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American University in Bulgaria

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Program Snapshot

AUBG students are energetic, enthusiastic, and highly intelligent. The multicultural student body includes 40 nationalities. Diversity is honored, inclusiveness is nurtured, and academic excellence is always the intellectual goal. Courses are taught by a high-quality, international faculty experienced in teaching in a multicultural, learner-centered environment. The interactive teaching found at AUBG fosters the development of intellectual reflection, effective communication, personal initiative, individual self-expression, and civic responsibility.

Got questions? Contact an ISEP Student Ambassador who studied at the American University of Bulgaria.

The Rough Guide to Bulgaria calls Blagoevgrad “the coolest place in southwest Bulgaria.” Undoubtedly a university town—with 20,000 of its 80,000 residents being students—it is also a vibrant economic and cultural center boasting a restored old quarter and quaint shopping plazas, along with dynamic clubs and cafes that are known as some of the most “stylish” in the country. Blagoevgrad is famous for its architecture and welcoming atmosphere, and the surrounding region abounds with natural beauty and tourist attractions such as the Rila Monastery, the ski resort of Bansko, the spa town of Sandanski, and the Seven Lakes of Rila Mountain. Bulgaria’s capital of Sofia, only an hour away, offers access to cities all over Europe, and Istanbul and Greece can be easily reached by train or bus.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester
ISEP Direct: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.

Chance of Placement
Chance of placement on ISEP Exchange is Excellent.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students
ISEP Direct chance of placement is Excellent.

Program Dates
Academic year: mid- August to mid-May
Semester 1: mid- August to mid-December
Semester 2: mid-January to mid-May.

Information about ISEP Direct fees and deadlines.

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing, Meals Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Full Year 16-17: $16,500
Semester 1 16-17: $9,300
Semester 2 16-17: $9,900

For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: March 15, 2016
SM2: October 1, 2016

Fast Facts
Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria (pop. 80,000)
Student Enrollment: 1,100
Language of instruction: English
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ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct
Anthropology, business administration, computer science, economics, English, European studies, fine arts, history, information systems, international relations, journalism/ mass communications, languages (Bulgarian, French, German, Spanish), mathematics, philosophy, political science, southeastern European studies.

Academic Notes
The most appropriate fields of study for ISEP participants include European studies, business, computer science, journalism, and political science/ international relations.

AUBG is accredited both in the US and in Bulgaria, and academic credits are fully transferable in Europe and in the United States.

Students typically enroll in 4-5 classes per term which averages to 15 hours in class per week. A term runs for 15 weeks.

Transcripts will be available in January and May. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Requirements:The language of instruction at AUBG is English.
Language Notes: Students may register for beginning to intermediate Bulgarian classes as they would any other course.

Special Academic Conditions
It is recommended that applicants for AUBG have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
Due to lengthy visa processing times, students are advised to begin applying for their visa immediately after receiving confirmation from the host. Please note that as of August 2012 the visa fee was $300.

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Housing and Meals
ISEP Exchange: Students live in shared rooms in on-campus residence halls and receive a stipend to purchase meals at the campus cafeterias. Additionally, common cooking facilities are available.

ISEP Direct: Students live in shared rooms in on-campus residence halls. Meals are not included, so students are responsible for purchasing their own meals. Common cooking facilities are available as are on campus dining facilities. Students should budget about $600 per semester for meals.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at about $375.

All first-year and transfer students participate in a week-long orientation program. During this time new students receive information on academic advising and course selection, health care, campus activities, athletics, financial aid, career planning, residence life, and diversity awareness.Social events throughout the week provide opportunities to meet other students, Residence Assistants, Faculty, and Student Services personnel.

Airport pickup can be arranged for an additional fee if the host site is notified in advance.

Student Activities
AUBG offers a variety of sport opportunities, including baseball, tennis, boxing, chess, skiing, fitness, dancing, soccer, American football, swimming, and aerobics. Residence halls host table tennis, billiards and gym facilities. Those interested in skiing, hiking, boxing, kickboxing, aerobics, volleyball, baseball, yoga, tae kwon do, softball, and karate have formed student clubs and intramural teams. Every semester the soccer and basketball intramural competitions and the Bulgarians vs. Internationals tournaments stir the emotions of players and fans alike. AUBG is also ideally located for trips to the ski resorts of Bansko, Borovetz and Pamporovo.

AUBG offers American-style liberal arts education with English as the language of instruction. AUBG is a multicultural institution and provides an unrivaled cultural experience. Forty percent of the student body is non-Bulgarian from over 24 countries. The university promotes educational outreach programs to serve the wider community.

Founded in 1991, following the fall of communist governments across Eastern Europe, the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) was established in order to educate future leaders committed to serving the needs of the region by promoting the values of an open democratic society. AUBG offers American-style liberal arts education with English as the language of instruction.

What Past Students have to Say
"Everyone should give study abroad a chance. Do not be afraid to go to a country which you do not speak the language. Never count out a country because you do not know a lot about it. I knew nothing about Bulgaria before I arrived and it was the best experience of my entire life." -Amanda

"You'll be surprised by the beauty of the country, the food, the hospitality, and you will come to understand and respect the scars that the country has. It will have a lasting impact on the way you think and live." - ISEP student from University of Wisconsin Stout