The Department of International Relations is one of the significant structural units of Tbilisi State Medical University, the main goal of which is to support the internationalization process at the University via development of international relations aiming to deliver the best medical education on a global scale.
English-instructed medical educational programs, offered by Tbilisi State Medical University have more than 20 years of history. TSMU Faculty of Medicine offers medical education in English for international students since 1996; Faculty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – 2008; Faculty of Pharmacy –2013, respectively; from 2017 English Medium program was launched at the Faculty of Dentistry. Since 2012 Russian-instructed programs for international students were launched at the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Stomatology. In 2018, the new International Faculty of Medicine was established at Tbilisi State Medical University. In 2019 it was expanded (added English and Russian educational programs of Dental Medicine) and redeveloped into the International Faculty of Medicine and Stomatology.
Nowadays, more than 3400 students from 81 countries worldwide (India, Sri Lanka, Turkey, EU countries, the US, Canada, Israel, Nigeria, Iraq, Australia, Central America, etc.) are studying at TSMU.
In 2012, Joint International Bachelor’s Program in “Public Health and Management” with UniMan Academy of Management and Performance (France) was introduced by the TSMU Faculty of Public Health. Upon completion of the program a dual diploma - Georgian and French will be issued that gives the alumni more opportunities for employment in the labor market and to proceed with continuous medical education that makes the program attractive. Since 2015, due to the efforts made by Tbilisi State Medical University and UniMan “Academy of International Management and Performance” (France) joint International Master’s Program in “Public Health Management and Health Policy” was developed and launched at TSMU Faculty of Public Health.
In 2013 the USMD Program, a joint project, which has been developed and implemented with the cooperation of the Tbilisi State Medical University and Emory University (Atlanta, U.S.) School of Medicine was established.
In 2015, according to the agreement signed between Tyrol Hospitals Union - the Western Education Centre (AZW) (Austria), Georgian-Austrian Bachelor of Nursing Program allowing TSMU nurses to be trained and gain international experience in the clinics of Austria.
At present, TSMU is the partner of more than 120 universities and university clinics from 40 countries worldwide; collaboration with them is regulated on the basis of bilateral agreements and / or joint international projects (ERASMUS +, HORIZON, MEVLANA).
Within the frames of the programs, every year more than 600 students, academic and administrative staff of TSMU participates in short-term or long-term mobility programs at undergraduate, master and doctoral levels.
Tbilisi State Medical University is on the list of the international directories of WHO and IMED. The graduates of Tbilisi State Medical University have the opportunity to be employed in any country after passing the Licensing Examination / screening test (USMLE, PLAB, YOK, etc.).
Since 2012 TSMU runs the program that considers invitation of leading Professors of US, EU countries, Great Britain, Turkey, Israel, etc. In 2012-2019, within the frames of the project approximately 550 visits have been held. Professors delivered thematic lectures in different fields of medicine and provided following activities: consultations and charity operations at TSMU University clinics.
The interesting and dynamic educational programs, highly qualified academic staff, effective management and internationalization processes at the University, modern scientific-research infrastructure - all these conditions determine increasing ranking and visibility of Tbilisi State Medical University.