Erasmus+ Opportunities - Incoming Students
The American University in Bulgaria offers exchange opportunities for students at European universities exclusively through the Erasmus Plus Program. Please see below relevant information about how you can spend a semester or a year at AUBG through Erasmus+.
The academic catalog is prepared on the basis of the best information available at the time of publication. It includes the description of each course, academic policies and procedures and other important information for your semester at AUBG.
You may find all versions of the catalog at: www.aubg.edu/academic-catalog.
Housing is provided for all incoming Erasmus students at the Skaptopara Residence Hall campus. A place in the dorms will be automatically booked for you after you submit your Online Application Form for Incoming Erasmus Students. For further questions please contact the Residence Life and Housing office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is available on the AUBG web page at www.aubg.edu/students-residential-life. You also may visit the following link: www.aubg.edu/first-year-students to help in your transition from home to community living.
AUBG is a selective residential institution and all undergraduate students are required to live on campus as part of the University mission.
Note: Incoming Erasmus students are supposed to arrive on the AUBG campus in the period August 29-31, between 9:00 am and 7:00 pm. If you are unable to come during these three days or within these hours, please get in touch with us in advance to get another check-in time.
Upon arrival, each student must first go to the Health center in the Skaptopara I Residence Hall. The working hours of our Health Center are 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.
No accommodation is available before August 29.
1. Email notification from your home university.
We need to receive an official email from your home university that you have been nominated. The email has to be sent to email@example.com and should include the following information:
- Your full names (first and last);
- Study program at your home institution;
- Planned study period at AUBG;
- Valid e-mail address.
2. Application form
In order to apply please follow these steps:
- Navigate to https://apply.aubg.edu/register/exchange_students_application
- In the “Academic Info” type the exact name of your home university and the application type – Erasmus+ exchange.
- Fill in the form, review, and submit it.
- In the “Required documents” – do not forget to attach the required documents
The deadline for submitting the application is June 1, 2020.
Please have in mind that the following documents should be attached in your application form:
2.1. Language Proficiency Requirements
Please remember that the official language at AUBG is English, so all the lectures and exams are held in English: Minimum requirements for proficiency in English apply to all incoming Erasmus students who are not native speakers of English or are coming from a university where the official language is not English. To fulfill the requirements you must submit a Level B2 English language certificate.
2.2. Learning Agreement
Fill in the Learning Agreement (LA) form with the courses you want to study at AUBG. Collect the required signatures on the form and stamp it at your home university.
AUBG course schedule and additional course information for Fall 2020 is expected to be available in the middle of April 2020. It will be communicated with you via email.
The schedule will also be posted at the University web site as an MS Excel file.
Please note that 1 AUBG credit = 2 ECTS credits.
2.3. Transcript of records (including all semesters before the mobility)
3. Health Certificate
Download the Health Certificate Form here.
Fill in the form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to your arrival at AUBG.
Information about the health services available at the American University in Bulgaria will be provided during the Orientation week.
Students, EU citizens could use the European Health Insurance Card which gives free access to emergency services only.
Note: An official acceptance letter confirming your Erasmus exchange at AUBG will be sent to you in the middle of June 2020.
For any kind of emergency please dial 112.
Token operated laundry machines are currently available in the basement of Skaptopara I and II residence halls that contain washing and drying machines
University ID card
When you come to AUBG you will receive a University Identification Card, which doubles as a key to all of our buildings. In order for us to prepare this ID card for you, please email us a suitable photo in JPG format with the minimum size of 400x600 pixels.
Arrival and Transportation
1. If you are traveling by plane
The airplane lands at Sofia Airport, which is around 100 km from Blagoevgrad. You can easily get from Sofia to Blagoevgrad by bus. The buses for Blagoevgrad leave from the Central Bus Station/ Central Railway Station. From Sofia Airport you can get to the Central Bus Station by public transportation. The price of a single ticket in Sofia public transportation is 1.60 BG leva. We do not recommend you using a taxi from Sofia Airport (they are very expensive and there is a risk of cheating).
- By Subway:
- From Terminal 2 take the metro line 1 to “Serdika” stop (the red line) –Click here for the trains’ schedule.
