AUBG Welcomes Over 270 New Students on Campus

August 30, 2019

A Bulgarian who has already launched his first business project; A Macedonian whose film aired on national TV; An American who has spent over 1000 hours volunteering; a Jordanian who founded an animal shelter. These are just a few of the 277 top-achieving students coming to AUBG from over 20 countries in fall 2019. Because of their academic achievements, social service and extracurricular work, 98% of the first-year students of AUBG's class of 2023 receive scholarships and financial aid.

AUBG Interim President David Evans greeted the new students and their families at the ABF Sports Hall Aug. 27.

"The international community we have here at AUBG creates an atmosphere of respect and understanding that is key to fulfilling our mission to educate leaders who bring positive change to their country, their region and the world," he said.

With this year's freshmen, the number of countries that have been represented at the university since AUBG's establishment in 1991 exceeds 80. Thirty of the students arriving on campus this fall are exchange students who will spend a year or a semester in Blagoevgrad.

"Keep an open mind and take advantage of the many opportunities the university has to offer," Evans said in an advice to the freshmen. "Take different classes, including ones in subjects you think you might not be interested in. Join one or more of the over 30 AUBG student clubs that we offer here. Attend the many events that happen on campus daily. All of these things will enrich your educational experience and help you meet like-minded people but also develop new and surprising interests."

Orientation Week is designed to help students get acquainted with the university, learn how to use the library and computer labs and choose classes. The seven-day program also features a trip to Bulgaria's Rila Monastery, a Pizza and Karaoke Night, a community service project, a sports night and a talent show.

This year members of the AUBG Alumni Association (AAA) arrived on campus to meet with the new students and share their career experience. Alumni Yordan Karabinov ('97), Miroslav Arnaudov ('11), Stefan Ivanov ('17) and Ivaylo Aksharov ('95) introduced the new students to AAA's mission to support the university and promote its values and talked about the critical role that AUBG has played in their lives.

Orientation Week will end on Sept. 3 with the all campus picnic that traditionally kicks off the academic year.

Story by Dimana Doneva

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