The medical faculty of Yerevan State University was founded in 1920, gave first graduates in 1927. In 1930 the medical faculty was reorganized as an independent Yerevan State Medical Institute. In 1980 it received highest award for training highly qualified specialists and for its great contribution in the field of public health. In 1995 the Institute was reformed into the University and renamed as Yerevan State Medical University after Mkhitar Heratsi. Mkhitar Heratsi – Armenian the Great Master of Medicine played the same role for us as Hippocrates for Greeks, Galen for Romans, Ibn Sina for Arabs.


YSMU is a Government University functioning under the Ministry of Education and Science as a state non-commercial body. The University is enlisted in the Directory of Higher Medical Institutions adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the degree awarded is globally accepted. YSMU is recognized by the Medical Council of India, Act of 1956 (Gazette of India, Part II, S.1, Extra, S. No. 83, dt. 31.12.1956). The Yerevan State Medical University is recognized worldwide. Both native and foreign, successfully work and have gained global acknowledgment due to their knowledge, practical skills and experience. Students from more than 40 countries are at the advantage to complete their graduation from this University. The University in it’s over ninety years of existence has trained more than 30,000 doctors who are practicing all over the world. Yerevan State Medical University recognized by the Medical Board of California, USA. In California more than 500 YSMU graduates are successfully practicing. Currently 1459 International Students are attaining medical education in undergraduate courses from 30 countries. Over 1000 Indian students are pursuing their graduate and post-graduate studies here. According to the "Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Act, 2001" medical graduate has to qualify the FMGE 'Screening Test' securing 50% marks or more (MCQ’s with no negative marking). The FMGE 'Screening Test' conducted by the National Board of Examinations, New Delhi. Indian students study in YSMU since 1987 batch and are excelling in the field in Medicine.


YSMU is a member of the International Association of Universities, which gives great opportunity in the sphere of development of International relations, students exchange, probation period abroad, participation in grant programs under the aegis of UNESCO joint research work and conferences. The University leadership creates numerous opportunities for lecturers and clinicians to be enrolled in the training courses of US and European universities paying great attention to research, innovation, education and training. In 2004 the Republic of Armenia joined the Bologna process, towards creating the European Higher Education Area. The University employs European Council Directive N36 of 2005 on medical education and all the recommendations of the Bologna declaration. YSMU established direct partnership in the form of extensive cooperation and exchange program with about 30 universities around the globe.Since its foundation YSMU demonstrated great respect for fellow institutions of medicine worldwide and has a rich history concerning its activity in international arena. YSMU is dedicated to training highly qualified specialists not only for the Republic of Armenia and regional countries but also for other countries around the globe (USA, India, European countries).