Armenian State Pedagogical University
The Armenian State Pedagogical University is located in Armenia's capital city, Yerevan. It currently boasts a population of about 14,000 students, and programs in 52 faculties like Culture, Foreign Languages, several variations of Education, and others.
ASPU devotes considerable resources to its international student programming, and hosts a number of conferences and research colloquiums each year to encourage applications from around the world. The International Cooperation Unit is responsible for organizing these events and for processing international visitors or students attending ASPU. The Department of International Cooperation will assist all incoming international students in finding convenient, off-campus housing. Students will typically lodge in a centrally-located apartment or rental, which costs approximately $200-400 per month.
SCSU students studying at ASPU are encouraged to visit the university's resident museum. There, students can learn about the history of both the university and the nation in which they are living. The Museum of Armenian State Pedagogical University's current exhibition opened in November, 2012 to mark the 90th anniversary of the university. An audiovisual, virtual reality display was developed to fully immerse visitors in the exhibit, and is currently available in 3 languages - Armenian, English and Russian.
Yerevan is the capital city of Armenia, and is also one of the world's oldest continuously-inhabited cities. Mount Ararat (of Biblical fame), the country's symbolic mountaintop, is visible in the city an average of 234 days per year, and rises up just beyond the city skyline.
Armenia is historically considered the first nation to adopt Christianity, but the influence of many cultures and religions can be seen in its diverse architectural styles and memorials. The city is home to a number of museums and galleries, and students are invited to explore its parks and botanical gardens or attend performances in any one of its major performance halls or theatres.
Due to its central location and important history as an international trade center, Yerevan's transportation systems are highly developed. Students can explore the city via bus, trolley or extensive underground metro system. Railways and flights connect Yerevan to locations on the Black Sea as well as the surrounding Armenian suburbs.