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Yes, it sounds strange. Bulgaria is not Italy, France or England. And yet Bulgaria has a charm of its own. On the southern end of the Balkans, Bulgaria offers far more than just beaches
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January Intersession 2018
January Intersession 2018
Florence University of the Arts ( FUA ) - January Intersession. Study abroad in Florence for 3 weeks in January. Study abroad program offered for all majors. Apply online now!
TuttoToscana 2018, Special Event Management Program in Florence Italy and NYC
Summer 2018
This specially structured program takes place for 3 weeks of learning in Florence and 1 week of events in New York City. The program focus is event production from the perspectives of event management, communications & public relations, food & wine management, art direction. Final exams are held online in the 5th week. Alternately, NYC event week-only and final exam options are also offered, see below for details.
Art in Paris Summer 2018 Program
Summer 2018
A summer program aimed at students who want to experience living Paris and learn about its history, culture and art. Students can develop their practical skills in either photography or drawing.
Academic Summer 2018 Programs
Summer 2018
Apicius International School of Hospitality Summer 2017 Programs. Study Abroad Culinary art, Italian Baking and Pastry or Restaurant Management.
Academic Summer 2018 Programs
Summer 2018
Florence University of the Arts ( FUA) - Study Abroad Summer 2018 in Florence, Italy. Study Abroad Programs available for 3 and 6 weeks. Apply Now!
June 2018 – 3 Week Summer Program
Summer 2018
Paros Island International Music Study Abroad Programs: Duration: # weeks. Application Deadline: 90 days before the beginning of the program Eligibility Requirements: The program is open to second, third and fourth year undergraduate students of Music with an interest in composition, improvisation, 20th century music and musicology Language: English
Summer 2016 - Czech Language School in Prague
Summer 2016
The Czech Summer School (Prague) is an intensive course focusing on language and communication. We strike a balance between spoken and written communication, as well as between reading and listening skills, without overlooking grammar.
Andalusian Gastronomy July / August
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Southern Spain - the land of olive groves and rolling hills of almond blossom, flamenco dancers and gypsy songs, and fiestas. This fascinating region offers an incredible medley of sights, sounds, tastes and scents.
Summer 2018 Term I and II
Summer 2018
The Barcelona International College summer program offers students from around the world the opportunity to become members of our student body, earn college credits for courses taught in English
3 Weeks July 2018 Courses
Summer 2018
Develop your design skills for the fashion industry, Learn the fundamentals of film making, The course also includes a series of study day trips to sites of architectural importance around the South of England.
Internship and Arabic Language
Summer 2017
MCAS offers various placements in these areas: Human Rights, Education, Children in Need, Women’s Empowerment, Micro-finance, Journalism and Non-Governmental Organizations
Summer Hospital Internship
Summer 2016
Students take one health related class at the host university and have an internship at a hospital
Fresco-Hunting Photo Research Expedition to Medieval Balkan Churches
Summer 2018
Take a part in an expedition for documentation of abandoned medieval churches/chapels and their frescoes in Western Bulgaria.
9 Week Graduate Hospitality Apparenticeship in the Restaurant Industry
Summer 2017
Program Details The Summer Post Graduate Apprenticeship program prepares students for supervisory and management positions in the world's largest and fastest growing industry. The Florence experience is a unique opportunity that is open only to a limited number of students who already possess a professional and advanced educational training in the culinary field.
June 2018 – 4 Week Summer Program
Summer 2018
Paros Island International Music Study Abroad Programs: Duration: 4 Weeks. Application Deadline: 90 days before the beginning of the program Eligibility Requirements: The program is open to second, third and fourth year undergraduate students of Music with an interest in composition, improvisation, 20th century music and musicology Language: English
3 Weeks August 2018 Courses
Summer 2018
A comprehensive introduction to fashion PR and marketing to develop your understanding, Explore the 12 principles of animation through a series of practical exercises, Discover how to plan, create and apply a variety of make-up styles and special effects for film, television, theatre and commercial work.
Excavations of the Neolithic Settlement Ilindentsi
Summer 2018
Archaeological excavation at the village of Ilindentsi located of the majestic Pirin Mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Southwestern Bulgaria.
Apollonia Pontica Excavation Project
Summer 2018
Come and help the project team to reveal the secrets of the lost temple of Apollo!
Excavation at Tell Yunatsite
Summer 2018
Learn about the Rise and Fall of the Europe's Earliest Civilization in the Fifth Millennium BC
High School Summer 2018 Program in Florence, Italy
Summer 2018
Florence University of the Arts is offering a unique opportunity for high school students to participate in its cultural and academic offering. Students may select from an exciting range of courses offered for study abroad programs and participate in weeklong cultural explorations in locations such as Rome, Sicily, and Florence as well as supervised afternoon activities such as sports and discovering the city of Florence.
Excavation of Emporion Pistiros
Summer 2018
Discover the ruins of an ancient Greek trade center (emporion) in the heart of Thrace
 
Why Bulgaria, Out of All Places, Should Be Your Study Abroad Destination

Why Bulgaria, Out of All Places, Should Be Your Study Abroad Destination

Written by Robert Willard

Last summer, I decided to intern abroad in Europe. For my country of destination, I chose…. Bulgaria.  

