American University in Bulgaria

AUBG became a home away from home for me while I spent a semester abroad. Whenever I was exhausted from traveling around Europe, all I needed was to be back on campus in Bulgaria to feel at home. Only a special place like AUBG can do that for a person. ~Sydney Hebert, English major, Business minor

My experience at AUBG was one that I will never forget. I was surrounded by a brand new culture and language that I had very little knowledge about when I first arrived. Not only was I able to meet Bulgarian natives but AUBG’s attraction of international students allowed me to become friends with people from Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and many other places. I will always cherish these friendships and I hope that I will someday get to return back to Bulgaria! ~ Kaylon Brown, Communication Sciences and Disorders

I am a more independent person now, if that’s even possible. I experienced diversity, which being from Maine is hard to do. It helped with my nursing career in a way that it hard to understand. It was just a life changing experience, that everyone should have. ~ Hannah Bambrick, Nursing

The American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) is a selective, residential, liberal arts university based upon the classic American model. The University offers nine majors and eleven minors, spanning the traditional core liberal arts programs as well as computer science and business.  The current mission of the American University in Bulgaria is “to educate students of outstanding potential in a community of academic excellence, diversity, and respect and to prepare them for democratic and ethical leadership in serving the needs of the region and the world.”


Bulgaria’s membership in the European Union is an opportunity to celebrate its heritage and define its future. At the crossroads of East and West, Bulgaria has one of the richest cultural histories in Europe. Situated in Southeastern Europe, Bulgaria has close interactions with Western Europe as well as its many neighbors–bordered on the north by Romania, to the west by Serbia and Macedonia, to the south by Greece and Turkey, and to the east by the Black Sea, linking Bulgaria to Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia. You can witness first-hand a changing world. Map of Bulgaria.


Visitors to Blagoevgrad often call it a student-friendly city as 20,000 of its 80,000 residents are students. With its clean quiet surroundings, walking plaza, shops, and restaurants, it is small enough for students to find anything they need within a few minutes. At the same time, the dynamic environment of outdoor cafes, movie theaters, and recreational facilities makes it possible for students to have a balanced life with both hard work and fun. The region abounds in natural beauty and tourist attractions such as the Rila Monastery, the spa town of Sandanski, and the Seven Lakes in the Rila Mountain. World class ski resorts are nearby in the magnificent Pirin Mountains. Istanbul is easily accessible by car or bus, and Greece is a one-hour drive. Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, is an hour away. Its international airport is your link to exciting cities all over Europe. Map of Blagoevgrad.

Areas of Study

Anthropology,  Business Administration, Computer Science, Economics, English, European Politics, Fine Arts, History, Information Systems, Journalism and Mass Communication, Mathematics, Political Science and International Relations, Psychology and Southeast European Studies. See the full list of majors and minors.


Minimum overall GPA 2.75.


Estimated costs for a semester at the American University in Bulgaria. The visa application for Bulgaria for exchange students has no visa fee but students must travel to apply in person at the Bulgarian consulate in NYC.


AUBG follows the US academic calendar. See the detailed AUBG Academic Calendar.

Fall 2021:

  • Orientation begins:  August 23
  • Classes begin:  August 30
  • Fall Break:  November 1 – November 8
  • Classes end:  December 10
  • Final Exams:  December 13-17

Spring 2022:

  • Orientation begins:  January 12
  • Classes begin:  January 17
  • Spring Break:  March 14-21
  • Classes end:  May 6
  • Final Exams:  May 9-13


The American University in Bulgaria offers an American-style liberal arts education with English as the language of instruction to students from countries of South Eastern Europe and beyond. Presently, AUBG offers ten major and eleven minor programs. Study abroad students usually take 4-5 courses at 3 credit hours each.

Full-time enrollment:

UMaine students must be registered for at least 12 credits each semester. Students are not encouraged to register for more than 15 credits each semester.

AUBG uses the same credit and grading scale as UMaine.

3 AUBG credits = 3 UMaine credits


AUBG has brand new residential halls. Exchange students will live in double or single rooms in one of three residence halls. AUBG provides a smoke-free environment and are disability accessible. The residence halls include aerobic rooms, two weight rooms, music practice rooms, a multipurpose room, billiard and ping pong areas, several television lounges, outside decks, and cafes.  Each building has a token-operated laundry facility in the basement for student use that contains washing and drying machines. Read more at Residence Life.

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