The U.S. Embassy Renovates Burgas Center for Specialized Educational Assistance

U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Justin Friedman, together with Burgas Mayor Dimitar Nikolov, inaugurated today the renovated building of the Center for Specialized Educational Assistance in Burgas, Bulgaria. The United States Government invested USD 113,000 in the renovations of the Center for Specialized Educational Assistance, formerly known as Otets Paisiy Auxiliary School. The Center provides ...
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Ambassador Rubin Visits English Language School in Burgas

Ambassador Rubin visited the Geo Milev English Language High School in Burgas. English is the global language of math, science, engineering, finance, and more. We’re proud of Bulgaria’s youth who study English – and we’re committed to supporting them as they advance in their careers.    
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Celebrate International Education Week

This year the 18th annual edition of International Education Week ( IEW ) takes place November 12-16.    IEW  is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education that promotes the benefits of international education and exchange programs worldwide.  Initially created so that America could inspire its students to study abroad,  IEW  now encourages and ...
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Digital Communication Network Exchange Program 2019

A new Digital Communication Network exchange program in the U.S., April 8-24, 2019. If you use or create digital communication tools in media, entrepreneurship, NGOs, social movements and e-government apply at https://worldlearninginnovanddev.wufoo.com/forms/q18v8ife0dg47ql/ Deadline for the applications: December 1, 2018 A total of 14 participants will be selected, through an open competition process to come to the United States ...
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2019 Study of the United States Institutes for Secondary School Educators (Teachers)

Deadline for application: December 14, 2018 The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is now accepting applications for the 2019 Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators from Bulgarian nationals. The institute will take place over the course of five weeks in early June 2019. The Institute includes a four-week academic residency component ...
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GIST Technology Idea Competition Returns for 2019, Seeking Innovative Startups

The U.S. Department of State is excited to announce the launch of the 2019 Global Innovation through Science and Technology, Technology Idea (GIST Tech-I) competition. Exact dates and details will be published over the next few weeks on  GISTNetwork.orgFacebook  and  Twitter . GIST Tech-I is a global pitching competition which seeks to identify and select, train, ...
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Call for Applications for the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute

Deadline for application: January 15, 2019 The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is now accepting applications for the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute for young Americans and Europeans. The program will take place in June and July 2019.  The institute will be hosted by Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. All costs of ...
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Community Solutions Program

Application Deadline: October 31, 2018! Are you working to support positive change in your home country? Helping preserve your community’s biodiversity for the next generation? Working to create job opportunities for at-risk youth? Bridging ethnic and cultural divides in your community? If so – come join the next generation of global leaders and apply for ...
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Third Consecutive John Atanassov Award for Ivan Ivanov

Another – third consecutive – John Atanassov Award for Ivan Ivanov, who graduated ACS last spring and is now pursuing his higher education at Cambridge. This year, he was rewarded for excellence in the category “Debut breakthrough in computer science,” awarded for high-level scientific work. Congratulations to Ivan, his teacher, and parents!
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Bulgarian National English Spelling Bee Competition 2018

Registration for the Bulgarian National English Spelling Bee Competition is from October 5 to October 25, 2018! Bulgarian National English Spelling Bee aims to strengthen the English language skills of Bulgarian students and to share innovative and interactive teaching methods with teachers. More than 6500 students from 304 schools participated in 2017 Spelling Bee. Similar to ...
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Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition 2018

Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition is open to all Bulgarian public and private school students from 6th to 12th grades who are excited to express themselves creatively…in English! The writing days are on November 27 -28, 2018. The results will be announced in the end of January 2019. The registration will be open from October 5th to October ...
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EducationUSA Opportunity Funds-Bulgaria Program

For high school students in grade 11 Deadline for submitting applications: January 2, 2019 Opportunity funding, provided by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, supports talented international students with the application process to U.S. higher education institutions. Opportunity Funds provides support to talented international students who are highly competitive for ...
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90th Anniversary of Department of English and American Studies at Sofia University

