How to Apply - Transfer
Would you like to transfer credits from a previous university and continue your education at AUBG? We welcome transfer students and appreciate their contribution to AUBG through maturity and fresh appreciation of the AUBG advantages. To evaluate your talent and academic potential, we give careful consideration to all of your documents, paying special attention to your TOEFL scores, school and university grades, as well as the interview.
Online Application Form
Start by submitting your online application form.
Write an essay, which will help the AUBG Admissions Committee become acquainted with you, understand your motivation to attend AUBG and determine how well you can express yourself. The essay should be on one of the following topics:
- Choose an intellectual or creative experience (for example- community involvement, a summer program, a unique project, travel abroad, etc.) from your high school years that you have enjoyed and highlight how you have grown personally because of the knowledge gained.
- Provide examples of how democratic and ethical leadership can serve the needs of your country and the world. How is academic excellence, diversity and respect important for developing such leadership?
The essay limit is 650 words. It will be evaluated on the basis of clarity, creativity, completeness of response, sentence structure, paragraphing, spelling, grammar and style. You can use this essay template.
Letters of Recommendation
Submit two letters of recommendation from teachers, professors, guidance
counselors, and/or academic advisers familiar with your academic performance and potential for leadership. The letters may be written in English, Bulgarian or Russian.
You can print a template for your letters of recommendation.
Applying students must present an official transcript issued from the University they are currently enrolled in. Transfer applicants should ordinarily have a CGPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent) in their previous university-level courses. Students with less than a 3.0 may apply and will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
University Transcripts should be originals from the institution. If they are not in English, they must translated by a sworn translator.
Please submit a copy of your high school diploma with the final grades. Copies must be notary verified and translated into English or Bulgarian by a sworn translator.
English Proficiency Test
Arrange to have your official TOEFL score sent by ETS to the AUBG Admissions Office. The AUBG institutional code is 2451. Please note that AUBG does not accept personal score reports or photocopies. Your TOEFL must be less than two years old.
IBT – Internet Based TOEFL
PBT – Paper Based TOEFL
IELTS – International English Language Testing System
CPE – Certificate of Proficiency in English
CAE – Certificate in Advanced English
ECPE – Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English
PTE Academic – Pearson Test of English
Test preparation is available from our partner English language centers.
TOEFL may be waived for residents of the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada or if a candidate holds:
- A-levels: English or English Language
- International Baccalaureate (IB): English B, English A, English A: Literature, English A: Language and Literature, with a minimum grade of 5 (either Higher-level (HL) or standard-level (SL)).
- High School in English: Four or more consecutive years of full-time education in an accredited high school based in an English-speaking country or at an international (CIS-accredited, US- accredited, IB or other internationally accredited) high school that uses English as the language of instruction, but operates in a country where the primary language is not English. These four years must be immediately prior to attending AUBG. The applicant’s high school transcripts must attest to their education in English. Additional interview will be conducted to verify English proficiency.
- Advanced Placement: AP English Language & Composition or AP Literature & Composition: a minimum final grade of 4 or higher.
Your achievements and awards help us get a better picture of your skills, interests, and strengths. Submit copies of the awards you are most proud of, show us your most impressive work or send a CV that summarizes your story. Please use this CV template.
We would like to know you better. The interview is your chance to show your motivation, showcase your achievements, and ask a question to a representative of AUBG. The interview may be in person, by phone, or by skype and will be scheduled after we receive your TOEFL scores.
SAT / ACT Result (Optional)
AUBG does not require SAT or ACT for admission and financial assistance purposes. AUBG applicants come from more than 40 countries and in our experience a single standardized test does not accurately convey their academic potential.
If you have already taken SAT or ACT, you may choose to submit your score by contacting Collegeboard or ACT. The AUBG institutional code for receiving official SAT Reasoning scores is 2451 and the code for the ACT scores is 5465.
Financial Assistance Application (Optional)
In order to be considered for need-based financial aid and need-based scholarships you must submit an application for financial assistance along with the necessary supporting documents. You and your parents should read all instructions carefully and be as thorough as possible. Detailed instructions are available in English, Bulgarian, Albanian, Georgian, Mongolian, Romanian, and Russian.
Supporting documents must be signed, sealed, translated by a sworn translator and mailed to our postal address below. Copies must also be notary verified.
Completed applications should be received by the AUBG Admissions Office:
March 1 - Early admission, better scholarships and financial aid
June 1 - Regular admission and financial aid
October 1 - for non-EU citizens
November 1 - for EU citizens
If not notified otherwise, send your paper application documents to our mailing address:
ABF Student Center
American University in Bulgaria
12 Svoboda Bachvarova St.
Blagoevgrad 2700, Bulgaria
Contact us, if you have any questions concerning your application.
The American University in Bulgaria follows a rolling admission notification plan and the Admissions Committee notifies students in a timely fashion. Since the Admissions Committee’s decision is considered confidential, an official letter is sent to the student at the mailing address stated in the application form, within four weeks after all required documents are received at the AUBG Admissions Office.