Balkan Language Initiative

Explore a region largely unserved by study abroad.  

The Balkan Language Initiative offers intensive, highly-individualized instruction in Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, and Serbian in six different countries. 

Through homestays, conversation partners, in-class instruction, and a host of extracurricular activities in the Balkans, participants can enjoy an unprecedented opportunity to immerse themselves in daily local life in a region largely unrepresented in study abroad programs. 

Currently, this program offers the following:

  • Albanian in Tirana, Albania
  • Bosnian in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgarian in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Macedonian in Skopje, North Macedonia*
  • Montenegrin in Podgorica, Montenegro
  • Serbian in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Serbian in Podgorica, Montenegro

*Summer only


Funded by

Self-funded; financial aid is available


Open to undergraduates, graduates, and professionals; two semesters or more of experience in the target language or a related language required