Study Abroad: Balkan Language Initiative (ACSA)

American Councils Study Abroad would like to remind all that applications for spring 2018 intensive language immersion programs are approaching.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, October 16, 2017.

Balkan Language Initiative (BLI)

The American Councils Balkan Language Initiative provides graduate students, advanced undergraduates, working professionals, and scholars intensive individualized instruction in the languages of the Balkans. Participants may choose to study one of 5 regional languages including: Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, and Serbian. (Language prerequisite: two semesters of the target language or a related language)

Students admitted to American Councils programs are eligible to receive financial support from a wide range of sources, including the U.S. Department of State (Title VIII), U.S. Department of Education, Boren, FLAS, Gilman, and the American Councils Study Abroad Scholarship Fund. 


Comprehensive, two-day pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. as well as on-site orientation in each host city;

Expert faculty and classrooms of only 2 to 6 participants to maximize individual attention to each learner’s needs;

15-20 hours per week of in-class target language instruction in grammar, phonetics, conversation, culture and area studies;

Housing with carefully-vetted host families;

U.S. academic credit (administered through Bryn Mawr College);

Conversation partners who assist U.S. students with language learning;

Creative excursions that go beyond typical tourist destinations and offer students new insights into the host country life and culture.



Prospective applicants should check the program website for more information and to access the online application. The application deadline for these programs is October 16, 2017. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions regarding the programs or the application process.