In September 1991, the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) opened its doors with a first-year class of 208 students and 16 full-time faculty members. The first American-style, undergraduate liberal arts educational institution in Eastern Europe, AUBG is a unique cooperative venture established with the support of the U.S. and Bulgarian governments, the Open Society Institute, and the University of Maine. Today, the University has grown to 1,100 students and 80 faculty members.
The AUBG experience is characterized by close student-faculty interaction, classes in English, a diverse student body, and in Blagoevgrad a residential experience in U.S.-style dormitories.
AUBG is a privately funded, not-for-profit institution. Tuition and private donations, as well as grants from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Open Society Institute, finance its educational activities.