Learn more about studying in Bulgaria
Each year there are thousands of people who choose to study in Bulgaria. In the following, we will provide you with more information about the Bulgarian universities, their specialties, entry requirements and tuition fees. Also, we will help you understand how life in Bulgaria looks like - in terms of living expenses, night life, mentality and population.
Why do people choose to study in Bulgaria?
If you want to study abroad starting from this year but you are still wondering what country you should choose, let us tell you why Bulgaria might be just for you! There are several reasons why internatonal students decide to study in Bulgaria. Some of them include the low living expenses, cheap tuition fees, easier entry requirements as well as the fact that Bulgaria is part of the European Union so all diplomas are internationally recognized. Read about all reasons in details:
High quality of higher education in Bulgaria
If you choose to study in Bulgaria, you will enjoy high quality education combined with international atmosphere and universities that offer a variety of specialties (e.g., medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, engineering etc.). Located in the heart of Europe and a member of the European Union, Bulgaria offers great educational opportunities if you wish to advance in a field of your choice. The teachers are professionals in their field and have worked abroad. In addition, some universities have brand new campus buildings, offer internships during your studies, have multiple partner universities where you can study for a semester or two and are ranked among the best European universities.
Inter HECS - Study in Bulgaria can offer you a wide variety of universities to choose from as well as help you apply and enroll in the university of your choice. The only thing you have to do is just text us via [email protected] and tell us what you are interested in! Then, we will tell you what universities and specialties are suitable for you depending on your educational background, interests and career dreams. We have signed contracts with more than 30 universities in Bulgaria so you have nothing to worry about. Also, our headquarter is in Bulgaria so we will be only few minutes away from you throughout your whole studies in Bulgaria!
International diploma in Bulgaria
As you probably know, Bulgaria is a member state of the European Union since 2007. Hence, if you choose to study in Bulgaria, your diploma is valid in all the countries that are members of the EU. That includes Germany, the United Kingdom and France, for example. This allows you to work abroad after you study in Bulgaria as you don't have to recognize your diploma or sit additional exams that will prove your knowledge in the respective field. Hence, in comparison to countries that are not in the European Union, your diploma is internationally recognized which gives you multiple opportunities for your career after you graduate in Bulgaria.
Inter HECS - Study in Bulgaria has signed partnership agreements with several hospitals and companies in Bulgaria that offer internships for students. People who study in Bulgaria are more than welcome to take advantage of this opportunity in order to gain more practical knowledge, enjoy their leisure time in a productive way as well as earn some money in order to finance their studies in Bulgaria. Once again, as Bulgaria is in the European Union, these internships and the respective certificates you will receive are going to be internationally recognized so they will make your resume get noticed.
Culture in Bulgaria
Now let’s talk about the fun part. Bulgaria may be small but there are a lot of international people who study in Bulgaria which made the country and local people very culture - friendly. Bulgaria is a border country between Europe and Asia, so there is a mix of cultures in the country itself. There are many christians, muslims and jews who live together in harmony. The biggest cities in Bulgaria Sofia and Plovdiv have a mosque right in the city centre! This allows people of different religions to enjoy their stay in Bulgaria and not feel discriminated.
The legendary hospitality and curiosity towards people who study in Bulgaria makes the international students’ experience pleasant and unforgettable. Most Bulgarian universities are located in two of the biggest, most historic and beautiful cities – Sofia (the capital) and Plovdiv (the European capital of culture for 2019). Both of them host great cultural events - nights of the museums, concerts, sports events. People who study in Bulgaria enjoy travelling around the country as well as many international events. One of the best things about the Bulgarian people is that the percentage of English speaking population is relatively high. Add the fact that everyone is open to communicating with new people on a daily basis and you are in for a treat. The big diversity of international students from all over the world can make you feel as if you’ve never even left home.
