Summer Academy Program

What

AUBG’s Summer Academy offers intense academic courses that students will complete in the span of three weeks. Students can choose from a variety of fields and can earn up to three academic credits. The program is perfect for visiting students who want to experience liberal arts education abroad or current AUBG students who need additional academic credits.


Where

The program takes place at the American University in Bulgaria’s Skaptopara campus in Blagoevgrad. A one-of-a-kind residential campus in the tradition of the typical American liberal arts colleges, it lets students live, study, and have fun in the same place. Blagoevgrad (or simply Blago) is a small, vibrant university town within easy reach of the capital Sofia. You’ll be happy to explore the 2.5 km of leafy park alley, a rich program of events, and cafes, bars and restaurants on every corner.


When

Students are encouraged to move to campus on June 3; classes will begin on June 6. Courses will meet Monday to Friday for the first weeks. In the last weeks, students will work on capstone projects for the courses. Optional field trips and cultural activities are planned for the weekends.


Cultural Activities

Bulgarian folk dance workshops

Trips to cultural sites such as 

Plovdiv, Melnik, Rila Monastery, 

Seven Rila Lakes, Bansko, 

Leshten and Kovachevitsa, 

Trigrad Canyon – The Devil’s Throat Cave, and Yagodinska Cave.

Traditional Bulgarian food contest


Courses

Game Design

Ivaylo Koralski
Co-founder KYODAI Game Studio

Ralitza Koralska
Program director ARC Academy 

Details

Students will learn about the types of video games, how to develop successful game design, immersive mechanics, levels, loops and exciting game missions. At the end of the course, students will develop a concept for their own game, going through all the elements of the course. 

Cr. 3. (6 ECTS Cr.)

Embedded Systems

eng. Ivan Nikolaev

eng. Dragomir Yanev 

Details

The course will focus on the essence of embedded systems (both theoretically and practically) with hands-on exercises and topical projects culminating with a main capstone project. The students participating in the course will work with an Arduino-based development board, interfacing different sensors to an HMI (Human machine interface) via a wireless communication protocol (Bluetooth). 

Cr. 3. (6 ECTS Cr.)

Bulgarian Language and Culture

Senem Konedarava, Ph.D.
Professor at AUBG

Details

The course will focus on in-depth Bulgarian culture understanding and language instructions from the beginning to advanced levels of language acquisition. Students will explore different aspects of the Bulgarian cultural heritage and enhance their cultural and communicative competence. They will be invited to actively participate in the Cultural Trips organized within the framework and period of the summer program. This will give them the opportunity to practice what they learn in the classrooms, collect data supporting their research, experience the real ethnographic work of the culture under study and work on a class project. 

Cr. 3. (6 ECTS Cr.)

Digital Marketing

Rosen Petkov
Professor at AUBG

Details

With the rapid shift in consumer media habits from traditional media to
online platforms, it is becoming increasingly important for communication, business, and marketing graduates to be well-versed in digital marketing fundamentals. For entrepreneurs and small businesses in particular, it may be possible to exclusively promote by using direct and digital marketing. In this course students will gain an understanding of how digital marketing strategy is designed and how the marketing mix is changing to reflect the needs of the digital world. While consumer personas and social media will be investigated, digital marketing encompasses a wide variety of tools and tactics, and the course will cover multiple forms of online interactions that assure excellent results in search-, permission-, content marketing approaches leading to effective customer engagement. Students will become familiar with the concept of planning a marketing campaign for different digital media and how to assess digital channel performance through a hands-on online Digital MediaPRO business simulation.

Cr. 3. (6 ECTS Cr.)

Social Entrepreneurship in Europe

Evelina Van Mensel
Education director at Innovation Starter and professor at AUBG

Details

This is a collaborative, cross-institution course in social entrepreneurship, in which student teams ideate and develop models for social enterprises. Social entrepreneurship is the process of building new organizations that offer scalable solutions to social and environmental challenges. Social enterprise can be either for-profit, or non-profit, but key is the ambition to address societal problems at scale. The practice of social entrepreneurship explores the full suite of liberal learning: critical analysis, persuasive writing, oral communication, quantitative reasoning, design thinking, and group social dynamics.

Cr. 3. (6 ECTS Cr.)

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Application Process

Documents

  • Application Form
  • Proof of English Proficiency*. The list of accepted exams is available here
  • Essay on the following topic: "Why do you want to visit AUBG?"
  • Passport Copy
  • University Transcript or High School Diploma

*The requirement may be waived for citizens of the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada who were primarily educated from English language educational systems in those countries.

Fees

Program
(incl. housing and activities)
$2,080
Meal Plan
(optional)
$410

Deadlines

Application April 30
Payment May 15
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