List of Clubs and Activities

Take a look at the list of our student clubs and see which ones suit your personality and passions.

Associates Consulting Club

President: Georgi Nikola Trayanov
Vice President: Desislava Arnaudova
Club Advisor: Prof. Elena Radeva & Prof. Momtchil Karpouzanov

Contact us: accaubg@gmail.comgit180@aubg.edu

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Associates Consulting Club’s main purpose is to consult companies on real-life business cases in the fields of finance, marketing, sales, product development, etc. Its practicality enables its members to experience what it is like working in a professional setting, communicating and proposing ideas to business managers on a weekly basis, preparing detailed consulting reports backed up by in-depth market analysis, data gathering, and discussions. During the process, ACC’s members acquire skills, which make them better candidates for job applications post-graduation while enriching their experience and networking connections in the business world.

Better Community Club

President: Desislava Stamova
Vice Presidents: Iliyana Moskova and Darina Stoeva
Treasurer: Ana Valeva
Club Advisor: Prof. Markus Wien

Contact usbcc@aubg.edudss191@aubg.edudps190@aubg.eduimp190@aubg.eduapv190@aubg.edu

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Better Community Club (BCC) is a union of students, aiming to create a community of equality, tolerance and personal integrity. We strive to create a better world and inspire more people to be better and care for those in need. Our initiatives are mainly oriented in social entrepreneurship, charity and donations, contributing to the community and bringing people together regardless of their differences.

Leaving a positive impact on the community and the world lies at the heart of our club.

BCC welcomes students from all majors and standings who are passionate about building a better and more caring society.

Blagoevgrad Griffins

President: Vladimir Petrunov
Vice Presidents: Kristian Petrov and Michael Bachynsky
Treasurer: Martin Nedev
Club Advisor: TBD

Contact us: afcgriffins1@gmail.com

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Blagoevgrad Griffins is an officially registered American Football team formed in 2003 by students of the American University in Bulgaria. Based in Blagoevgrad, we are a non-governmental organization and part of the Bulgarian Federation of American Football. Griffins have won several awards in the Championship series against its counterparts such as Sofia Bears, Sofia Knights and others. Among our other achievements are organizing the first National American Football Tournament in Bulgaria and victories in the annual Griffin Bowl. We organize weekly training sessions on a specialized field and occasional friendly games with other Bulgarian and foreign teams. Promoting American football and its fundamental values, such as teamwork and mutual respect, is the highest goal of our team.

Broadway Performance Club

Co-presidents: Svetozara Saykova & Mira Radosalvova
Club Advisor: Prof. Nedyalko Delchev

Contact us: musical@aubg.eduscs180@aubg.edumrr180@aubg.edu

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BPC is an amateur performance club, which licenses musicals from Broadway and brings them to life in AUBG and around Bulgaria. Our aim is to promote the art of musicals and encourage artists to be creative and have a place for themselves on campus. Our main event is the Musical - we work on it for the whole academic year and have a premiere and a tour in April. We also have smaller events throughout the year to spark interest in everything creative.

Bulgarian Folk Dance Club “Samodiva”

President: Svetoslava Kumcheva
Vice President: Valeri Genev
Treasurer: Mariya Taushanova
Club Advisor: Prof. Senem Konedareva

Contact us: smk190@aubg.edu

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BFDC "Samodiva" is known for its mission to enrich the communities in AUBG, Blagoevgrad and Blagoevgrad region by teaching the Bulgarian historical and regional folk dances and dance customs in a fun, interactive and energized way. Every year we present our annual artistic performance that includes acting and dancing, intertwined to display the spirit of exquisite literary works of prominent Bulgarian authors.

Bulgarian Folklore Ensemble Svetlina

Presidents: Zlatina Georgieva and Niko Long
Club Advisor: Prof. Lynnette Leonard

Contact us: nml200@aubg.edu

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Ensemble Svetlina cherishes the traditional a’capella sound of Bulgarian folklore songs. With the help of some of our beloved professors, the club was created by an American girl - Lacey Cope, who loved the Bulgarian folklore. The club has a rich history of more than 10 years for which it was known with the name ‘Female Folklore Ensemble Svetlina’. Throughout the years Svetlina has expanded in its singing style by introducing not only folklore singing, but also performances of Bulgarian songs of well-known singers as well. In 2020, Svetlina was introduced to both female and male singers, which changed the name of the club to “Bulgarian Folklore Ensemble Svetlina”. The club unites singers who love folklore and Bulgarian songs to participate in AUBG community’s events as an ensemble, such as AUBG Alumni Pledge Gala, the Commencement Ceremony, etc. and aims to create its own annual concert to celebrate Bulgarian folklore singing.

