Congratulations on your acceptance into SUNY Fredonia's exchange program to the American University of Bulgaria in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria! The information below is in order of importance. Please follow the list accordingly.
Important Things To Do Immediately:
**AUBG Apostille Process:
AUBG Instructions - http://www.aubg.bg/templateT1.aspx?page=2713180
Step 1 - Your transcript must be have an original, notarized Registrar's signature to start the apostille process.
Step 2 - Once your transcript has been notarized, you must send/take it to the county clerks office for verification of the notary's signature using this form: County Apostille Form
Step 3 - After your county clerk returns your transcripts, request the: New York Department of State Apostille
All SUNY students are required to complete the Student Health Information form below. All SUNY students are required to have health insurance that covers them internationally. Please check with your insurance provider to verify your coverage. A copy of your insurance card and a letter from your insurance company stating your coverage abroad is required as proof of insurance. If you are not covered internationally, check space "B" on the Proof of Insurance Form.
If you plan to use financial aid to pay for your study abroad expenses, take the program budget and Financial Aid Arrangements form to the Financial Aid Office and speak with an advisor there.
Additional Required Forms:
SUNY Fredonia Students ONLY Forms:
As a study abroad student accepted for study at the American University in Bulgaria, you must have a long-term student visa, type D. To obtain this visa, you need to apply at the NYC Bulgarian Consulate .
Because the visa process is slow and time-consuming, you must allow time for it. Our experience shows that you should allow at least 20 working days for the Bulgarian Embassy to issue the visa
You should apply for a visa no later than July 25 if you have been accepted for the fall semester and no later than November 15 if you have been accepted for the spring semester.
Additional visa information can be found on the AUBG website
The nearest airport is the capital city of Bulgaria, Sofia, which is approximately one hour north of AUBG. In order to help coordinate travel, check the Academic Calendar to find the dates when class will be in session!
Balkanski Academic Center