Life of a Researcher

Spring School for Teens


Life of a Researcher is an academic English research and analysis program preparing teenagers for the highest academic success. Lead by a university teacher, it will give the participants the taste of a real university environment as it would be in a top world university. 

The program will take place in the period April 1 – 5, 2019. Students will study and interpret the culture of social relationships of the Bulgarians from a century ago. Their research will be based on Balkan Village, the captivating ethnographic research of the American sociologist Irwin T. Sanders, Dean of the American College of Sofia in the 1930s. His book offers a fascinating glimpse into Bulgaria’s past, exploring the habits, customs, and relationships between villagers in Dragalevtsi.

After critically reviewing extracts of Sanders’ research, the participants will be inspired to investigate how true it remains today. How did Bulgarians get married in the past? What were family relations like? Were parenting and attitudes toward children the same as today? These are the questions which students will analyze and answer during the 5-day program. They will visit the Cyril and Methodius Community Center (Chitaliste) in Dragalevtsi to do interviews with local villagers and make their own research.  With the help of innovative e-tools, the participants will perform and present their own ethnographic research projects in front of a jury during the Young Sanders Scholar Competition on the last day of the program.

Who is it designed for?
The course is designed for teenagers aged 13 – 17 with a minimum level of B2, who wish to continue their education in a university program in English.

Ivelina Kazakova
Short CV will follow

Course goals

1) Enhance academic reading ability.

2) Broaden and deepen repertoire of academic vocabulary.

3) Foster independent study skills.

4) Enhance fluency and accuracy of spoken English in an academic context.

5) Build knowledge and skills necessary to carry out academic research.

6) Stimulate interest and enjoyment of academic research. 


Daily Program

The program starts at 9:00 am and consists of 3 blocks of 2 academic hours each. Lunch is served at 12:00 pm. Participants will have the choice of either leaving at 2:30 pm when the academic program finishes, or staying for 2 more hours of sports and snacks afterwards. The 2 additional hours are optional. 



9:00 – 10:20

English (2 academic hours)

10:20 – 10:40


10:40 – 12:00

English (2 academic hours)

12:00 – 12:40


12:40 – 13:10


13:10 – 14:30

English (2 academic hours)


End of Program OR


14:30 - 14:50


14:50 – 16:10

Sports (2 academic hours)

16:10 – 16:30



End of Program

BGN 720 VAT incl. The price covers all learning materials, transport to Dragalevtsi Community Center (Chitaliste), meals, and medical insurance.   

How to Register
1. Contact our Coordinator to answer your questions and book a placement test.
2. Bring your child to the College for a placement test.
3. Reserve a place by signing a contract with the External Programs Coordinator and paying a reservation fee of BGN 230.
4. Pay the rest of the program fee by March 16, 2019.

We strongly encourage you to contact us early. Places fill up quickly.

External Programs Coordinator 
Tel: + 359 2 974 41 44, 434 10 12