Albanian Language Study Tours
There is no better way to improve spoken language ability than to be fully immersed in that language environment while undertaking an intensive but relaxing study programme.
Course location: Shkodra City.
Course level: Elementary; Intermediate; Advanced.
Mesi Bridge, Albania
No placement test for beginners; participants are graded and placed according to their respective level of proficiency.
They are flexible. Starting from anytime during spring, summer semester or year around, so you can choose your best available time to start. Please contact us if you have any request or question.
The language study tours “Learn Albanian in Albania: Language, Country and People” is aimed at groups of students as well as individuals.Since the Shkodra program is small, instructors provide a great deal of individual attention and staff are able to tailor the program to students’ needs.
Custom-Made Lessons: You can request the time, date, and content of the lesson
We offer private classes for students who want to customize their lessons.With a private lesson, you are free to choose the time and length of your class, as well as what you wish to study. Need to improve your listening? Wish to work on pronunciation? Conversation? Grammar?, whenever, and however you wish to study, our private lessons are flexible and designed to fit your needs!
Each language study tour begins with introduction days in Shkodra during which participants are prepared with intensive Albanian language instruction for day-to-day living in Albania as well the relevant special theme of the tour. The participants then visit a variety of places in and around Albania. Classes meet 3 hours a day and are held Monday through Friday or weekends with morning and/or afternoon sessions. Students enjoy regular cultural activities and excursions, with trips out of town. Activities are arranged each year with the input of participants.
Note: If any student has a preference to visit a specific place of interest in Albania, that it can be arranged by I.A.L.C. Group to satisfy our students.
Books and materials (gratis) are the same as those for online courses.
Housing and Meals:
Students live in a hotel, breakfast provided with free WI-FI internet access. Participants purchase lunch and dinner in local restaurants and cafes. Fortunately cost of living in Shkoder,Albania is a very cheap place to live.
A Hotel Information:
Hotel Argenti Shkoder Hotel map.
34 rooms, 58 beds.
Price per room: $20-25 USD, breakfast included & Internet.
Restaurant can seat 60. Gym-Sauna, Taxi, 20 parking places.
Note: Students can book other hotels too.
About the Location:
Gracefully situated on the northwestern Adriatic Cost, Shkodra has remained for centuries a luxurious Albanian town. It is one of the oldest and most historic places in Albania, as well as an important cultural and economic center. A 30-minute taxi ride to the Adriatic beaches of Velipoja Lagoon and 10-minutes taxi ride to Shkoder Lake. Shkodra is Albania’s cultural center, it’s a vibrant, youthful Mediterranean city, with a thriving cafe- and night life. For more information about the Shkodra region please visit: Shkodra, the Region of Privacy in pdf. file.
One of the Itineraries
One Week Program.
Departure Day: Depart for Shkodra, Albania! Most flights from the U.S. will leave in the mid afternoon or evening and arrive in Tirana airport the following morning.
Day 1. Foreign students in Albania
Arrival Morning: Arrive at Tirana International Airport (TIA) where you will be met by I.A.L.C. on-site teacher. From here, you might meet any students traveling on different airlines and transfer to the hotel located in the heart of the city’s district. At the hotel, you will have time to freshen up after your long journey! Mirë se vini në Shqipëri! – Welcome to Albania!
Afternoon: Get to know your teachers and fellow travelers over an orientation lunch followed by a walking tour of Shkoder. Shop in the Zogu I Blvd., marvel at the English Clock Tower built in 1880, see the Historical Museum of Shkodra in the Traditional Shkodra House of Oso Kuka, Catholic Cathedral, Orthodox Cathedral, Ebu Bekr Mosque, and the Monument of Mother Teresa. Other possible explorations include: National Photo Gallery “Marubi”, Hamam (Turkish bath/sauna), Monument of Isa Boletini (Lunch and dinner will be paid for on your own so you can start practicing paying in Lek!)