The whole team of Inter HECS - Study in Bulgaria is from Bulgaria so it is our pleasure to introduce you to the Bulgarian mentality. Once you get to know us, you will already have some local friends in Bulgaria who will help you get around the city, explore it as well as all enjoy Bulgarian traditions such as traditional dances, nestinarstvo or Baba Marta!
Travel opportunities in Bulgaria
As the country is not very big, everything in Bulgaria is easily accessible. Whether you like mountains, lakes or beautiful beaches, we have it all. And close nearby. The distance from one end of the country to the other is about 500 km, which makes traveling easy and fast. The same goes for the cities, which have a well-developed public transportation network that can get you from point A to point B. Hence, if you study in Bulgaria, you have the chance to enjoy your studies to the fullest and plan trips every month!
The team of Inter HECS - Study in Bulgaria organizes trips for people who study in Bulgaria. These include students from the biggest Bulgarian universities, such as Sofia Medical University, Plovdiv Medical University, Trakia University, Pleven Medical University and Varna Medical University. The trips usually last for a day or two and allow international students to visit some of the best places in Bulgaria!
Low living expenses in Bulgaria
Bulgaria is ranked among the countries with the most affordable living expenses. Usually, people who study in Bulgaria spent around 500 Euro a month, including an apartment rent, bills, night life and food. We use a Bulgarian currency called Lev (1 BGN equals 0.51 EUR and 0.44 GBP). Some students also prefer to share an apartment with a roommate or two which makes the living costs even cheaper because they split bills, rent and food expenses. Of course, the most expensive city in Bulgaria is Sofia - this is why a lot of people prefer to study in Plovdiv or Varna. They are two of the biggest cities in Bulgaria and have two of the best medical Bulgarian universities - Plovdiv Medical University and Varna Medical University.
Finding a cheap acommodation place in Bulgaria won’t be hard. There are many real-estate agents who offer apartments around the clock. Usually, an apartment for two in the city centre of Sofia costs about 400 Euro. In Plovdiv and Varna it is even cheaper (a lot of students live in a private apartment for about 300 Euro a month). The only thing you should bear in mind is that there are many fake ads on the Internet. Hence, it is recommended that you get in touch with a trustworthy real-estate agent.
Inter HECS - Study in Bulgaria is here to help you contact the best real-estate agencies in Bulgaria that offer apartments or dormitories for students in Bulgaria. We have closed Facebook groups for our students in all Bulgarian cities where trustworthy real-estate agents post information about available apartments in and around the city centre (e.g. Apartments in Sofia and Apartments in Plovdiv). There, people who study in Bulgaria can also ask a question or look for a roommate
What can I study in Bulgaria?
Bulgaria has many universities so you have a variety of specialties to choose from. Depending on what you wish to study in Bulgaria as well as the city and the university you choose, the tuition fees will also vary. Here are some of the most famous specialties among international students in Bulgaria:
Study in Bulgaria - Medicine in English
Most foreigners who study in Bulgaria choose Medicine in English. The course lasts for six years and and students have a chance to gather practical knowledge in hospitals near or in the university campus. Usually, the tuition fees are about 8000 Euro per academic year. The low tuition fees of the medical universities in Bulgaria attract many international students who wish to study Medicine. Also, students graduate with a Master's degree. The entry requirements include admission tests in Biology and Chemistry. Advanced English language skills are also a must if you want to study in Bulgaria.
Medicine in English in Bulgaria is available in the following medical universities: Sofia Medical University, Sofia University, Plovdiv Medical University, Varna Medical University, Trakia University and Pleven Medical University. All universities are based in different cities in Bulgaria and have different advantages (be it location, partner universities or university facilities). If you wonder how the life of a medical student in Bulgaria looks like and learn more about studying Medicine abroad, check our main page for studying Medicine in English!
Study in Bulgaria - Dentistry in English
The second most desired specialty among international students is Dentistry in English. The specialty lasts around 6 years and a half or even six year - depending on how long the internship at a hospital is. Tuition fees are usually about 8000 Euro per academic year and in order to get admitted, you must sit an exam in Biology and Chemistry. Students graduate with a Master's degree. As mentioned above, if you study in Bulgaria, the diploma is internationally recognized.
