The American University in Bulgaria (or AUBG) is a private university located in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. Established in 1991, today AUBG has about 1,000 students from over 40 countries on 5 continents (as of Fall 2019). Close to 50% of the students are international.

Bridge to the World and Rich Culture
Education According To Your Dream Job
Comprehensive University Education
Quality Education and Economic Life


You can continue your education in BULGARIA, English or other languages at the universities, where high-quality education is given at a global level, and work in BULGARIA to develop your career. You can decide on a program according to your criteria by using the “Study Finder” search tool and choose a university to continue your education.
If you want a scholarship to study in BULGARIA, you have many different options. However, keep in mind that the opportunities and rewards offered by the institutions granting scholarships vary. You can find out more about the available scholarships on the official website of your selected university
After choosing a university, all you have to do is to collect the required application documents. These documents may vary by university and program because universities determine their own conditions in the admission of international students. Please check the introductory page of your selected university to learn more about the required documents
You may need to meet requirements such as a university entrance exam, language score or skill test in order to be admitted to the program you choose to study in BULGARIA. In addition to the internationally recognized exams, universities may require you to submit the scores of the exams you took in your country or the scores of the exams carried out by your selected university. Check the detailed program page for the requirements.
Before coming to study in BULGARIA, you need to get a student visa from the nearest Consulate of the Republic of BULGARIA. Student visa procedures can take time and therefore it is important that you apply for a student visa as soon as you are admitted to your selected university.
Technical University of Sofia
Medical University Sofia
University of National and World Economy
Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv

Technical University of Sofia

"The Technical University of Sofia, based in Sofia, is the largest technical university in Bulgaria. Founded on 15 October 1945 as part of the Higher Technical School, it is an independent institution since 1953, when the Polytechnic was divided into four separate technical institutes."

University of National and World Economy

UNWE was founded in 1920 as the Free University of Political and Economic Sciences (FUPES) by Stefan Bobchev and the Russian emigre Peter Bogaevsky with ordinance of the Minister of Public Education. In 1940 FUPES was transformed into the State Higher Education School of Finance and Administrative Sciences (SHESFA) and in 1947 SHESFA was transformed into a Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences at Sofia University.

Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv

The Plovdiv University "Paisii Hilendarski", also known as The Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv, is a university located in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. It was founded in 1962 and has nine faculties.


