Can a Georgian MD Programme be Studied on a UK Campus?

Updated on 17/01/2024 in
Can a Georgian MD programme be studied on a UK campus

Students have asked us whether a Georgian MD programme can be studied on a UK campus.

⚠️ BEWARE: According to the accrediting body of universities in Georgia:

  • It is PROHIBITED to teach and learn on a campus outside the municipality where the initial accreditation was given, e.g. outside Tbilisi, let alone outside the country of Georgia.

Source: Order №65 / N of the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia

Further Clarification

We approached Georgia’s National Center For Educational Quality Enhancement (NCEQE), linked above, for any exceptions to these rules.

They stressed that they do NOT carry out regulatory or accreditation procedures for any “Georgian medical programme” that is taught outside of Georgia and referred us to the law which applies to ALL Georgian universities:

Order №65 / N: Paragraph 5 of article 30, still applicable since May 2011: It is inadmissible … to change the place/places - municipality/municipalities of implementation of the education programme during accreditation / conditional accreditation period of regulated education programmes.”

Hence, according to the regulations, generally, students must study all components of the programme in person in Georgia to have their studies recognised and be allowed to graduate.

In addition, there is a letter sent to us by the National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement, addressing a certain university’s efforts to teach students by opening branches in other countries. NCEQE points out that the university has not applied to the Center about carrying out ANY of its educational programmes outside of Georgia. 

“According to paragraph 5 of article 30 of order N65/N by the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, signed on 04 May 2011,” they wrote, “changing the municipality/municipalities of implementation of the Medical Doctor education programme during accreditation/conditional accreditation period is prohibited.”

“According to article 8, paragraph 3 of Law of Georgia on Education Quality Enhancement, the higher educational institution is entitled to carry out only the programmes indicated in the authorization application,” they also said. “It is also important that according to article 3 of Law of Georgia on Normative Acts, the Georgian normative act is valid on the entire territory of Georgia”.

The university must be located on Georgian soil if you wish to receive medical education from a Georgian university that is 100% legally recognised. Campuses located in the UK or other countries will not be legally recognised.

Students can email NCEQE for direct verification:

We’d like to offer a free priority consultation to all students who want further clarification on this subject.

Article written by Dr Sam El Mais
Dr Sam El Mais, MD, MSc, BSc, graduated from a renowned medical school in Romania in 2019. He uses his professional knowledge and personal experience to guide students on crucial aspects such as university selection, admissions processes, and cultural adjustments.
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