Balkan Language Initiative: Language, History, and Culture Studies

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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 (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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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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