New Bulgarian University in the country’s capital, Sofia, is a private liberal arts institution established on 18 September 1991 after a resolution by the Bulgarian Parliament. NBU has significantly contributed to higher education in the country as a whole; leading the way for the introduction of a credit system, encouraging continuing education, as well as welcoming to the country many professional degree programmes such as bachelors and masters. It is an accredited partner since 2004 of the Open University UK, and its motto is ne varietatem timeamus, which when translated from Latin means ‘let us not fear diversity.’ NBU’s logo depicts a person reading.Show more
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While I cannot say with exact certitude about all the programs, when the Liberal Arts and Humanities are concerned, New Bulgarian University is one of the little Bulgarian Universities that give freedom of expression to both students and professors. The study plans are diverse and all-embracing giving students knowledge in a lot of other spheres, not only their major. The faculties in NBU are in two parts – Basic Studies Faculty, in which is included the Bachelor degree programs, and Master Studies Faculty for those students who wish to pursue higher education. The Basic Studies Faculty offers to students in addition to the courses according to major, to select each semester for the first two years (from total four) a liberal arts course, a sports course and a language course. This way students get diverse knowledge in a lot of other subjects.
The university is very student-orientated, meaning that students can choose different major and minor courses that would become part of their diploma certificate.
The university is also part of the Erasmus+ network, so students can go abroad to study for one semester or one year, though depending on the department, the accreditation procedure could be kind of slow (which is my case, as it took 3 months for my courses to be accredited).
Overall, really good university with excellent material base, as all rooms have multimedia and new whiteboards, while the computers rooms are separated for the users of Mac and PC. In some of the rooms an interactive board is available, in addition to equipment for Skype conferences.