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This Regional Institute is aimed at connecting secondary school counselors within the European Region with university admission advising tools and networks of universities around the world. It is also intended for universities around the world who want to build connections and deepen their understanding of students in the European market.   

Through in-depth and focused conversations and presentations, participants will gain a greater understanding of the educational process, admission requirements, fees and scholarships, and the challenges and opportunities students face when applying to a university outside of Europe.   

Registration is OPEN!


Europe 2019


Registered Attendee Lists





College Fair



The Regional Institute will allow for two days of concentrated networking, educational sessions, and conversations that are specific to European students.

Representatives from universities and high schools, including admissions officers, principals, counselors, and teachers are encouraged to attend. All levels of experience are welcome. International ACAC membership is required.


“International ACAC is the leading professional network dedicated to supporting schools in understanding undergraduate admissions at universities in the USA, Canada, Europe, and beyond.” 

– Paul Teulon, King’s College London, Director of Admissions and Registry Services  

Institute Location

American College of Sofia
Sofia - Bulgaria
Approximately 20 minutes from Sofia International Airport

The American College of Sofia is one of the oldest American educational institutions outside the United States. The goals of the College are: to provide Bulgarian youth with the best possible education, including fluency in English, and to instill in them high standards of morality and integrity. In the current school year, it has 744 students, 20 of whom are internationals. Since 1997, the year the first class graduated from the College, approximately 1,900 students have earned American College diplomas.  The College has regained the reputation it held in the 1930s as one of the premier secondary schools in the Balkans and its graduates are now eagerly recruited by prestigious universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, and throughout Europe. In October, 2010, the American College of Sofia celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding.

The school is a member of International ACAC.



Registered Attendee Lists


Registered University Attendees (As of March 26, 2019)

Registered High School and Individual Attendees (As of March 26, 2019)

Colleges and Universities Registered for the College Fair (As of March 26, 2019)


Regional Institute fees will be $175 for High School and Individual Members and $190 for College and University Members and Organizational Members.

The institute will offer scholarship opportunities for secondary school and independent counselors who could not otherwise afford to attend. 

Apply HERE for a Regional Institute Grant. 


High School and Individual Members: Register HERE

College and University Members: Register HERE

Organizational Members: Register HERE

Housing Options

Room blocks have been negotiated at nearby internationally recognized hotels as there will be no on-campus housing. 

1. Sofia Hotel Balkan (Marriott): Classic single or double room, buffet breakfast included, for €120/night.

  • Please complete this FORM and email it to the hotel to the address on the form.
  • This room block is available until March 15, so please act quickly.
  • Car transfer to the hotel is available and information on pricing and how to obtain is on the booking form.

2. Hilton: Single room, breakfast included, for €120/night.

  • Booking is available at this LINK.
  • This room block and booking link are available until April 1.
  • Shuttle service to the hotel is available and information on pricing and how to obtain is in the booking link.

3. Intercontinental: Single room, breakfast included, for €190/night.

  • Booking is available at this LINK.
  • This room block and booking link are available until April 1.

4. Holiday Inn: (This property is walking distance to the American College of Sofia.) The rate is €70/night.

  • Please complete this FORM and email it to the hotel to the address on the form.
  • Shuttle service to the hotel is available and information on pricing and how to obtain is on the booking form.


Updated February 19, 2019. (Subject to change.)

Thursday, May 2nd

5:00-6:00 PM           REGISTRATION
6:00 – 7:00 PM        OPENING SESSION
7:00 – 8:30 PM        DINNER 

Friday, May 3rd
7:00 – 7:45 AM           BUS
8:00 – 8:30 AM           COFFEE

Session 1-ALL
9:00 – 10:15 AM         Counseling and Admissions in the 21st Century (politics (Brexit/US/Hungary) & skills)

10:15-10:45 AM          Networking Break

Session 2-Stream
10:45 AM-12:00 PM     
Beginner: Applying to US from European schools (1)
Advanced: Counselor Letter of Recommendations (multiple-country input + highly selective input)(2)

Beginner: Perfect School Visit (1)
Advanced: Sharing recruitment strategies across Europe – a discussion between the UK, The Netherlands and the US (2)

12:00-1:00 PM            LUNCH (Optional Small-Group Discussions Available)

Session 3-Stream
1:00 – 2:15 PM           
Beginner: Rainbows vs Evidence: US vs UK application essays (1)
Advanced: Oxford and Cambridge Admissions (2)
Option: Higher Education and German-speaking countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) (3)

Option 1: Hosting Counselors on Campus (1)
Option 2: Rapid round: Emerging markets in Europe (2)

2:15 – 2:45 PM            Networking Break

Session 4-ALL
2:45 – 4:00 PM            Ethics
                                    Making the most of your IACAC Membership

4:00-4:30 PM              Networking Break-Fair Set Up

Session 5
4:30-5:45                     Reverse High School Fair

5:45 – 7:30 PM            DINNER AND DRINKS 

Saturday, May 4th 
7:00 – 7:45 AM           BUS TO SCHOOL
8:00 – 8:30 AM           COFFEE

Session 6-ALL
9:00 – 10:15 AM         Mock Admissions

10:15 – 10:45 AM       Networking Break

Session 7-Stream
10:45 AM– 12:00 PM 
Joint Option: Can’t we just all work together? IECs and school-based counsellors and university reps

Option 1: Dutch Admissions (1)
Option 2: Medical Schools in Europe (2)

Option 1:  Selling your ‘Unique’ Campus (1)
Option 2: Female Leadership in Higher Education (2)

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM    LUNCH (Optional Small-Group Discussions Available)
Counseling Students with Additional Learning Needs (1)
Female Leadership (2)

Session 8-Stream
1:15 – 2:30 PM           
Joint Option: Digital Citizenship and Effective Technology Use for 21st Century Counseling

Option 1: Student Funding Opportunities Across Europe (1)
Option 2: Rapid Round English-taught Degrees in Emerging Markets (2)

Option 1: Moving up, Moving Sideways, Moving Across (1)
Option 2: Communications in Recruiting: Is Print Dead?

2:30 – 3:00 PM            Networking Break
3:00 – 5:00 PM            Optional International ACAC College/University Fair

  • The Fair will be held following the Institute on Saturday, May 4th from 3-5 p.m. at the American College of Sofia.
  • The registration fee for the Fair is $125 USD per College or University. 
  • Colleges and Universities: Register HERE for the fair. (Colleges and Universities Scheduled to Attend)
  • Open and advertised to students and local schools in the region.


Additional questions about the Regional Institute?
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