Albanian - 1st Year

Albanian - 7 weeks in Arizona

Overview

First-Year Albanian in Tempe, Arizona

Students with no previous experience learn to understand Albanian culture and to speak Albanian at the Novice High or Intermediate Low level, preparing them to participate in elementary activities in CLI's Summer in Tirana program.

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COVID-19

There are numerous risks inherent in travel during a pandemic; students interested in this program should carefully review the COVID-19 information provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (including the CDC's domestic travel guidance) to better understand the nature of those risks.

All participants should be aware of the following:

  • ASU regularly updates its COVID-19 safety policies here.
  • Arizona/Maricopa County/Tempe, public and private transportation providers used, and the specific destinations visited on this program may have requirements regarding showing proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test or taking additional precautions (such as wearing masks).
  • It is the responsibility of the student to satisfy any such requirements.
  • Unvaccinated individuals may not be able to participate in certain program activities; if those activities require proof of vaccination.
  • Vaccination, testing, and quarantine requirements change regularly; the CDC's travel planner may provide more specific information.

ASU is committed to taking all reasonable precautions to minimize our students' exposure to risks related to COVID-19 during their Critical languages Institute program*. Such precautions include:

  • Evaluating all program activities to ensure, to the maximum extent possible, compliance with ASU and local protocols for maintaining physical distance and face covering during all program activities**;
  • Establishing response procedures to support students who receive a positive COVID-19 test during the program, who develop symptoms of COVID-19, or who have been directly exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

These precautions may change, or additional precautions may be adopted, based on the state of the pandemic at the time of the program and/or the particular circumstances of the program location(s).

*Students should understand that it is possible to contract COVID-19 even if they follow all of the safety precautions and guidelines required by ASU and recommended by the CDC and other federal, state and local government health authorities.

**The Critical Languages Institute (CLI) will enforce ASU's on-campus protocols to the maximum extent possible on this program, but students should understand that all physical distancing requirements may not be enforceable in all program activities or on all modes of program transportation.

All participants in this program will be required to review and sign a COVID-19 Disclosure and a COVID-19 Behavioral Commitment (located in the CLI application). You can find additional information and resources on the COVID-19 FAQs, and CLI will communicate any updated or program-specific guidelines to you prior to travel.

Details

COURSE DATES
May 31st - July 15th, 2022
M-F 8:30AM - 12:40PM
Classroom: TBD

ACADEMIC CREDIT
8 credits of SLC 194

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ELIGIBILITY

  • Open to ASU and Non-ASU students
  • Open to non-U.S. students who hold student visas
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students
  • Open to working professionals to retirees
  • Open to Phoenix-area high-school juniors and seniors
  • Second-Year courses require completion of a placement test

LOCATION
Arizona State University is a large, metropolitan university. The main campus, housing 64,000 students, is located in Tempe, 15 minutes by light rail from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Emblematic of the lively, eclectic atmosphere of Tempe is the city's main street, Mill Avenue. Anchored on one end by gleaming office towers and on the other by the university, with a mix of eccentric and upscale establishments, Mill Avenue caters to both international students and international businesses. 

Housing & Meals

HOUSING
CLI offers language-oriented on-campus housing at one of the ASU dormitories (TBD).

ASU typically offers double-occupancy rooms for $35/day, with bathrooms shared between two double-occupancy rooms.

At this point, ASU has a very limited supply of single-occupancy rooms. We may not be able to offer this option for Summer 2022. 

Participants who wish to live in an ASU dormitory and require rooms with ADA accommodations should email cli@asu.edu as soon as possible. ASU has a limited supply of such rooms, but CLI will work with Housing to try fulfill any such requests. 

Bed linens rentals are available for an additional one-time $45 charge.

Typical amenities include: laundry facilities, kitchen facilities, vending machines, air conditioning, and basic cable.

Kitchens are usually shared among residents of the hall and the CLI language clubs, so access may be limited at times. CLI does not provide supplies for kitchen areas.

MEALS
CLI participants may eat on campus or may make their own meal arrangements. ASU offers a food court in the student union. (See Memorial Union Businesses for details on food-court options.)

CLI does not offer a meal plan for any of its on campus programs.

OFF-CAMPUS OPTIONS
CLI students are not required to live in the ASU dorm or to eat on campus. Private summer sublets are available near campus. Price and quality vary. CLI does not assist with off campus housing arrangements.