- From Terminal 1 - Sofia Airport provides free-of-charge transportation services between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at every 30 minutes between 07:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. (it can be requested at the Information Desk or at telephone: (+359 2) 937 22 11/12/13). The stop locations of the shuttle bus in front of both terminals are designated by signage and pavement markings.
- From "Serdika" stop to the Central Bus Station/Central Railway Station take metro line 2 (the blue line).
- By Bus:
- From Terminal 1 take the bus 84 to hotel “Pliska” stop.
- From Terminal 2 take the bus 384 or 84 to hotel “Pliska” stop.
- From hotel "Pliska" stop to the Central Bus Station / Central Railway Station take one of the following buses: 213, 214, 305, 313.
The Central Bus Station has different sectors for the different destinations. Busses for Blagoevgrad leave from sector 26 around every exact hour starting from the morning until 7.00 pm. You may see the timetable at http://www.centralnaavtogara.bg/ (in Bulgarian the name of our town is Благоевград). The price of a single one-way ticket is 11 BG leva ( 1 Euro = 1.95583 BG leva).
Tickets can be bought from the respective counters located in the bus station hall or directly from the bus driver.
The trip from Sofia to Blagoevgrad takes around 2 hours by bus. In Blagoevgrad, the bus will stop at the Bus Station in Blagoevgrad. From the bus station, you can take a taxi to the AUBG Campus, the price will be around 1 Euro – 2 BG leva (for the entire ride). Please tell or show the driver the following address:
ОБЩЕЖИТИЯ АУБ, УЛ. СВОБОДА БЪЧВАРОВА
Another option is to send you a taxi to pick you up from the airport. It will cost around 45 Euro. If you would like to request a taxi for you, please send an email to the AUBG Transportation Office to email@example.com with the following information: date and time of your arrival; number of your flight and on which Terminal you are arriving; number of people travelling. As soon as they receive your request they will check if there is another student arriving at the same time so that you can share the taxi and of course the charge for it. Then you will receive further information regarding the price of transportation and ways of payment. This is the easiest and the most comfortable way to arrive in Blagoevgrad.
2. If you are going to travel by bus or train to Sofia:
Central Bus Station, “Serdika” Bus Station and the Central Railway Station are located in the same area very close to each other. International buses arrive at the Central Bus Station or at the “Serdika” Bus Station, which is quite close, located on the Traffic Market square right in front of the Central Rail Station. If your bus arrives at the Central Bus Station, from there you can directly catch the bus for Blagoevgrad. Follow the instructions described above. If your bus arrives at the “Serdika” Bus Station, or you were traveling by train first you have to walk to the Central Bus Station from where to catch the bus for Blagoevgrad. Follow the instructions described above.
AUBG course schedule and additional course information for Fall semester 2020 is expected to be available in the middle of April 2020. It will be communicated with you via email.
The schedule will also be posted here.
Please note that 1 AUBG credit = 2 ECTS credits.
Erasmus+ Fact Sheets
|Full legal Name of Institution||American University in Bulgaria|
|ERASMUS code of Institution||BG BLAGOEV03|
|No of ERASMUS CHARTER||211054-EPP-1-2014-1-BG-EPPKA3-ECHE|
|President||Dr. David R. Evans|
|ERASMUS Coordinator||Lydia Krise, Dean of Students|
|ERASMUS contact person||Mariya Handzhiyska|
|Outgoing and Incoming Students||Mariya Handzhiyska|
|ECTS coordinator||Evelina Terzieva|
|Where should we send the applications
(each faculty or to the International Office)?
Please, indicate the address.
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN BULGARIA
12 Svoboda Bachvarova Street
|Telephone (including country and area codes)||+359 73 888520
+359 73 888531
|Fax (including country and area codes)||+359 73 888 169|
Useful Web Pages
|WWW Internet Address||www.aubg.edu|
|Homepage of the Erasmus program|
|Homepage of the Course Catalogue||www.aubg.edu/academic-catalog|
Academic Year 2020 / 2021 (August 31, 2020 – May 14, 2021)
|August 31, 2020 – September 6, 2020
Fall Semester: September 7, 2020 – December 11, 2020
|January 13, 2021 – January 17, 2021
Spring Semester: January 18, 2021 – May 14, 2021
|Deadlines for submitting applications to AUBG||Fall Semester: June 1, 2020
Spring Semester: November 25, 2020
|Language of lectures||English|
|Will language courses be
offered to incoming students?
