AUBG is a private American-style liberal arts university located in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. The University has assumed a unique and critical educational role in the dynamic region of Southeastern Europe through its emphasis on preparing students for leadership, community involvement, careers, and advanced study. The liberal arts education encourages students to develop critical thinking and creative problem solving. AUBG is accredited both in the US and in Bulgaria, and academic credits are fully transferable in Europe and in the United States.
AUBG students are energetic, enthusiastic, and highly intelligent. The multicultural student body includes 30 nationalities. Diversity is honored, tolerance is demanded, and academic excellence is always the intellectual goal. Courses are taught by a high-quality, international faculty experienced in teaching in a multicultural, learner-centered environment. The interactive teaching found at AUBG fosters the development of intellectual reflection, effective communication, personal initiative, individual self-expression, and civic responsibility.
Many AUBG graduates continue their education at prestigious universities in the United States and Europe. Others have already made an important mark in the private and public sectors in the region. Educated in the spirit of the liberal arts tradition, AUBG graduates become competent professionals with a broad and integrated vision of contemporary society that enhances their capacity as citizens and future leaders of the region.
In September 1991, the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) opened its doors with a first-year class of 208 students and sixteen full-time faculty members. The first American-style, undergraduate liberal arts educational institution in Eastern Europe, AUBG is a unique cooperative venture established with the support of the U.S. and Bulgarian governments, the Open Society Institute, and the University of Maine. Today, the University has grown to 1100 students and 70 faculty members.
The AUBG experience is characterized by close student-faculty interaction, classes in English, a diverse student body, and in Blagoevgrad a residential experience in U.S.-style dormitories.
AUBG is a privately funded, not-for-profit institution. Tuition and private donations, as well as grants from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Open Society Institute, finance its educational activities.
University website: American University in Bulgaria