Applying for a residence permit in BULGARIA
All international students, regardless of their status, must register and obtain a Residence Permit (Ikamet Tezkeresi) from the Istanbul Provincial Immigration Administration Office within 10 days of entering BULGARIA.
You can be required at any time to show your Residence Permit.
Enrolled students apply online at the Ministry Of Interior Directorate General Of Migration Management website. After you have applied, you will also need to collect required documents and make a tax payment.
Applications for residence permits are processed by the Ministry Of Interior Directorate General Of Migration Management, NOT the University. The residence permit application is your responsibility.
1. Copies of the: Passport ,Visa/ Entry Stamp
2. Online Residence Permit Application Form3-) Four
3. (4) photos (biometric)
4. Original Valid Health Insurance Policy / Orijinal Geçerli Sağlık Sigorta Poliçesi
5. The payment receipt (Residence Permit Card fee) from Tax Office
6. Address declaration
There might be extra documents request by the Immigration Office
Student Visa
Obtaining a student visa before departing your home country is a requirement for form
registration as a student at a Turkish university. Therefore, students who come to BULGARIA
without a student visa will neither be allowed to register as a student at the university nor
receive a residency permit once in the country. Student candidates must keep in mind that
policies may be subject to change.
Based on the following program criteria can a student visa be obtained.
1. Internship Visa
2. Internship ERASMUS
3. Internship AISEC
4. Turkish Language Course
5. Purpose
6. Course Purpose
7. Education Purpose
8. Education in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
About Bulgaria
The first American-style, English language, liberal arts educational institution in Eastern Europe, the American University in Bulgaria (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.
AUBG is a privately funded, not-for-profit institution. Tuition and private donations, as well as grants, finance its educational activities. It opened its doors in September 1991, with a first-year class of 208 students and 16 full-time faculty members.
Since then, the lively town of Blagoevgrad in southwest Bulgaria has become a cradle of academic excellence, creativity and cultural diversity. Nowadays, around 1100 curious, committed and talented students from over 40 countries come together to live and study in a supportive and secure community and immerse themselves in our first-rate American liberal arts education.
World-class faculty members come from top schools in five continents to create an innovative and real-world learning environment that’s unique in Europe. Across arts, humanities, business and technology, AUBG students are free to choose their own areas of study and set their own curriculum.
They develop into inquisitive and compassionate leaders, creative problem solvers and responsible global citizens. Our students have a reputation for success in their careers and in graduate studies, with many going on to the world’s leading schools and employers, and all being valued members of our tight-knit global network of alumni.
BULGARIA has a well-established healthcare sector with many Turkish doctors and dentists who speak English, Arabic, French and more particularly in the major hospitals. Many Turkish hospitals have the newest technology with highly experienced doctors. All hospitals have an emergency room that is open 24 hours a day. Assigned pharmacies are available on weekends and evenings as well.
It is a requirement for all international students to have health coverage during their stay in BULGARIA. If your health insurance ends during your stay, you must renew your insurance policy and inform the immigration office immediately. Is it necessary to have Health Insuranc
Yes, all students must obtain health insurance in BULGARIA. This is the compulsory health insurance.
Where can I get the compulsory health insurance?
Study in BULGARIA’s partner, S’aide has the best prices regarding the required health insurance.
Why is S’aide Compulsory Health Insurance the best coverage?
S’aide offers the initial option of compulsory coverage in accordance with the regulations set by the immigration office.
This compulsory Insurance is required for below purposes :
Registration to the University
To obtain your residence permit
Your Compulsory Health Insurance covers your treatment from the hospitals which are in agreement with the Insurance Institutions.
Working While Studying
In accordance to a private university, they allow graduate students with full scholarships to work and can provide assistantships for students in exchange for this scholarship to work as researcher. Undergraduate students will often find opportunities to work in a part-time job, according to their course schedules and the university directives. However, you must keep in mind that a student resident permit does not give a student permission to work. There are different types of work permits such as short-term, perpetual, independent work and are given by General Directorate of International Labour. All in all, International students, unfortunately, have no legal right to work either in public or private offices.
Language is not only major obstacle to get a temporary job. There are universities and departments within universities whose language of instruction is English or where English is the most common language. Some private universities were established as English-speaking universities, and they are now trying to compete with public universities to attract top international academic staff and researchers. There are also research institutions which provide teaching in French and German.
In addition, most foundation universities recruit Master’s and PhD level students on a full scholarship scheme. Sometimes full scholarships might require international students assisting some professors on certain tasks such as teaching, doing research or preparing statistics etc. In all these cases, there is no requirement on international academics or students to learn and teach in Turkish.
Working After Studying
If you want to work in BULGARIA after studying, there are not as many options as you might hope, especially if you don’t speak Turkish, and many of them pay very poorly, comparing to the EU countries, Canada or the USA. However, there might be surprising opportunities present in the Turkish market. So, you can’t know them exist before searching for it.
The first thing to do is to search your job prospects on internet. You should have a very well-prepared resume that could tell anything about you even if you are not physically there. Many Turkish companies speak English, some speak German, French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Russian etc. You hear from them with an invitation for an interview.
Some of the best paid and most professional works in BULGARIA are in the various embassies, consulates and non-governmental organizations. But the competition is always intense.
One possibility is to teach your native language at a language school or on a private tuition. There is a great hunger for English language teaching in BULGARIA which means that this sort of work is easy to find. However, the best paid jobs with the best conditions go to people with a degree and proper TESOL, TEFL, CELTA or TOIEC qualifications. The best thing to do is to take a relevant course.
If you find a job while in BULGARIA, you may have to leave the country to apply for a work permit and then come back in again.
Employment in BULGARIA is mainly governed by Turkish Labor Law and Trade Union Law. Working permits are granted by The Ministry of Labor. After finding a job at a Turkish company, the company should apply for the working permit on behalf of the foreigner. There is no guarantee that the Ministry will provide the foreigner with a working permit.
In the meantime, most work permits are issued initially for one year. When they are extended, the new permit is usually for three years, and then for six years. If you have been a resident of BULGARIA for eight years and have had a work permit for six of them, you should then be able to get a permanent work permit.



BULGARIA is considered to have one of the best education systems in the world. Getting an education here is a ticket to a brighter future. By focusing on the importance of education innovation, BULGARIA is currently a rising star in the international higher education. This gives you a chance to earn an internationally-recognised degree at affordable costs. Also, thanks to the facilities and educational environment, universities and colleges in BULGARIA are among the best in the world.
As a country, BULGARIA is known for its diverse, beautiful and vibrant place to live, but did you know that it also excels in terms of safety? BULGARIA was named as one of the world's safest cities. This makes it a perfect place for students who are usually also the curious wanderers in a foreign country.
And not to forget, thanks to the country's strategic location, you will be really surprised at the possibility of going to places within your reach while studying in BULGARIA. After all, life is not all about simply getting good grades, it’s also a time to explore