The American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) opened doors in September 1991. It is the first institution in Eastern Europe to follow the American liberal arts style of education. It was opened with the cooperation and support of the governments of Bulgaria and the United States in the city of Blagoevgrad. Nowadays around 1000 students from 40 countries are enrolled in the university.
Presently, the university offers 12 major programs, and 15 minors. Those include Business Administration, Economics, Journalism and Mass Communications, Computer Science and more. Since 2003, an Executive MBA program is offered in Sofia, the first of its kind in Bulgaria. AUBG is accredited both in the United States and in Bulgaria.
AUBG’s students and faculty have worked for the diversification of student life through active involvement in various art and journalism projects. From theatre plays, through musicals, choirs and award shows to sport events, student life has been improving during the past 20 years.
To enhance the learning process and enable the realization of all extracurricular activities, the university has provided students with various facilities. The campus comprises the Residence Halls, the Balkan Academic Center and the Panitza library (named after Dimi and Yvonne Panitza), and the America for Bulgaria Student Center which opened doors in 2012 and was named Building of the Year.