Evening: Enjoy an evening stroll along the Buna River and have dinner with your new friends. We will also have another orientation briefing before getting some much needed sleep. Return to the hotel to get a good night’s sleep!
Morning: Enjoy breakfast (included) at the hotel. Today you’ll start your Albanian language course at our partner institution. Classes are taught by native speakers and take place close to your hotel, not far from Shkodra Lake. You will take a placement test to evaluate your level of Albanian and be placed into the correct class. No placement test for beginners. I.A.L.C. Albanian Courses focus on the practical acquisition of the language and are both challenging and fun!
Afternoon: Enjoy lunch (in the restaurant of the fortress) overlooking one of Shkodra’s best preserved ancient monuments, the Rozafa Castle, built by Illyrians in 230 BC. Spend the afternoon exploring Rozafa Castle on a guided orientation tour and the surroundings of the Lean Mosque, a slow view of the city’s landscape. After lunch and strolling the cobble stone streets, depart for Shkodra.
Evening: Spend the evening exploring night life in Shkodra and practice your Albanian around the city park at the language institute! After, enjoy a nice dinner at Bar Restaurant “Villa Bekteshi” and relaxing evening with your friends and teacher.
Morning: After breakfast, intensive Albanian classes. Watch your skills progress as you learn Albanian from native speakers! Many students will meet after classes for an ice cream and a typical stroll around the neighborhood and getting your mind thinking in Albanian!
Afternoon: Depart for Bridge of Mesi built in 18th century, visit the medieval castle of Drivatsum-Drisht and the Kratul Fortification built in 1st century BC. Soak up the many inspiring views along your visit throughout this geographically unique and culturally rich region. Lunch in a restaurant near the Bridge of Mesi.
Evening: Transfer to Shkodra and stop for dinner at one of the regions finest restaurant “Tradita,” with typical dishes from Shkodra. Enjoy a nice evening meal with your Teachers! Mealtime is important in Albania and where you’ll learn cultural differences and be immersed in the language.
Morning: After breakfast you will have an in-depth Albanian tutoring session at an outdoor café of the hotel. Watch your Albanian skills continue to progress as you master new grammatical concepts and improve in your speaking ability.
Afternoon: Head to the beautiful towns of Lezha founded 385 BC and Shengjina beautiful Albanian seaside town. Here, you’ll get to experience Albanian culture in a different city! Watch your Albanian come to life as you interact with local vendors, spend time getting to know them and practicing your Albanian skills and indulge in some of the region’s local cuisine. Eat lunch at one of the many restaurants close to Shengjin beach. (On summer season) Depart for Velipoja Lagoon to explore this nearby beach paradise! Soak up some sun on one of Velipoja’s pristine beaches.
Evening: Arrive back to Shkoder where you’ll have dinner in a restaurant near the Shkodra lake with typical dish from Shkodra based on carp. This is also a great opportunity to explore Albania more by eating at restaurants, shopping, and taking in the sights.
Morning & Afternoon: Head to the beautiful city of Kruja, the touristic capital of Albania, for a full day excursion! Visit the Skanderbeg Museum, The National Ethnographic Museum, Kruja Castle and the Bazaar of Derexhik. Eat at a local Kruja restaurant and enjoy the shopping that Bazaar has to offer. Kruja is a great place to purchase all the typical Albanian souvenirs to take home!
Evening: After returning to Shkoder, a fun evening activity with your teacher will be planned. Take advantage of the evening hours to practice your language skills with your teachers. Finish off a great day having dinner with your group before going to bed early.
Morning: Regular Albanian classes during morning hours. See your skills continue to progress as you explore new concepts, grammar, and culture! Enjoy the morning by walking the town and soaking up Albanian sun at Shkodra Lake!
