ACS Displaced Ukrainian Student Procedures
February 20, 2023
ACS has closed the application process for Displaced Ukrainian high school students. Previously, applicants with strong English language skills were eligible to apply to the ACS International program for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year, ending 30.06.2022. ACS had a limited number of places available in grades 8, 9, 10 and 11 under this newly formed policy. To be considered for admission, the students’ parents needed to present the entry number verifying that they had initiated the procedure for obtaining the Temporary Protection Status with the Bulgarian Refugee Agency.
Consideration was on an unreserved (first-come, first-served) basis and applicants were encouraged to begin the process as soon as they arrived in Bulgaria from Ukraine.
The application process was initiated when the parent or guardian of the candidate filled out the ACS Displaced Ukrainian Student questionnaire. Eligible students were then invited for an English assessment and in-person interview. Candidates who performed at a level similar to current students were invited to present their Temporary Protection Status documentation to enroll at ACS for the current school year.
The American College of Sofia waived the cost of tuition for the 2021-2022 school year for Displaced Ukrainian high school students as an act of solidarity and support. Our displaced students wishing to continue their studies at ACS next year, in the 2022-2023 school year, may apply for financial assistance. Only students who have spent at least one full academic year at ACS are eligible to receive the American diploma. Students who enrolled into 11th grade the previous academic year, could choose to repeat 11th grade in order to be eligible to receive the full IB diploma upon completion of 12th grade. The two-year IB diploma program currently requires students to complete their studies at one institution, in most cases.
ACS education includes classroom instruction, Chromebook, textbooks, social/emotional & college counseling and use of all school facilities. It does not include the price of meals at the school, transportation, excursions, school supplies, IB exam fees, or other incidental expenses.
The American College of Sofia stands united with Ukraine and its students.
Support for this program is provided by the America for Bulgaria Foundation. The America for Bulgaria Foundation (ABF) is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonpolitical American grant-making foundation working in partnership with Bulgarians to strengthen the country’s private sector and related democratic institutions. ABF builds on the success of the Bulgarian American Enterprise Fund, an investment fund created in 1991 by the U.S. Congress with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development. For more information, please visit www.us4bg.org. The statements and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the American College of Sofia and do not necessarily reflect the views of the America for Bulgaria Foundation or its affiliates.