Teodor Dimitrov (’14): “I would forever and ever advise AUBG students to do an exchange”
Providing an enriching and diverse international experience to its students is a long-established priority of the American University in Bulgaria. This is why the university administration works hard to ensure students have the chance to embrace new cultures and explore the world while studying at AUBG.
The university encourages all AUBG students to take part in an exchange program in Europe or the U.S., and students from other universities are welcomed on campus every semester. In the past academic year, 30 AUBG students went on exchange. Those students could select from among more than 50 schools across Europe and more than 300 American institutions. They also could choose whether to spend a semester or a whole year abroad. All this without any increase in the tuition they pay at AUBG. Those in need of financial help were eligible to receive a Travel Fund provided by the university.
One of the AUBG students who dared to cross the globe and gain an unforgettable academic and cultural experience in the U.S. is Teodor Dimitrov (’14). Dimitrov spent a semester of his junior year at the Miami University of Ohio.
“I went on exchange because I had heard great stories from other ISEP-ers and I felt like I needed a change of pace,” Dimitrov said. “Also, I always wanted to get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself in a full American environment.”
Dimitrov is a business administration and political science major who has demonstrated both academic excellence and diverse interests ranging from entrepreneurship to theater. He stayed true to himself in the States where he took classes such as Shakespeare and Introduction to Leadership.
Dimitrov wanted to explore the university beyond the curriculum and joined different student political clubs on campus. He was especially active with the Model United Nations and was even elected his dorm's General Assembly representative.
While Dimitrov kept up with his academic and personal interests at Miami University, leaving his hometown of Blagoevgrad also helped him acquire new skills, he said. “I definitely got more confident,” Dimitrov said. “Also, I had to learn to deal with living in my own dorm room, budget appropriately, adapt to a different culture.”
“I would forever and ever advise other AUBG students to do an exchange,” Dimitrov said. “You'll make great friends, create eternal memories, see and meet people from every part of the globe - from Brazil to China and South Korea.”
After he graduated, Dimitrov established his own renewable energy company, which is constructing solar parks in Europe and Turkey. His plans for the future? To return to the U.S. for an MBA degree in an Ivy League school.
Story by Dimana Doneva