Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: January 20, 2020. The information provided in these FAQs is general and may be subject to change. We strongly encourage you to read through the entire Study Abroad and Summer Program pages in detail for more information on the program, how to apply, deadlines, and more.  If your question is not answered in these FAQs, please email us at  [email protected] or [email protected].

1. Can I study at AUA if I do not speak Armenian?

Yes! All courses are taught in English. Students planning to take courses at AUA must submit proof of English language proficiency typically through the TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic exams. If you are a native/near-native speaker, you may be eligible for a waiver. More information can be found here.

2. What types of courses can I take?

AUA offers a wide variety of courses ranging from business, psychology, music, math, programming, data science and more. Please refer to the university catalog for courses offered during the academic year, and the summer program page for courses during the summer term. Summer courses are typically available each November.

3. Who will I be taking classes with?

The majority of students are full-time AUA students from Yerevan, the regions, and who are international students pursuing their degree programs at AUA. Classes will also include summer and study-abroad students coming from outside of Armenia to take advantage of AUA’s academics and all that Armenia has to offer.

4. Will the credits from courses transfer to my home campus?

AUA is accredited through the WASC Senior College and University Commission in the United States, therefore credits are transferable to most higher education institutions. We encourage you to keep in communication with your university’s study abroad advisor to ensure that the classes you ultimately register for will transfer to your degree. It is ultimately your responsibility to ensure the courses you take will apply towards your degree.

5. When can I study abroad?

AUA accepts international students throughout the year. You can apply to spend the fall and/or spring academic semesters and take a full course load (12-15 credits). If you prefer a shorter experience, the summer term offers courses lasting between 5 to 8 weeks during which you can take 3 to 9 credits. 

6. How much is the cost of tuition?
For study abroad programs during the semester, tuition rates are listed here. For summer students, tuition is charged per course. Costs are listed here. In addition to the cost of tuition, study abroad and summer students should pay an administrative fee.
7. What is included in the administrative fee?
The administrative fee covers the cost of the Discover Armenia excursions planned throughout your stay, health insurance, airport pick up/drop off, orientation, local taxes, and more.
8. Am I eligible for financial aid on my study abroad program?

Only if you apply to the Summer program. AUA offers merit-based scholarships that may award up to 50% of the cost of tuition. More information is available here.

9. Where will I live while in Yerevan?
Study abroad students have the option to live in AUA dorms located a convenient 1-minute walk from campus. As of summer 2020, a brand new residence in Dzoragyugh will open, featuring shared dorms for both males and females. The residence, which is a 20 minute walk from campus,  will be fully accessible and can house up to 61 students. Information on dorms can be found here Alternatively, you can secure your own housing in a local apartment. Typical monthly rent in the center of Yerevan can cost between 300 and 600 USD for a room, excluding utilities.
10. How can I communicate with friends and family at home while in Yerevan?
We require you to obtain a local phone number during your stay. The easiest way to do this is to bring an unlocked cell phone and buy a SIM card once you arrive, which is also an affordable way to access the internet. WiFi is also accessible throughout the city, making it easy to communicate with people at home. More information on this and other helpful tips are included in an international student handbook provided to students prior to their departure to Yerevan.