All prices and descriptions on this page are based on 2021 pricing and are subject to change. Once ASU provides us with 2022 pricing, we will update this page accordingly. Participants are responsible for checking current prices and details before signing billing, housing, or meal contracts.

Costs

Program Fee

Thanks to ASU institutional support, CLI does not charge tuition (in-state or out-of-state) for its credit-bearing courses. 

Instead of tuition fees, we charge a flat administrative fee of $1,500.*

**For information about our reduced program fees for PELL-eligible students, please see the “Funding” tab.

Please keep in mind this fee covers academics only. It does not cover room, board, travel, study abroad program fees, books, or insurance.

This fee is the same regardless of language and number of credits taken.

*All prices and descriptions on this page subject to change. Participants are responsible for checking current prices and details before signing billing, housing, or meal contracts.

**For information about our reduced program fees for low income/PELL-eligible students, please see the “Funding” tab.

Funding

TITLE VIII FUNDING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

The Department of State's Title VIII program funds graduate students with U.S. citizenship to study less commonly taught languages.

Title VIII provides fellowships of up to $5,000 for the study of First-Year Albanian in CLI-Arizona. Past CLI Title VIII fellows can be awarded the fellowship up to two more times, for a maximum of up to 3 fellowship awards, as long as they maintain their graduate student eligibility.

Apply by January 24, 2022

MELIKIAN CENTER FUNDING FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

Supported by the Melikian Center's endowment and by private donations, the Melikian Center Awards Program provides scholarships of up to $1,500 for superior applicants to study Albanian in CLI-Arizona.

ASU students, non-ASU students, teachers, and other non-students are eligible to apply for this funding.

Apply by January 24, 2022

NEED-BASED FEE REDUCTION

The Melikian Center offers up to a $1,000 reduction of the published CLI program fee for qualified Pell-eligible students and non-students with an annual family income of $50,000 or less. This $1,000 reduction applies to Tempe-based or study abroad programs.

Unlike our other funding opportunities, this reduction does not require a separate application. Instead, you are only required to indicate your Pell eligibility on your general CLI program application in order to be considered for this fee reduction.

These fee reductions are limited. Not all who apply will be awarded.

To learn more about Pell or to see if you are eligible, please visit: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/pell

Albanian - 4-week optional extension in Albania

Overview

Tirana Albania
First-Year Albanian study abroad in Tirana, Albania

Students of CLI Summer Albanian in Tirana immerse themselves in Albanian culture while strengthening their mastery of the language through specially designed courses and extramural activities. This small, flexible program is customized to meet the needs of each participant.

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COVID-19

There are numerous risks inherent in travel during a pandemic; students interested in this program should carefully review the COVID-19 information provided by the U.S. State Department (including the State Department's country-specific information) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (including the CDC's country-specific information) to better understand the nature of those risks.

All participants should be aware of the following:

  • ASU's service provider, American Councils, require participants in this program to be fully vaccinated.
  • Other requirements such as showing proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test may be imposed by the country the program is visiting, the airline or other transportation providers used, or the specific destinations visited.
  • Vaccination, testing, and quarantine requirements change regularly; the State Department's country-specific information may provide more country-specific information

ASU is committed to taking all reasonable precautions to minimize our students' exposure to risks related to COVID-19 during their Critical Languages Institute program*. Such precautions include:

  • Carefully monitoring COVID-19 travel restrictions to ensure, as much as possible, that students will be able to enter the program country;
  • Evaluating all program activities to ensure, to the maximum extent possible, compliance with ASU and local protocols for maintaining physical distance and face covering during all program activities**;
  • Providing an international insurance policy, including coverage for housing and meal expenses in case of mandatory quarantine/self-isolation due to direct exposure;
  • Establishing response procedures to support students who receive a positive COVID-19 test during the program, who develop symptoms of COVID-19, or who have been directly exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

These precautions may change, or additional precautions may be adopted, based on the state of the pandemic at the time of the program and/or the particular circumstances of the program location(s).

We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to book tickets that allow for flexibility. Most airlines are offering this themselves, but be sure to read all fine print not only for ticket conditions, but also for any possible flight insurance you might purchase.

*Students should understand that it is possible to contract COVID-19 even if they follow all of the safety precautions and guidelines required by ASU and recommended by the CDC and other federal, state and local government health authorities.

**CLI will enforce ASU's on-campus protocols to the maximum extent possible on this program, but students should understand that physical distancing requirements may not be enforceable in all program activities or on all modes of program transportation.

