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Education opportunities in Europe

16 July 2010

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in foreign languages, Hasmik Matsakyan kept on dreaming of another profession – tourism. As she didn’t find training courses in Armenia that would give her, as she put it, sufficient and thorough knowledge, Hasmik thought of Europe as an alternative. Yet, how to get there? “I lost a whole year before I could continue my education in Europe, because of lack of information,” she explained. At the London Metropolitan University Hasmik first had to take six-month preparation courses, and only then entered the International Tourism Management Department, eventually graduating with a Master’s degree.
“It is not an easy undertaking for young people from Armenia to find the path leading to European education,” says Margarita Pahlevanyan, another Armenian alumnus of a London university. “When I decided to study in Europe, I couldn’t find any source of information or people to give me some guidance,” she explained. Margarita’s passion was also tourism. She started with pre-Master courses at the Frances King School, followed by a Master’s degree in Tourism Management at the University of Westminister. The two girls met during their stay in London and decided to assist other young Armenians who want to study in Europe, upon their return.
The idea transformed into reality.
In January 2010 Hasmik and Margarita founded the London Education opportunities (LEO) agency in Armenia. The latter shares information on leading European educational institutions such as language schools, colleges and universities, gives details on the rules for admission, etc.[pullquote]LEO shares information on leading European educational institutions.[/pullquote]

The girls currently manage the agency, which cooperates with Education First. A number of young people turned to LEO during the first months of its activity. Some of them came with apprehension that studying according to European standards will be difficult, but Hasmik and Margarita shared their experience to encourage them. The agency also plans to help students with short term training. This summer, thanks to their help, a group of 10-15 young people will head for a one-month language training in Cambridge or Oxford.

LEO: 80 Vratsyan Str, Yerevan; (+374 10) 572862; (+374 91) 903969; info@leoarmenia.com; www.leoarmenia.com.
You can find out more on studying in Europe at http://ec.europa.eu/delegations/armenia/more_info/europe_study/index_en.htm

Education opportunities in Europe

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in foreign languages, Hasmik Matsakyan kept on dreaming of another profession - tourism. As she didn’t find training courses in Armenia that would give her, as she put it, sufficient and thorough knowledge, Hasmik thought of Europe as an alternative. Yet, how to get there? “I lost a whole year before I could continue my education in Europe, because of lack of information,” she explained. At the London Metropolitan University Hasmik first had to take six-month preparation courses, and only then entered the International Tourism Management Department, eventually graduating with a Master’s degree. “It is not an easy undertaking for young people from Armenia to find the path leading to European education,” says Margarita Pahlevanyan, another Armenian alumnus of a London university. “When I decided to study in Europe, I couldn’t find any source of information or people to give me some guidance,” she explained. Margarita’s passion was also tourism. She started with pre-Master courses at the Frances King School, followed by a Master’s degree in Tourism Management at the University of Westminister. The two girls met during their stay in London and decided to assist other young Armenians who want to study in Europe, upon their return. The idea transformed into reality. In January 2010 Hasmik and Margarita founded the London Education opportunities (LEO) agency in Armenia. The latter shares information on leading European educational institutions such as language schools, colleges and universities, gives details on the rules for admission, etc.[pullquote]LEO shares information on leading European educational institutions.[/pullquote] The girls currently manage the agency, which cooperates with Education First. A number of young people turned to LEO during the first months of its activity. Some of them came with apprehension that studying according to European standards will be difficult, but Hasmik and Margarita shared their experience to encourage them. The agency also plans to help students with short term training. This summer, thanks to their help, a group of 10-15 young people will head for a one-month language training in Cambridge or Oxford. LEO: 80 Vratsyan Str, Yerevan; (+374 10) 572862; (+374 91) 903969; info@leoarmenia.com; www.leoarmenia.com. You can find out more on studying in Europe at http://ec.europa.eu/delegations/armenia/more_info/europe_study/index_en.htm