In 1919, on May 16, the Council of Ministers of the First Republic of Armenia made a resolution to establish a university in Yerevan. The decision, mentioned above, was called to life on January 31, 1920 in Alexandrapol’s (now Gyumri) Trade School.
The solemn opening ceremony of the university was attended by many governmental officials, as well as a number of foreign guests. The educational process in the university started in February of 1920. The first lecture was delivered by an outstanding scientist Stepan Malkhasyanc.
Initially the university was composed of only one faculty, that of History and Linguistics – 262 students and 32 lecturers. Thanks to the great efforts of the first Rector of YSU, Yuri Ghambaryan, an experienced professorial staff from abroad was invited to develop the scientific-educational process at YSU. Among them the names of Hakob Manandyan, Manuk Abeghyan and Stepan Malkhasyanc should especially be highlighted.
In 1920 Armenia became a part of the USSR. On December 17, the First National Commissioner of Education of the ASSR, Ashot Hovhannisyan, declared about “The new order of the university reformation”, according to which the University of Armenia was renamed into Yerevan National University. Eminent Armenologist, Professor Hakob Manandyan was appointed Rector of the reopened university in Yerevan.
In the 20s of the 20th century, the university was located on Astafyan (now Abovyan) Street on the first floor of the Teacher’s Seminary. The National University was composed of 2 faculties; those were faculties of Social Sciences and Biological Sciences. And in 1921 there were already 5 faculties: Biology, Oriental Studies, Technical Studies, Pedagogical and Soviet Industry. Later, the Biological Faculty was transformed into Agricultural. In March of 1922 a Medical Faculty was also opened.
According to the Government resolution after 20.10.1923, the National University was renamed into State University. Therefore, the responsibilities and the status of the university became higher, and, at the same time, the requirements became more complicated. Experienced lecturers from abroad with knowledge of several foreign languages after a thorough selection by the authorities of the university were invited to work at the university.
In 1933-34 Faculties of Economy, History, Historical-Linguistics, Physics and Mathematics as well as Pedagogical Faculty were opened. In 1934 the Pedagogical Faculty was separated from YSU and a new Pedagogical Institute was founded on its basis, which was later renamed into Pedagogical Institute after Kh. Abovyan. During the same year the Biological Faculty was divided into 2 branches – Faculties of Biological and Chemical Sciences.
Thus, in 1935-36 eight new faculties were opened. These were the Faculties of History, Linguistics, Law, Geology and Geography, Physics and Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology. In 1945 the Faculty of International Relations was formed and functioned till 1953.
In 1957 the Institute of Russian and Foreign Languages joined YSU as a separate faculty, which was again separated in 1961. In 1959 the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics was divided into 2 branches. And on the basis of this in 1975 the Faculty of Radiophysics was separated from the Faculty of Physics, which in its turn had been separated form the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics in 1959.
In 1991 YSU was composed of 17 faculties, providing with 32 specializations.
1960-1990 was the period of unprecedented development for YSU. New faculties and scientific laboratories were opened. One of the most important achievements was the foundation of the Armenological Center. Publishing started its active functioning. Scientific researches of the professorial staff, magazines and journals, periodicals and collections were published.
The period of 1995-96 became significant for the university with its many principal changes in the educational process.
In order to establish an educational system, corresponding to the international standards, YSU, as well as a number of Armenian Educational Institutions, adopted the two-grade system of education (Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees).
By now, approximately 100 000 students have graduated from YSU. Currently 20000 students study at 20 faculties of YSU and at the Ijevan Branch. More than 200 lecturers of 1200 have doctoral degrees and more than 500 are candidates of sciences. More than 30 academicians of NAS RA develop the scientific-research process at YSU. Thanks to the highly qualified scientists significant researches, related to different modern scientific branches, are carried out at YSU. The educational and scientific activities are organized at more than 100 chairs, which are replenished with modern techniques and equipments.
Initially university was composed of only one faculty, that of History and Linguistics – 262 students and 32 lecturers. Currently 20000 students study at 20 faculties of YSU.
1. Faculty of Geography and Geology
2. Faculty of Theology
3. Faculty of Oriental Studies
4. Faculty of Journalism
5. Faculty of Informatics and Applied Mathematics
6. Faculty of Law
7. Faculty of Biology
8. Faculty of Armenian Philology
9. Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics
10. Faculty of International Relations
11. Faculty of History
12. Faculty of Radiophysics
13. Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology
14. Faculty of Russian Philology
15. Faculty of Sociology
16. Faculty of Economics
17. Faculty of Philosophy and Psychology
18. Faculty of Chemistry
19. Faculty of Physics
20. Preparatory Faculty for Foreign Citizens
Rules and Regulations of Foreign Students’ Entrance Examinations
Not only those students, whose level of education corresponds to the Armenian secondary school program, but also those, having satisfactory knowledge in Armenian, may enter YSU the Faculty for Foreign Students. Despite studying general academic subjects (Mathematics, History, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Foreign Languages, etc.), here the students have the opportunity to improve their knowledge in Armenian.
At the end of the academic year those foreign students, who have successfully passed the exams, may enter the corresponding faculty.
Those foreign students, who fluently speak Armenian and are able to take exams and interviews, can enter the preferred faculty.
