Courses in Armenia

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Population: 3,200,000
# of Students: 123,000*
# of Int. Students: 7,000*
# of Institutes: 68
Education Expenditure: 33‰ of GDP
Academic Year: Runs from September to May
*= Approx. total

Study in Armenia

Presently, there are 26 state universities (4 of which internationally managed), and more than 42 private higher education institutions operating in the Republic of Armenia. Many types of institutions provide quality higher education: universities, institutes, academies and conservatories.

More than 7 thousand foreign students and fellows study in the higher education institutions of Armenia.

Types of higher education institutions

  • Universities provide higher, postgraduate and supplementary education in different branches of natural and sociological fields, science, technology, and culture. Opportunities are also provided for scientific research and studies.
  • Higher Education Institutes conduct specialized and postgraduate academic programs and scientific research in a number of scientific, economic and cultural branches.
  • Educational Academies are aimed at the development of education, science, technology and culture in an individual field. Programs prepare and re-train highly qualified specialists in an individual field and also offer postgraduate academic programs.
  • Conservatories prepare specialists in the field of music, providing qualification development and postgraduate academic programs.
  • State Higher Education Institutions are autonomous, not-for-profit legal state entities, which possess, utilize and manage the property allocated to them according to their mission and policies developed by the government.

General application requirements

Foreigners are eligible to apply for bachelor’s degree if they have at least a secondary school education and corresponding certificate.

All or part of the following documents will be required for the application process:

  • Application for admission addressed to the Minister of Education and Science
  • Application form provided by the Ministry of Education and Science
  • Health certificate
  • Passport or birth certificate copy
  • Secondary school graduation diploma
  • 4 passport type photographs
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)

When applying for a graduate study programme a bachelor diploma will be required.

Each higher education institution may have specific application requirements. Make sure to ask the department of international student relations for detailed information before applying.

For more information visit: http://studyinarmenia.org/faq

Higher education degrees

The main education programme that prepares specialists for a Bachelor’s degree includes required courses and practice of general humanities and social-economics, mathematics, natural sciences and special professional disciplines, many of which contain elective and optional courses. To acquire the first degree, i.e. Bachelor’s degree, at one of the institutions of higher education, applicants should complete 4 years of study, or 5 years for a medical specialization.

Specialist Diploma studies provides graduates with various types of professional skills and specialized theoretical and practical courses in addition to general education studies. The duration of study is at least 5 years. For education in arts and physical education students must complete 4 years of study. The programme ends with an assessment and a diploma thesis.

The Master’s qualification is awarded Bachelor’s or Specialist Diploma graduates. Graduates completing the Master’s programme have the knowledge, competence and skills necessary for scientific research, scientific-pedagogical activity, management and independent professional development.

A PhD student (researcher) is a person holding a higher education qualification (master’s or Diploma Specialist’s degree), who carries out Doctoral research to expand his/her theoretical knowledge and to prepare a scientific thesis. Upon completion of at least a 3-year postgraduate study and a successful defence of a thesis, the PhD student (researcher) is awarded with a PhD (Candidate of Science).

Study workload

The formal weekly workload (contact hours) that students are expected to carry out depends on the type of programmes and differs considerably from institution to institution within the country, but common practices are as follows: for Bachelor programmes 28-32 hours per week (sometimes up to 36), for Master programmes 16- 18 hours and for postgraduate (Doctorate) programmes 4-8.

Evaluation

Students’ learning outcomes are assessed by a series of oral and written examinations and tests. The results of examinations are assessed by grading systems varying considerably among institutions. State examination committees conduct the final evaluation of graduates.

Study visa

To become a student in Armenia you can start by just having a tourist visa. Then you can apply for your preferred HEI. After getting admission, the specific Institution will apply to the consular section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to provide entry permission for you. Once getting the permission, the student can apply for a visa in the Embassy of Armenia in his/her respective country. The Embassy issues a single entry visa (the student pays for visa charges in the Embassy).

If there is no Armenian Embassy in the student’s country, he/she will be notified of the specific visa application procedure.

