General secondary education in state educational institutions is free of charge for citizens of the Republic of Armenia, including those with dual citizenship, residency status, and foreign nationals living in Armenia. Basic general education is mandated by law.
The process of enrolling a student in a public school is quite easy, you just need to visit the appropriate school with the following documents:
- Original and copy of the student’s passport or birth certificate.
- Proof of address where the student is registered (this will determine which public school the student can attend).
- The student’s personal file from the previous school if they will be enrolling in 2nd grade or higher.
- An official transcript detailing the courses taken and grades received for each course if the student will be enrolling in 2nd grade or higher. Additionally, If the student is enrolling mid academic year, please make sure to bring a document detailing courses they’ve left incomplete.
- The original certificate for completing basic education for students enrolling in grades 10 to 12.
- Two 3x4 cm colored photos.
- Student’s medical records, including immunization records (this is not required but may be asked for).
- A completed application form with the principal’s name mentioned, School officials will assist you in filling out the required application for enrollment.
It is important to remember that documents in foreign languages must be translated into Armenian and certified by a notary.
Public schools, although free, offer children meals as well as language classes in Russian, English, Spanish, French, German, Greek, and Chinese. For newcomers, a trip to the principal’s office and a thorough assessment of the child’s abilities will determine the grade he/she is assigned to.
There are different types of higher education institutions in the Republic of Armenia: university, institutes, academies, and conservatories.
Acceptance to institutions of higher education is possible for foreign nationals who have completed secondary education which is equivalent to the Republic of Armenia standards on secondary education. Additionally, those with bachelor's degrees can be accepted into specific programs at universities.
Foreign nationals who are not proficient in the Armenian language will be enrolled into preparatory departments of higher education institutes for one year, where they will study the Armenian language, (or another language) and based on the future language of instruction and degree specification will also enroll in relevant general subjects (mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geography, history, etc.) as well as become familiar with the legislation of the Republic of Armenia.
If you have any questions or need further information you can contact:
The Office of the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs
Address: RA, Yerevan 0010, Vazgen Sargsyan 3, Government House 2
Division Head: Hovhannes Aleksanyan
Phone: (+37410) 58-91-55
The Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Republic of Armenia
(+374 10) 52-73-43RA, Yerevan 0010, Vazgen Sargsyan 3, Government House 2
Hotline Telephone: (+374 10) 59-96-00
Department for General Education
(+374 10) 59-96-16
Department for Foreign Relations and Diaspora
(+374 10) 59-96-47