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To get into Bulgarian universities or into any high education institute in Bulgaria, prospective student must have required documents. The required documents or application documents to university in Bulgaria must be prepared carefully as soon as the admission is based on the of application file contain.

List of required documents to apply to Bulgarian university:

1. A completed Application form where the proficiency level of the applicant in Bulgarian language or other language of study has to be explicitly specified;

2. A validated copy and a certified translation of the applicant’s diploma of secondary education including a supplement specifying the period of attendance and the grades in different subjects. Applicants for Master’s degree courses should present a validated copy and a certified translation of a diploma of higher education (Bachelor’s or Master’s) accompanied by a Transcript of Records;

3. A document issued by a competent body certifying the applicant’s eligibility to continue his/her studies in higher educational institutions in the country in which he/she has completed his/her secondary education;

4. A medical certificate issued not earlier than one month before the application procedure, validated by the respective authorities in the applicant’s country;

5. A photocopy of the applicant’s passport /identity card with the name legibly written in Latin alphabet and indicating the place and date of birth. Applicants with dual citizenship should also provide photocopies of their Bulgarian identity card/passport. Whenever there is a difference between the names on the two identity cards or passports, the applicant must also provide a notarized declaration of identity (or a certificate issued by the respective municipal authorities) stating that the different names belong to one and the same person;

6. Four recent photographs of the applicant;

7. Certificate of English (one of the following or their equivalent: TOEFL 550, ILTS 6.0 or Cambridge First Certificate), French or Germany proficiency for those wishing to study in international language. Note that if you are from English (French or Germany) speaking country or you have good command of the language and you do not have international recognised certificate, you can seat for a test on your arrival at Bulgarian high education institution.

The documents stated above must be translated into Bulgarian and legalized according to the intergovernmental agreements. If such agreements do not exist, the documents must be validated, translated and legalized according to the standard procedures for legalization (Apostille).

According to the Higher Education Act, each higher education establishment is an autonomous institution and may adopt its own requirements concerning application documents and deadlines.

To study in Bulgaria, university admission requirements can vary from university to another, but the main requirements to get into high education institution remain the same. So, before applying , international student must be sure that he has appropriate qualification, finance support, valid passport and that he is good health.

Diploma or high school certificate
The first requirement or condition to study in institute of higher education in Bulgaria is a Diploma or Certificate proving successful completion of the previous stage of education. The applicant student should have secured at least 62 % especially in the profile subjects. As a practice the particular university authorities have the right and obligation to choose their students among the best candidates.

Finance secure
The second requirement to study in Bulgaria is whether the candidate could secure financial support for its education plus cost of living in Bulgaria.

Bulgarian Universities are autonomous and set up the tuition fees for foreign students independently. Depending on the University and the education speciality chosen the tuition fee varies from around 2500 Euro/year to 8000 Euro/year. This can also vary according to program (undergraduate, postgraduate or PhD).

For those who will attend Bulgarian or English language preparatory course general fee is 1500 Euro to 4000 Euro /year.

Minimum cost of living in Bulgaria for a foreign student, including dormitory at the campus (double share basis), food, transportation and other miscellaneous is in the range of 17000 Euro/year.

Note that the opportunities for self-support through student employment are minimal and generally, Bulgarian government and Bulgarian Universities do not provide any scholarships for foreign students with just a few exceptions for the exchange students.

Good health
The third requirement to be accepted to Bulgarian university study is that the applicant student must be in good health physically, mentally and without contagious disease. This should be proved by a medical certificate.

In order to be accepted to Bulgarian high education study, the applicant must have a valid passport or other travelling document.

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Currency Lev (BGN)
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Capital City Sofia
GDP (million current US$) 48722
GDP per capita (current US$) 6457.9
CPI: Consumer Price Index 174
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