The academic programme combines lectures and seminars plus guided independent study. The courses in total are worth 4 ECTS Credits and by now officially recognized by every University were presented throughout the world. The Academy is open for both Bachelor students who have completed at least one year of university education and master students. Courses are selected among AAB study programmes and modified to better meet the needs of our Summer Academy participants. Students will join a community of students involved in interactive, problem/research based and to the extent possible authentic learning.
The Summer Academy is focused in independent study which is intended to develop skills such as critical analysis and problem-solving to help develop your own ideas. Independent student learning allows also peer learning – which is one of the strengths of the programme in a multi-cultural environment.
Lectures and seminars
There are typically five hours per day divided into two (morning and afternoon) sessions from 9.00 – 15.00. There is a lunch break between 12.00 and 13.00 hours.
Courses are taught by two local and one international teacher but also speakers (local and internationals) including diplomats accredited in Kosovo and representatives of EULEX and UN Mission in Kosovo) who are experts from the field will be invited to address students for a certain topic. Also guided study visits to governmental institutions and meetings with various leaders and high profile individuals will be arranged.
A syllabus with further details of lectures, readings and a timetable will be sent to successful applicants.
The aim is not to lecture but to encourage debate, make judgements, and learn to analyse a topic critically. Our approach in teaching and learning is constructivist whereby the teachers facilitate learning by inspiring, organizing, scaffolding and guiding the students. This is translated in lively discussions of current trends in the chosen study areas. Therefore, the Summer Academy will support student’s independent work and creativity, by encouraging all to participate and actively contribute to the programme..
Study tours and excursions
AAB International Summer Academy 2018 is also composed of three days study/leisure tours in Macedonia and Albania. During this period, participants will have the possibility to visit important institutions but also hear lectures from important academic and political personalities in Macedonia and Albania. The afternoons of the study/ leisure trips are reserved for leisure activities.
There is a combination of formative and summative assessment. Your final grade will consist of your contribution and active participation during the classes, your (individual and group) work in the form of a presentation, and a short essay at the end of the course.
We will award a certificate to students who successfully finish the program and each student will receive 4 ECTS credits for the courses that will attend. We advise that you speak to your academic advisor or international office before you apply concerning the transferring of credits.
Library and IT services
AAB provides very good access to internet and eLibrary. You will be provided with an eLibrary account at the registration desk. The library is also available for all between 8 am and 8 pm. Within the campus there are over 100 PCs available in the halls for student use. The library and the campus hold numerous places and corners for individual and group work.
For all participants who successfully will register to the International Summer Academy, a Practical Guide will be sent. The Guide provides basic information about students stay in Pristina.