May 6th - 8th - American University in Bulgaria

The Future of Democracy & Finance Bulgarian -
Macedonian Student Summit

The Future of Democracy & Finance

The Bulgarian-Macedonian 3-day student summit will gather 50 students (25 Bulgarian and 25 Macedonian) to learn and discuss the benefits, the challenges, and the possible solutions to the challenges related to democracy and free markets. Special attention will be paid to the new blockchain technology and the Metaverse. Last year was a landmark year for the blockchain technology, from cryptocurrency going mainstream to an influx of capital into Web 3.0. New technologies can be a force for good but the same qualities that make the Metaverse and Web 3.0 a revolutionary innovation may also open the door, even wider, to harmful content and practices. The key to mitigate these risk is enlightened understanding of the topic. 

Online Workshops
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About AUBG

The first American-style, English language, liberal arts educational institution in Eastern Europe, the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) is a unique cooperative venture established with the support of the U.S. and Bulgarian governments, the Open Society Institute, and the University of Maine.

The lively town of Blagoevgrad in southwest Bulgaria has become a cradle of academic excellence, creativity and cultural diversity. Nowadays, around 1100 curious, committed and talented students from over 40 countries come together to live and study in a supportive and secure community and immerse themselves in our first-rate American liberal arts education.

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Four Reasons


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Experienced Lectors

You will have the chance to interact and learn from experts in economics, political science, and the blockchain industry.

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You will get an enlightened understanding of democracy and free markets as well as the opportunities that come with them.

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Unforgettable Experience

Spend three days with your peers who have similar interests to yours. Enjoy the city together, go for a walk, or spend time in productive conversations.

New Opportunities

The Summit is not the end of our journey together but rather the beginning. We have more than 100+ program alumni that have access to numerous opportunities.


Below you can see the speakers at the Summit. 

Professor of Philosophy and History

Assistant Professor in Politics and European Studies

Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria

Head of Trade at Blue Chip Capital

Biz Dev at

Digital Futurist, IT Specialist & Chief Web Designer at Vectory Design Bulgaria

Founder of Globalization and Geopolitics Institute in Bulgaria

IT Specialist at

CS Specialist at

Day Trader & Chart Technician

Admissions Counselor/Recruitment Coordinator at AUBG


What is democracy? What are free markets? What opportunities and benefits they give to the citizens? What is the future of democracy and what mechanism will civilizations use within our metaverses to make the necessary adjustments to the blockchain technology? These are the starting questions that are about to be discussed at the Summit.

This three-day summit will bring 25 Bulgarian and 25 Macedonian students to Blagoevgrad to participate in lectures, workshops, and mentoring sessions with experts in economics, political science, and the blockchain technology. 

After providing the framework in the first two days, the event will conclude in a Summit. Participants will share their thoughts, concerns, and will speak about the challenges that they face as individuals living in their respetive countries. 

Upon selection, all participants will receive specific instructions. 

Political Philosophy

You will learn about democracy, its history, its meaning, and its benefits.


You will learn the free market economy and the capital markets.

You Will Learn About


You will learn what is the blockchain technology and  and its implications on finance and politics.

Financial Literacy

You will learn practical skills on how to think about investments, wealth, and capital preservation.

About the USYC

The U.S. Ambassador’s Youth Council was founded in November 2014 by Ambassador Marcie B. Ries. It brings together a cross-section of young, dynamic Bulgarians. The USYC is a network that has the competence and capacity to make a meaningful, visible and sustainable contribution to the development of young people in Bulgaria in the name of consensual causes for building socially-engaged, tolerant and civic-active community. This event is going to better the relationship between the young leaders of Bulgaria and the young leaders in North Macedonia and is going to foster future collaboration between the two countries.

Do not miss this opportunity - APPLY NOW!

Applications will be open from March 7th till March 31st. 

Partners & Sponsors

This summit would have been impossible without the support of our main sponsor – The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria & our parthners. 

Sponsor of the summit


Previous Programs

Here you can see a sneak peek that will give you some clues about what you should expect during the three days of the Summit!

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most popular questions about the upcoming Summit. Should you have any other, please shoot an email to

The Summit takes place on May 6th, 7th & 8th at the American Universty in Bulgaria. Applications will be accepted through March 31st, 2022.

The Summit is for high school students from Bulgaria and North Macedonia. Participans must be between the ages of 16 and 19. They must be citizens and residents of either Bulgaria or North Macedonia. They must demonstrate proficiency in both written and oral English and have keen interest in the topic of the Summit.

Participation is free of charge for the selected candidates. If selected as a Summit Participnt, the program will cover accommodation, meals, and transportation. 

Please, note that there will be organized transportation leaving from Skopje and from Sofia on May 6th and organinzed transport leaving from Blagoevgrad to Sofia and Skopje on May 8th. If you are travelling from another city, you will be responsible to cover your expanses to the departure locations.

The USYC does not coordinate or cover the cost of COVID-19 testing for entry into Bulgaria for Macedonian students, but the program team should note and communicate vaccination and testing entry requirements to Macedonian participants.

The organizing team will take all appropriate and necessary anti-epidemic measures to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. The organizers reserve the right to postpone the dates should unforeseen circumstances occur. As AUBG’s campus is a green-certificate only, all participants must have a valid green certificate to enter the campus. This does not apply for students under the age of 18.

Macedonian participants will also need to comply with border requirements to enter Bulgaria. These will be communicated to the participants before their departure as the situation is constantly changing. 

No, the Summit is designed for high school students only. Teachers from their respective schools are not allowed to come with the students. Our team will take care of all logistics.

The application window is open from March 7th, 2022, through March 31st, 2022, at 11:59 PM CET. Finalists will be selected and notified of next steps in early April 2022.  

We do not limit the number of applications per school. Participants will be selected based on other criteria.