Studying abroad is a challenge for students and often stressful as you step out of your comfort zone. At the same time, it provides an opportunity to gain experience and get acquainted with a new culture.
Armenia is known to the world for its hospitality and warm attitude towards guests. Every year Armenia welcomes hundreds of students from different countries.
To help you get started, we offer some helpful advice on being accustomed to life in Armenia!
If you are renting a house in Armenia, you will probably be responsible for monthly paying your water, gas, electricity, trash, and landline phone bills.
Bills should be paid between the 16th and 31st of each month. By the 27th of each month, you can expect calls or visits from officials urging you to make payment if you haven’t already done so. The easiest ways to pay are either signing up for an account at iDram or MobiDram and paying on their websites or using your phone.
You can also pay by using green, red, and orange terminals (Tel-Cell, Easy-Pay, Allians-Terminal, Mobidram, among others) throughout the city, including in nearly all supermarkets and banks.
Another payment method is visiting HayPost office or local bank. They will probably be looking up the account with the phone number associated with the account so make sure you have that.
Internet and Cell Phone service
Cellular network carriers and Internet providers in Armenia are Vivacell МТС , Beeline, Ucom, and Rostelecom. To get a prepaid SIM card, visit one of the above carriers with your passport, and sign up. You will have two options: a monthly plan or pay-as-you-go. Cell phone service in Armenia is generally very cheap (€5-15/mo.)․ However the amount depends on your usage. Most major international carriers also provide roaming services, which you should activate prior to arrival. Internet and Wi-Fi is widely available throughout Yerevan, especially in cafes and hotels. Many parks also offer free Wi-Fi!
If you need the bus, “Yerevan Routes” and A2B Transport are one of the better apps to use to find the right bus for you. If you want to take a taxi, the easiest way is to download applications and request a ride with a tap of button. Among these applications “GG” , “UTaxi” and “Yandex’’ are the most popular. Avoid hailing a taxi on the street as you may be charged extra amount for the trip.
Armenia uses 911 to handle all types of emergency situations. At this telephone number, operators do speak English, so foreigners should not hesitate to call immediately if they are the victim of a crime, witness a crime, spot a fire, need an ambulance, etc. There are also specific numbers to reach specific types of assistance directly, but the operators may not speak English. These are 101 for fire, 102 for the police, 103 for ambulance service, and 104 for gas leaks.
Armenia’s national currency is the Armenian Dram (AMD). Coins are available in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 dram and notes are available in denominations of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000 dram. Exchange rates vary, but in general float around 480 AMD to 1 USD, or 520 AMD to 1 EUR. You can exchange most common currencies in banks, supermarkets and exchange shops throughout the city any day of the week and at any time. Many establishments accept credit cards. All payments have to be made in the country's national currency (Dram, AMD).
Climate and Seasons
Armenia packs the true range of the four seasons; hot and sunny summers, cold and icy winters, and the beautiful flora of spring and fall. Average summer temperatures exceed 25ºC; while in the winter, the average temperature is -5ºC, although in places it is known to go as low as -36ºC! The weather in Armenia also changes according to the great variety of geographic terrain. While it may be sunny and hot in the Ararat valley, 60 kilometers away in Sevan it may be cold and rainy, and snowing in the upper regions of Aragats.