Business Club

President: Ivan Georgiev
Vice Presidents: Neli Velichkova and Dragomir Vasilev
Treasurer: Boris-Mihail Hadzhimalakov
Club Advisor: Prof. Elena Radeva

Contact us: iyg180@aubg.edunkv180@aubg.edudvv190@aubg.edubth200@aubg.edu

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AUBG Business Club is an organization run by highly motivated students who strive to bring value to the AUBG community. We stand for creativity, innovation, excellence. We aspire to expand students’ know-how in the fields of management, marketing, investment, economics, human resources, and finance. We seek to offer students these conveniences to be academically and professionally fulfilled and ready to face the market. AUBG Business club is a platform where young, energetic, like-minded people can meet and network. You can create prospective partnerships by working closely with some well-known professionals who work for influencing companies in the region. Being part of this team motivates one to stretch out his limits and strive for perfection. The opportunity to work on challenging projects in a professional, yet friendly environment gives you the chance to be well-prepared for the job market that you would enter after your studies.

AUBG Daily

President: Viktoria Ivanova
Editor-in-Chief: Ethan Perelstein
Producer: Simona Simeonova
Treasurer: Kristiana Dimitrova
Club Advisor: Prof. Laura Kelly

Contact usvvi181@aubg.eduaubgdaily@gmail.comsss190@aubg.edukzd190@aubg.edubmk200@aubg.eduemp200@aubg.edu

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AUBG Daily is the organization behind the university newspaper, which is the only independent media on campus. It is led entirely by students devoted to the cause of independent journalism and freedom of speech. AUBG Daily strives to inspire the entirety of the student body to express themselves freely and voice their opinions. As an organization, we work towards fostering an enlightened community of people, while seizing every opportunity to tell stories. Every semester we release a printed copy of our newspaper, while continuing to regularly publish articles on our website. Along with that, AUBG Daily creates collaborations in the form of exhibitions, workshops, and conferences with renowned individuals in the field of journalism and beyond.

Dance Crew

President: Helin Gyuler
Show Directors: Stefani Yovcheva and Alexandra Rousou
Treasurer: Simona Karadzhova
Club Advisor: Prof. Maia Parmakova

Contact us: aubgdcrew@gmail.com

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We are a group of people passionate about dancing and expressing emotion through various types of dance styles and music. We center our artistic energy mainly on organizing our biggest event “The Grant Final Show” at the end of each academic year. Around that time we try our best to organize smaller dance shows for the Christmas parties etc. where we get to enjoy some quality fun time with our amazing AUBG community. We are great enthusiasts about having the time of our lives and dancing the worries away.

European Society Club

President: Veliyana Georgieva
Vice President: Mohamad Hachem
Treasurer: Konstantina Georgieva
Club Advisor: Prof. Jean Crombois

Contact us: meublago@gmail.comvmg190@aubg.edumnh200@aubg.edukag200@aubg.edu

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The European Society Club (ESC) at the American University in Bulgaria organizes an annual conference – Model European Union (MEU). The main objective of this conference is to simulate the decision-making procedures of the European Union. Both high school and university students will gain the opportunity to learn how the European Union reaches conclusions and ratifies laws. Furthermore, students will be able to use the knowledge they have acquired during their studies practically and gain some invaluable professional experience. Our team in the club intends to provide participants the opportunity to attend and participate in a professional-level event. Participating gives the chance for young and ambitious professionals to strengthen connections, exchange ideas, encounter different cultures and languages, improve personal skills, and experience and learn about the functions and processes of the European Union.

Since 2021 the club is organising a new event called EU Weekend which combines different EU-related workshops, games, quizzes and activities.

The Hub AUBG

Presidents: Siel Rien, Kristina Borisova
Vice-President: Ivan Asen Enchev
Treasurer: Marie Goygadjieva
Club Advisor: Prof. Anton Stoilov

Contact us: thehubaubg@gmail.com

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“LEARN – INNOVATE – INSPIRE” – this is what brings together our diverse community of ambitious students coming from different backgrounds and pursuing different majors. This is what continuously motivates us to work as a team to organize a variety of IT events, with our biggest project being the annual hackathon “HackAUBG”.

