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Go Beyond Ordinary

American Councils offers comprehensive study abroad and internship programs in many of the most intriguing corners of the world. From language immersion and area studies to business and international affairs, American Councils has a program to advance your education and career.

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Study Abroad with American Councils

American Councils programs feature small class sizes, immersion opportunities inside and outside of the classroom, cultural excursions, volunteer and extracurricular pursuits, and host-family living.

Our Programs in the Balkans

Balkan Language Initiative

Balkan Language InitiativeThe Balkan Language Initiative offers intensive, highly- individualized instruction in Albanian, Bosnian, Macedonian, and Serbian. Through homestays, conversation partners, in-class instruction, and a wide range of extracurricular activities, participants enjoy an unprecedented opportunity to immerse themselves in daily local life in a region largely unserved by study abroad programs. Learn More →

Overseas Professional & Intercultural Training Program (OPIT)

Overseas Professional & Intercultural Training (OPIT) Program - InternshipsThrough OPIT’s six-week, English-language internships, students gain the substantive overseas professional experience and intercultural communication skills demanded by today’s global market. American Councils on-site staff arrange internships and provide ongoing support to participants. Internships in the fields of business, democracy-building, ecology, human rights, law, public health, journalism, and women’s issues are available throughout Eurasia and Southeast Europe. No foreign-language study is required. Learn More →