The Department of English and American Studies at the Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski celebrates its 90th anniversary . The event coincided with the celebrations of the 130th anniversary of the University’s founding. Initially, Sofia University offered training in English Studies within its German Studies department before establishing a separate English and American Studies major in ...
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U.S.- Supported Traditions and Transitions Conference at Sofia University

Congratulations to Sofia University on its 130th anniversary, and the 90th anniversary of Sofia University’s Department of English and American Studies!  “Every time I pass by this building and I see the Georgiev brothers watching over the entrance, I am reminded of the unique history of this university and what it has meant to Bulgaria ...
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U.S. Universities Deliver at Worldwide Branches

ShareAmerica By Mary Jane Maxwell Sep 27, 2018   Hassan Al-Jahani of Qatar is getting an American-style education without having to leave his country. Students at Northwestern University in Qatar (© Northwestern University in Qatar) “Studying at a high-caliber university like Northwestern is a badge of honor I wear proudly,” said Al-Jahani, who is majoring in communications from ...
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Ambassador Rubin Speaking at the 2018 Graduating Class of American College of Sofia

You are the backbone of Bulgaria’s National Debate Team, you won a national cyber security competition, you earned awards from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences for computer science, you were awarded Presidential medals by two presidents, and you are admitted to some of the world’s top universities, such as Dartmouth, NYC, Tufts, Columbia, Brown, Yale, ...
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New America for Bulgaria Campus Center at the American College of Sofia

May 18 – Ambassador Rubin assisted in opening the new America for Bulgaria Campus Center at the American College of Sofia this morning.  This beautiful new building, funded by the America for Bulgaria Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development, continues approximately 150 years of American-Bulgarian educational ties.
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National Conference – Roma Educational Integration in Bulgaria

Ambassador Rubin, as a member of the Roma Inclusion Ambassadors Group (RIAG), attended a national conference today focused on Roma educational integration in Bulgaria.  AMB Rubin joined many other attendees discussing this important topic, including:  Swiss Ambassador Denis Knobel; Ambassadors from Italy, Netherlands, and the UK; The German Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission; Bulgarian Deputy ...
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Participants in the National English Spelling Bee Contest Visit the Embassy

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia was honored to host more than 30 high school students and their teachers on April 27, just one day before the CorPlus National English Spelling Bee. These students were from all parts of Bulgaria, and advanced to the national finals due to their hard work, determination and spelling skills. During ...
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3rd Southeastern Europe Virtual Education Fair at the U.S. Embassy

Seven U.S. higher education institutions “met” with Bulgarian students, university and high school representatives, educators, international education advisors, and journalists at the 3rd Southeastern Europe Virtual Education Fair at the U.S. Embassy. Cultural Affairs Officer Matt Hagengruber noted the U.S. Embassy commitment to supporting STEM education projects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Commercial Attaché Maria Galindo ...
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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Fully Renovated Math and Science Classrooms in Sofia’s #18 High School

Ambassador Eric Rubin joined Bulgarian Minister of Education Krasimir Valchev, America for Bulgaria (ABF) President Nancy Schiller, and other ABF representatives during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for fully renovated math and science classrooms in Sofia’s William Gladstone #18 High School. Jointly financed by America for Bulgaria Foundation and the school’s state-delegated budget, the project includes five ...
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20 BulgarianTeenagers Who Are Studying English Visit the Embassy

On April 17 the Embassy was visited by 20 teenagers from across Bulgaria who are studying English through the project “A Step Toward Success.” Funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by the Bulgarian NGO Trust for Social Achievement, “A Step Toward Success” offers English language and leadership development classes and camps to ...
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Digital Communication Network Еxchange Program in the U.S. for Digital Media Professionals

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by World Learning, the new Digital Communication Network exchange program in the U.S. for digital media professionals created and supports a collaborative network of communication professionals from across Europe and Central Asia, working together to strengthen communication skills through the development and dissemination of digital content. ...
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Celebrating the 25th Fulbright Commission Anniversary

On April 13 Ambassador Rubin joined Bulgarian and American Fulbright alumni, representatives of partner organizations, official guests, and Fulbright friends at a gala marking the 25th anniversary of the Fulbright Commission in Bulgaria. Ambassador Rubin expressed gratitude to the Fulbright Commission, Board and staff, as well as long-standing partners such as the America for Bulgaria ...
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National Creative English Writing Competition

