By Rachel Freeman, YES abroad student in Bulgaria
The YES Abroad-ers in Bulgaria (Elijah, Sophie, and I) had the unique opportunity to tour the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) with our host siblings. A big thank you is owed to Tammy Paltchikov at the U.S. Embassy of Sofia for making this possible.
I had heard a little bit about AUBG before visiting and was intrigued by a couple things. I liked the fact that graduates receive two diplomas, since the institution is accredited in the U.S. and in the EU. The other aspect I enjoyed was that it attracted many international students.
As we toured the campus, I was continually impressed with what I saw. First of all, the facilities were modern and well-maintained. We saw an auditorium, fitness center, running track, and instrument rooms. It was made obvious that AUBG encourages its students to pursue their passions outside of the classroom. They also have a way for students to incorporate their interests in multiple areas of study by creating what they call a “self-designed major”. Additionally, it appealed to me financially since about 74% of their students receive financial aid.
Most of all, I enjoyed the feel of AUBG. It really felt like a friendly community of people. There were students chattering happily as we toured the campus, speaking Bulgarian or English. The school itself seems to provide an enormous amount of support for its students. As the time approaches for me to begin thinking about university, I will definitely keep AUBG in my thoughts.