If yes, when?
|Yes - 6 ECTS credits.
Twice per week.
|Will an Orientation
Week be held?
If yes, when?
One week before the semester starts
- technical faculties
- other faculties
Skaptopara Residence Halls
access to Internet in each room
|Any additional useful information||All students must complete and submit a health form to the AUBG Health Center before enrolling.|
|AUBG Resident Assistants||AUBG students help incoming students after their arrival in Blagoevgrad.|
Our Restaurant “The Hungry Griffin” offers a salad & a sandwich bar, a pasta bar, pizza on demand, vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, desserts, and beverages. The Restaurant is located in the ABF Student Center, 3rd floor and is open daily, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
AUBG’s two cafés offer coffee, drinks, pastries, and light snacks. The Student Center Café is located on the ground floor; open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 10 p.m. The Skaptopara Residence Hall Café, located on the ground floor, is open daily, 7:30 a.m. till 2 a.m.
Fees and payment deadline
The following fees apply for you for the Fall 2020 semester:
|Housing fee(depends on availability):|
|Place in a double room in an apartment (two double rooms share the bathroom) in Skaptopara I and II Residence Halls||$725|
|Place in a double room (own bathroom) in Skaptopara II Residence Hall||$780|
|Student Activity Fee (covers co-curricular activities)||$310|
|Dining Services Deposit||$150|
For further information on housing options, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Each student will receive $300 credit on their student cards for meals, which can be used in our Dining Services Facilities.
The student activity fee is NOT a tuition fee and it covers co-curricular activities, student wellness programs, residential events and activities, orientation events and activities; use of indoor and outdoor sports facilities; student clubs, special events, and recreation and athletic activities, etc.
All fees must be paid before August 17, 2020 (please have in mind that you should pay the bank transfer fee too).
Wire transfers should go to:
Name of the Bank: Raiffeisenbank EAD, Branch Blagoevgrad
T. Aleksandrov str. 47, 2700 Blagoevgrad
Account Name: American University in Bulgaria
Account Number: BG49 RZBB 9155 1187 0037 10
BIC /SWIFT/ N: RZBBBGSF
Beneficiary: American University in Bulgaria Beneficiary's address: Blagoevgrad, 1 G. Izmirliev Sq.
Remittance Information: Your name, your student ID number
A full list of payment options is available at www.aubg.edu/payments
Additional fees and charges
Food costs per semester are estimated at $600. Each student pays dining services deposit of $150 will receive $300 per semester for food that should be spent in the AUBG restaurant and cafes.
Textbook costs per semester are estimated at approximately $200. Textbooks can be purchased or taken on leasing (only part of the textbooks) from the AUBG bookstore on our campus.
For general health-care, including non-emergency injuries and illness, the University Health Center is available and is staffed by a licensed general practitioner and a nurse who provide the University community with routine physical exams and treatments for various medical problems, health education on smoking cessation, stress relief, first aid, women’s health, and drug and alcohol abuse. When necessary, students are referred to specialists or other health care facilities.
The Health Center is located in the Skaptopara I Residence Hall and is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. For urgent issues, please call the Health Center at (+359 73) 888 207
Off-Campus Health Services
Students, EU citizens could use the European Health Insurance Card which gives free access to emergency services only. In case of an emergency, please dial “112” for an ambulance or go to the nearest emergency room.
Each student should be present at AUBG for the first day of classes - September 7, 2020
Our Residence Halls are open starting August 29 and close 24 hours after the last exam.
Check the Academic Calendar for Fall 2020 here.
All Erasmus incoming students participate in a week-long orientation program. During this time students receive information on academic advising and course selection, health care, campus activities, Erasmus+ program at AUBG, athletics, counseling services, residence life, library services, diversity awareness, and many others. They complete a computer skills course and complete a community service project.
Social events throughout the week provide opportunities to meet other students, Residence Assistants, Faculty, and Student Services personnel.
The Orientation week is compulsory for all incoming Erasmus students.
