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Yerevan State University of Languages and Social Sciences

Yerevan State University of Languages and Social Sciences
Երևանի պետական լեզվաբանական համալսարան
Logo of the University
Established 1935
Type Public
President Gayane Gasparyan, PhD
Academic staff
389 [1]
Students 3,954[2]
Undergraduates 3,728
Postgraduates 226
Location Yerevan, Armenia
Website /

"Armenia represents one of the spiritual centers of all of humanity."

Yerevan State University of Languages and Social Sciences named after Valery Brusov (YSLU) is a university in Yerevan, Armenia, which trains specialists in Russian, English, French, German, Greek, Spanish languages, practical psychology, history, political science, area studies and other humanities.


  • History 1
  • Departments 2
    • Department of Foreign Languages 2.1
      • Linguistics 2.1.1
      • Foreign languages 2.1.2
    • Department of Linguistics and Intercultural Communication 2.2
    • Department of Russian language, Literature and Foreign Languages 2.3
  • Master Program Department 3
  • Postgraduate Programs 4
  • Research and Publications 5
  • International Relations 6
    • Yerevan State Linguistic University currently is a member of and collaborates with 6.1
    • YSLU periodically carries out joint projects with 6.2
    • YSLU's agreements of cooperation by countries 6.3
      • The Republic of Belarus 6.3.1
      • The Republic of Bulgaria 6.3.2
      • The People's Republic of China 6.3.3
      • The Republic of Estonia 6.3.4
      • Georgia 6.3.5
      • The Federal Republic of Germany 6.3.6
      • The Islamic Republic of Iran 6.3.7
      • The Italian Republic 6.3.8
      • The Kingdom of Belgium 6.3.9
      • The Republic of Korea 6.3.10
      • The Republic of Lithuania 6.3.11
      • The Republic of Moldova 6.3.12
      • Romania 6.3.13
      • The Russian Federation 6.3.14
      • Ukraine 6.3.15
  • Library 7
  • Student life 8
  • Career and Alumni Centre 9
  • External links 10


The old building on Pushkin Street

Yerevan State Linguistic University "Bryusov" is the successor of Russian Two-year Teacher Training Institute established on February 4, 1935.

In 1936 - The Section of German Language, and a year later French and English Sections were created and in 1948 reorganized into Departments.

  • 1937 - The Institute turned out the first graduates – teachers of Russian Language.
  • 1940 - Reorganized into Yerevan State Russian Teachers’ Training Institute.
  • 1955 - While preserving its structural and academic independence, the University became a department of Yerevan State University.
  • 1962 - Regained its former status and was renamed into Yerevan State Pedagogical University of Russian and Foreign Languages after Valery Brusov. Advanced courses of compulsory public and specialized secondary school teachers’ training functioned at the Institute from 1979 to 1991.
  • 1985 - The Institute was awarded the Friendship of Nations Order.
  • 1993 - Renamed into Yerevan State Institute of Foreign Languages after Valery Brusov.
  • 1999 - The basic lyceum was founded.
  • 2001 - In compliance with the RA Government resolution the Institute was granted the status of University and renamed into Yerevan State Linguistic University after Brusov. Throughout the whole period of its functioning the Institute had more than 18000 graduates, specialists of Russian, English, French, German, Greek, Spanish languages, practical psychology, history, political science, area studies, etc. The process of structural changes is still continuing and in the near future they will provide an opportunity to train professionals who meet the new demands of the republic.

Presently, the YSLU staff consists of 477 members including the instructing staff of 434 members, 189 members are on full-time position, 48 of them hold more than one office, 12 Doctors of Science, 14 Professors, 102 Candidates of Science, and 54 Assistant Professors.


Department of Foreign Languages

The Faculty of Foreign Languages was reorganized in 2004, and is the successor to the Faculty of English, French and German languages. Currently, approximately 1700 students are enrolled in this faculty. The Faculty trains students in the following fields:


  • English (and two foreign languages)
  • French (and two foreign languages)
  • German (and two foreign languages)
  • Italian (and two foreign languages)

Foreign languages

  • English and French
  • English and German
  • English and Spanish
  • English and Italian
  • French and English
  • German and English
  • English and Persian
  • English and Greek

