The 2021/2022 Universal College Application is now available.
PLEASE NOTE: Our web servers operate on Universal Time which may differ from your time zone, however our system takes that into consideration. If the system permits you to submit, your application will be considered, regardless of the time/date stamped on your application.

The American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) is recognized by business leaders for its outstanding graduates. Close student-faculty interaction, all classes in English, a diverse student body, and academic rigor characterize education at AUBG. Over 3600 successful alumni around the world are proud to call AUBG their Alma Mater.

  • Private university comparable to liberal arts institutions in the U.S.
  • Highly talented students, eager to learn and primed for leadership
  • Excellent international faculty committed to teaching and research
  • Education that encourages exploration as you choose your career
  • Diverse experiences to develop knowledge, skills, and values

AUBG faculty brings their American experience to the classroom, creating a full American educational experience here in Europe. They promote a personalized learning environment where you are an individual, not a number, and both individual and team accomplishments are valued. We like to say that our American education in Europe gives students the best of both worlds!

Just as at a U.S. residential university, you'll live on campus with Americans. But unlike most campuses in the United States, most students at AUBG are from abroad. AUBG's residence halls are extraordinary international communities, and you will live and work with Americans, Europeans, Russians, Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Kazakhs, and students from nearly 40 countries around the world. You will live and study with people who come from very different cultural, religious, and political backgrounds. The international living environment provides AUBG students with a learning experience that cannot be duplicated in the classroom.

The Rough Guide to Bulgaria calls the AUBG home town - Blagoevgrad "the coolest place in southwest Bulgaria." Located in the heart of Europe, 20,000 of its 80,000 residents are students. The Rough Guide goes on to describe "the lovingly restored old quarter," and notes that Blagoevgrad’s clubs and cafes are the "most stylish" in all of Bulgaria. 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 two-hour drive. Bulgaria's capital, Sofia, is an hour away. Its international airport is your link to exciting cities all over Europe.

Visitors to Blagoevgrad often call it a student-friendly city. 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. As a closely-knit community, professors have an open-door policy and staff is always helpful.

The American University in Bulgaria offers a beautiful and secure campus environment where you can flourish both personally and professionally. Located along a tree-lined alley on the bank of Bistritsa river, the Skaptopara Campus includes state-of-the-art academic, residential and recreational facilities. We invite you to visit our Virtual Tour to learn more about the AUBG experience!


For assistance or to view answers to frequently asked questions, visit the Help page

For assistance, please contact the Universal College Application directly.