Connected by a common passion for technology, entrepreneurship, design, software development, and engineering. We have a vision that technology is the path to the future, our members are in a constant search of opportunities to gain real-life experience and know-how from established companies and professionals!

Feel free to drop us a line at thehubaubg@gmail.com or come meet us at Aspire - The Hub’s headquarters, proudly guarded by our mascot Hubzie.

AUBG Improv Theater Club

President: Nikoleta Stefanova
Treasurer: Ana Valeva
Club Advisor: Prof. Ronald Harvey

Contact us: nvs190@aubg.edu

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AUBG Improv Theater Club introduces students to the art of Improvisational theater. Through various exercises, games and activities, members learn the key principles of Improv which are applicable not only for this form of theater but for real life experiences. The main capabilities and skills that the club develops in people are listening, empathy, ability to react, think and adapt quickly and in the moment, effective communication, self expression and freedom of choice and speech. The club contributes to a higher level of emotional intelligence, building relationships and trust, and managing all kinds of situations.

Our goal as a club is to explore new ways of interacting with people through Improv theater, have fun and build the necessary skill set for communication in this era based on listening and acceptance.

Infocus

President: Sude Atmaca
Vice President: Angelina Kuznetsova
Treasurer: Kiril Hadjiiski
Club Advisor: Prof. Kiril Kirkov

Contact us: infocusaubg@gmail.com

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Infocus is a student-run photography magazine and photography club, launched in 2007. It publishes both artistic and journalistic works of the university community and the guest photographers and designers once a year.

Club members also participate in weekly meetings to suggest activities, discuss photography with students worldwide, and ask for advice on their photography/editing skills. It also organizes some events, such as the week's photograph, studio photoshoot days, photography walks and guest speakers.

The club members from all majors and standings are welcomed, as long as they are passionate about photography!

Investment Management Club

President: Mihael Trifonov
Vice President: Georgina Ivanova
Treasurer: Georgina Ivanova
Club Advisor: Prof. Andrey Gurov

Contact us: aubgimc@gmail.commnt191@aubg.eduggi190@aubg.edu

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The Investment Management Club @ AUBG is a student organization that aims to foster students’ personal, academic and professional development in the fields of finance and economics. By organizing workshops, guest lecturers and competitions, we help students gain invaluable industry insights and hone sought-after career skills. Some of our largest initiatives include the FinTech Expo, the CFA Research Challenge, the Trading Competition and the Company Valuation Competition. We strive to create a learning environment suitable for students of any standing, so the themes of our events might well span anywhere from personal finance and cryptocurrency trading to investment banking and portfolio management.

The Logos Club

President: Emanuil Mavrodiev
Treasurer: Nikol Manoleva   
Club Advisor: Prof. William Clark

Contact us: Nim180@aubg.eduesm180@aubg.edu

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We are a group of friends who gather to discuss topics beyond the surface. Challenge your mind with interesting discussions and enrich your world with different perspectives. It is a place where you can ask questions, form convictions with a substance, learn more about the Christian philosophy of life and how ancient wisdom can be relevant in the modern day and speak your mind in a community that is open to various worldviews. The discussions take place once a week and are open to everyone.

Model United Nations Club

President: Nino Kutubidze
Vice President: Thong Nguyen
Club Advisor: Prof. Robert Phillips

Contact us: aubgmun@gmail.comnnk182@aubg.edu

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The Model United Nations club is dedicated to promoting the values of the UN by providing students with the opportunity to participate in AUBG’s annual MUN simulation. Throughout the three-day simulation event. students are encouraged to improve their research, negotiations, and public speaking skills by facilitating them with a space to express their opinions towards the designated topics. Since its establishment, the MUN club has also held panels and round table discussions revolving around issues that concern the UN.

More Honors Academy

Co-Presidents: Spencer Collins and Plamen Rizov
The Co-Presidents also bear the responsibilities of VP and Treasurer
Club Advisor: Prof. Diego Lucci

Contact us: smc190@aubg.edupvr190@aubg.edu

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More Honors is a satirical bunch of tom fools that produces an annual anti-award show to celebrate campus life. Throughout the year we produce a number of short films and promotional materials (posters, articles, even the occasional game or small event) that highlight all aspects of AUBG life – both on and off campus. All of our efforts throughout the year lead up to our awards show at the end of each spring semester, where we celebrate the not so academic achievements of the AUBG community. The ceremony last year, which was fully online, garnered over two thousand viewers spanning multiple generations of AUBGers both past and present. This year, for our quadricentennial ceremony, we will be aiming to produce a show that can create an interactive experience for both on-ground and online participants.

