My semester at AUBG was an extremely fun and eye-opening experience. Past Review

By (International Affairs, University of Maine at Orono) - abroad from 01/13/2014 to 05/09/2014 with

American University in Bulgaria: Blagoevgrad - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a tremendous amount about Eastern Europe, often simply from causal conversation with my fellow students. The chance to live in an environment where I could meet students from numerous countries over the course of my day-to-day activities was such a great experience that really expanded my horizons. Attending AUBG was undoubtedly a worthwhile experience and I am very grateful I had the opportunity to study there.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I had two great professors, one good one, and two that weren't so great. I'd recommend asking full-time AUBG students about professors as you create your schedule.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Staff was very approachable onsite in Bulgaria, however I was somehow left out of email communications between AUBG staff and the other American exchange students prior to my arrival. As a result, I was given the wrong arrival date and missed out on other useful information.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in a suite, which consisted of a large room which I shared with two other students, a bathroom, and an adjoining double room. I got along very well with my roommates and I learned so much from them.

* Food:

The chef at the university was great, unfortunately he was fired only a few weeks into the semester and never replaced. Food was left out for most of the day and there were extremely limited options at the end of the semester.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I frequently traveled around the city and tried to speak Bulgarian whenever I could.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got a respiratory illness partway into the program, but I simply visited the university doctor and he wrote me a prescription for antibiotics.

* Safety:

I always felt very safe in Blagoevgrad.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

It was very easy to live on a student's budget during my semester at AUBG. I could easily but dinner for less than $5.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $20-25.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Keep track of how much money you spend because it can start to add up.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Meeting kids from all over Eastern Europe and Central Asia
  • Living with students from other countries
  • Living in Bulgaria
* What could be improved?
  • Communication with AUBG before arrival in Bulgaria
  • The dining hall situation
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The semester will go by very quickly.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.