Last week 4,000 students from 207 schools all over Bulgaria had 1 hour to write on imaginative topics such as “The girl who danced with a wizard,” “Midnight, on the bridge. Come alone!” “Life was better on the other side,” and “Don’t forget to remember” in the 8th annual CORPLUS Foundation Bulgarian National Creative English Writing Competition.  Eventually a ...
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AE E-Teacher Courses for RELO Belgrade Region – Spring 2018

The US Embassy in Sofia is offering three slots to teachers of English (Bulgarian nationals) on an online course taught by World Learning. The title of the course is: Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting. The training starts on April 3, 2018 and continues for 8 weeks. For ...
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Call for Applications for the 2018 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Civic Engagement

Deadline for application: December 10, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is now accepting applications for the 2018 Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Civic Engagement.  The Institute will take place in June and July 2018. The embassy will select one principal and two alternate candidates to compete for slots on ...
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Call for Applications for the 2018 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is now accepting applications for six Study of the U.S. Institutes for multinational groups of experienced university faculty, scholars, and other professionals. The program will take place at various colleges, universities, and institutions throughout the United States over the course of six weeks beginning in June 2018 or later.  ...
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Call for Applications for the 2018 SUSI for Secondary School Educators (Teachers)

Deadline for application: December 29, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is now accepting applications for the 2018 Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators. The institute will take place over the course of five weeks in June 2018. The Institute includes a four-week academic residency component and a one week ...
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Registration for the Bulgarian National English Spelling Bee Competition – 2017

Registration for the Bulgarian National English Spelling Bee Competition is from October 9 to October 25, 2017! Bulgarian National English Spelling Bee aims to strengthen the English language skills of Bulgarian students and to share innovative and interactive teaching methods with teachers. More than 6500 students from 304 schools participated in 2017 Spelling Bee. Similar ...
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Registration for the Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition – 2017

Registration for the Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition is from October 9 to October 25, 2017! The Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition was initiated in 2011. The competition is open to students from 6th to 12th grade and each year more than 4000 participants have the opportunity to express their creative thoughts in English. The students have ...
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Student Workshop in Fun Programming During EU Code Week

Ambassador Eric Rubin joined EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Maria Gabriel as 5th graders programmed Finch Robots at the American Corner in Sofia City Library. The students, from 94 Elementary School “Dimitar Strashimirov” were celebrating European Code Week by learning to program Finch with simple commands.  The U.S. Embassy and Global Libraries – Bulgaria ...
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Call for Applications for the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute

The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is now accepting applications for the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute for young Americans and Europeans. The program will take place in June and July 2018.  The institute will be hosted by Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. All costs of the participants will be covered. ...
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First English Language Camps for Bulgaria’s Disadvantaged Youth

This September, the ‘Trust for Social Achievement’ (TSA) has organized its first English and leadership development camps as part of their ‘A Step Toward Success’ project. The camps focus on community engagement for Bulgaria’s disadvantaged children and youth and serve as a step towards forming a community of successful role models, as well as encouraging ...
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Apply Online for YES Bulgaria

The open competition for YES Bulgaria will take place ONLINE  during the months of September and October 2017. Interested candidates who meet the eligibility requirements are invited to complete a preliminary online application located at  https://ais.americancouncils.org/yes  by the October 31, 2017 deadline.  A selection committee will evaluate online applications and select semifinalists in November. Semifinalists will receive a ...
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YES Abroad Students Arrival

On August 31 four American students arrived at Sofia Airport as participants in the cultural and educational exchange program YES abroad. Lilly, Macana, Delani and Margaret will spend the next ten months attending a Bulgarian school and living with a Bulgarian family. YES abroad is a U.S. Department of State program for intercultural dialogue and ...
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Virtual College Fair – International Students Day

