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American University Bulgaria

The mission of the American University in Bulgaria is to educate students of outstanding potential in a community of academic excellence, diversity, and respect and prepare them for democratic and ethical leadership in serving the needs of the region and the world. The values of the University do not change over time but are fundamental to our identity, to who we are. Both our vision and our mission are informed by the values that were shared by the University’s founders and which have guided the University since its inception in 1991: We envision a community of diverse and creative students of outstanding potential living and learning together in an engaging and rigorous academic environment on a campus which offers world-class academic, recreational, and residential facilities.  Mentored by internationally respected faculty committed to the liberal arts tradition, graduates will be fully prepared for lives of professional achievement, personal fulfilment, and service.  (Source: the university website)

Degree Courses Taught in English: Yes
Online/Distance courses offered: TBC
Bachelors Course Duration: Semesters (6) Years (3)
Masters Course Duration: Semesters (N/A) Years (N/A)


TOEFL is required.

AUBG provides on-campus housing with available laundry and cooking facilities. Additionally, a meal stipend is given to students for use at student cafeterias, cafés, or grocery stores. Living on campus helps students become a part of the AUBG community outside the classroom.

Residence halls are not just where students live, but also where they watch films, listen to lectures, participate in student government, study, meet new friends, have parties, and participate in many other great activities.

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The Career Center provides an array of programs and comprehensive services in the areas of career exploration and development, as well as graduate school preparation and application. The overall purpose of the center is to educate students and alumni about the career decision-making process; provide current information and resources on the labor market and employment trends; assist students with job preparation and readiness; and prepare them for the transition to the real-life world of work.

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Higher Education in Bulgaria attracts many international students, this is due not only because of its excellent educational quality and the fact that their diploma’s are recognised throughout the EU/EEA and beyond, but also because of it’s reasonable tuition fees and living expenses.

Courses are taught in English, French, German and Bulgarian. The academic year comprises of two terms, and courses generally start in September or October and end in May or June.

Lectures are interest driven and there are also extra curriculum activities allowing students to enjoy their educational experience whilst studying in Bulgaria. Students also work in small groups this supports a deeper understanding of subjects. Tutoring is also common practice and helps to develop and improve professionalism.

The Higher Education system in Bulgaria is generally based on the Bachelor, Master and Doctorate system (LMD) and is provided through three types of institutions: Universities, Specialised High Schools and Colleges.

The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) has    been adopted under the necessary legislation (Higher Education Act) and has been implemented since 2004. Higher Education Institutions in Bulgaria are autonomous, and are responsible for their own programme design and quality assurance with the education that they provide.

Throughout all HE institutions quality management systems for internal monitoring and evaluation are enforced and are required through legislation. This is also monitored and evaluated externally by the Nation-al Agency for Evaluation and Accreditation.

The Higher Education System in Bulgaria provides applicants with the following degrees options:

College degree (obtained after three years of studies)

Bachelor’s degree (obtained after three to four years of studies)

Master’s degree (obtained after five years of studies or after 1 – 1½ years for applicants already holding a Bachelor degree)

PhD or Doctorate degree (obtained after three years of studies, only available for applicants with a Master’s degree)

Higher Education in Bulgaria is highly renowned on an international level. This is reflected in the fact that thousands of Bulgarian medical Doctors are working in UK, Canada, France, Germany as well as other parts of the World. Almost all universities have full Bulgarian accreditation, some of them have double accreditation i.e. American, French, UK, Dutch etc. Bulgaria is a FULL EU member state and as such all HE qualifications are recognised throughout the EU, EEA and other parts of the World.

Residence permit:

Students coming from EU countries do not need visa. All foreign students (EU and non-EU students) studying in Bulgaria must apply for residence permits at nearest Bulgarian Migration Department (Office) of the National Migration Directorate. The National Migration Directorate and its local migration departments in the local Police officers is the authority in charge of issuing, cancelling or extending resident permits in Bulgaria. The residence permit takes about 14 days to issue. You will be called to have your picture taken. There is a fee of approx €255 (500 BGN) for the 1 year period.