Study and Living in Albania
Types of higher education in Albania:
- Non-university high schools.
All universities and academies give diplomas of university level (bachelor degree).
- Courses are offered in English and French.
- Foreign students have the same procedures, like Albanian students.
- They must have an exam on Albanian language.
English language preparation for studying in Albania:
Pupils have to develop their academic English language skills in order to meet the English language requirements at Albanian universities for international students.
The Academic Year:
- The academic year starts in October.
- The duration of academic year is from 38 – 42 weeks.
- The base unit of the academic year is the semester.
- One academic year has two semesters.
- There are three examination periods: the winter, summer and autumn sessions.
- The tuition fees vary depending on the course of study, level of study and higher education institution. Generally, tuition fees do not go beyond 4000 EUR per academic year.
- The cost of living in Albania is low. Living expenses differ depending on the location.
RENT PER MONTH:
For one-bedroom apartment in the city, you can expect to pay about –euro-130- 300 €;
and outside city centre you can expect to pay 90 € to 170 €.
For three-bedroom apartment in the city centre, the average rent per month range from 200- 500 €.
University residences: Many universities in Albania provide residence halls. The university residence provides pupils a learning and living environment. All the necessary facilities are available.
Apartments: Students can rent an apartment in Albanian. The apartments in Albania are generally furnished. Students can share or live alone.
Inside the cities, hotels are abundant and prices per night start as low as €15.
Hotels are usually clean and their staff, at least in major cities, generally speak English and/or Italian. Outside the big cities, hotels are less common.
If, for any reason, you find nowhere to sleep, the Albanian people have always been known for their hospitality, and will treat you like royalty as you stay with them.
There are several ways to get around Albania: the most common are minibuses or Furgons. Buses are easily accessible and cheap, and you can also take trains where you can book tickets in advance. This is a convenient way to walk around there. Finally, taxis are yellow in color and have a public counter.
You can buy a local sim card for 600 Lek (about 5.37$). You need to provide ID (passport) and give an address in Albania.
Getting There Tirana’s ‘Mother Teresa’ International Airport is located just 15 minutes away from the city. It is served by numerous European flag carriers such as British Airways, Alitalia, Lufthansa, Austrian. A new, larger and modern terminal was opened in 2007.
It’s best to drink bottled water, but tap water is usually drinkable too. The food in Albania is mostly healthy anywhere you go in the country.
Take the usual precautions. Foreigners are generally not targeted by the local crime scene, though pickpocketing’s do occur.