Korean, Chinese and Dutch languages are also taught in the faculty

Department of Linguistics and Intercultural Communication

The Department was established in 2004 at Yerevan State Linguistic University. In the course of its activities, the Department has been successful in winning great popularity and recognition and currently takes a worthy place in the structure of Yerevan State Linguistic University. Since 2004 new and effective methods of teaching have been embedded, and, the curricula and programs are in compliance with the requirements of topical problems adopted by the system of education in the Republic of Armenia. Today, the graduating students of the Department are in demand not only in the labor market in the Republic of Armenia, but outside its limits as well. They work successfully in different spheres, such as, different educational institutions, training and methodological centers, state governing bodies, foreign agencies and international organizations, mass media and others. Choosing Political Science, Area Studies, International Tourism, International Journalism, Psychology or some other specializations to study, the students of the Department at the same time master two foreign languages, thus becoming competent and competitive specialists in the labor market. And this is one of the advantages of the Department of Linguistics and Intercultural Communication. The highly skilled specialists and distinguished pedagogues, who lecture at the Department, successfully carry out their educational, methodological and scientific activities as well. In the course of the study the students of the department have the opportunity not only to attend the lectures of YSLU professors and instructors, but also lectures delivered by managers and officials of different international organizations, ambassadors and by foreign specialists.

In 2004, 1300 students studied at the Department of Linguistics and Intercultural Communication, while currently the Department enrolls about 1500 students.

The Department of Linguistics and Intercultural Communication is one of the first departments in the Republic of Armenia providing a double-profiled education:

  • bachelor of linguistics and intercultural communication
  • bachelor of translation studies/philology

The Department of Linguistics and Intercultural Communication trains students at a bachelor program in the following specializations:

  1. The English Language and Area Studies
  2. The English Language and Political Science
  3. The English Language and International Journalism
  4. The English Language and International Tourism
  5. The English Language and Psychology

The following foreign languages are taught parallelly at the department in accordance with the students' choice:

  1. The German Language
  2. The French Language
  3. The Spanish Language
  4. The Italian Language
  5. The Persian Language

Bachelors of Translation Studies/Philology are trained in the following specializations:

  1. Translation Studies (English-Armenian)
  2. Translation Studies (English-Russian-Armenian)

Department of Russian language, Literature and Foreign Languages

The Department is the successor of the department of the Russian Language and Literature. As a result of the changes in life demands and with the view to helping the students to find jobs in the future, European languages are taught here alongside with the extensive instruction in the Russian Language and Literature. For the past two years Slavonic languages- Slavonic, Ukrainian, Polish, Serbian have been taught as the 3rd foreign language alongside with the cultural studies of the corresponding nations. At present about 500 students are studying here.

The Department trains professionals in the following disciplines:

  • Russian Language, literature and a Foreign Language
  • Russian Language, Literature and English
  • Russian Language, Literature and Spanish
  • Russian Language, Literature and German
  • Russian Language, Literature and French
  • Russian Language, Literature and Bulgarian
  • Russian Language, Literature and Area studies
  • Russian Language, Literature and Translation Work

All the majors offered at the University meet the international standards and are accepted in the NIS and a number of other countries.

Master Program Department

In 2008-2009 YSLU has set up a two-degree system, including bachelor's and master's degrees. The Study for Masters at YSLU presumes the choice of specific aspect of specialty with the aim of getting thorough practical and theoretical knowledge.

Outstanding Armenian and foreign specialists are included in the process of study. The study for master's degree at YSLU offers the following specialties:

Linguistics Degree: MA in Linguistics Programs offered:

  • Comparative Typology of Languages,
  • Comparative Linguistics
  • Semiotics

Qualification: Linguist (Typology, Semiotics)

Pedagogy Degree: MA in Pedagogy Programs offered:

  • Multilingual Education
  • Pedagogical Psychology

Qualification: Multilingual teacher (English-French, English-German, French-English, German-English, Russian- English), School Psychologist

Philology Degree: MA in Philology Programs offered: English, French, German, Russian Philology Qualification: Philologist

Linguistics and Intercultural Communication Degree: MA in Linguistics and Intercultural Communication Programs offered:

  • European Studies
  • International Relations,
  • Political Science,
  • International Tourism,
  • Cultural Anthropology,
  • Semiotic of Culture

Translation/ Interpretation Degree: MA in Philology Programs offered:

  • English - Armenian
  • French - Armenian
  • German - Armenian
  • Russian - English – Armenian

Qualification: Translator/ Interpreter (English –Armenian, French-Armenian, German-Armenian, Russian-English-Armenian)

International Journalism Degree: MA in International Journalism Programs offered: International Journalism Qualification: Journalist

Education Management Degree: MA in Education Management Programs offered: Education Management Qualification: Education Manager

Postgraduate Programs

YSLU Postgraduate diploma system makes a distinction between scientific degrees. There are two successive postgraduate degrees: Candidate of Science (PhD), Doctor of Science. Postgraduate program was introduced in 1963 and since then it has had over 300 graduates. At present, the Programs enroll one doctor’s degree candidate, sixteen full-time students; forty-eight postgraduate students take correspondence courses.

