Student Admission & Visas
More than 7,000 international students from around 40 countries study in Armenia. There are about 50 public and private universities in Armenia. The best known internationally accredited universities are the Yerevan State University, the American University of Armenia, Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, the Fondation Université Française en Arménie, and the Eurasia International University. Students from all over the world, particularly from India, also study at the Yerevan State Medical University, among some of the others.
Admission requirements vary from university to university, from school to school. Generally you are expected to provide a valid passport and proof of graduation from high school or completing an equivalent study program.
Most of study programs are available in the Armenian language; there are, however, preparatory courses for international students to help them learn the language. Many programs are also available in English or Russian, as well as French-language courses. Knowledge of Armenian will be a necessity in most of the universities.
Visa and RPermit
Normally students come on a visitor visa and, after formalizing the admission, obtain a temporary residence permit; this can be renewed for the duration of the study program. In some cases, the visa requirement may be waived, though at times an invitation letter might be required. Please check our section on visas to understand whether you will need one or can enter into the country freely.
Primary and Secondary Schools in Armenia
For those who would like to study in an internationally accredited primary or secondary school, Armenia offers a few interesting choices. Some schools may follow the American or British curriculum with English speaking programs while others are regulated under the French education system. One can also find German, Spanish and Japanese among the languages taught, though most institutions use Armenian as the main language. International schools often have a large expat population, particularly children of multinational corporation executives, diplomats, and NGO staff. The schools are generally geared towards an international student body and follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, Canada or Australia/New Zealand. With international standards utilized in general, the transition between countries is made easier. Furthermore, schools often provide additional accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.
Normally, you do not need to take any tests. If you decide to enroll in an Armenian-language course you will need to take part in preparatory courses to learn the Armenian language.
No. Certain medical services, such as urgent medical assistance, are provided free of charge.
Yes, you can accept any employment if you have a residence permit in Armenia. You do not need a work permit. However, it may be difficult to find decent paying jobs in Armenia as the unemployment rate is quite high.
Tuition fees vary a lot and are normally in the range of $2,000-$4,000 per year. Public universities generally charge less that private ones.
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