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American University in Bulgaria

American University in Bulgaria
AUBG offers American-style liberal arts education with English as the language of instruction. AUBG is a multicultural institution and provides an unrivaled cultural experience.
Location: 
Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Language of Instruction: 
English
Bulgarian
Term: 
Academic Year
Fall
Spring
Academic Disciplines: 
Anthropology
English
East European & Eurasian Studies
Global & International Studies
History
Humanities
Economics
Business
Philosophy
Political Science
Computer Science
Journalism
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
Highlights: 
  • Study business, political science, and journalism in English the heart of Southeastern Europe
  • Students live in on-campus residence halls with other international and Bulgarian students
  • Located in Blagoevgrad in southwestern Bulgaria, AUBG is a perfect jumping off point for travel across Eastern Europe and the Balkans
Program Summary: 

AUBG students are energetic, enthusiastic, and highly intelligent. The multicultural student body includes 40 nationalities. Diversity is honored, inclusiveness is nurtured, 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.

Location: 

The Rough Guide to Bulgaria calls Blagoevgrad “the coolest place in southwest Bulgaria.” Undoubtedly a university town—with 20,000 of its 80,000 residents being students—it is also a vibrant economic and cultural center boasting a restored old quarter and quaint shopping plazas, along with dynamic clubs and cafes that are known as some of the most “stylish” in the country. Blagoevgrad is famous for its architecture and welcoming atmosphere, and the surrounding region abounds with natural beauty and tourist attractions such as the Rila Monastery, the ski resort of Bansko, the spa town of Sandanski, and the Seven Lakes of Rila Mountain. Bulgaria’s capital of Sofia, only an hour away, offers access to cities all over Europe, and Istanbul and Greece can be easily reached by train or bus.

Academic Information: 

The most appropriate fields of study for ISEP participants include European studies, business, computer science, journalism, and political science/ international relations.

AUBG is accredited both in the US and in Bulgaria, and academic credits are fully transferable in Europe and in the United States.

Students typically enroll in 4-5 classes per term which averages to 15 hours in class per week. A term runs for 15 weeks.

Course Equivalencies: 
 

 

Housing: 

ISEP Exchange: Students live in shared rooms in on-campus residence halls and receive a stipend to purchase meals at the campus cafeterias. Additionally, common cooking facilities are available.

ISEP Direct: Students live in shared rooms in on-campus residence halls. Meals are not included, so students are responsible for purchasing their own meals. Common cooking facilities are available as are on campus dining facilities. Students should budget about $600 per semester for meals.

Life Abroad: 

Orientation
All first-year and transfer students participate in a week-long orientation program. During this time new students receive information on academic advising and course selection, health care, campus activities, athletics, financial aid, career planning, residence life, and diversity awareness.Social events throughout the week provide opportunities to meet other students, Residence Assistants, Faculty, and Student Services personnel.

ARRIVAL DETAILS
Airport pickup can be arranged for an additional fee if the host site is notified in advance.

Student Activities
AUBG offers a variety of sport opportunities, including baseball, tennis, boxing, chess, skiing, fitness, dancing, soccer, American football, swimming, and aerobics. Residence halls host table tennis, billiards and gym facilities. Those interested in skiing, hiking, boxing, kickboxing, aerobics, volleyball, baseball, yoga, tae kwon do, softball, and karate have formed student clubs and intramural teams. Every semester the soccer and basketball intramural competitions and the Bulgarians vs. Internationals tournaments stir the emotions of players and fans alike. AUBG is also ideally located for trips to the ski resorts of Bansko, Borovetz and Pamporovo.

Further Reading: 

Contact Melody Stratton for more information at melodystratton@ku.edu or stop by the Study Abroad Info Center in 105 Lippincott.

ISEP website with more information on AUBG

Add Course: 
Writing for Media
JMC 150
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Visual Communication Theory and Practice
JMC 200
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Multimedia Journalism
JMC 220
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Intro to TV Reporting
JMC 233
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
2
Writing and Reporting
JMC 250
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Digital Photojournalism
JMC 321
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
TV News Reporting
JMC 333
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Media Law and Ethics
JMC 356
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Magazine Journalism
JMC 435
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Comparative Global Media
JMC 455
Offered every other year
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3

Announcements

Deadlines extended for selected Winter Break, Spring Break, and Spring semester-long study abroad programs! See below for full list of programs: 

Programs with Extended Deadlines (PDF)

 

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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