Tertiary education in Albania is structured along the lines of Bologna Process. It is a program aimed at standardizing credits and degrees so students can transfer between universities in European countries with ease. Due to this the standard of education in Albania is high and many international students benefit from it. With a literacy rate of 99 percent, Albania stands among the most literate countries due to its exceptional educational system.
The Bachelor Degree programs are of three year duration and Master’s programs can run from two to three years, depending on the subject of study. Many Albanian universities have bilateral agreements with numerous universities around the world, where degrees and credits are easily transferable in fields such as Medicine, Social Sciences, and Economic Studies to name a few.
There are also summer study programs available. Ranging in duration from one to eight weeks, they include language and cultural programs like “Learn Albanian in Albania: Language, Country and People.” The medium of instruction for these programs is varied and includes English, French, Italian or Albanian. Some programs also include excursions and extracurricular activities.
Some of the larger Albanian universities offer work study programs as well as student exchange programs. Work in Albania is divided into two categories country or city. Country work usually means agriculture related work on farms, whereas in cities, students can find jobs in government, tele-marketing, financial institutions and seasonal positions. Since Albania has a deep rooted history, archeology is another area of work study programs that attracts foreign students. The country has numerous museums, castles and archeological sites that provide job opportunities.