The Sports and Intramurals Office oversees a variety of sports facilities on campus, including the ABF Sports Hall, GYM, and the outdoor tennis courts, the basketball court, the volleyball court, and the football pitch. The Sports Hall is an outstanding venue, housed in the award-winning ABF building, is fully equipped for a variety of sports - football (soccer), basketball, volleyball, tennis and handball, and is open for students to train individually or in groups. It’s made even more unique by the one-of-a-kind running track which circles around the gym on the second floor. A workout gym, situated on the basement floor of ABF Student Center offers a variety of cardio equipment, training machines and free weights to those who love to stay in shape and is open from 10.00 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, from 12.00 until 8.00 p.m. on Saturday, from 2.00 p.m. until 10.00 p.m. on Sunday during the school year.
In true American university style, our students also play American football and baseball. Nearby are a swimming pool and tennis courts, while the ski resorts of Bansko, Pamporovo, and Borovets are within a few hours’ drive. Yoga, tae kwon do, softball, karate, skiing, hiking, aerobics, boxing, and kickboxing are among the sports practiced by AUBGers. For some of these, we even have student clubs and intramural teams.
Students coming from non-EU countries need visas, so please read very carefully the following explanations:
1. Document proving that you will be able to cover your living expenses in Bulgaria – valid bank account on your name with at least 450 EUR (if you come for one semester) – this amount could be different, so please double-check with the relevant Embassy.
2. If you are 18 or over you will need a Police clearance report issued in your home country, certifying that you have never been convicted.
3. After you have been accepted to AUBG, we will issue an enrollment certificate with which you will apply for a student visa. We will issue one more Certificate stating that you are participating in the Erasmus program at AUBG. We will send the certificates to you by express mail. Please give your exact mailing address, including phone number and ZIP code. Note that the mailing expenses will be charged to your student bill at AUBG.
4. When you receive the certificates, take them and the other documents required for a long-term visa to the Bulgarian embassy in your country (or in a neighboring country if your country has no Bulgarian embassy or consulate) for your visa to be issued.
5. Health Insurance – Please have in mind that all non-EU students in Bulgaria should have health insurance, which is arranged by the AUBG Health Center and it costs around 35 USD per semester – Each of you should pay it after you come to AUBG. The Bulgarian Embassy in which you apply in order to issue you a Bulgarian visa will ask you for health insurance prepaid in your home country. But there is no need for you to make and pay for this insurance in your home country, because I will send you an official Certificate from AUBG Health Center, proving that you will have medical insurance upon arrival.
6. When the visa is ready, go to the Bulgarian embassy to get it. Make sure you carry your passport with you. Please CHECK carefully the DURATION OF YOUR VISA – it should cover your entire stay in Bulgaria. If you are coming for one semester the duration should be 180 days.
7. You may travel to Bulgaria after the visa (student visa -type D) is entered in your passport.
What to Bring
...to help you in your transition from home to community living
(All items may be purchased in Blagoevgrad-do not bring a year's supply!)
- Personal belongings (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc.)
- Towels/Linens ( a Blanket and a Pillow are provided)
- Robe, Pajamas, Slippers (bedrooms are not co-ed, but residence halls are)
- Clothing for school, fun, athletics, and dressing up!
- Sport clothing/swimming suit for stress relief
- Camera (for those unforgettable moments)
- Calculator (for that math class...and figuring out your personal budget)
- Posters/Pictures/Room Decorations (no nails or tape on walls, but you can be creative!)
- A flashlight.
- Something to remind you of home (photos, a favorite item...)
- Dictionaries, Thesaurus and a fun book to relax with.
- Cup/Glass, bowl, knife, fork, spoon (for late night treats).
- Alarm Clock (that works!)
- Coat hangers
- Rain gear/Umbrella
- A willingness to learn and to make a difference
- A sense of humor and sense of adventure for the new life ahead.
Things NOT to bring...and the reasons why...
- Pets are not allowed in the Residence Halls. They violate standards of health and sanitation and many people are allergic to them.
- Electrical Appliances-heaters, cooking appliances such as hot plates, heaters, are dangerous and a violation of the law. The rooms are not designed for cooking or extensive electricity use.
- Flammable items of any type including incense and candles...Please help us create a fire safe environment.
- Expensive items such as jewelry, etc. We do our best to secure our buildings, but sometimes thefts happen. No insurance policy is provided and any items such as your computer are brought at your own risk.