Those foreign citizens, who read and speak Armenian fluently and have Bachelor’s Degree, can apply for Master’s Degree. If the applicant continues his/her education in a different sphere, he/she must take the necessary entrance exams for the preferred specialization.
In exceptional cases foreign citizens are given an opportunity to take the Master’s course, applying an individual academic program (1-2 academic years).
Those foreign citizens, who have a Master’s degree and read and speak Armenian or Russian fluently, can apply for post-graduate education. For a number of professions the courses may be held also in English.
Foreign citizens should present the following documents:
- Application to the Rector, where the specialization should be noted
- The copy of the Diploma, verified by a notary office, where the studied subjects and the grades of taken exams should be noted
- Medical document
- Document on absence of AIDS
- Copy of the passport
- Copy of the birth certificate
- 6 photos of 4×5 size
Those who wish to enter as a researcher (1-2 semesters) or as a post-graduate student to get a degree of a Candidate of Sciences (3 academic years) must also present the following additional documents:
- Educational plan and a brief article (annotation) on the future dissertation noting the title of the dissertation
- The list of officially verified, published articles or 2-3 themes relating to the scientific thesis
The above-mentioned documents must be verified by the Armenian Embassy of the given country and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The documents and reports are presented in Armenian, Russian or English.
Educational Program for Foreign Students
The third or the fourth year students from foreign universities, who have satisfactory knowledge in Armenian, can also enter YSU for 1 academic year. They study major subjects of the faculty (8-10), as well as subjects suggested and taught in the university.
The Dean of the faculty makes an individual plan for studying the given subject, which then is verified by the responsible person of the faculty and by the Vice-rector on Scientific Policy and International Cooperation. After graduation the student is given a certificate, where, according to the academic hours, the studied subjects are noted.
The hostel of YSU is located in Yerevan (Tzarav Aghbyur 55a). The number of rooms is 36. It is designed for foreign citizens.
The state scholarship is a state financial support for the students, who study with excellence and also for the industrious and socially active part of studentship. The number and the size of Yerevan State University state and nominal scholarships each year is approved by the Government of the Republic of Armenia. The allocations are made from the state budget of the Republic of Armenia. Yerevan State University is authorized to define the university and nominal scholarships on its own if it is not prohibited by the RA. The holders of nominal scholarships are most prominent and socially active bachelors and masters, who have shown excellent results in the period of last 4 semesters (the results of Baccalaureate are taken into account for Masters). Beginning with March 1 of 2011 the following nominal scholarships have been allocated at different faculties of YSU:
1. After Artashes Shahinyan – Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics
2. After Mkhitar Jrbashyan – Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics
3. After Nagush Harutyunyan – Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics
4. After Emil Mirzabekyan – Faculty of Radiophysics
5. After Alikhanyan Brothers – Faculty of Radiophysics
6. After Yuri Bakhshyan – Faculty of Radiophysics
7. After Jacob Zarobyan – Faculty of Radiophysics
8. After Anania Shirakatsi – Faculty of Informatics and Applied Mathematics
9. YSU Scholarship –Faculty of Physics
10. After Victor Hambardzumyan – Faculty of Physics
11. After Gurgen Sahakyan – Faculty of Physics
12. After Alikhanyan Brothers – Faculty of Physics
13. After Levon Rotinyan – Faculty of Chemistry
14. After Stepan Ghambaryan – Faculty of Chemistry
15. After Aida Avetisyan – Faculty of Chemistry
16. After Norayr Sahakyan – Faculty of Biology
17. After Levon Orbely – Faculty of Biology
18. After Ghevond Alishan – Faculty of Geography and Geology
19. After Tigran Jrbashyan – Faculty of Geography and Geology
20. YSU Scholarship – Faculty of Armenian Philology
21. After Grigor Narekatsi – Faculty of Armenian Philology
22. After Mesrop Mashtots – Faculty of Armenian Philology
23. After Khachatur Abovyan – Faculty of Armenian Philology
24. After Frants Verfel – Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology
25. After Hrachya Atcharyan – Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology
26. After William Saroyan – Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology
27. After Grigor Hasratyan – Faculty of Economics
28. After Grigor Tatevatsy – Faculty of Economics
29. After Grigor Harutyunyan – Faculty of Economics
30. “Ceramics” LLC Scholarship (50.000 AMD) – Faculty of Economics
31. After Yeznik Koghbatsi – Faculty of Sociology
32. After Hovhan Vorotnetsi – Faculty of Philosophy and Psychology
33. After David Anhaght – Faculty of Philosophy and Psychology
34. After Grigor Lusavorich –Faculty of Theology
35. After Vazgen A Catholicos – Faculty of Theology
36. After Mkhitar Gosh – Faculty of Law
37. After Grigor Zohrap – Faculty of Law
38. After V. Nersisyants – Faculty of Law
39. After H. Orbely – Faculty of Oriental Studies
40. After Nikoghayos Mar – Faculty of Oriental Studies
41. After Valery Kocharyan – Faculty of Russian Philology
42. After Valery Bryusov – Faculty of Russian Philology
43. After John Kirakosyan – Faculty of International Relations
44. After Ruben Miroyan – Faculty of International Relations
45. After Movses Khorenatsi – Faculty of History
46. After Nikoghayos Adonts – Faculty of History
47. After Tatul Krpeyan – Faculty of History
48. After Aram Manukyan – Faculty of History
49. After Harutyun Shmavonyan – Faculty of Journalism