Study in Albania
In the academic year 2010/2011, a total of 86 345 full-time students (excluding Ph.D. students) and 19 084 part-time and distance learning students were enrolled in public higher education institutions and 26 784 students in private institutions, with a full-time teaching staff of 4 053 persons and part-time teaching staff of 5 727.
Higher Education system in Albania is a binary system. There are three kind of higher institutions in Albania:
- Non-university high schools
All universities and academies give diplomas of university level (bachelor degree). Only Nursing Higher School offer non-university level diplomas. Some non-university level studies offered from different universities will be reconstructed as non-university higher schools. Non-public higher education will be developed in the near future.
Structure of higher education degrees/qualifications
The following diplomas are awarded:
- Non-university diploma 2 - 4 years
- ODL diploma 3 years
- University diploma (equivalent to Bachelor degree) 4 – 6 years
- Post-university qualification up to 1 year
- ODL qualification up to 1 year
- Diploma of post-university specialisation up to 1 year
- Post-university deeper studies (equivalent to Master degree) 1- 2 years
- Doctor Diploma (Ph.D) 2 – 5 years
Universities award all these diplomas. Academies award only university diploma / post-university qualifications. Nursery schools award only non-university diplomas.
Courses are offered in English and French.
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Admission and access systems to higher education
Foreign students have the same procedures, like Albanian students. First, they must have an exam on Albanian language.
The admission of students to a first cycle study programme and second cycle integrated study programme is based on one of the following criteria: students must have finished successfully the state Matura or must have received a similar qualification for study abroad equivalent to Matura or a degree from a higher education institution. Through State Matura, Albania has established a so-called Merit and Preference system.
For admission to a second cycle study programme students must have a first cycle degree or another equivalent degree for study abroad.
The recognition for academic purposes, in order to study in different second or third study cycles, is completed by the higher education institutions in accordance with legislation and international agreements.
For more information visit: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/tempus/participating_countries/overview/albania_tempus_country_fiche_final.pdf
English language preparation for studying in Albania
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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.
Foreigners who enter the country without a visa have the right to stay in Albania only 30 days for an entry and they may stay up to 90 days within the calendar year.
The citizens of the following countries may obtain a visa at any entry point by payment: FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Israel. The citizens of other countries are required to obtain visas at the missions of the Republic of Albania that cover the country of residence. These missions can also provide them with the necessary information about Albania. The Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs web site is www.mfa.gov.al, carries information in English and Albanian about visa requirements.