The campus of the American University in Bulgaria has a Medical Center that works every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It takes care of examining all patients and redirecting them to other health facilities in the city if necessary. The hospital of Blagoevgrad is situated not far from the University.
There is also an Emergency Center, that is open 24 hours and the Emergency line is 112.
The Organizing Committee advises all participants and team leaders to make the appropriate Health insurance for traveling to Bulgaria.
Alcohol and tobacco
All participants should know that by Bulgarian law, alcohol and tobacco products are forbidden for sale to people under 18 years old. Smoking in closed public places, as well as inside the univesity’s buildings (both the academic centers and the residence halls) is not permitted. Alcohol consumption is forbidden to students on the campus of the university.
The Skaptopara Residence halls are a smoke-free enviornment and disability accessible. Skaptopara II, where the participants, team leaders and jury members will be accomodated, has single, double and triple rooms, with a fridge and no AC. There is a computer lab on the first floor, with a printer and scanner. There is no laundry service available or other utensils available, other than the fridge. Bed sheets and towels will be provided.
All participants will be given electronic key cards that provide access to their room and all buildings on campus. All cards must be returned at check out.
The Balkanski Academic Center is right next to Skaptopara II and has a library, with working time 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The gym will be working with the following schedule – Monday – Friday 9:OO a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sunday 2:00 p.m.-10 p.m. There are also two pool tables in the cafeteria, situated in the ABF Student Center. The cafeteria offers snacks and refreshments, and works from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday through Friday days, and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the weekends.
The voltage in outlets, used for domestic appliances, is 230V. For more information on what plug adaptor or transformer you might need, please follow this link.
The Bulgarian currency is Lev. It’s exchange rate is fixed at approx. 1.96 (1 EUR =1.95583 BGN). In Blagoevgrad there are two exchange bureaux with favorable exchange rates not far from the university.
Please note, that debit and credit cards may not be a possile payment method everywhere. We advise you to pay in cash. There are several post terminals near the university campus.
If you will need to go to a bank, have in mind that the working time of all banks in Blagoevgrad is from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m., from Monday to Friday.
The climate in Southern Bulgaria is Mediterranean. During the months of July and August the temperatures in Blagoevgrad are high, with an approximate temperature of 23 degrees Celsius. Rain or colder weather are possible.
We will update you on the expected weather conditions as the event approaches.