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Short-Cycle Higher Education


7.2.First-cycle programmes

7.2.2Short-Cycle Higher Education

Last update: 27 November 2023

Short-Cycle Higher Education

Professional study programmes [rogramet e studimit me karakter profesional] after high school education of 60 or 120 ECTS. Their normal duration is one or two academic years. ‘

Branches of Study

There are different professional based studies within this programme.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements in professional study programmes include completion of high school or professional high school.


The curriculum is drafted by the respective institutions and approved by the Ministry of Education  Sports  and Youth and the Minisry of Finance and Economy.

Teaching Methods

Idem with bachelor cycle

Progression of Students

Idem with bachelor cycle.


Idem with bachelor cycle.

Student Assessment

Idem with bachelor cycle


Professional Certificate’ [Certifikatë Profesionale] or ‘Professional Degree’ [Diplomë Profesionale] is issued for the area of obtained education, EQF

Organisational Variation

One or two years study programmes. Programmes drafted by the institution that offers such programmes.