List of Clubs and Activities
Take a look at the list of our student clubs and see which ones suit your personality and passions.
AFC Griffins stands to be the only active sports team at AUBG. We strive to popularize American football not only among AUBGers but all around Bulgaria and host an annual flag championship or, if not possible, a flag football game. We have expanded into something bigger than anticipated and developed departments to help us manage it.
AUBG Business Club
The AUBG Business club is an independent student organization aiming at the practical application of courses’ studied theoretical framework in the field of business, finance, and economics. In its core, the club lays the foundations of the transition between the academic environment at AUBG and the real world of business. Through a diversified portfolio of activities, the club will function as an information resource center and practical guide for students interested in business and economics. The AUBG Business club will always be open towards innovative ideas, therefore giving the chance to any other clubs or student organizations to join, under the common constitution and centralized structure, though still allowed to keep their own identity and internal independence. The Business Club at AUBG is devoted to bringing the highest quality of speakers and the greatest value to our student body.
President: Vladin Bonov
AUBG Daily is a form of online media, run entirely by undergraduates, that aims to cover every newsworthy story that relates to the AUBG community life and beyond. We also try to cover interesting and essential stories from around the world. The publishing focus is on in-depth and investigate pieces, whereas event coverage takes the form of photo stories on a variety of topics. The media also issues a newspaper, “The Griffin News” which incorporates pieces pertaining to the corresponding semester of publishing.
President: Georgi Staykov
AUBG Dance Crew
AUBG Dance Crew is a performing club run solely by students. Dance Crew members experience a friendly atmosphere while practicing a wide assortment of dance styles including ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, ballroom dances, jazz funk, etc. The club is actively participating in AUBG life throughout the year by dancing on different events such as Christmas Ball, Open House Day, AUBG’s Got Talent, and by collaborating with other AUBG clubs. Moreover, Dance Crew organizes its own thematical show at the end of every academic year. We also provide a variety of workshops for anyone who is interested in learning a particular dance genre.
President: Nataliia Kravtsova
AUBG Gaming Club
The purpose of the AUBG Gaming Club is to unite all those who are interested in video gaming. Most gamers are leading introverted way of life. The club is aiming to change this, all will have the opportunity to meet new friends, have fun, learn how to cooperate and exchange skills and experience in a ever expanding in popularity industry. All this will be used in online tournaments and also teams will be created, each specializing in certain genres of games with the aim to win a reward.
President: Todor Kostov
AUBG Moot Court Society
AUBG Moot Court Society is a newly-formed club that aims to bring together students passionate about law, international law, debates and negotiations. The club’s main goal is to form a team which undergoes an extensive preparation and competes in moot court cases, mainly the Phillip Jessup Moot Court Law Competition. The JESSUP competition is a prestigious, internationally-recognized law competition that takes place every year and consists of a national round in Sofia, Bulgaria and an international round in Washington, DC, USA. By participating in such moot court competitions, members of the club have the opportunity to develop their law literacy and legal skills, and become part of an international social network of students, alumni and faculty with similar experience.
President: Bahram Asgarov
AUBG Olympics is one of the biggest clubs on campus. We organize different 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 or also known as “DDay”, where we gather hundreds of people in an open 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.
President: Nikola Stanimirov
AUBG Political Science Club
The Political Science Club at AUBG initiates and organizes various types of educational seminars, conferences, symposia, political simulations, projects, consultations, 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. The Club organizes and participates in events by the AUBG Department of Political Science and European Studies, critically examines concepts and developments in the world of politics, follows and discusses the news, recommends books, recommends books, writes articles, and observes work of political institutions. We aim at complementing and facilitating the education process of the university and work in close conjunction with the highly esteemed Sofia University Student's Club of Political Science.
President: Pavel Nestorov
AUBG Writer's Guild
The AUBG Writer's Guild is a student-run publishing house, which focuses on publishing the writings of students and improving their writing, editing and production skills through club activities. These activities include writing projects, where the members collaborate to create collections of poems and short stories or longer, more cohesive single written works, discussions and debates on literary topics meant to improve the students' knowledge in those particular areas, and various events, such as last year's collaboration with the Rock Jamming Club in the Rock & Poetry Night. The Writer's Guild has successfully published both anthologies of short stories, such as "The Stairs within Our Minds," and longer works, such as Steven London's novel on the war in Afghanistan: "Mortal Men, Immortal Warriors."
President: Petru Leon
The Better Community Club is a union of AUBG students aiming to create a community of equality, tolerance and personal integrity. For 13 consecutive years, the club has been successful in encouraging social responsibility within people. This year, alongside with its regular activities like the Foster Home Project, charity events and awareness campaigns, BCC will organize the 1st Social Entrepreneurship Competition. AUBG students and young people from Blagoevgrad and the region are our target group. We, the BCC members believe that "we must become the change we want to see" (Gandhi).