All participants in this program will be required to review and sign a COVID-19 Disclosure and a COVID-19 Behavioral Commitment (located in the CLI application). You can find additional information and resources on the COVID-19 FAQs, and we will communicate any updated or program-specific guidelines to you prior to travel.

Details

COURSE DATES
July 18th - August 12th, 2022

ACADEMIC CREDIT
3 credits of SLC 494; "Albanian Language Overseas"

ELIGIBILITY
Successful completion of a CLI-Tempe 1st-Year Albanian intensive course

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CULTURAL PROGRAMS
Since the program is small, CLI customizes it to individual students. Excursion and activity schedules vary year to year, but have included:

  • Downtown Tirana: The National Museum, the Ethem Bej Mosque, Sahat Kulla, several ministries, and Rinia Park
  • National Art Gallery
  • Tirana Archeological Museum
  • Grand Park
  • Sky Tower 
  • Cave of Pellumbus
  • Kruja and Kruja fortress
  • Durrës: Durrës Amphitheater, Durrës Archeological Museum
  • Dajti Nature Reserve
  • Adriatic Coast

LOCATION
A 30-minute taxi ride to the Adriatic beaches of historic Durres and a short cable-car ride to the pine forests of the Dajti Mountains, Tirana is Albania's administrative, cultural, economic, and industrial center. Tirana is a vibrant, youthful Mediterranean city with a thriving cafe- and night life.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The CLI Summer in Tirana program is administered for CLI by American Councils, in conjunction with the resident director.

Housing & Meals

HOUSING
For 2022 homestays, our provider will only place students with families whose members are all fully vaccinated. Our participants live in carefully vetted host families in Tirana. Host families interact with participants exclusively in Albanian.

Participants may make alternative arrangements at their own expense, but for language-learning reasons, CLI highly recommends that they take advantage of the host family program.

MEALS
Breakfast and dinner are provided.

Participants purchase lunch restaurants and cafes near the Tirana training center.

Funding

TITLE VIII FUNDING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

The Department of State's Title VIII program funds graduate students with U.S. citizenship to study less commonly taught languages.

Title VIII provides fellowships of up to $10,000 for the study of First-Year Albanian in CLI-Arizona/Tirana. Past CLI Title VIII fellows can be awarded the fellowship up to two more times, for a maximum of up to 3 fellowship awards, as long as they maintain their graduate student eligibility.

Apply by January 24, 2022

 

MELIKIAN CENTER FUNDING FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

Supported by the Melikian Center's endowment and by private donations, the Melikian Center Awards Program provides scholarships of up to $4,000 for superior applicants to study Albanian in CLI-Arizona/Tirana.

ASU students, non-ASU students, teachers, and other non-students  are eligible to apply for this funding.

Apply by January 24, 2022

 

THE BENJAMIN A. GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP 

The State Department's Gilman Scholarship provides awards of up to $5,000 for students in financial need to study abroad, including in CLI overseas programs. Gilman applications require certification of the program by your institution's study-abroad office.  If you apply for Gilman support, please contact cli@asu.edu for assistance in getting the required information to your institution.

Gilman summer study applications are accepted from August to October  and January to March. Please apply for the early competition, if possible, since applicants to the later competition will not learn their award status until after the deadline to commit to CLI study. Please contact cli@asu.edu for details on timing your Gilman application

NEED-BASED FEE REDUCTION

The Melikian Center offers up to a $1,000 reduction of the published CLI program fee for qualified Pell-eligible students and non-students with an annual family income of $50,000 or less. This $1,000 reduction applies to Tempe-based or study abroad programs.

Unlike our other funding opportunities, this reduction does not require a separate application. Instead, you are only required to indicate your Pell eligibility on your general CLI program application in order to be considered for this fee reduction.

These fee reductions are limited. Not all who apply will be awarded.

To learn more about Pell or to see if you are eligible, please visit: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/pell

Costs

Program Fee

CLI Summer in Tirana program fee of $3,500 includes: 

Albanian coins
  • 60 hours of instruction
  • 3 academic credits
  • 4 weeks housing
  • excursions and activities
  • rides to and from Tirana airport
  • insurance
  • phone and phone card

Not Included:

  • international travel
  • lunches
  • books and materials
  • personal expenses

*All prices and descriptions on this page are subject to change. Participants are responsible for checking current prices and details before signing billing, housing, or meal contracts