The student receives a Resident Card once in Armenia, free of charge.

Foreigners enter the territory of the Republic of Armenian through border-control points. For entry, a foreigner must have valid passport, entry visa or a document of residency status unless Armenian laws or international agreements define no other procedure.

Minor foreigners may enter Armenia accompanied by parents, a parent or any other legal representative or if one arrives to his parents, a parent, other legal representative or organization.

Ask your local embassy or consulate for detailed information about visa application procedures.

For more information visit: http://www.mfa.am/en/visa/

Living in Armenia

  • Architecture is one of the most interesting art forms in Armenia, as, for example, churches bear artistic illustrations in frescoes and reliefs. Sculpting is everywhere - in nearly every city, town, and village in Armenia.
  • Armenians love music, and they have been creating exquisite compositions for centuries. Sharakans are traditional Armenian liturgical songs, which are presently experiencing a revival.
  • The Armenian Theatre has history of more than 2000 years.
  • Armenia has hundreds of unique Christian monuments, amazing sites, waterfalls, Skyscraping Mountains and wonderful people with rich heritage and warm hospitality.
  • The beautiful Armenian Plateau ( the chain of mountains in Armenia) features hidden lakes, waterfalls, torrents, rivers, springs, valleys, highlands and rich forests.
  • The people take great pride in their traditions, culture, religion, arts and crafts, delicious cuisine and sincere hospitality.
  • A meal in an inexpensive restaurant costs about 6 EUR.
  • Renting a 1 room apartment outside the city centre is about 130 EUR/month.
  • Renting a 3 room apartment outside the city centre is about 270 EUR/month.
  • The Cross-stone (khachkar) is virtually the most famous design of Medieval Armenian culture. They are the synthesis of traditional art, philosophical and spiritual apprehension.
  • Armenia is home to the longest cableway in the world, which spans 5.7km.
  • Yerevan, one of the most ancient cities in the world, celebrates its 2796-th anniversary in 2014. The capital of Armenia has all the advantages of a modern capital city and boasts numerous historical attractions, together with a friendly atmosphere.
  • Tours of the wineries and tasting of wine and cognac are very popular in Armenia.
  • There is a variety of events for any taste in Armenia: folk festivals, art exhibitions, chamber music, opera, modern and ballet dance, light music and jazz.

About Armenia

The Republic of Armenia is located in the southern Caucasus and is the smallest of the former Soviet republics. The country neighbours Georgia in the North, Azerbaijan in the East, Iran in the South, Azerbaijan in the South-West and Turkey in the West.

The capital city of Armenia is Yerevan.

One of the world's oldest civilizations, Armenia once included Mount Ararat, which biblical tradition identifies as the mountain that Noah's ark rested on after the flood. It was the first country in the world to officially embrace Christianity as its religion (c. A.D. 300).

In the 6th century B.C., Armenians settled in the kingdom of Urartu. The Armenian empire reached its height and became one of the most powerful in Asia, stretching from the Caspian to the Mediterranean seas. Throughout most of its long history, however, Armenia has been invaded by a succession of empires. Under constant threat of domination by foreign forces, Armenians became both cosmopolitan as well as fierce protectors of their culture and tradition.

Over the centuries, Armenia was conquered by Greeks, Romans, Persians, Byzantines, Mongols, Arabs, Ottoman Turks, and Russians. From the 16th century through World War I, the Ottoman Turks controlled major portions of Armenia.

After the Turkish defeat in World War I, the independent Republic of Armenia was established in 1918, but survived only until 1920, when it was annexed by the Soviet army. On 1922, the Soviets joined Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan to form the Trans-Caucasian Soviet Socialist Republic, which became part of the USSR. In 1936, after a reorganization, Armenia became a separate constituent republic of the USSR. Armenia declared its independence from the collapsing Soviet Union in 1991.

Armenia has a developed industry, supplying tools, textiles, and other manufactured goods to neighbour countries. Recently, there has been a growth in the technology industry of the country.

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