Multiple Locations +6
  • Albania
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Macedonia
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Cultural Studies History Literature Political Science Russian and Eastern European Studies

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Bachelors Masters PhD.
Host Family


Starting Price
Price Details
Cost of this program includes tuition and fees; academic credit through Bryn Mawr College; housing with a local host family (includes two meals per day); pre-departure orientation; in-country orientation; airport transportation; excursions and cultural activities; health insurance; visa (if necessary); in-country logistical support and 24/7 emergency coverage. Scholarships are available. Please visit www.acstudyabroad.org/bli for current pricing.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Classes Some Meals Visa
What's Not Included
Airfare SIM cards Transportation Wifi
Oct 27, 2023
Feb 04, 2021
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About Program

The Balkan Language Initiative supports undergraduates, graduate students, and research scholars in the study of five regional languages in the Balkans. Through this program, participants can study in Tirana (Albania), Belgrade (Serbia), Podgorica (Montenegro), Skopje (North Macedonia), Sofia (Bulgaria), and Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina). American Councils arranges individual or small group programs of study for language, literature, or history at leading institutions throughout the Balkans. Support for participants and supervision of programs is provided by American Councils' extensive network of overseas staff and offices.

American Councils arranges academic affiliations, classes, housing, medical care and in-country transportation for participants. Regional staff conduct an in-country orientation upon each participant's arrival and provide ongoing logistical support, including an emergency contact-person who is available at all times to participants.

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Program Highlights

  • Intensive Language Instruction
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • Host Families
  • Excursions
  • Conversation Partners

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Yes, I recommend this program

Huge Gains Even With Virtual Format

Even though my program was 100% virtual due to the pandemic, I went from knowing absolutely no BCS at the beginning of the summer to scoring an Advanced Mid speaking proficiency in two months. Then during the fall semester, I was reading books, analyzing the news, and watching films and TV shows without subtitles. I couldn't have done all this without the excellent quality programming AC provides, and despite the online format, there was a sense of community and support. I can't wait to do another program with American Councils!

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