Program Overview IELP

Program Overview

IELP is an intensive certificate program, which includes classes in conversational English, Leadership Skills and Cultural Competence workshops led by experienced business leaders and certified trainers; Exciting social and leisure activities; and Excursions to Bulgarian landmarks.

English Language Classes

The English Language classes at the IELP are designed to enhance the participant’s conversational English skills and are led by a certified English instructor.  The classes are designed for Intermediate level of English, however a Beginner level class may be offered if a minimum of 5 participants are registered for this level.

Leadership Skills and Cultural Competence Workshops

Experienced professionals will share their knowledge and expertise in the highly dynamic and interactive sessions on leadership skills development. Topics will include leadership inventories, types of leadership, best practices, supervisory skills, conflict management skills and much more!

In the Cultural Competence interactive workshops, led by a certified intercultural  trainer,  participants will explore their cultural identity, beliefs and attitudes, enhance their knowledge of different aspects of culture and gain practical skills in navigating intercultural communication and interaction.  Special topics will include barriers and bridges to intercultural communication and international conflict management.

Social and Leisure Activities

Participants of the program will enjoy a variety of social and leisure activities such as Fitness at the state-of-the-art student fitness center, swimming at the Aqua Park; Basketball and Volleyball in the Sports Hall, scenic hikes in the beautiful hills and sightseeing in the historic and picturesque town of Blagoevgrad.

Field Trips

Participants have the opportunity to participate in short day trips and experience the beautiful country of Bulgaria.

  • Experience, learn and practice Bulgarian traditions on the trip  to Gorno Draglishte and baba Deshka’s House;
  • Enjoy cool sounds in the world-famous Bansko ski resort on the trip to the town of Bansko for the Opening of the International Jazz Festival;

IELP group of 2015 at the Rila Monastery

  • Visit one of Bulgaria's most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments, nestled in the beautiful Rila mountain on the trip to Rila Monastery;
  • Explore the beautiful wine region of South-West Bulgaria on the optional trip to Melnik, Rupite and Rozhen (at an additional cost).


Rila Monastery

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