AUBG Movie Club

President: Tina Spasenkova & AbdelRahman Ismail
Vice President: Goncha Alasgarli
Treasurer: Tina Spasenkova and AbdelRahman Ismail
Club Advisor: Prof. Sean Homer

Contact us: tvs180@aubg.eduani190@aubg.edu

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The goal of this club is to deepen the knowledge of AUBG students regarding movies and the movie production process. The most frequent activity for the club is watching movies and having guest lectures with people related to theater and movie production from Bulgaria and abroad. During the two years of the Movie Club’s existence, we also organized a live Academy Awards stream on campus, guest speaker nights (Including the alumni that worked on the film Welcome to Chechnya that was short-listed for the Oscars), Movie quizzes and a 1-week movie challenge as well as collaborated with other clubs on screenings.

AUBG Olympics

President: Radoslav Naydenov
Vice President: Ivan Minchev
Treasurer: Kristina Dimitrova
Head of Marketing: Jordan Rachev
Club Advisor: Yasen Nedelchev (AUBG Sports Manager)

Contact us: aubgolympicscommittee@gmail.com

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AUBG Olympics is one of the biggest clubs on campus. We organize different sports challenges and workshops throughout the semesters allowing students to participate and win cool prizes. At the end of the academic year, we organize the biggest event on campus - the Olympiad also known as D-Day. We gather hundreds of people at the Porter Park Baseball Field to test their skills in almost all of the sports included in the actual Olympic Games.

The club is recognized by the student body with its unique spirit and vibe spread all around campus. Fire burns inside our chests and drives us ever forward.

Political Science Club

President: Mohamad Hachem:
Vice President: Iva Komsiyska
Club Advisor: Prof. Ivelin Sardamov

Contact us: Posclubaubg2019@gmail.com

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The AUBG Political Science Club is a politically neutral and voluntarily operated non-profit organization. It aims at complementing and facilitating the education process of the university while upholding the image of the Faculty of Politics and European Studies. Members are motivated AUBG students interested in the academic and practical aspects of political science and international relations. They critically examine concepts and developments in the world of politics and debate them with the community. The club organizes various types of educational seminars, conferences, forums, symposia, projects, (etc.) and conducts meetings and lectures with Bulgarian and foreign political science analysts, politicians, diplomats, prominent social figures and others, related in any way to the field of political science and international relations.

Polygon

Club Officers: Milos Vukadinovic, Flavjo Xhelollari, Nikolay Ninov, Bozhidar Tsvetkov, Iva Ivanova
Club Advisor: Prof. Peter Dalakov

Contact us: mnv180@aubg.edu

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Polygon’s main goal is to promote interest and excitement about mathematics in a collaborative, but also competitive environment. We intend to bring back the joy and the charm of creatively solving problems, while leaving aside the formalities and the set of rules that college brings to mathematics. We have weekly sessions where we discuss various competition problems, science news, and interesting mathematical concepts. To better understand our mathematical universe we often discuss physics, artificial intelligence, and philosophy. Throughout the year we organize problem-solving and research related competitions, we host speakers, and we send our students to conferences. Our members are versatile truth-seekers, who exploit their talents to improve the world, and if you find yourself in this description, you should consider joining the Polygon family.

PsyClub

President: Bojana Petrova
Vice President: Rumyana Penzova & Stanislava Pashkulova
Treasurer: Bojana Petrova
Club Advisor: Prof. Ronald Harvey

Contact us: aubg.psychologyclub@gmail.com

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The AUBG PsyClub is dedicated to breaking the mental health stigma and showing support to everyone struggling with mental health problems. By organizing a series of events during the semester PsyClub tries to remind the AUBG community to take some time to recharge and keep in mind the importance of mental health. Some of our events so far include stress relief workshops, public speaking workshops, movie screenings, guest lecturers, open discussions, art therapy, etc. The goal of the Psychology Club is to create an academic and social environment where members will interact with peers, faculty, and other members of the community to gain a greater understanding of the field of psychology.

