All majors eligible, Good academic standing (not on academic warning or academic probation), Sophomore at the time of application (IQPs)
Albania is located in southeastern Europe, bordering the Adriatic Sea, across from Italy and north of Greece. It is a small mountainous country with both Mediterranean and Alpine climates. After centuries of foreign occupation followed by decades of oppressive communist rule, Albania is embracing democracy and capitalism. Although it is a poor, developing nation, today Albania has one of Europe’s fasting growing economies. Travel guide Frommer’s declared Albania to be the “Top Value Destination for 2012.” The following is from Lonely Planet, which ranked Albania as the Number One destination in the world in 2011: “Not just the preserve of the adventurous, Albania is a warm and sincerely hospitable country – with enough rough edges to keep it interesting.” While Albania has numerous small cities of historical or archeological interest, the capital, Tirana, is a bustling metropolis with heavy traffic and chaotic construction, but also with cultural activities, museums, good restaurants, cafes and nightlife. It has a large population of students eager to practice their English.
Albania has many needs that lend themselves to IQPs. In addition to environmental projects, we are planning projects in education, tourism and business. In its first year, 2013, students worked on projects with the following titles: Advancing E-waste Recycling in Albania; Community-based Tourism at Pellumbas Village, Albania; Developing a Water Education Program in Albanian High Schools. In the future we will be working with a pre-engineering high school in Tirana, to introduce programs in fields such as robotics or game design. We have also connected with an agency in Albania whose mission is foster innovation and entrepreneurship through technological training. We expect to have an agro-business project involving beekeeping. Another example of an agro-business project involves the sustainability of harvesting medicinal herbs from Albania’s forests. Albania is not all fun and games, but if you like adventure and are willing to accept some challenges living there, Albania may be the site for you.