• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Whether a manager, a financial analyst, a political scientist, an economist or a lawyer, whether you live in Europe or outside it, you will function in an environment where the norms, rules and laws of the European Union (EU) impact policies, regulate transactions and consolidate individuals’ rights. Learn more at the European Studies program from American University in Bulgaria.
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While many talk about the EU, few have control over a field that is in perpetual movement, changing and adjusting to internal and external challenges. The major in European Studies aims to make you more competitive on the job market by providing pragmatically grounded knowledge, transferable skills and solid conceptual foundations. Through the variety of its course offerings the major also aims to introduce you to the atmosphere and spirit of Europe.

The European Studies program from American University in Bulgaria  also offers the opportunity of a one-semester Erasmus exchange to a European university, such as Bordeaux (France), Grenoble (France), Jagiellonian (Poland), Leiden (Netherlands), Limerick (Ireland), and Pécs (Hungary)

Key facts:

Over the years, alumni have gone on to graduate studies, joined the ranks of young trainees in the EU institutions in Brussels, become full-time EU technocrats, entered governmental structures and NGOs, or become journalists covering EU affairs either in Brussels or their respective countries. 

Graduates have also completed graduate and postgraduate programs in European Politics and related fields at prestigious universities such as University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, the College of Europe, the London School of Economics and Political Science, King’s College, Sciences Politiques (Paris), and Stanford University.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • EU Law and Institutions
  • Policies and Policy-Making in the EU (WIC)
  •  Research Methods
  •  Internal Market and EU Competition Law
  •  EU Project Writing and Management
  • EU Lobbying: Interest Groups and European Integration
  • Topics in European Politics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Do you want to start your university education at AUBG? To evaluate your talent and academic potential, we carefully consider all of the documents below, paying special attention to your TOEFL scores, school grades and the interview.

  •  Application Form
  •  Essay
  •  Letters of Recommendation
  •  Transcript
  •  English Proficiency 
  •  Portfolio
  •  Interview
  •  SAT / ACT Result (Optional)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12450 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12450 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Blagoevgrad

  • 580 - 820 BGN/month
    Living Costs

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