As a part of Soviet Union, Armenia had the most highly developed applied science centres of physics, mathematics, engineering, microbiology and chemistry. Currently there are 18 state universities functioning in the country, eight of which are managed by foreigners. There are also over twenty private institutions. Thousands of foreign students study in Armenian universities every year.
Even though tuition fees have increased by 30% in recent years, studying in Armenia is still cost effective compared to some other European countries. Getting a student visa is fairly easy and straightforward. Application is a simple online process, and exact costs can be checked with the consulate in each country.
Criteria for admission to institutes of higher education vary, depending on the university. However, usually degree programs have some basic requirements that need to be satisfied. For admission to graduate program, candidates must hold a Baccalaureate degree from a four or five year, accredited institution. The candidate must prove proficiency in English and lastly, they have to clear a graduate level standardized examination.
Short courses in languages are available for students wishing to study the language during the summer session, or just spending one semester in the country. Courses are structures to enhance speaking, reading, and listening. For students interested in deeper study of the language, courses in politics, culture, history and area studies are also offered. Students taking the summer program are housed with host families so they can truly experience the local culture, food and day to day family interactions.