Bulgaria is a Balkan nation with diverse terrain encompassing Black Sea coastline, a mountainous interior and rivers, including the Danube. A cultural melting pot with Greek, Slavic, Ottoman, and Persian influences, it has a rich heritage of traditional dance, music, costumes, and crafts. At the foot of domed Vitosha mountain is its capital city, Sofia, dating to the 5th century B.C.
Bulgaria is a place where East meets West. It is home to the first written Slavic language, which is now spoken not only in Bulgaria but also in the Ukraine, Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Greece and Romania. Bulgaria has a long and rich history, where orthodox Christianity and the Church has played a large role. Another great influence of today's Bulgaria is the communist era, which lasted from the end of World War II until 1990. Today Bulgaria is a proud member of both the EU and NATO in addition to its membership of the United Nations from 1955 and is run by democratic rule.
Bulgaria shares borders with Serbia, Macedonia, Romania, Greece, and Turkey. Two mountain ranges and two great valleys mark the topography of Bulgaria. Bulgaria has an emerging market economy in the upper middle income range, where the private sector accounts for more than 80 per cent of GDP. From a largely agricultural country with a predominantly rural population in 1948, by the 1980s Bulgaria had transformed into an industrial economy with scientific and technological research at the top of its budgetary expenditure priorities.
Higher Education in Bulgaria
The higher education system has largely conformed to the somewhat standard Anglican system with three stages of higher education - Bachelor, Master and Doctor. Higher education is provided through three types of institutions - universities, specialized higher schools and colleges.
The academic year in Bulgaria runs from September to June. Application deadlines are generally September first for fall entry but as an international student, it is always wise to apply in good time. What is notable is that most programs are offered in Bulgarian, and require a good level of Bulgarian proficiency for acceptance. For international students who want to study abroad and are not yet proficient in the language, a one year course in the Bulgarian language followed by an examination is mandatory. If you already speak Bulgarian, you need to pass the Standardized Test in Bulgarian Level B2.
Why Study in Bulgaria?
- Reasonable tuition fees
- Low living cost
- Having a recognized degree all over Europe and beyond,
- Possibility of medical University transfer,
- High qualified and experienced staff,
- Student mobility,
- Very advanced medical laboratories,
- Safe and friendly environment
260.76 EUR per month