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Since 1986 the Padus-Araxes Cultural Association organizes successfully the Summer Intensive Course of Armenian Language and Culture in Venice and has been awarded as the Best Cultural Centre in Diaspora by the Ministry of Diaspora of RA in 2018.
Learning Armenian at the Padus-Araxes Summer Course in Venice is more than just a language course: it is an opportunity for you to discover a country and a city where Armenian presence and culture have deep roots from over eight centuries. Our Association teams are here to provide you with service and support whenever questions arise. We want your language-learning stay in Venice to be as successful and pleasant as possible. That's why our course includes individual level placement and ongoing consultation on your learning approach, support with examination preparation, the change to take an exam and to acquire our certificate, exciting cultural and leisure programme.


  • 34 years of experience
  • 4 levels
  • highly qualified teachers


The Summer Intensive Course will take place in compliance with all regulations to prevent transmission of COVID-19.
  • seats distant 2 meters in all class rooms
  • hygienic gel in the teaching area
  • wearing of masks if required
  • daily disinfection of all class rooms



The FIRST LEVEL aims to teach the alphabet and a basic vocabulary (around three hundred words) and to provide you to sustain an elementary conversation on everyday issues (corresponding to A1, according to the CEFR).
The five-hour daily program is based on lessons in Armenian alphabet and grammar, along with an intensive practice in listening, speaking, and reading.
The main teachers are Rosine Tachdjian (France), Tork Dalalyan (France) and Sossi Sousanian (Hungary).

The SECOND LEVEL intends to provide the elementary grammatical structures of Western Armenian, with a particular focus on the ability of understanding frequently used sentences and expressions on everyday and familiar issues.
Lessons focus also on improving reading and writing skills (corresponding to A2). The main teachers are Tork Dalalyan (France) and Raffi Setian (U.S.A.).

The THIRD LEVEL aims to provide more complex grammatical structures of Western Armenian in order to understand and produce dialogues and texts on abstract topics (technical issues included) and interact with native speakers without strain for either party (corresponding to B1-B2). The main teachers are Raffi Setian and Sossi Sousanian.
Students interested in learning Classical Armenian can attend the lessons of Classical Armenian taught at the fourth level.

The FOURTH LEVEL (corresponding to C1-C2) intends to provide a good knowledge of Western Armenian Literature and Language, as well as of Classical Armenian.
The daily programme includes lessons in Western Armenian Literature, Armenian Traditional Music, Classical Armenian, Linguistics and History of the Armenian Language, Armenian Theatre and Cinema. Lessons are conducted by Artsvi Bakhchinyan, Benedetta Contin, Tork Dalalyan, Aram Ipekdjian, Raffi Setian and Boghos L. Zekiyan.

Since 2010 there has also been added the possibility of attending lessons in Eastern Armenian, basically in phonology, orthography, and grammar, which are conducted by Prof. Artsvi Bakhchinyan.

 Enrolment deadline is up to 15th June 2021. 
For further information, please visit our website: http://www.padus-araxes.com

Associazione Culturale Padus-Araxes
Dorsoduro 1602 (Loggia Temanza in Corte Zappa)
I- 30123 Venezia

+39.379 1330687

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Covid-19 pandemic has radically changed our lifestyle. We hope, however, that things will improve. With this hope we try to organize the Summer Intensive Course of Armenian language and culture for August 2021. If it will not be possible to achieve our ambition, we will provide immediate information and evaluate to organize it, if possible, online.

The 35th edition of the Summer Course of Armenian Language and Culture organized by the Association “Padus-Araxes” will take place from August 2nd to 17thExaminations on August 17th.

ARRIVALS: August 1st (check-in). DEPARTURES: August 18th (check-out)

Application deadline: June 15th.

To apply, please fill in the application form that you find on our website: www.padus-araxes.com/SummerCourse/ApplicationForm. Applications must be submitted PERSONALLY and BY WRITTEN giving a PHONE number (of mobile also, if available) and an E-MAIL address.

Age limit: at least 18 years old (exceptions should be submitted to the Director of the Course).

Lesson Schedule: Four basic levels from the Absolute beginners’ to the Advanced; 65 hours of classroom-taught lessons spanned from Monday to Saturday, in the morning. ATTENDANCE IS COMPULSORY.

FREE AFTER-CLASS cultural and recreationalactivities (NOT COMPULSORY) complete the lessons:

  • guided tours of the Mechitarist monastery of San Lazzaro, and of the ancient Armenian neighbourhood of Venice;
  • participation on Sundays in the Divine Liturgy in Armenian rite in the Medieval Armenian church of the Holy Cross, and on the feast of Assumption at the Monastery of San Lazzaro, followed by the Blessing of the grapes;
  • lectures on Armenian subjects, held by well-known specialists (the program will be available in Spring). Free courses of DUDUK and ARMENIAN DANCE will also be offered in the afternoons.

TUITION FEE: 850 € (including 65 hours of lessons spanned on 13 days; didactical material – except for the lessons of duduk – and tutorship; examination certificate).

The applicant is required to send 600 € as a registration fee WITHIN MARCH 15th. After this date, till JUNE 30th the amount to pay for registration is 850 €. The registration fee must be sent by bank transfer, or an internationally accepted cheque to the following address. The total amount will be settled, if by bank transfer, latest till July 15th. Otherwise, ON THE ARRIVAL DAY in one of the main Western currencies, or by an international cheque. This is an ABSOLUTELY BASIC CONDITION FOR ACCESS TO THE LODGEMENT and to follow the Course. Money once paid WILL NOT BE REFUNDED, except for ASCERTAINED ILLNESS OR HINDRANCE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS. Those who have attended the course for at least two summers with a positive result in the final exam, have a 10% reduction, that is also applied to their close relatives (parents, siblings, husband, wife) as well.
Please, contact the Secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to get the Association’s BANK DETAILS for the transfer, or the address where to send the cheque. ALL bank expenses WILL BE CHARGED to the applicant.

LODGING FEE (from August 1st to August 18th, 17 nights):

  • 650€ per person in double room *
  • 900€ for a single room *

* (services include: private bathroom, kitchenette, AC, WI-FI connection, bed linen and towels, hairdryer, city tax) The city tax in Venice is mandatory since 2011 and applied to all guests. Lodgings facilities cash it on behalf of the municipality. 

The association provides accommodation, at the above said conditions, for 17 nights, from August 1st-17th included. The students have to arrange any overnight outside this period by themselves. If lodging is not needed, please let us know it as soon as possible.

 Not Included:

  • MEALS. Please notice that rooms have a KITCHENETTE AVAILABLE.
  • CARTA UNICA VENEZIA (pass required for discounted transport). N.B.: an one-way ticket costs 7.50€ per person, with Carta Unica it costs only 1.50€)

For further INFORMATION, send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and in cc to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For urgent information, call on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 10.30am to 1.00pm (ITALIAN TIME) at the mobile phone +39.3791330687. BE SURE to take into consideration the time difference to your own country. In case of no reply, send a message with your NAME and PHONE NUMBER possibly reachable by WhatsApp. You will be called back.

The Association does not assume any liability for mistakes or printing errors.