International Schools in Albania

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You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Albania with fee information. It includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools and you will find the right school to prepare for International Baccalaureate, and other diploma in Albania. Some schools may follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking programs while others are regulated under the French education system.

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student Albania (children of diplomats, multinational corporation executives, NGO staff). There may be some local population, but the schools are geared for an international student body. Schools usually follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, Canada or Australia/New Zealand. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English, French, Spanish, German, or Japanese. Many international schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam. Schools often provide additional accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.

Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.


The CoIS (Council of International Schools) is a non-profit association of international schools and post-secondary institutions which provides educational accreditation, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and help with founding new schools.

Quality Schools International (QSI) is a group of non-profit international schools offering education in the English language, in a number of countries in Europe, Asia, and South America. QSI is a member of Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) for US Overseas schools.

International schools in Tirana

Tirana International School (TIS)
Address: Rruga Vilat Gjermane, Tirana, Albania
Tirana, Albania
Tel: 355 - 4 - 2365239
Annual Tuition Rates (US currency): Pre-school $5,600; Kindergarten - 12 $15,700

Private, non-profit preschool through grade 12. Provides co-educational, American curriculum in a college preparatory institution. Instruction is in English. Non-English-speaking students are enrolled in an intensive English-as-a-Second-Language Program. The school year comprises 3 trimesters extending from late August to the middle of June. TIS is the test center in Albania for the SAT. Located across the street from the American Embassy in Tirana, the building was built in 1933 and is one of the few that survived WWII.

Memorial International School of Tirana (MIST)
Address: Ish- Shkolla e Partise Rruga Dritan Hoxha Nr.1
Tirana, Albania
Tel: 355 4 2237379
Annual Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Opened in 2001, the school is in the process of becoming a CIS accredited school. MIST caters to children aged between 3 and 18 years old of all nationalities, race and creed. The school promotes equal opportunity for all, applying the regulations on admissions fairly and equally to all those wishing to attend. Courses are in English and prospective students (except Pre-school, Kindergarten, Grade-1 applicants and native English speaking applicants) are required to take an English test. The curriculum is partially based on the National Curriculum of England and partially on American curriculum.

GDQ International Christian School
Address: c/o AEP BOX 89 KP119
Tirana, Albania
Tel: 003554258948
Annual Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

GDQ's founders were among the first missionary families in Albania after the fall of communism in 1991. The school offers an international, academically enriching, biblical education to students ages 5 to 19. Our curriculum and teaching resources pull from both British and U.S. standards. Class sizes run from 6 to 14 students, allowing for individualized and small group interaction between students and teachers.

The International Montessori School of Albania
Address: Rr. Medar Shtylla, prane "Kompleksit Dinamo"
Tirana, Albania
Tel: 355 4 23 21 121
Annual Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The first Montessori School in Tirana welcomes children from 2-6 years of age. International staff, Montessori A.M.I. trained, will provide the best quality of teaching according to Montessori philosophy and methodology. Montessori curriculum and activities will be provided in English.

World Academy of Tirana
Address: Bilal Golemi St Nr 17/2
Tirana, Albania
Tel: 355 42444014
Annual Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

An IB PYP Candidate School, the World Academy of Tirana exists to educate and inspire young children so that they grow into active, compassionate adults. For students aged 1-5 years old the school applies the Montessori method in 2 classes (0-3 Montessori Assistance to Infancy, and 3-6 Montessori Casa dei bambini). The IB PYP curriculum is used for students aged 5-12 years of age.

Albanian International School
Address: Elbasani Street, No. 24, Tirane
Tel: +355 69 47 46 856
Annual Tuition Rates:  Preschool 3000 Euros per year, Kindergarten 3500 Euros per year,
Grades 1 through 9 is 4500 Euros per year

Albanian International School (AIS) is an elite, boutique international school consisting of small classes for a more efficient student/teacher ratio. Their unique curriculum of American and European standards ensures that students are equipped with international education for the future.

Tirana English School
Address: Rruga Haki Shehu #37, Tirana Albania (next to U.S. embassy housing-Ridge)
Tel: +355 (0)66 650 4449
Annual Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Tirana English School is an early childhood learning center, Reggio Emilia inspired, play based program for children ages 2 to 5. We highly value prosocial skills, literacy and hands on learning. Program includes afternoon sports and monthly fieldtrips.

French Schools in Tirana, Albania

Ecole Française de Tirana
Address: Rruga Tre Vëllezërit Kondi
Pranë shkollës Viktor Hygo
Tirana, Albania
Tel: 069 48 11 356
Annual Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Following the curriculum of French education in cooperation between France and Albania. Classes are offered from kindergarten to elementary school with French teachers approved by the Ministry of National Education of France. Education is also offered in the Albanian language.