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Frequently asked questions about studying in Bulgaria

Who is Inter HECS – Study in Bulgaria?

Inter HECS – Study in Bulgaria is а Bulgarian student recruitment agency that helps foreigners apply for admission in Bulgarian universities. We provide more than 100 services that cover application, relocation as well as support during your studies and after your graduation. Our office is located in Sofia, Bulgaria and our registration number is BG205570561.

Why choose Inter HECS – Study in Bulgaria?

Inter HECS has more than 15 years of experience with Bulgarian higher education and university admission. Our main office is located in Sofia and our team is from Bulgaria, which means you can count on us during your studies in Bulgaria. We have more than 150 excellent online reviews by students!

Which university should I choose?

We provide free individual consultations to discuss your educational background, interests and career goals. We will tell you if you are eligible to apply for admission and which Bulgarian university is suitable for you. To take advantage of our free consultations, make sure to contact our team.

What are the requirements to study in Bulgaria?

Every study program has specific entry requirements. This is why we advise you to check the webpage of each Bulgarian university where we have explained in detail what criteria you must meet to apply for admission.

How can I apply to study in Bulgaria?

All applicants must pass through several steps to get a university spot in Bulgaria. Usually, students need to prepare a set of application documents and submit it to the university as well as prepare for an entrance test. We have prepared a detailed article on how to apply for admission in Bulgaria.

Can I start my application if some of my documents are missing / not issued yet?

Yes, you can. We advise you to apply as early as possible so that you start to collect and prepare most of the application documents. Some of them need to be translated and legalized. Later you will have more time to focus on the remaining papers. Of course, to enrol at the university, you must submit the full set of application documents.

Will I need to pass an entrance exam?

Commonly, entry requirements of Bulgarian universities include an entrance test. Usually, it takes place online. Often, successful university admission depends on your exam grades. We provide applicants with study materials, sample tests and mock exams so that they get excellent marks – here you can learn more about our application services!

When does the academic year start?

Usually, the academic year starts in September / October. It is divided into two semesters. The winter semester is from September/October till February. The summer semester starts around February and ends around June with final exam sessions. Of course, there are some exceptions – e.g. the academic year at Pleven Medical University starts in February.

When is the deadline to apply?

Each Bulgarian university has a different application deadline. Also, the dates may vary depending on whether you are an EU or a non-EU citizen. We strongly recommend applying as soon as possible so that you have time to collect all application documents as well as prepare for the entrance exam if there is one. Make sure to contact our team to find out when admission at the university of your choice closes.

Is it possible to transfer to Bulgaria, if I already study abroad?

Depending on your educational background, it may be possible for you to transfer to a Bulgarian university and get your subjects recognized so that you do not start from first year. Make sure to read our article about transfer students in Bulgaria.

How long is the study program?

The duration of the course depends on the study program of your choice. For instance:

  • Medicine in English (Master’s degree) – 6 years (12 semesters)
  • Dentistry in English (Master’s degree) – 5.5 years (11 semesters)
  • Veterinary Medicine in English (Master’s degree) – 5.5 years (11 semesters)
  • Pharmacy in English (Master’s degree) – 5 years (10 semesters)

Here you can learn about the different study programs in Bulgaria.

What are the tuition fees of Bulgarian universities?

The annual tuition fees range from 3000 to 8000 EUR, depending on the study program and the university of your choice. For instance:

  • Medicine in English (Master’s degree) – 7000 to 8000 EUR
  • Dentistry in English (Master’s degree) – 8000 EUR
  • Veterinary Medicine in English (Master’s degree) – 4500 to 5100 EUR
  • Pharmacy in English (Master’s degree) – 5000 to 6000 EUR

Usually, they are paid in two instalments. Here you can learn about the tuition fees of Bulgarian universities.

How high are the living costs in Bulgaria?

Living costs in Bulgaria are lower compared to most European countries. Monthly expenses, including rent, bills and food depend on the city you live in. On average, students spend between 400 and 800 EUR per month. Sofia is the most expensive city in Bulgaria.

How much do the services of Inter HECS cost?

We offer different packages depending on the university of your choice and what services you may be interested in. Furthermore, we offer early-bird discounts as well as discounts if two or more people apply together (this is often the case for friends or siblings). To get a quote for our services, make sure to contact our team.

What is your refund policy?

It is possible to get a refund for our services. The refund policy is included in the agreement you sign with Inter HECS – Study in Bulgaria, so you will be able to read and agree to it before you officially start the application. A refund is not possible if a student withdraws their application.

Do I need a student VISA to study in Bulgaria?

If your home country is part of the European Union, you do not need a VISA to study in Bulgaria. Some countries have special bi-lateral agreements with Bulgaria, but most non-EU candidates are required to apply for a student VISA type D. All foreign students are obliged to apply for a residence permit after moving to Bulgaria.

Are the courses taught in English?

If you choose a study program in English in Bulgaria, all your courses will be taught in English. The only exception is the basic Bulgarian language course included in the curriculum of most Bulgarian universities. Its main goal is to provide you with useful language skills so that you communicate with locals and adjust to life abroad. Make sure to watch our video about tips to learn Bulgarian!

Can I apply for a student loan or a scholarship?

Some Bulgarian universities offer scholarships and students can apply based on their academic performance. Keep in mind that scholarships do not cover tuition fees. This is why many foreign students look for an opportunity to apply for a student loan.

Are the diplomas in Bulgaria internationally recognized?

Yes, they are. Bulgaria is a member state of the European Union, so you can study and work abroad after graduation. There are many benefits of Bulgarian higher education!

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