The changes will affect the following components:
From 2012, the students will have opportunity to choose from 20 different specialties instead of 7. This new approach provides a wider choice for the prospective students, though they will be enrolled at the respective universities based on the primary choice. Final results of the exams will be announced earlier, on 25th of August, which will make the whole process less stressful both for the parents and entrants.
Beginning next year, the minimal competency level for medical and law faculties will be
increased with 10%, for foreign languages –with 30%.
All higher educational institutions will be required to select the fourth exam according to their profile only. For example, previously, at some HEIs, the entrants had to take history or geography rather than Chemistry or Biology while passing exams to get enrolled at the Faculty of Medicine.
According to the new mobility rule, the students who study at the faculty of
History, for example, will not be able to transfer to Medical faculty until
they pass the fourth exams at the unified national exams in the respective
subject. Nevertheless, credits accumulated during the studies will be retained
to the students as part of the mobility scheme.
Foreign citizens, who are willing to study at higher educational institutions accredited in Georgia, will be able to begin their studies within 48 hours after submission of their applications. Validation of all the necessary educational documentations will be carried out simultaneously.
Previously, the foreign students had to wait for months to go though the necessary administrative procedures.
A new rule will regulate enrollment of the students at higher professional educational programs (IV and Vth levels). The entrants will pass the general ability test and later will be able to select their specialties.