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An American Experience in Europe
The American model of higher education has set the standard for the rest of the world. According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 18 of the top 20 universities in the world and 32 of the top 40 are American. The American approach to higher education stresses critical thinking, active learning, and creativity.
The American University in Bulgaria is fully American, offering the American approach to curriculum and teaching, as well as American standards of excellence and integrity. We have full American accreditation, and our graduates go on to top American graduate schools. If you are considering the American University in Bulgaria, you want to know what makes this university truly American.
No university can claim to be “American” without faculty who are American or have American experience. In addition to the large group of American faculty on campus, we have European faculty who have earned their degrees from prominent American universities such as Princeton, Harvard, Ohio State, and Notre Dame.
AUBG faculty bring their American experience to the classroom, creating a full American educational experience here in Europe. They promote a personalized learning environment where you are an individual, not a number, and both individual and team accomplishments are valued. We like to say that our American education in Europe gives students the best of both worlds!
|"I was impressed by the quality of leadership and the willingness of professors to spend extra time outside of the classroom for help with classwork, or even just to chat." |
--- Jesse Haines, a U.S. Student who spent Fall 2004 and Fall 2005 semesters at AUBG
The AUBG curriculum is structured just as it is would be at a high-quality University in the United States. This “American” approach ensures that students achieve mastery of their major area of study. But it also means that students learn to think critically, to adapt to a rapidly changing world, and to continue to learn throughout their lives and careers. Every AUBG student, regardless of major, receives sound preparation in quantitative analysis, communication skills, and cross-cultural understanding, while also pursuing their own special career interests. It is this holistic approach to learning that makes American education special—and which makes AUBG graduates so appealing to employers.
Just as at a U.S. residential university, you’ll live on campus with Americans. But unlike most campuses in the United States, most students at AUBG are from abroad. AUBG’s residence halls are extraordinary international communities, and you will live and work with Americans, Europeans, Russians, Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Kazakhs, and students from nearly 40 countries around the world. You will live and study with people who come from very different cultural, religious, and political backgrounds. The international living environment provides AUBG students with a learning experience that cannot be duplicated in the classroom.
AUBG’s diversity makes the campus experience more interesting and more dynamic than at the typical American campus. But it also provides our students with experiences that prepare them to work in an increasingly interconnected world. That’s one of the reasons that AUBG graduates are in such demand by international corporations and organizations.
"American students who come to AUBG for a brief exchange or as full-time students quickly see that AUBG’s facilities, student life, and general nature are familiar — like what they left behind in the United States. At the same time, the university is a mix of nationalities and experiences that make it a unique community."
--- Political Science Professor Robert Phillips
At AUBG, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are not separate from the core learning activities, but an essential part of the campus experience. Like many U.S. campuses, AUBG offers a full range of athletic opportunities, including football, basketball, baseball, boxing, tennis—even American football. Many students participate in the student-run campus media, including Radio Aura and three independent news and feature publications. Whether your interests are in the performing arts, cooking, climbing, riding, debate, dance, or community service, AUBG offers a club to match your interest.
In order to give our students the full taste of the U.S. educational experience we make it possible for every AUBG students to spend a semester or a year abroad at anyone of more than 150 American colleges and universities, with which we have exchange programs. Because you pay your tuition to AUBG, but can go to the U.S., these opportunities are affordable.
|“While studying abroad at the University of Vermont, I took part in a program for training future officers of the U.S. Army called ROTC. This was a unique experience, as I could not combine university studies with officer training anywhere else. I am glad AUBG makes it so easy for its students to attend exchange programs in the U.S., as this is a unique learning experience.” |
--- Svetozar Dimitrov, Class of 2008
Work and Travel in the U.S.
Most AUBG students also participate in the Work-Travel program, a summer experience sponsored by the U.S. State Department that offers our students an opportunity to live and work in the United States—and at the same time to earn money for their AUBG educational expenses. The Work and Travel Program provides all AUBG students with an opportunity to live in places like Provincetown or Boston or Martha’s Vineyard. Many students find that the Work-Travel experience also makes it possible for them to earn the full cost of their AUBG education during the summer months.
Graduate School in the U.S.
Since AUBG is fully accredited in the United States, our graduates can continue their studies at any of more than 4,000 universities in the United States. And Bulgarian students who graduate from AUBG and are admitted to one of the top 20 graduate universities in the United States are eligible for financial support from the unique Tchaprachikoff Scholarship Fund. This year the fund supported AUBG alumni enrolled in graduate programs at Duke, Columbia, and Cornell universities.
“AUBG is the perfect place for a young person to study. It provides the ability to become broad-minded and enjoy the benefits of an American liberal arts education. One can choose whatever courses he likes and can adjust his curriculum according to his interests, which further improves his chances for graduate studies in Europe or in the States. Moreover, the Tchaprachikoff scholarship improved my chances to attend graduate school.”
--- Stefan Tsvetkov, Class of 2009
Currently a Master of Science student in the financial engineering program at Columbia University, U.S.