University of Veliko Turnovo
The University of Veliko Turnovo is one of the major universities in Bulgaria, re-established in 1963. It has 11 colleges: Business Education, Fine Arts, History, Law, Math and Computer Science, Philology, Philosophy, Public Health, Theology, and a Center for Physical Education and Sports. The university has additional campuses in the cities of Vraca and Pleven. The total number of students in Veliko Turnovo is approximately 11,000. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in 64 fields of study. It is fully accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education in Bulgaria. Veliko Turnovo is in northern Bulgaria, 160 miles east of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.
The program is designed for students interested in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and to students interested in Balkan Studies. Experience has shown that this offers excellent preparation for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in ESL, in applying to the Peace Corps, or in seeking employment in the field of international education. The academic program provides immersion in Bulgarian culture and language, as well as the opportunity to gain hands-on experience as an English instructor. Students teach at the university under the supervision of faculty members from the English Department. Students can develop professional teaching skills, and experience Bulgarian life from the perspective of a student as well as a working professional. A 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation are required for admission to this program, which is open to juniors and seniors.
Introduction to Bulgarian Language (3 credits)
Introduction to Bulgarian Culture (3 credits) In English
Teaching Internship (6 credits) In English: Students teach English language classes at the University. The type of classes taught varies from conversation classes for advanced students to elementary English classes.
Students are housed in a dorm. Please note that dorms are not necessarily on-campus. Several dorms are located downtown, but it is not far from the university and there is public transportation readily available.
Fall – mid-October – mid-January Spring – late February – late June
Fall: July 1 Spring: October 15
3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale; junior or senior standing; transcripts; two letters of recommendation; minimum age of 18