Q: Can I apply if I am in my second year?
A: Yes, the program requires two years of study in Bulgaria. If you are already in your second year (full time, regular student), you can still apply as long as you will have completed two years by the time the program begins.
Q: What qualifies as a "strong interest in business or entrepreneurship?"
A: The Summer Entrepreneurship Program is designed to teach individuals from different educational backgrounds how to become entrepreneurs and develop and write business plans. Therefore, while applicants to the program are not required to come from business and economic backgrounds, they are expected to be extremely interested in learning how to start their own business.
Q: What expenses will be covered?
A: Thanks to the generosity of the America for Bulgaria Foundation (ABF) all of your SEP-related expenses, including international and domestic airfare and ground transportation, accommodations, meals, visa fees, as well as tuition at leading U.S. business schools.
Q: Will I have the chance to travel on my own while in the program?
A: No! The SEP program is extremely intensive and busy group experience. Therefore, there will be no opportunities for independent travel during the program.
Q: Can I apply for SEP if I am currently on Erasmus?
A: No! At the time of your SEP application stage, you need to be currently living and studying in Bulgaria at accredited university.
Q: Is the pre-departure orientation workshop mandatory?
A: Yes, if you are among the selected SEP participants, your participation at the Pre-departure Orientation Workshop is mandatory. Please note, that if during this period, you are not in Bulgaria, you will have to arrange and finance your personal travel in order to attend the workshop.
Q: Who can translate my recommendation letters if they are not in English?
A: Most of the respective BYLP selection committee members speak Bulgarian. Therefore, although we prefer that your letters of recommendations are in English, this is not a requirement.