Albanian - 2nd Year

Albanian - 8 weeks in Albania


Second-Year Albanian study abroad in Tirana, Albania

Students solidify their command of Albanian and raise their listening, speaking, and communicative skills to the Intermediate Low level or better. Graduates can interact in day-to-day life in Albania with ease and comfort.

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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.


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Second-Year Albanian abroad is provided through an agreement with American Councils.

June 20th - August 12th, 2022

8 credits of SLC 294
160 classroom hours, providing 8 ASU credit hours



  • Open to ASU and Non-ASU students
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students
  • Open to working professionals and retirees
  • Placement exam required


Participants engage in excursions and cultural activities designed to give participants a deeper understanding of life, culture, and history in the Balkans. While excursions and activities vary from year to year and by location, past participants have enjoyed excursions to the following sites:

  • Downtown Tirana
    • National Museum
    • Ethem Bej Mosque
    • Sahat Kulla
    • Ministry Row
    • 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

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.

Housing & Meals


For 2022 homestays, our provider will only place students with families whose members are all fully vaccinated. CLI Summer in Tirana 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.


Breakfast and dinner are provided. Participants purchase lunch restaurants and cafes near the Tirana training center.



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 Second-Year Albanian in CLI-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



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-Tirana.

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

Apply by January 24, 2022



Through a fund created by CLI Albanian alumna Dr. Elaine H. Berkowitz, CLI is able to provide a limited number of awards of up to $500 for students of Albanian.

Apply by January 24, 2022


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The State Department's Gilman Scholarship provides awards of up to $8,000 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 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 for details on timing your Gilman application.



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:


Program Fee

The CLI-Tirana program fee of $7,700 in 2022 covers:

  • 160 hours of instruction
  • 8 academic credits
  • 8 weeks housing
  • excursions and activities
  • phone and phone card
  • traveler's insurance

It does not include:

  • cost of travel to Tirana
  • lunches
  • 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