The First YES Abroad American Students in Bulgaria Visited AUBG

studentsAmericans Sophia Pettit, Rachel Freeman, and Elijah Septoff made one of their first trips in Bulgaria. On September 12, they traveled to Blagoevgrad and visited the American University in Bulgaria to learn about study opportunities there. Sophia and Rachel are in the 10th grade and Elijah is in the 11th. This year they will study at the American College in Sofia and will live with Bulgarian host families. These are the first ever American students to come to Bulgaria to study on the U.S. State Department’s YES Abroad program.

Usually the YES program, which is a mirror program of the YES Abroad, sends Bulgarian students to the States, where they study in high school and live with host families. Both programs aim to help mutual understanding, dialogue, and exchange of ideas. YES and YES Abroad are locally administered by the American Councils and are funded through the U.S. Department of State and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The selection process for next year’s Bulgarian YES students to go to the States will be in October. (Detailed Information)

If you are interested in becoming a host family in Bulgaria or to send your child to study in the Sates, get in touch with American Councils in Bulgaria at or call +359 877 333 013.