Need help getting started with university admissions? Join us for CollegeWeekLive’s International Students Day, a free online college fair on August 30th. Plus, get expert advice on starting your applications, writing essays, and getting the best scores. This is your chance to chat with Notre Dame, NYU, and 85+ other schools, as well as EducationUSA ...
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Amalipe Open Heart Festival

From June 9th to 11th U.S. Embassy Political Officer Daniela Ionova-Swider attended the 14th Annual Children’s Roma Festival “Open Heart” in Veliko Tarnovo, organized by the Center for Interethnic Dialogue and Tolerance “Amalipe.” More than 2,000 children of different ethnic groups from over 250 schools participated in the festival, which featured a “United in Diversity ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Martina Strong at an American College of Sofia Ceremony

Chargé d’Affaires Martina Strong joined the students and administration of the American College of Sofia (ACS) at a ceremony renaming the Science Building after ACS alumnus Carl Djerassi. In addition to expressing her gratitude for Djerassi’s many contributions in science and education, Chargé d’Affaires Strong praised ACS and its students for representing American values and ...
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AUBG Commencement Ceremony

Former Ambassador Beyrle was the keynote speaker at the AUBG commencement ceremony that took place in Blagoevgrad on May 21st . One hundred ninety-four graduates from 17 countries received a world-recognized diploma. “I believe that AUBG is the most important and the most enduring legacy of the partnership between Bulgaria and the United States over ...
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Ambassador Eric Rubin Congratulates Class 2017 from the American College of Sofia

Ambassador Eric Rubin was the keynote speaker at the American College of Sofia (ACS) Graduation Ceremony for Class 2017, which took place at the ACS campus on May 20th. One hundred forty one graduates received their diplomas from one of the oldest American educational institutions outside the United States. “I congratulate all of you for ...
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Ambassador Rubin Visits Stara Zagora

Ambassador Eric Rubin spends the day in Stara Zagora meeting with Mayor Zhivko Todorov to discuss the city’s priorities and visiting Trakia University which has ongoing projects with several American universities, a center for technical cooperation supported by USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) and several centers to develop technical competencies funded by the America for ...
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Bulgaria’s Spelling Bee Finalists Visit the U.S. Embassy

May 5 – Bulgaria’s Spelling Bee finalists visited the U.S. Embassy on Friday afternoon. They met with Deputy Chief of Mission Martina Strong who congratulated the students on their success and encouraged them to continue to study and do well in school.  They also met with other Embassy officers to learn about more about how ...
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IVLP “Youth Leadership” in Cleveland, Ohio

IVLP “Youth Leadership” exchange project participants travelled to Cleveland, Ohio, the final stop of their program. At John Marshal School of Civic and Business Leadership they learned about how to encourage youth to start-up their own businesses. The participants were excited to take part as judges for “Talking Bees” speech and debate competition among students ...
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10-day ExchangeYouth Leadership Program

A group of ten Bulgarian youth are participating in a 10-day exchange program on Youth Leadership funded by the U.S. Embassy in Sofia and the State Department.  The participants are students, NGO practitioners, and professionals from all around Bulgaria and were selected from a nation-wide call for applications that resulted in over 120 applicants.  They ...
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International Space Camp

Have you ever dreamed of travelling to outer space? Here is your chance to experience what it is like to be an astronaut and scientist on a space mission! The U.S. Embassy in Sofia is accepting applications for International Space Camp, which will bring together educators and students from all over the world to build ...
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Ambassador Eric Rubin in Pazardzhik

February 2 – Ambassador Eric Rubin just launched a $153,000 U.S.-funded project in Pazardzhik. The U.S. State Department is financing the English language education for 200 students in underserved areas of Bulgaria. The project aims to give these children access to better opportunities. Ambassador Rubin, U.S. Embassy officials, and America for Bulgaria Foundation representatives wished ...
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Roma Children Wished Ambassador Rubin a Happy New Year

On January 13th, Amb. Eric Rubin welcomed Roma students from the Hristo Botev school in the Bulgarian city of Stamboliyski to celebrate the coming Roma New Year, also known as Vassilitsa, with them. The students performed for the Embassy community, sharing their Roma traditions and wishes for a happy life and a better world. The ...
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