TBILISI, DFWatch–Nearly 29,000 foreign students are enrolled at universities and other higher educational institutions in Georgia; most of them come from Turkey, Iraq and India, as well as other Asian countries.
The number of foreign students has doubled during the last four years, from 4,812 in 2015 to 9,710 in 2018-2019, according to data provided by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, and reported by the news agency IPN.
India is the top country of origin. 10,428 students from India are enrolled at Georgian educational institutions. The second highest number are from Azerbaijan with 8,439 students, next is Iraq with 2,299 students, and Turkey with 1,422 students, Nigeria with 1,895 students, Russia with 1,183 students, Iran with 742 students and Syria with 433 students.
The share of students from the Europe and United States is relatively small. Only 143 US, 47 Greek, 36 German, and 30 UK students enrolled in the same period.