            Yes, it sounds strange. Bulgaria is not Italy, France or England. And yet Bulgaria has a charm of its own. On the southern end of the Balkans, Bulgaria offers far more than just beaches. Backpacking adventures across desolate mountain ranges, a hip clubbing scene spawning out of communist apartment blocs, and a unique history will cater to all tastes. And since it is a less conventional destination, your time abroad will truly be a unique experience.

I study in NYC, where everything is big and glitzy. As expected, when I arrived to Sofia, the mid-size capital set within a mountainous valley, I had to take some time to adjust. My first night at my hostel, Caffeto Moreto (highly suggested), a fellow backpacker laid it all out: “Sofia may seem small, but it’ll grow on you,” They were right. Hidden within the hodge-podge of Byzantine churches and Soviet monoliths is a hip, cosmopolitan city tailored for ages 16-30. Innovative bars, performance venues and street shows melt into one long-summer of memories. A resolutely European city, Sofia also blends elements of Turkic and Slavic influence in its historic architecture.

            It might be hard to pit Sofia against, say, Paris. What makes Bulgaria truly unique, however, is what you’ll find outside the capital. Tucked within the mountains of a country hardy the size of Tennessee are some of the most stunning views and towns in Europe. A couple of months will not be not enough.

            First, we must consider Bulgaria’s unique architectural history. In ancient times Bulgaria (called Thrace) was a key Greek colony, making it the third most excavated country in Europe. Colorful Hellenistic basilicas are a common sight on the Black Sea coast (check Nessebar). Sofia itself sports a 2500-year-old ancient city, still intact. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the area was ruled by a mysterious Turko-Slavic people, the Bulgars. Vast stone cities, attesting to a powerful medieval state, still stand in almost perfect form. Take Veliko Tarnovo. The quiet city, whose slim cottages snake around the perimeter of a gorge, sports a massive citadel whose massive stone-bridge functions this day. After a long period of Ottoman occupation, Bulgaria took on yet another face. The city of Plovdiv is saturated with bright cottages with a unique Ottoman-Bulgarian look. Finally, for those interested in Soviet history, monuments to an idealized communist future are found in strangest of places. The most famous of these is an abandoned “flying saucer” on Buzludzha peak. Though you officially can’t climb inside, many people take the risk.

 

For more information on archeology and history, you can check out the Balkan Heritage Field School Programs

            When you get tired of cities, nature will provide. Bulgarian is a country not just of beaches but also of mountains, much of which blend fluidly with towns and cities. Sofia juts right into one of the country’s tallest peaks, Vitoshka, which glistens over the city at sunset. A 20-minute drive will get you to one of the most stunning views over the city. Up North the Belogradchik rocks resemble the Arizona Desert mesa. My personal favorite was a ride through the Rhodopes, where tiny Turkish villages hide in the gorges of massive peaks, which serve as ski resorts in the winter. And, while we are on the subject, take note: Bulgaria is undisputably the nation of roses. They are everywhere. You will never see so many roses in your life. Purchase your tickets in advance to get discounts Tickets for Tours and Attractions in Bulgaria.

            Why Bulgaria now? Why not in ten years, when France and Italy are covered? Because Bulgaria’s meant to be visited when we’re young. At this moment, Bulgarian youth are remodeling their nation to cater to our generation. Educational opportunities abound, with a growing demographic of foreign students taking advantage of its EU education system. Local youth quickly introduce visitors to Sofia’s informal nightlife and in the summer, trips to the beach are a given. I also highly encourage internship programs, which are expanding as the country develops. I worked with the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria, where I immediately got an inside view on how a nation’s top politicians do their job. Bulgaria is also a backpacker’s haven with fun youth hostels, flexible travel options, and free city-tours abounding.

             Bulgaria may be on the lesser known end of Europe’s countries, but that only makes the trip the more exciting. Tucked within such a small area is an up and coming country, packed with captivating places, all tailored for an undergrad.

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St. George Rotonda, Sofia

St. George Rotonda, Sofia

Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo

 
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