President: Asya Velichkova
Broadway Performance Club
Broadway Performance Club was established in 2007 and strives to leave an indelible mark on the Bulgarian audience by introducing it to the magic of its Broadway musical productions. In the past 12 years, the AUBG students have performed in front of a total of close to 50,000 people. The uniqueness of the project lies within its team, as the club is entirely run by students from the American University in Bulgaria. Each musical they put on stage is produced, directed, and choreographed by young adults, aged 18-22, who have little or no prior experience in these fields. The 1996 Broadway rock musical Rent is the thirteenth production of the Broadway Performance Club at AUBG, which the club will perform in Spring 2020. Winner of multiple Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today.
President: Nikoleta Mancheva
Bulgarian Folk Dance Club "Samodiva"
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.
President: Stoyna Yordanova
Erasmus Student Network AUBG
The purpose of ESN AUBG is to integrate the incoming exchange students as much as possible and help them get the best out of their AUBG experience. One of the main activities of the club is the Buddy system – every incoming student will be assigned a domestic student (mentors) who will always be there to help if needed. Other important activities of the club are organizing trips in and outside of Bulgaria to promote the region and setting up social events involving the incoming exchange students in order to help people in need.
President: Cristina Bujag
European Society Club
European Society Club is a student-led club that aims to promote the EU’s ideas and values on campus. The club participates in round tables events, discussions, and workshops throughout the academic year to shed light on EU issues and propose feasible solutions. The central event that the club organizes annually is Model European Union, a three-day conference that gathers over 100 participants from Bulgaria and abroad. During the simulation, delegates engage in discussions and debates on a particular topic related to the EU, create a joint resolution and adopt it by following the EU voting procedure. MEU’s goal is to simulate the actual decision-making process taking place in EU institutions so that participants are provided with hands-on experience and have the opportunity to develop their negotiation skills. Apart from university students, the conference also involves high school students from all over Bulgaria whose expenses are covered by the Jean Monnet Program
President: Ivanela Arabadzhieva
Infocus is a student-run photography magazine and photography club, launched in 2007. It publishes both artistic and journalistic works of the university students, professors, and other members of the AUBG community as well as guest photographers at least once a year. All AUBG students, faculty, and staff can submit their works to have a chance to be published in the magazine. The club organizes workshops, masterclasses, photography contests with professional photographers. Infocus is a club that benefits anyone who has a passion for photography.
President: Vitaliy Konyukhov
Investment Management Club
The AUBG Investment Management Club (IMC), is the university’s social hub for those interested in finance, economics, investing, trading and everything in between. We strive to provide an out of classroom environment where everyone passionate about these topics can grow and develop both academically and professionally, and ultimately find a rewarding career in the sphere of their choice. The club organizes guest lectures with industry professionals, in group presentations on topics of interest, challenges and competitions where students can cut their teeth on real world business cases. As of this year we aim to launch our “study trip” program, the participants of which would be able to travel and visit important financial centers and institutions gaining insight into the workings of the global financial system and their place within it.
President: Martin Iliev
Latin Dance Club
AUBG Latin Dance Club is committed to provide members with a fun experience of learning, growth, and socialization through dance and laughter. It is founded by a student enthusiastic in international Latin dance who would like to share her love, passion, and fun of Latin dance spirits and other parts of Latin culture with the AUBG community. The club provides quality technique lessons by an experienced amateur dancer as well as Spanish movie screenings, outings and friendly Spanish get-togethers.
President: Anxhela Beluli
Luminarium Video Podcasting Club
President: Nikola Savic
Model United Nations Club
Model United Nations club encourages the students’ public speaking skills and awareness of real world situations. Within our conference we reinforce the participant’s research skills and their critical thinking in assessing the different sources of information. Our most important feature is the debate and motivating all our participants to express their opinions towards the designated topics
President: Valentina Ochoa
More Honors Academy
More Honors is a small part of the AUBG student body that is selected to represent the funny and bright side of the student life. The MH Academy has been entertaining the AUBG student body since 1998, when the first More Honors show took place. Its purpose is to represent student life in a show, while all of us, together, have a good time and laugh at our own strengths and faults. The Academy is a bunch of crazy AUBG students with a sense of moronism, who get together in one year of hard work and lots of fun to organize the year’s show. The academy is different every year and is lead by one or two Academy presidents, who change every year as well.
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. Students from all majors/minors will be given the chance to participate in weekly sessions, where various competition problems will be discussed, but also in fun activities, quizzes, puzzle games etc. Polygon will hold a competition as a means of bringing the culture of competitive math to AUBG and offering students a chance to view math not as a science which involves only numbers and variables, but as a form of art. The club is about having fun with math and is always open to new ideas.
