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The American University of Armenia (AUA) Embarks on California Recruitment Tour

Yeravan, Armenia – From February 15 to March 1, 2015, the American University of Armenia (AUA)’s Director of Admissions, Arina Zohrabian, is embarking on a multi-city recruitment tour throughout California to excite and inspire young students to pursue their higher education at AUA. The recruitment tour is being made possible by a generous donation from Mr. Zaven Akian, a member of AUA’s Board of Trustees. He stated, “I am happy to be able to sponsor the inaugural student recruitment tour for AUA.

The university is one of the most important investments we in the Diaspora can make. The academic excellence, integrity and leadership skills the students will learn will enable them to shape the future of our nation.”

Spreading the word about the abundant opportunities that AUA and Armenia have to offer is the essential mission of the tour. Students have the advantage of getting their education from a University of California (UC) affiliated institution, making it very easy to transfer credits. AUA is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, meaning students have assurance they are receiving a high quality education. AUA has a diverse Western-educated faculty, the majority of which hold doctoral degrees.
AUA students come from all over the world, and on a daily basis get to enjoy the university’s many research centers and state-of-the-art facilities, including the newly renovated AGBU Papazian Library and the modern Paramaz Avedisian Building with fully equipped classrooms. In addition to offering 8 master’s degrees, AUA launched its undergraduate degree program in 2013, after which the number of applicants from outside of Armenia tripled from the 2012-2013 school year.
Whether students are interested in getting a four-year degree or simply wish to study abroad for a summer, semester or year, AUA’s opportunities are growing by the day.  The newly announced AUA-UCLA joint summer intensive program in Armenian Studies provides the ideal experience for students who wish to completely immerse themselves in Armenian language, history and culture.
Ms. Zohrabian will be discussing the many benefits of attending AUA as she makes stops at high schools and colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area, Fresno and Southern California. Among other schools and colleges, she will visit the Kruzian-Zekarian Armenian School in San Francisco, the AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian and Vatche & Tamar Manoukian High Schools in the Los Angeles area, the University of California campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Los Angeles and Irvine, the University of Southern California, Cal State Fresno, and Glendale Community College. The tour will also include meetings with Armenian churches, community members, and various chapters of the Armenian Student Association.
 Arina Zohrabian manages the strategy and operations for undergraduate and graduate admissions, national and global outreach, and international student services at AUA. Previously, she served as the Regional Director for Education Programs and Country Director for the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) Armenia office, managing and implementing higher education programs funded by the US Department of State and other private sources. Ms. Zohrabian moved to Yerevan in 2002 as a volunteer. What was meant to be a one year trip evolved into a life-changing experience.
Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides a global education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.
DIANA MANUKYAN | AUA PR MANAGER
Office of Communications
American University of Armenia
40 Marshal Baghramyan Ave. | Yerevan, 0019, Armenia
Tel: +374 60 612 522; Email: Diana@aua.am | www.aua.am

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