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About Bulgaria

Bulgaria, officially the Republic of Bulgaria, is a country located in Southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south and the Black Sea to the east. Bulgaria has been an associated member of the European Union (EU) since 1992. In 1997 an agreement was signed with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank for economic stabilization and for the carrying through of economic reforms in the country. A currency board was introduced. The national monetary unit has been referred to the EURO. A structural reform is underway aimed at an economic growth, a functioning market economy and at paving the way for foreign investments in the country.

Why Study In Bulgaria?

Bulgaria has been and remains one of European destination country for international students. Since Bulgaria becomes a European Union member (2007), Bulgarian university degrees are full recognised in the whole community and beyond. Most of Bulgarian Universities have more than 20 years experience of teaching in international languages (English or French or Germany programmes).

Low Cost Living
Bulgaria is probably best known for its low property prices but what may be less widely appreciated is that the cost of living here is about a third of that in the UK or in other occidental countries.

Living in Romania offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the better things of life for many people, coming from a typically stressful working environment in the Occidental countries: the beach in summer, skiing in the winter, golf, walking in the mountains, horse-riding, fishing, football; painting, photography, bird-watching; opera, theatre, music; clubs, concerts, cinema – it’s all here.

Even if the student hostel accommodations are very cheap, most international students prefer to rent or share a private flat near the University’s main building. The monthly private apartment rent start from 150 EUR and run up to 300 EUR.

Low cost of Studying
The fees vary depending on the programme and the university, but it can be as much as €9,000 for a Masters course. Living in Bulgaria is relatively cheaper than the UK. Reasonably priced accommodation is sometimes provided to international students, which depending on the type, can vary between
€35 and €150 per month, although there is often a long waiting list for these flats. In this case an alternative can be to rent privately. In the main town centres there are plenty of modern apartments which can be rented for about €600 - 900 per month, although more basic accommodation can be considerably cheaper.

Science and technology
In 2008 Bulgaria spent 0.4% of its GDP on scientific research, which represents one of the lowest scientific budgets in Europe. Chronic underinvestment in the scientific sector since 1990 forced many scientific professionals to leave the country. Bulgaria has traditions in astronomy, physics, nuclear technology, medical and pharmaceutical research, and maintains a polar exploration[disambiguation needed] program by means of an artificial satellite and a permanent research base. The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) is the leading scientific institution in the country and employs most of Bulgaria's researchers in its numerous branches

Students from Romania and Bulgaria are free to take employment in the UK for up to 20 hours a week during term times and unlimited hours during holidays. However, you must first obtain a registration certificate before taking employment.

Understanding the Eeducation System

Structure of the Educational System
Pre-primary education embraces children between 3 and 6/7 years old. Optional kindergarten education is provided for children between three and six years old. However, prior to starting school, children must attend a one-year pre-school program.

Elementary Education
Elementary education (grades 1 - 8) includes primary school (grades 1 - 4) and junior high school (grades 5 - 8). Certificate for Primary Education and Certificate for Elementary Education are obtained upon successful completion of grade 4 and 8 respectively. High schools use grades from the Certificate for Elementary Education as a major admissions criterion.

Secondary Education
Secondary education comprises comprehensive high schools and vocational school. The admission to comprehensive schools is based upon grades from entry exams in Bulgarian and/or mathematics as well as grades in junior high school. Students can enroll in high school after the successful completion of grades 7 or 8. Usually, those who want to study languages, mathematics, or informatics in-depth apply to high school in 7th grade. Students graduating from high-school must take high school exit exams in Bulgarian and another subject of their choice.

Higher Education
The types of higher education institutions are Universities, Colleges and Specialized Higher Schools. Universities, as in most countries worldwide, have three stages: Bachelor's (undergraduate), Master's (graduate), and Doctoral degrees. Undergraduate stage lasts for at least four years and graduate stage lasts for five years after completion of secondary education or one year after obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree. The third stage of higher education results in obtaining a Ph.D. Degree. Specialized higher schools offer degrees in one or more areas of science, arts, sports, and defense. Usually, the names of these institutions indicate the area of specialization. Colleges are former semi-higher institutes. Some of them are part of universities and use their equipment and facilities. Higher education is provided by universities and specialized higher schools. Some universities are private. Higher education is regulated by the Law on Higher Education 1995 (latest amendments 2004) and the Law on Scientific Degrees and Titles (latest amendments 2000).

Main laws/decrees governing higher education:
• Decree: Higher Education Act and subsequent amendments Year: 1995
• Concerns: Higher education institutions
• Decree: Law for Public Education (latest amendments 2004) Year: 1998
• Decree: Law on Scientific Degrees and Scientific Titles (latest amendments 2000) Year: 1972
• Decree: Law on the Level of Schooling, the General Education Minimum and the Syllabus Year: 1999
• Decree: Vocational Education and Training Act Year: 1999

Academic Calendar

Application deadline to university study in Bulgaria vary from University to another, study profile and the origin of the applicant student.

In general, applicants for preparatory language courses (in Bulgarian or English) submit application documents by September 30th of the respective year.

The deadline for applicant students interested in direct studying in English, Bulgarian or other language without undergoing preparatory year can depends on universities, programmes and origin of applicant.

European Union member applicants and those with dual citizenship (one of which is Bulgarian) submit application documents:

• For programmes in Bulgarian: by the middle of September of the respective year

• For programmes in English by September 30th of the respective year.

European Union member applicants and those who do not have dual citizenship submit application documents by middle of July of the respective year for English or Bulgarian programmes.

It is recommended to apply earlier. Especially those who would like to use our service, we recommend them to prepare the application file as soon as possible. In fact if any information or document is missing, you will have time to complete your application file.

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. Also, the application deadline can be shortened if the number of students required is achieved

Useful Links

Study In Bulgaria

General/Working in Bulgaria

Official Tourism Portal

European Youth Portal

Bulgarian Government

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Region Eastern Europe
Currency Lev (BGN)
Surface Area 110879
Sq. Km.
Population 7545000
Population Density 68 / square kilometre
Capital City Sofia
GDP (million current US$) 48722
GDP per capita (current US$) 6457.9
CPI: Consumer Price Index 174
Temperature °C (min/max) 5.0/15.1
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