Department of Politics and European Studies
Journalists Kanna Racheva, Rossen Bossev and Sylvia Velikova, U.S. Embassy Resident Legal Advisor Jessica Kim, Bilyana Gyaurova-Wegertseder, Director at the Bulgarian Institute for Legal Initiatives – these are just some of the prominent speakers that discussed Bulgaria’s judicial system with AUBG students. The guest lectures were part of Professor Robert Phillips’ Challenged Judicial Systems class, which is held online.
Alexandra Gouleva, who studies Political Science and European Studies at AUBG, was among the students selected to participate at this year’s Athens Democracy Forum. The event, organized by the Democracy & Culture Foundation, in association with The New York Times, gathers together political, business and NGO leaders to discuss the pressing issues facing democracy. As part of her work as student delegate, Gouleva presented a video on capitalism in a post-COVID world. The video ended up being one of the eight selected to be screened at the Forum.
The POS and EU student, who’s also a participant at the AUBG MultiTalent Quest and member of the Better Community Club, shares her impressions of the forum and talks about what made her decide to study at AUBG and what are her plans for after graduation.
AUBG student Teodor Nedev ('24): 'Here I have the ability to choose, to try different things and to eventually decide'
First-year student Teodor Nedev from Bulgaria has a passion for creating visuals, learning foreign languages and exploring different topics in History and Geography. A current member of "Bulgaria of the Youth," Nedev has participated in Model Republic of Bulgaria and European Union and he plans to study Political Science & International Relations and Economics at AUBG. Read our interview with Nedev to learn more about his achievements, ambitions and favorite free-time activities.
Anatoly Prekrasnyy (’17), who comes from Russia, graduated from AUBG with majors in Business Administration (concentration in Finance) and Political Science. He then went on to pursue a master’s degree in Quantitative Finance at Bentley and now works as a Senior Pricing Analyst at Dell Technologies.
Make sense of the world and begin your career
We live in a globalizing, digitalizing, integrating, disintegrating, trade liberalizing, resource-depleting, climate changing, migrating, warring, peace-making world.
It can be difficult to make sense of it. All the same, you have this nagging feeling that it somehow affects you.
That’s because it does. And it will continue to do so. Our European Politics and Political Science & International Relations programs will help you make better sense of the world. With a stronger understanding of political forces, you’ll be able to approach problems from fresh viewpoints, see through mental walls and develop solutions that others may miss.
So whether you end up working in a multinational corporation, running your own business, serving your government in a ministry, building Europe in Brussels, tackling global issues in an international organization or leading social change in an NGO, you’ll need a developed framework to better understand the world and practical skills to help you travel upon your life path. To build these, our students learn and engage both in and out of the classroom. They also participate in exchange programs at European and American universities, intern in government and NGOs, take the floor at AUBG’s annual Model United Nations simulation and discuss current events in the Political Science Club.
Did you know that:
- Simulations of European and international institutions are an integral part of the Political Science/International Relations and European Studies curricula.
- AUBG hosts an annual Model United Nations simulation with participants from many foreign countries.
- Political Science and European Studies majors have received institutional support to attend simulations, conferences, and student meetings abroad.
- AUBG students majoring in Political Science and/or European Studies normally participate in exchange programs at major European and U.S. universities.
- The student-run European Youth Parliament and the Political Science Club, which partners with the Political Science Club at Sofia University, organize activities and host guest lecturers from the field of politics.
- Some of the guest lecturers to speak at departmental activities include ambassadors, current and former ministers and prime ministers, renowned scholars, and civil society leaders.
- The Department holds public discussions of important world events.