Frequently Asked Questions

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. For a full list of courses, please refer to our Academic Catalog's Course Descriptions section. If you are interested in spending your summer semester at AUA, visit the Summer Program page for available courses.

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 8 weeks during which you can take up to 6 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 Student Service and Medical Insurance fees.

7. Am I eligible for financial aid on my study abroad program?

At this time, AUA does not offer financial aid for summer and/or study abroad program applicants.

8. Where will I live while in Yerevan?

If there is space in AUA's Student Residence, study abroad students must stay there. It is located in the Dzoragyugh district of Yerevan, a 25-minute walk from the University, and overlooks the Hrazdan gorge and river. The four-story building houses up to 56 students from Armenia's regions and abroad. More information can be found here

If space is not available or if you prefer living elsewhere, AUA can help you secure your own housing in a local apartment. The monthly cost will depend on your preference and does not include any utilities or internet/TV.

9. 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.

10. HOW CAN I GET A VISA?

We provide assistance in securing a visa to Armenia. Therefore, if you need such support make sure to contact Anzhela Balasanyan from the Office of Student Affairs at [email protected] who will guide you and assist you through this process.