President: Milos Vukadinovic
The Psychology Club is an emerging club dedicated to mental health awareness and student enrichment functions. We host events that help with stress management, homesickness, and what one should expect to experience on Work & Travel. The Psychology Club is looking forward to expanding its interests and activities in the coming year.
President: Madison Miller
Radio AURA is the first, entirely student-based, private radio station, which has been broadcasting for the past 26 years. It was also the first club at the university. Radio AURA aims to cover everything that relates both to the AUBG bubble and outside. The media features a daily news show and a variety of individual shows. The radio does not only include voices behind the microphone, but also two other creative teams that work behind-the-scenes. Producers create jingles and commercials. The Sales department works with sponsors and organizes all of the radio events on campus. AURA has a place for anyone interested in how a radio station works.
President: Preslav Vachev
Rock Jamming Club
Rock Jamming Club is a student club with amateur musicians and creative students willing to learn music and perform together. The club organises traditional annual concerts and collaborates with other AUBG clubs and departments to create welcoming and cozy atmosphere on any event.
President: Lyuben Zarev
SAGE, Students Advocating for Gender Equality, was founded in 2013 and is a club whose aim is to educate and promote positive change in a variety of areas. Our main focus is to promote progressive attitudes throughout members of the AUBG community towards marginalized and historically disenfranchised groups, such as women, people of color, the LGBT community, and other minorities. We organize events that highlight and raise awareness to the positive and negative experiences associated with these groups and their continued fight for equality.
President: Nadin Fadhil
StartUP@Blagoevgrad is an independent student club, founded in 2012, with the purpose of bringing together students, enterprisers, & investors through the two biggest entrepreneurial events on campus: StartUP Weekend - Officially licensed by TechStars, the event is a 54-hour competition that allows like-minded people to work on an idea from scratch while being guided by experienced mentors & judges in different sub spheres of business. StartUP Conference - An annual full-day conference that finds the most well-known & proven entrepreneurs in Bulgaria, Europe, & the USA and gives them the chance to network with over 250 participants through a series of speeches, workshops, & showcases.
President: Ilia Dobrev
GOAL: ever since 2010 - to introduce everyone to Bulgaria’s unique music culture.
TEAM: An international team of students, professors & a Fulbright ETA. WAY: A concert full of the best Bulgarian (folklore and not only) songs we know.
UNIQUENESS: It will not be only a concert –the magic of music will tell traditional Bulgarian stories.
President: Victoria Dimitrova
TEDxAUBG is a student club authorized by the official TED organization to organize an independent TEDx conference. The event features speakers, thinkers, and doers from all over the world, who give TEDx talks on various topics in the spheres of science, sociology, technology and many more. In April 2020 TEDxAUBG will present its 9th annual conference. The goal of the event is to broaden the perspectives of the AUBG audience in various topics and to introduce new knowledge to them.
President: Jorgo Qirjaj
We are a community of young and ambitious students with an interest in software development, engineering, design and technology. We believe that getting together with like-minded individuals to exchange experience and ideas is the key ingredient needed to ignite innovation and entrepreneurship into the minds and hearts of fellow enthusiasts. This is what truly motivates us to get together, organize events and bring change.
President: Alex Mishev
The Medieval Society club covers reenactment of any kind as long as the activities covered are from the medieval period. The major activities include, but are not limited to: archery, medieval cuisine, reproduction of clothing and jewelry, heavy armor combat, reproduction of armor and weapons, embroidery, etc. The goal of the club is to get in touch with the way of life in medieval times.
President: Svetoslav Milushev
The Readers Club
The Readers Club provides the opportunity for students to discover great literature from various genre. Together we discuss everything we find remarkable about texts, be it positive or negative, and come to a better understanding about all ideas, characters, or themes portrayed. Our members engage in creative thinking by analyzing both structural formats and deeper meaning embedded in text.
President: Catalin Balan
Women in Leadership - WIL
Women in Leadership is a skill-oriented training program concentrating in management, marketing, entrepreneurship & leadership. Our goal is to provide young women with the highest level of modern day professional development by equipping them with the tools and skills to succeed in executive occupations and activities.
President: Nikol Peeva
Xaia Hiking Club
Xaia ([H'aia] means 'mountain' in Yakutian) 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 and organizing campus events that promote healthy lifestyle. We offer AUBGers to take part in our hikes that are held three times a week. Also, we create a very family-cozy atmosphere on our events such as: Campfire Poetry Night; Story Night; Earth Hour; Earth Day and others.
President: Alexandra Khrustaleva
Explore the abundant extracurricular opportunities at AUBG!
The lively spirit of discovery and adventure extends beyond AUBG’s classrooms, and students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities. The variety of activities, clubs and organizations is different from year to year, depending on the talents and interests of the student body.
There are several media outlets, including a radio station, electronic newspapers, and print magazines. Extracurricular activities are also available for those who would like to make new friends and develop their artistic talents.