Business and Economics 


Accounting (individual)

Banking and finances (individual)

Marketing (individual)

General management (individual)

Information system management (individual)

Econometrics (individual)

Economic and social statistics (individual)

Macroeconomics (individual)

International economics

International economic relations

Business administration

International business

Faculty of Law


Faculty of Medicine

Transplantation of cells, tissues and organs


Medical radiology and endoscopy 


Cardiology (individual)



Surgery (individual)

Infectious diseases


Molecular medicine 


Clinical pathology





Prospective International Students

Tbilisi State University is going global in terms of both- broad range of academic programs and attracting diverse student body from different parts of the world through individual academic programs and exchange programs. 

Innovative academic offerings and the best faculty together with wonderful student community, and a central location in a beautiful historic city of Tbilisi make it one of the most desirable universities nationwide.

Choosing an institution of higher education is a challenge. Check out our pages to learn more about the university and what a TSU degree represents. 

Graduate Programs

MSc in Medical Molecular Biology

The International School of Economics

The Center for Social Sciences

Managing International Enterprises MBA program

Student Life

Student Life at Tbilisi State University (TSU)

A complete education is one comprised of academic studies accompanied by the fulfillment of ones own personal endeavors. Part of what makes the student experience unique is ones ability to tailor his or her education in any way he or she sees fit. This is where the TSU Student Self-Government comes into play - to support students desires to pursue educational, ideological, activist, and humanitarian ends. 

The Student Self-Government of Tbilisi State University has been working to represent and support the needs and goals of TSUs student body since it was founded in 2006. It also serves as the face of TSU students to the administration and faculty. Student Self-Government dedicates itself to the principle of unity and believes that students needs are best defined and communicated by students themselves. 


Faculty of Law

Faculty of Medicine

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Economics and Business

Faculty of Social and Political Sciences

Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences

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Hostel facility for students is also available. These facilities are made available as per the requirement of the students. Accommodation for students is very comfortable and upto the European life stands.

It is our great pleasure to announce to students that we have started to accept Applications for 2018 session Academic year for Undergraduate, Master and Preparatory Medium. To apply fill in our Online Application form on our website and send clear scanned copies of your credentials. We enable you to pick the program of your choice and you are guaranteed to get an admission in any of the National universities that offer your chosen course.

Types of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Georgia.

1) University – bachelor, master and doctoral programs  
2) Teaching university – bachelor and master programs
3) Colleges – bachelor and higher professional education programs

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