Admissions

The American College of Sofia, accredited by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education, MSA, and IBO, admits both Bulgarian and international students based on their results on admissions exams.

842

students

33 %

international faculty

92 %

financial aid applications approved

Why ACS

  • The American College of Sofia is a language profile high school with admission after 7th grade. ACS also offers admission to Bulgarian students after the completion of 8th and 9th grade upon passing an entrance exam in English. International students are also admitted after a successful completion of an admissions exam.

  • ACS is accredited in Bulgaria by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the United States, and the International Baccalaureate Organization as an IB World School.

  • We are one of the oldest American educational institutions outside the United States. In 2010 ACS celebrated its 150th anniversary.

  • Our student body consists of 842 students of whom about 3% are international.

  • ACS provides a rigorous university preparatory education to motivated young people.

  • Courses are taught in English with the exception of Bulgarian and foreign language classes.

  • We offer a choice of different areas of academic concentration, also known as profiles. All ACS students take English as their first profile and mathematics as their second profile. Choices for the third profile include chemistry, physics, humanities, and computer programming.

  • We have a team of 85 highly qualified professionals, 33% of whom are internationals primarily coming from the United States, Great Britain, and Canada.

HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION

  • Selectivity at entry: we admit students only after a successful completion of an ACS admissions exam.

  • Our students receive a rigorous academic training, which combines acquiring and applying knowledge.

  • The college offers a well-developed extra-curricular program, assisting students in building their academic skills and becoming well-rounded individuals.

  • The rigorous academic standards at the college are fostered by the fine combination of Bulgarian and international faculty, professionals with long experience and diverse educational practices.

  • The interactive methods of progressive education are at the core of our curriculum.

  • ACS graduates are critical thinkers and problem solvers able to set clear goals and achieve them. They are engaged in social issues and are able to compete with outstanding students world-wide.

Bulgarian Students

Our Bulgarian students follow the Bulgarian high school diploma program, the details of which are determined by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education. All Bulgarian students may, upon meeting additional academic and other requirements, be awarded an American high school diploma as well.

A summary of the ACS weekly academic schedule by grade level is below. In grades 9 and 10 all courses are taught in English except Bulgarian and foreign languages. During grades 11 and 12 all courses are taught in English except Bulgarian language and literature, foreign languages, Bulgarian geography and philosophy (in grade 12), and some profile classes. Profiles are areas of academic concentration. All ACS students take English as their first profile and mathematics as their second profile. Choices for third profiles include chemistry, physics, humanities and computers.

International Students

International students are admitted on a rolling basis (year-round) according to space availability and the College’s acceptance of prior official high school records indicating achievement at a level which corresponds to that required of all students at the College.

Tuition Fee Reduction for Students Who Have Successfully Passed the Entrance Exam 

Scholarships for Students

Who Have Successfully Passed the Entrance Exam after Grade 7

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The College offers three scholarships to entering students, accepted after Grade 7, two Polansky Scholarships and one Oberbauer Scholarship, described below. These scholarships cover tuition fees for the five years that students are enrolled at the American College. 

All families of Bulgarian seventh-grade students who have successfully passed the Entrance exam and are offered admission to the American College of Sofia may apply for the Polansky and Oberbauer Scholarships. Although the selection committee considers a number of different criteria, financial need is the most important criterion in the selection process.