Academic Credit Options:

University of Nevada, Reno —
Summer Study Tour to Armenia

June 1-16, 2019 (with pre-trip orientation meeting in April 2019)

Designed to provide a rich historical and cultural experience through intense study, includinglectures and field trips, the summer study tour will take place in Yerevan, Armenia, and is offered through the University of Nevada, Reno’s departments of sociology, anthropology, history and political science. Participants will visit a variety of exciting and interesting cultural, religious and historical sites throughout their stay in Armenia.

University credit, included in the fee, may be earned in one of these courses: SOC 497/697 (3 credits); ANTH 499/699 (3 credits); HIST 498/698 (3 credits); or PSC 407i/607i (3 credits)

Sunset at Yerevan, Armenia

About the Experience

Examining the social, political, and economic structure of Armenia and its transformation from Empire to Republic, this interdisciplinary study tour will explore the dynamics of the modernization process in this centrally located country of many contrasts. The origins and development of Armenian society from the Urartu Empire through the Ottoman period and the Soviet Union to the present-day Armenian Republic will be examined. The course also will provide glimpses of life in Armenia, emphasizing the cultural and historical treasures of Yerevan and its surroundings as the focal point.

Pre-trip orientation meeting will be held in April 2019. The group will convene in Yerevan on June 2, 2019, and will disband in Yerevan on June 16, 2019. Participants may extend their stays at their own expense. (Airfare and meals are not included in the fee.)

Program Fee

Program package: $2,490 per student*

Fee includes:

  • Tuition for three undergraduate or graduate credits
  • Accomodations in Armenia
  • Airport transfers, round-trip, in Armenia
  • Local transportation and admission to museums and cultural events for weekday course field trips
  • Course materials
  • Free Internet access

Participants are responsible for airline transportation to and from Armenia, passport, individual sightseeing, incidental and activity expenses, and all meals.

*Dates and costs are subject to change depending upon rate increases and currency exchanges. Participants may decide to stay overseas for a longer period of time to explore and travel at their own expense.

Note: A portion of program fees may be used to pay hosting expenses.


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Berch Berberoglu (Berberyan), Ph.D., is a Foundation Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he has been teaching and conducting research for the past 41 years. He was born in Istanbul, Turkey to Armenian parents, and is knowledgeable about Armenian history, culture, religion, politics, economy and society. He also is fluent in reading, writing, and speaking in Western Armenian. He has traveled to Armenia on numerous occasions, and has lectured at a number of universities and academic institutions in Armenia, including Yerevan State University, American University of Armenia, State Engineering University of Armenia, and the Armenian National Academy of Sciences, among others. He has visited towns and villages across Armenia, including the neighboring sovereign Armenian territory of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Deposit and Fee Payment Schedule

A $500 deposit is due when signing up; another $500 is due Feb. 15, 2019; remaining balance of $1,490 is due March 15, 2019. Early registration is encouraged.

Registration and Information

  • It is required that each student register for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, a free service provided by the U.S. Department of State. Visit and purchase travel insurance with a minimum coverage for foreign emergency hospital deposits and emergency medical & evacuation services. Required vendor:
  • Additional University travel documents are required to be completed. Contact Academic Credit Options at

For more information about tour content, email B. Berberogly, Ph.D., at

For more information about the program or to register, email or call (775) 682-7555 or (800) 233-8928. Program pending approval from the University Travel Office.

Passport Requirements

It is imperative that participants acquire valid U.S. passports. Passport processing may take 10-12 weeks. A visa is not required for U.S. citizens.

Standard Responsibility Clause

The University acts as an agent for the companies and individuals whose services have been engaged in the carrying out of the tour and, in consequence, accepts no responsibility for accidents, damages, baggage losses, delays due to strikes or to faults of any company used for carrying out this tour. Prices in effect at the time of printing this brochure are subject to change without notice. The right is reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of the tour at any time prior to departure or in the course of the tour. In the unlikely event that the services or accommodations are not available as stated, due to reasons beyond our control, we will make every effort to provide accommodations of equal standard and quality for your safety and convenience. After the initial nonrefundable deposit, refunds will consist only of that portion of the payment retrievable from the various agents. If the final payment is not received by April 15, 2019, it will be assumed that the participant has withdrawn from the trip.