Radio Aura

President*: Denitsa Yosifova
Sales Director*: Velizara Stanoeva

*both bear the responsibilities of a treasurer

Club Advisor: Dr. Mark Leonard

Contact us: radioaurablagoevgrad@gmail.com

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Radio AURA is the pulse of Blagoevgrad, and it has been beating for more than 28 years. We are a voluntary non-profit organization, which brings together dozens of enthusiastic young people, turning their voices into something meaningful.

After our first broadcast in 1992, we created our very own program in 1993, which makes us the first private radio station in Bulgaria.

AURA's members work hard every day to provide our listeners with a mix of current hits and alternative artists and genres. We also produce and broadcast more than 10 live shows weekly across all kinds of interests, varying from fashion to cinematography, lifestyle, and of course – Her Majesty – The Music. Last but not least, we are known to be the soul of the party life on campus - we are always there to keep your feet tapping and the music pumping.

Our members do this entirely for the love of music and the benefit of our listeners. We are proud of what Radio AURA stands for - to be a creative and vibrant shelter, where people can laugh, and talent can thrive.

Rock Jamming Club

Presidents: Antonis Palaris & Radina Veleva
Vice President: Boryana Ivanova
Club Advisor: Prof. Anna-Maria Dean

Contact us: rmv180@aubg.eduanp190@aubg.edu

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Rock Jamming Club is one of the oldest clubs in AUBG, where we express ourselves in the one true universal language of the world - music. In RJC there is a place for anyone who has talent, passion for music, drive to improve their skills or learn how to play instruments, desire to experience what it’s like forming a band and performing on stage. If you’re also looking to promote bands, spread the message of music, learn how to organize and manage gigs, learn marketing and look for financial support, Rock Jamming Club is looking for you too. RJC is a safe space for any aspiring musician to get outside of their comfort zone, an amazing opportunity to try something you’ve never done before, and a loving family that doesn’t think your music taste is weird.

StartUP@Blagoevgrad

President: Nikol Peeva
Vice Presidents: Teodora Vasileva & Martin Stoilkov
Treasurer: Aleksandra Dimcheva
Club Advisor: Prof. Elena Radeva

Contact us: startupblagoevgrad1@gmail.com

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StartUP@Blagoevgrad is a student-run organization that specializes in the creation of entrepreneurial events. The focus of these events is to bring together up-and-coming entrepreneurs, investors, experts in respective fields, and ambitious students who want to take on the journey of knowing how challenging it is to have a reputable business. We try our best to provide our attendees with a clear idea of the challenges and wins that follow those who have set a course on the entrepreneurial path. We host the Annual StartUP Weekend, Annual StartUP Conference, and more.

AUBG Sustainability Club

President: Binderiya Usukhbayar
Vice President: Kristiana Dimitrova
Treasurer: Daniela Konova
Club Advisor: Prof. Carter Mandrik

Contact us: bnu190@aubg.edu

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AUBG Sustainability Club was established to promote sustainable campus habits and shine light on the important issues through creative and new ways. We aim to work closely with the students, staff, alumni and the administration and everything AUBG-related. We are the first-ever Sustainability Club in AUBG, founded by students who aim to create a more environmentally friendly campus through small habit changes. We are looking for people who can imagine the changes they want on campus and make it come true.

TEDxAUBG

President: Yordan Toshev
Vice Presidents: Ivaylo Todorov and Yenlik O’Neill
Treasurer: Iva Komsiyska
Club Advisor: Prof. Ronald Harvey

Contact ustedxaubg@gmail.com

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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxAUBG, where x=independently organized TED event. TEDxAUBG is a student club dedicated to organizing an annual TEDx conference that gathers thinkers, doers, and speakers from all over the world in one venue. At our TEDxAUBG event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Xaia Hiking Club

President: Mihaela Kafedzhiyska
Vice President: Vitaliy Konyukhov
Treasurer: Maria Terzieva
Club Advisor: Prof. Momtchil Karpouzanov

Contact us: xaiahiking@aubg.eduxaiapilgrims@gmail.com

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Xaia Hiking Club is a student club that aims to invoke love of nature and a spirit of adventure in students by taking them on hikes as well as organizing cozy campus events that promote a healthy lifestyle and environmental awareness. The club members gather once a week for an organizational meeting, as well as take part in weekly hikes.

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