At present 14 Qualification Exam Committees are functioning at YSLU: Pedagogy and

  • Foreign Language Teaching Methodology
  • Germanic Languages (English, German)
  • Romance Languages (French)
  • Slavonic Languages
  • Foreign Literature
  • Russian Literature
  • General and Applied Linguistics
  • Comparative and Applied Linguistics
  • Armenian Language
  • Philosophy
  • Practical skills in English
  • Practical skills in French
  • Practical skills in German
  • Computer skills

DOCTOR’S DEGREE AWARDING BOARD is functioning in YSLU. Authorized by Higher Qualification Committee of RA the Board awards degrees of Candidates of Science, Doctor of Science in the following fields:

  • Comparative and Typological Linguistics, Philology
  • Slavonic Languages, Philology
  • Methodology of Education and Teaching (Foreign Languages and Literature)

Research and Publications

The main tendencies and the content of the scientific research work carried out by the University chairs are conditioned by the structural peculiarities and the scientific potential of the University. The main tendencies of the University activities are:

  1. Linguistic policy
  2. Romance and Germanic philology
  3. Textbooks and manuals for schools and higher educational institutions
  4. Theory of translation, applied problems of theory of translation, translation practice
  5. Compiling dictionaries
  6. General linguistics, general problems of applied linguistics, comparative typology (in the fields of grammar, lexicology, stylistics and syntax of the text)
  7. Theoretical and practical problems of the Armenian language
  8. Problems of Armenian Literature and History of Art
  9. Problems of the Modern and Contemporary History of the Armenian people
  10. Economic and political problems of the transforming society
  11. History of philosophical thought
  12. History of religion
  13. Theory and Practice of Pedagogics and Methods of Teaching Languages
  14. Area Studies of the language major
  15. Social Psychology, Psychology of personality and development, clinical psychology, sexology
  16. European and American Literature, Literature Studies
  17. Theory of culture
  18. Problems of emergency situations.

International Relations

Yerevan State Linguistic University currently is a member of and collaborates with

YSLU periodically carries out joint projects with

  • International Research and Exchanges Board in Armenia (IREX)


  • Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation Armenia (OSIAFA)
  • TEMPUS Joint European Project
  • Eurasia Partnership Foundation
  • Korea Foundation
  • DAAD (German Academic Exchange service)
  • KOICA (Korea Institutional Cooperation Agency)
  • Confucius Institute Headquarters

YSLU's agreements of cooperation by countries

The Republic of Belarus

The Republic of Bulgaria

The People's Republic of China

The Republic of Estonia


The Federal Republic of Germany

The Islamic Republic of Iran

  • Ferdowsi University - Mashhad,

The Italian Republic

The Kingdom of Belgium

The Republic of Korea

The Republic of Lithuania

The Republic of Moldova


The Russian Federation


  • Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky State Pedagogical University

The European Year of Languages, 2001 was a joint initiative of Council of Europe and European Commission to promote multilingualism and a greater languages capability across Europe. Our University was selected as basic events host for organizing the European Year of Languages, 2001.

Since then, the celebration of the European Day of Languages on September 26 has become a tradition in our country. Since 1998, in cooperation with the Council of Europe the University has been initiating annual international conferences on Language Policy and Linguistic Education. A most important document on linguistic education “The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, and Assessment” was translated and put into practice by the university academic staff.

Workshops organized by European Center for Modern Languages (Graz, Austria), are regularly held at the University to implement the general and special projects and programs, and to help Foreign Language Teaching professionals link their classroom activities to the Common European Framework of Reference Language levels.


The University Library was founded in 1935. At present the Library holds more than 400,000 books on Social and Political science, education, academic articles and works of fiction in Armenian, Russian, English, French, Spanish, German, Persian, and other languages, including collection of unique books. The library resources are regularly updated. In addition to the main library, there are specialized libraries at Chairs. The new building of the central library has a reading hall, a research hall, a repository, and a computer cluster with Internet and access to open library network through the New ICT system.

