Ilia State University

Ilia State University

Ilia State University is a Public University Founded in 2006 on the basis of several different institutions.

Currently, over 30 research institutes and laboratories are actively engaged in research and graduate teaching at Ilia State University. Research and training continues to the graduate level through Master and PhD programs integrated in the School of Graduate Studies and supported by research institutes, centers and laboratories. 

ISU is committed to internationalization by attracting top-notch research institutions, policy analysts and field experts as potential partners. At present, Ilia State University comprises four schools – Arts and Sciences, Business, Law and Engineering & Natural Sciences – each offering distinctive training in their respective direction and in-depth research opportunity in social sciences, humanities, life sciences, earth sciences, and hard sciences.

Research is encouraged at Ilia State University as the core higher education activity and the strategy to recruit and retain the best academics and researchers is in place. It has attracted well-known, high-quality academic staff not only at home, but also from abroad. Ilia State University generates a significant amount of resources, including the best share from its annual budget, to offer opportunities for growth and to ensure retention on campus. This has resulted in having the best research citation index in Georgia.

At ISU, Research and Innovation is not regarded as a standalone process. Rather, it is viewed on multiple levels of institutional departments, researchers and various staff dealing with the advancement of the university’s mission. Yet, it is possible to single out two key units, the Office of Development and the Department of Quality Assurance, which are both responsible for research related activities.

With regard to Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), ISU has been at the forefront of science communication and science education for the general public, key stakeholders, education and science community, including secondary school system and society. The university community is convinced that science and related activities must be connected and linked to society.

As a young and innovative university in the Caucasus region, ISU has to face certain structural, ideological and educational challenges resulting from the past as a member of the Soviet Union, and from political instabilities in the recent past. Therefore, the necessity to implement RRI has been recognised and fostered. Due to its unique cultural background, Ilia State University will be able to provide valuable insights into the perception of RRI by citzens, and into culture-specific progress and obstacles concerning RRI implementation.

 It is, therefore, an important part of NUCLEUS concentrating on civil society. It also will valuably contribute to a cultural comparison between scientific systems and different approaches to implementing RRI, especially with regard to science communication and popularization, science education and public engagement. Moreover, Ilia State University has offered to become a NUCLEUS, actively embedding RRI into their university’s governance and testing RRI strategies in a unique academic environment.

  • The Number 1 Research University in South Caucasus (SCImago Institutions Rankings)
  • 300 Professors & 1000 lecturers
  • 23 Bachelor & 49 Graduate (Master and Ph.D.) Programs
  • 15,978 Students
  • Around 30 Research Institutes & Centers
  • 301 Researchers, 90 Ongoing Research Projects
  • Over 30 Million Gel Income from International Donors in 2006-2018
  • The Number 1 Choice for Georgian Freshmen since 2015

Ilia State University (ISU) offers:

  • Student-centered teaching
  • Practice-based curriculum
  • Exchange and double degree program opportunities
  • Internationalization at hoe
  • Competitive tuition fees and affordable living expenses
  • Unforgettable student life

Ilia State University welcomes around 5,000 freshmen every year at all levels of higher education. Ilia State University strives to meet each student’s needs and help them reach their potential. Ilia State University equips its students with an all-round experience to provide them with the necessary knowledge, skills, and confidence in order to achieve future career goals. Ilia State University provides an advanced and dedicated academic community where the students can learn from experts and gain the qualification they are looking for.

Following degree programs are offered in English:

Bachelor of Business Administration in Tourism or Management (BBA)

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Bachelor of Computer Engineering

Master of Science in Applied Genetics

Additionally, Ilia State University offers dual or double degree programs with its international partners:

Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CEERES) (Erasmus Mundus International Master Program)

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (San Diego State University & ISU Two Diploma Degree Program)

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (San Diego State University & ISU Two Diploma Degree Program)

MBA and MA in International Business (University of Applied Sciences Burgenland, Austria & ISU Double-Degree Master Program)

Transdisciplinary “Lehmann-Haupt International Doctoral Programme” (Georg-August-University of Göttingen & ISU)

Research at Ilia State University

ISU unites around 30 Research Institutes and Centers, covering wide range of fundamental and applied sciences. Over 40 % of leading scientist in Georgia are conducting their research within various institutes and centers of ISU. With the highest citation index in Georgia, Ilia State University ranks first in SCimago Institutions Rankings in the region of Caucasus.

International Partnerships

ISU cooperates with over 500 partner HEIs and organizations in all corners of the world in different capacities: we have around 100 Partnership Agreements, 60 ongoing Exchange Programs within Erasmus +, more than 70 international grants, including EU funded projects with ISU’s coordination.


Duration of the course in Ilia State University varies from 2 to 6 years depending on the chosen program.


The course at Ilia State University usually commences in March & September. It is one of the Most Reputed Universities in Georgia. They have limited seats for international students. Admission Process is Always open, Students better start applying for this University As soon as possible Because the Seats are Limited.


The medium of instruction for All Programs is English


  • Grade 12th Results. (Equivalent to A-Level)
  • 1 Passport-size photographs
  • Passport
  • Transfer Certificate (For Transferring Students)
  • Transcript of Grades & Syllabus (For Transferring Students)
To Apply Send your Documents to eg.aigroeG-ydutSobfsctd@USI


The basic eligibility for All Programs in Georgia at the Ilia State University

  • High School Diploma
  • English medium education
  • Valid passport
  • Good Level of English writing and speaking skills
  • Video Interview
  • Entrance Exam in Biology/Chemistry for General Medicine / Medical Doctor Applicants
  • Entrance Exam in Mathematics for Civil Engineering and  Electrical & Electronic Engineering Applicants


Bachelor Programs

  • Business Administration
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • General Medicine / Medical Doctor
  • Management
  • Tourism

Master Programs

  • Applied Genetics
  • Master of Business AdministrationISU

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