As seen in the rest of the country, the basic education system begins with primary education, moves on to secondary education in high school and then come the various general and specialised colleges. The literacy rate in the whole of Belgaum district stands at a figure of 64.42 percent. While there are a total of 3473 primary education centres in the district, secondary education centres figure a total of 572.
There are many reputed institutions like K.L.E Society's, South Konkan Society, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC) and many more. Belgaum district has many schools and colleges which are imparting excellent education in almost all the allied streams to the utmost satisfaction of the students and society. A number of different colleges and institutions are found in the district that caters to different educational aspirations. Thus there are found a number of medical colleges, technical colleges, management colleges and general art, science and commerce colleges found in the Belgaum district.
Among the medical colleges found here, the most well known are the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and the A.M. Shaikh Medical Homeopathic College. The former is a well known college in India, a constituent college of Aligarh Muslim University and affiliated to the Medical Council of India. It is one of the few colleges in the country that is entirely under university administration. It offers under-Graduate Course, B.Sc., M.B.B.S., Bachelor of Physiotherapy-(B.P.T.), Post-Graduate Course, M.D. and M.S., M.Sc. in Hospital Management, Master of Physiotherapy - (M.P.T.). Belgaum's A. M. Shaikh Homeopathic Medical College is the first college ever in India to acquire ISO 9000 from Germany's TUV Management Services.
In the field of engineering studies, the K.L.E. College of engineering and technology stands foremost. It is a renowned institution of the prestigious K.L.E. society set up in the year 1979 and dedicated to imparting quality education to its students. The Gogte institute of technology is also found located here.
Management studies are much in demand these days, and Belgaum district too has its share of management institutes. The Institute of Management Education and Research (IMER) Belgaum, an educational venture by Karnataka Law Society, is an Institute set up to add enriched talent to the pool of professionally trained managers. Also found here is the K.L.E. Society's College of Business Administration - B.B.A.
Among the other colleges found here are the K.L.E. Society's B. Kore Arts, Science and Commerce Pre-University College (Chikodi), K.L.E. Society's Raja Lakhamagouda Pre-University Science College, Gogte College of Commerce, K.L.E. Society's G.I. Bagewadi Arts, Science and Commerce College (Nipani), K.L.E. Society's Shri S.M.S. Arts, Commerce and Science Pre-University College (Athani), K.L.E. Society's G.A. Composite Pre-University College, K.L.E. Society's B.V. Bellad Law College, K.L.E. Society's College of Pharmacy (Nipani), Government Polytechnic etc.
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