History of IUC
The history of International University College stretches back to September, 1992 which registered 20 students commencing a two-year study programme in Hotel Management in the Bulgarian tourist resort of Albena as part of a 1991 joint Bulgarian-Dutch project for cooperation between the Dutch government and the countries of East Central Europe. In September 1993 a non-profit organization named Bulgarian-Dutch School of Management was registered under the Bulgarian law. The organisation was subsequently re-registered as a non-commercial organisation under the name International Institute of Management. In March 1996, the new organisation set out to establish a college under the new Bulgarian Law of Higher Education and applied for initial institutional accreditation to the National Agency of Evaluation and Accreditation.
In April 1998, International University College was granted initial institutional accreditation by the Accreditation Council of the National Agency of Evaluation and Accreditation. The establishment of the new higher education institution was subsequently approved by an ordinance of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria from 23 August 1998. International University College was officially opened under an act of the Bulgarian Parliament from 5 May 1999 (published in State Gazette 44/1999).
At present, International University College is an independent higher education private business school. It has been granted institutional accreditation by the National Agency of Evaluation and Accreditation in Bulgaria and operates as a self-managed entity. It is specialized in Hospitality Management, Business Administration, and International Economics & Information Systems. Consequently, it provides professional education and training in these realms to students who meet and have been approved according to the admission requirements. The course of study continues for 3 years. After successful completion of the study programme, students receive 210 European Credits and are awarded an internationally recognized "Bachelor degree" diploma in the specialty they have been following, as stipulated by the Bulgarian legislation. Moreover, students can DIRECTLY continue their education in Bulgaria or abroad given the fact that the European Credits they have received provide them with full right to graduate in any European Institution.
The capacity of the IUC has quadrupled during the last 3 years, which is primarily attributable to the increasing popularity of the College, its highly skilled lecturers, the unmatched level of practical education and the rapidly growing number of international students and professors. Today more than 1 100 students study at International University College, of which 8% are foreign students coming from more than 30 countries -UK, Russia, Norway, Romania, Finland, Germany, Portugal, The Netherlands, FYROM, Turkey, Albania, Nigeria, Ukraine, Spain etc.