The fund of fiction is the richest part containing the best publications of the Armenian, European and Russian classics of the 19th-20th centuries. The literature on linguistics as well as educational literature in English, French, Spanish, German, Czech, Romanian, Bulgarian and Persian is richly presented in the fund. It also encompasses the Library of the World Children Literature, 200 volumes of World Literature, "Britanica", "World Book", "People and Places" ¨ "Great Books of the Western World" encyclopedias, explanatory dictionaries, dictionaries, thesaurus, guides and manuals. For the recent decade the fund was replenished with the addition of new books presented by the accredited Embassies in Armenia as well as donations received from private libraries.

The fund of unique (rare) books, amounting to 2000 units is the special value of the fund. The pearls of human thought and the typological art of the 1st-20th centuries represent it. It contains a rich collection of pre-revolutionary publications, books and periodicals of those years.

Student life

The University students exercise self-governance through the Student Council (established in 1996). The Council aims to actively participate in the University life and assist in promoting discussion and resolution of urgent issues in the academic process, and in social life of the students.

The Council actively cooperates with the Student Councils of different Universities in Armenia and abroad. The SC organizes graduation ceremonies, publication of the “Polyglot-New” newspaper; round table discussions, intellectual games, conferences, workshops and seminars, etc. YSLU students work as volunteers in various organizations and closely cooperate with YSLU Career Center. The students regularly visit different orphanages in Yerevan and regions, organize different sport, scientific and cultural events.

Career and Alumni Centre

YSLU Career Centre was founded on November 3, 2007. The main objectives of the Centre are to improve students and graduates competitiveness in labour market, to establish university-graduate relations, to develop the cooperation between them, to solve the set up problems.

Presently the Centre is in the stage of formation and establishment. Complicated problems, which the Centre has put forward, require new and special approaches.

The Centre offers cooperation with those organizations and individuals that are interested in it.

In the period of transition to market relations students employment problem became one of the key problems. In contrast to the Soviet Union period, when in conditions of planned economy students employment problem was solved according to the centralized method, nowadays students have to find a job relying on their own efforts, which is rather difficult because of objective and subjective reasons. Unfortunately quite often students graduating from higher educational institutions are occupied in the area, which is not suitable for their higher education. In such confusing conditions of the difficult system of labour market the problem of young specialists guidance, improvement of students competitiveness in labour market becomes the main goal of YSLU Career Centre.

In many countries of the world the great part of leading universities financial means is being created due to students support and university-graduate relations. During its 75-year way YSLU has given a galaxy of more than 50000 highly qualified specialists of Russian,English,French,Italian, Spanish languages,as well as in practical psychology,political science,area studies,etc. It is obvious that in conditions of such a great potential, a new method of working process organization, new approaches and possibilities, formation of qualitative new relations of university-graduate have again become a key problem.

Objectives and Framework of YSLU Career Centre

The two main target-groups of the Centre are students and graduates. To reach the set up goals the Centre plans to cooperate with the following groups:

  • Academic-pedagogical staff
  • Different in-University substructures
  • Private and state organizations, employers and entrepreneurs
  • International organizations, NGOs, and other organizations and individuals that are interested in cooperation process

Main objectives of YSLU Career Centre are

  • To systematize activities directed to YSLU students and graduates employment problems
  • To organize YSLU students work experience parallel to education process
  • To establish close relations between YSLU students, graduates and potential employers
  • To carry out research among YSLU students and graduates, to sum up information on both local and international labour market development trends
  • To provide consultations on YSLU students and graduates employment and other problems, to organize trainings, seminars and measures, to spread corresponding information
  • To establish constant relations and cooperation between graduates and the University, as well as to involve the graduates into YSLU problems solving process
  • To establish constant relations between those YSLU graduates who have made a great contribution to the spheres of science, art, culture, social life, etc.

The goals of the ALUMNI UNION are to promote the educational and scientific programs in YSLU, to support the reestablishment of the graduate-university relations, to discuss the employment issues of YSLU graduates, to exchange information and experience with RA and foreign organizations realizing similar activities, to encourage bright students and young specialists.

External links

  • Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Brusov official site
  1. ^ "YSLU: About the university". Yerevan State Linguistic University. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  2. ^ "YSLU: Statistics 2008" (PDF). Yerevan State Linguistic University. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  3. ^ "Bryusov" (in Russian). Retrieved 7 October 2014. 

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