Afternoon: Head to the Albanian Alps, Razma village for a half day excursion! Here, you will explore the region’s most famed mountain range and neighboring villages. Enjoy the day hiking, exploring and seeing first-hand the life in the Albanian countryside. A beautiful panoramic view and its breathtaking landscapes followed by lunch at Razma resort.
Evening: Enjoy a final party with your group and spend some time with them to share memories of your time in Albania! Don’t forget to pack your bags to prepare for the journey back home!
Morning: Enjoy your last breakfast and morning in Shkodra with your group and teachers. Now that your Albanian language skills have improved, use them as much as possible! After breakfast, you will meet with your group and teachers for one final “Mirupafshim – Good bye” to Albania.
Afternoon & Evening: Students will be transported to the Tirana Int’l Airport to catch their flight home. Fly back with wonderful memories of Albania that you will remember the rest of your life!
Two – Three Week Programs.
Potential elective activities for week two and three include: picnics, dance lessons, soccer games or tennis games with other students, visits to nearby beaches and towns, local cultural and sporting events, Café Astoria to practice your Albanian and more!
Below is a list of cultural activities the I.A.L.C. staff in Albania has organized in the past. Trips to south Albania also:
- Theth National Park.
- National Historical Museum.
- Koman Lake.
- Mount Dajt.
- Valbona Valley.
One Month Program.
Continued afternoon potential activities include: exchanges with local students, visits to cultural museums around Tirane and Durres and other Albanian cities, continued fun activities, parties, cooking workshop and volleyball, basketball or soccer on the beach, movie night in Albanian, camping, hacking, trip to the local shopping bazaars, and many more!
- Tourism in Albania
- Tirana Park on the Artificial Lake.
- National Gallery of Albania.
- Petrele Castle.
- Durres Archaeological Museum.
- Durres Castle.
- Royal Villa of Durres.
- Trips / Visits to Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia.
During each week and on weekend days students will have free time to explore Albania on their own. The I.A.L.C. staff provides students with suggested activities to help learn more about their host city and culture.
- Program Advising & Itineraries
- Detailed Orientation Guides
- Online Student Contact
- Flight Advising
- Visa support**
Abroad – Internationally
- Airport Arrival Meet & Greet
- On-site Bilingual Teachers
- Afternoon Elective Activities
- On-site Orientation
- Tour Guides
- Local Cell phone with internet service
- 24 hours assistance
Post – Program
- Certificate of completion
- Alumni support network
- I.A.L.C. T-Shirt
What’s Not included?
- Airfare / Travel costs.
- Hotels (estimated $140-$175 per week)
- Meals (estimated $80-$110 per week)
- Transportation on excursions etc.
- Other personal expenses.
The 2015-2016 Shkodra Program tuition fee is $544 USD per week.
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3 lessons per day.
|Total||Method of payment|
21 lessons in 1 week.
|Two weeks||42 lessons in 2 weeks.||$25.90||$1088|
|Three week||63 lessons in 3 weeks.||$25.90||$1632|
|One month||84 lessons in 1 month.||$25.90||$2175
What Students Say:
Getting the possibility to travel to Republic of Albania may be a once in a lifetime chance and this trip made each penny worthwhile. I admired experiencing a new way of life and a special culture. The classes extremely challenged my Albanian skills and therefore the teachers were so friendly and useful. They really created learning the language and come to life!
My Albanian has improved such a lot, and my comprehension is finally to a degree where I will perceive everything the individuals inform me. I undoubtedly suggest the Shkodra program to any serious Albanian learner.
Shkodra was a tremendous place to study Albanian! The folks there have been so helpful and too friendly. It extremely opened my eyes to how hospitable and kind the Albanian people and culture really are. I wanted to remain for the complete summer! studying abroad in Albania was a once during a lifetime experience! You won’t know how much you loved it and how much you’ll miss it till you return back home.
**US Citizens and other nationalities can enter in Albania even with ID Card. For a list of country that can enter in Republic of Albania without a visa, please visit: www.mfa.gov.al.