Armenia: A Place Where Old and New Intertwine!

Yerevan landscape in Armenia




Program Description 

Do you want to travel to one of the six ancient countries in the world? Do you want to see where the oldest shoe was made? How about the oldest winery in the world? Have you ever wondered where the oldest church was built? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then Armenia is it for you! Join this Faculty-Lead Program and finish the second half of your Engineering 100W course in Armenia with your classmates and instructor from SJSU. 

Students will live in one of the oldest cities in the world, Yerevan, that happens to be the capital of Armenia. (Armenians celebrated the city’s 2800 anniversary in 2018.)  From there, they will:

  • travel to Tatev to see the Tatev Monastery built in the 9th century and to ride up the Wings of Tatev in the world’s longest non-stop double track cable car which is the only engineering facility of this magnitude registered in the Guinness book of records;
  • spend time in the town of Goris which is home to the Vorotan Hydropower Plant opened in 1989 and considered to be one of the main providers of electrical power in Armenia. An engineer will lecture about the workings of this Plant and will provide an opportunity to see the ContourGlobal Hydro Cascade closely;
  • engage in service learning and join one of the agricultural experts working for the Armenia Tree Project to visit a potential site to assess the soil and water conditions, and decide the optimal types and number of trees to be planted to achieve ecological balance;
  • visit the Greco-Roman pagan temple of Garni, perched high on a mountain plateau, hear its history and then explore UNESCO-protected Geghard, a medieval monastery carved into rock cliffs. Finally, students will watch and then join a ‘lavash’ (Armenian flatbread) baking demonstration and will learn how to make this Armenian staple bread which was included in the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2014.


ENGR 100W Engineering Reports (3 units) (Area R and Z)

Regular technical writing assignments and company-focused oral presentations while integrating effects of environmental factors as they relate to products, systems and engineering processes.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1B or equivalent second semester composition course (with a grade of C- or better); Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test and upper division standing. Allowed Declared Majors: All Engineering, Aviation, Industrial Technology, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Note: All SJSU Studies courses require completion of the WST and upper division standing. Must be passed with C or better to satisfy the CSU Graduation Writing Assessment requirement (GWAR). 

This course also includes a lab. Students will need to register for both sections of the course when the FLP enrollment period opens. More information will be provided when the registration instruction is sent out to accepted participants.


alla petrosyan

Program Leader: Alla Petrosyan

Mrs. Petrosyan teaches technical writing classes in the General Engineering department. When she arrived on campus, she already knew her way around campus and had strong ties due to having obtained her MA in Linguistics from SJSU in 2005 and completing her internship right after. Before arriving to the United States, Mrs. Petrosyan completed her BA in English and Area study in Yerevan, Armenia. As a student, she joined Summer camps in Russia and then student exchange programs in Europe. When she arrived to the US at the age of 23, USA was the 10th country she had been to. At this point, she has been teaching at different local community colleges for 12 years, but “the student in her” never left her, and she still loves travelling and exploring different cultures and different ways of doing or expressing the same thing. Her passion for cultures has resulted in her learning four languages – Armenian, Russian, English and German.




It is important to note that each program's total cost will vary depending on the location and the package it offers.  

$750 SJSU Special Session Tuition ($250 per unit)
$200 Administrative Fee 
$1,725 Program fees, lodging, class materials and class related tours approximately*
$2,675  Total Program Cost


* Airfare is not included. Students should budget for additional $150-$250 for onsite expenses.




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