Study and find schools in Armenia

The Republic of Armenia, or “Armenia” as it is commonly known, is a rugged and mountainous country in the South Caucuses region of Asia.  Bordered by Turkey, Georgia and Iran, the country is completely landlocked and serves as a popular and strategic gateway between Eastern Europe and Western Asia.
Armenia was once part of the old Soviet Union, but is now a fully democratic nation-state with an ancient and rich cultural history.  It is one of the few countries of the region that practices Christianity almost exclusively rather than Islam, perhaps best evidenced by the Armenian Apostolic Church, the oldest Christian-based church in the world.  Although Armenia is officially an Asian country, the government has recently applied for associate membership status in the European Union, and provided it meets certain requirements as laid out by the EU, most experts believe that membership will be approved.
As of the latest census, the population of Armenia was approximately 3.3 million, all living on just over 11,000 square miles of land area, making it the second most densely populated of the former Soviet Bloc countries.  However, the size of Armenia’s population, at least according to demographers, has been shrinking since the break-up of the Soviet Union, as the country has seen mass emigration, due in large part to a prolonged economic slump in the region. 
From an ethnic standpoint, Armenia is very homogenous, with ethnic Armenians comprising nearly 98 percent of the population.  Small minority groups of Greeks, Assyrians, Ukrainians, Georgians and Kurds account for the remaining 2 percent of the population.  The official and most widely spoken language in Armenia is Armenian. However, an estimated 60 percent of the population can also speak fluent Russian—a language that is still taught in a minority of Armenian schools.
The Armenian culture is very unique.  Since AD 405, and continuing to this day, the country has had its own distinctive alphabet of 38 letters.  Its music features an interesting mix of folk music and light pop, and its art, which is sold at arts and crafts markets throughout the country, is collected throughout the world.  Sports enjoyed in the country include freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, judo, association football, chess and boxing.
Education in Armenia
As early as 1960, when Armenia was still under Soviet control, the literacy rate was reportedly 100 percent.  In those times, Armenia followed the standard Soviet model of education, in which instruction was centered on Soviet society, politics, culture and the economy.  Today their system is much more diverse and more closely resembles the European system of education, in which a broad curriculum is offered.
As it was in the Soviet era, primary and secondary education is free and compulsory for students between the ages of 6 and 17.  Primary education accounts for eight of those eleven years, with instruction in subjects such as mathematics, language arts, science, history, geography, music, art, social sciences and sport.  Secondary schools offer students the option of taking a purely academic curriculum, with primarily university-preparatory courses, or a more career focused track, which concentrates on knowledge and skill development in specific vocational fields.
Post-secondary or higher education opportunities are abundant in Armenia.  Public and private universities offer a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs in most major academic fields.  Advanced specialty institutions, including an impressive number of medical universities, can also be found in present day Armenia and are highly esteemed throughout the world for the quality of the graduates they produce.

Language Courses in Armenia

Due to the historical phenomenon of the Armenian diaspora, a large number of ethnic Armenians are living outside their ancestral homeland in various countries around the world. Due to the pressures of living in a foreign country, these ethnic Armenians (or their parents or grandparents) can sometimes begin to lose touch with their linguistic and cultural roots, and it is these “heritage learners” who are the primary target of language schools and language immersion courses in Armenia.
Heritage learning is wholeheartedly supported by the colleges, universities, and private entities who offer language courses of various kinds. In Armenia, a unique cultural heritage and fierce spirit of independence combine to produce a commitment to cultural, historical, and linguistic education, and institutions of higher learning take it as one of their most central duties to ensure that their country’s ancient culture survives and thrives through coming centuries. Thus, considerable resources are invested in language-education projects and there are far more programs than one might expect given the small size and population of Armenia itself.
Nonetheless, the Armenian school system is still not comprehensively developed, so there are only a handful of locations that are available for in-class learning experiences. About 30% of Armenia’s population, and the bulk of its schools, colleges, and universities, are concentrated in Yerevan, the national capital. This is by far the most common destination for prospective language students. Certainly those students who seek a language course attached to a traditional bricks-and-mortar institution of higher learning have few options other than Yerevan for their studies.
That is not to say that prospective students should not look elsewhere for different options. Major cities outside Yerevan, such as Gyumri, Vanadzor, and Gavar, have small independent language schools as well as private tutors, and of course immersion experiences are available no matter where you are in the country. More adventurous students or those who already have a strong foundation in the Armenian language may opt for a more rustic experience in the rural areas of Armenia. No matter where you go, your neighbors will be happy to see outsiders taking the time to study their ancient language, and will most likely be willing to assist you in your process of learning, practicing, and developing fluency and confidence.
Additionally, a large number of language courses in Armenia are web-based, meaning you can participate from anywhere at all. Learning a language online is rarely as effective as hearing it spoken in person, but if you are already located in Armenia then your day-to-day interactions will constitute a valuable immersion experience in themselves. In this case, the online classes serve as opportunities for explicit learning and for asking questions, but the bulk of language learning takes place on the street, in the market, and throughout the student’s daily life.

Online degree, online courses and distance learning schools in Armenia

In Armenia, a small nation in the Caucasus Mountains east of Turkey, online education and distance learning have exploded in recent years and have become an increasingly prominent part of the country’s education sector. Although the internet is still not as ubiquitous here as it is in some of the more developed nations of the world (about 50% of Armenians have an internet connection), the idea of learning online has nonetheless received a very positive response among the population.
Much of this growth is due to the tireless efforts of the ADLN or Armenian Distance Learning Network. ADLN was founded in 2002, when the concept of online education was still in its infancy, and has been highly successful, managing to register hundreds of students for each of its many courses. The purpose of ADLN when it was founded was not only to offer courses and provide a forum for debate regarding the advantages and disadvantages of employing online education techniques in Armenia, but also to help Armenians learn about these techniques and become accustomed to them. In this way, ADLN has had particular success, and it has blazed a trail for countless other programs to follow.
Needless to say, some of the same risks faced by online students in any country exist in Armenia – there is a chance that programs will be less effective or that the quality of instruction will be lower – but the widespread participation of traditional universities in the online format is an indication of the high regard in which it is held by educational leaders in the country. Colleges and universities in Armenia offer online courses in a variety of subjects, and there are even a few degrees offered from reputable colleges in online-only format. Examples include the standard online subjects – business, education, and psychology, but also somewhat more unusual programs in the Armenian language, Armenian history, and Armenian art. Institutions of higher learning in this country see themselves in many ways as a vanguard of the unique and distinctive culture of their nation, and online learning is viewed as a way of promoting that culture and helping others around the world learn about it.
Linguistic and cultural programs are targeted specifically at descendants of the Armenian diaspora, who live around the world in various countries. Ethnic Armenians living outside of their ancestral homeland are often at risk of losing their language and their cultural roots, and so Armenian institutions of higher learning see it as their duty to offer a means for these people to keep in touch with their ethnicity. Thus, online courses in the language and culture of Armenia are popular even outside this small, mountainous republic.

List of schools that offer online courses in Armenia

The Armenian Virtual College

Yerevan, Armenia
The Armenian Virtual College of AGBU offers online courses of Armenian Language ( Western and Eastern),Armenian History and Armenian Culture (Music and Architecture) in seven languages: English, Russian, French, Armenian (Western and Eastern), Spanish and Turkish.

Cities to study in Armenia

CSA Study Abroad
Accredited study abroad programs all over the world for students of all levels.

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