Dental Medicine in English in Bulgaria is available in the following medical universities: Sofia Medical University, Plovdiv Medical University and Varna Medical University. Some people prefer to study in the capital of Bulgaria because of the big international airport or in Varna because of the location of the city - next to the sea side of Bulgaria. However, the Dental Faculty of Plovdiv Medical University is brand new so this is why a lot of people prefer to study in Plovdiv. If you want to learn more about the medical universities in Bulgaria as well as this specialty, check our main page for studying Dentistry in English!
Study in Bulgaria - Pharmacy in English
Of course, among the vast majority of people who study in Bulgaria, there is a significant number of foreigners who study Pharmacy in English. The tuition fees are also nearly 6000 Euro per academic year and you need to sit an admission test in order to get a place at the University. Usually, these tests are in Biology and Chemistry. Your grade point average from high-school is not necessary to be straight A plus but your English skills must be good in order to understand all lectures and practicals. The education lasts for five years and you obtain a Master's degree.
If you wish to study this specialty in Bulgaria, you can choose between Sofia Medical University and Plovdiv Medical University. The main difference between Sofia Medical University and Plovdiv Medical University is actually the location. Sofia Medical University is suitable for people who wish to live in a big city where there are many international students and a big airport. Plovdiv Medical University is suitable for students who wish to live in a smaller city, enjoy arts (because of the nice museums and galleries) as well as explore the culture and history of Bulgaria (Plovdiv has its Old Town neighbourhood where the architecture from hundred years ago is preserved). If you want to learn more about this specialty as well as each university that offers it, check our main page for studying Pharmacy in English!
Study in Bulgaria - Veterinary Medicine in English
There are many people who study in Bulgaria in the field of medical science and, to be more specific, Veterinary Medicine in English. This specialty is available at the University of Forestry in Sofia and at Trakia University in Stara Zagora. At both universities you graduate with a Master's degree and both universities are famous for the low tuition fees. Throughout the five years of education, students in Veterinary Medicine visit farms in order to gather experience and show what they have learned at the University.
So what is the difference between Trakia University and the University of Forestry? If you want to study in Bulgaria where there is a big international airport and many events for students - then, the University of Foresty in Sofia is the place to be. Located in the capital of Bulgaria (though not in the city centre), students can take advantage of direct flights to almost every point in the world. Also, most international festivals, concerts and events take place in Sofia. However, if you wish to study in Bulgaria and take advantage of the low living expenses as well as explore the local people and the culture - choose Trakia University. Stara Zagora is much cheaper and smaller than Sofia. Hence, you will be able to interact much more with locals and learn the Bulgarian language. If you want to learn more about this specialty and both universities that offers it, check our main page about studying Veterinary Medicine in English!
Study in Bulgaria - Engineering
Engineering in English is also one of the most common specialties that international students in Bulgaria choose to study. Technical University - Sofia is very famous in this field and offers numerous Bachelor's and Master's programmes in English. The tuition fees vary between 2000 and 4000 Euro per academic year depending on the degree you wish to obtain as well as the specialty you would like to apply for.
Also, the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy is one of the most prestigious universities in Sofia and in Bulgaria. If you wish to meet students from Technical University Sofia and the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy as well as learn more about the specialties in the field of engineering, visit our main page for studying Engineering in English!
Study in Bulgaria - Other specialties
Of course, there are many other specialties that attract international students, such as Economics or Computer Science. If you are interested in applying for a study programme in Bulgaria, do not hesitate to contact Inter HECS - Study in Bulgaria! Just let us know what you are interested in and we will tell you what the best Bulgarian universities in this field are!
I want to study in Bulgaria - what are the university requirements?
Each university in Bulgaria has different entry requirements. In any case, you must be fluent in English, Bulgarian or the language the specialty is taught in. You will most likely have to present a certificate that proves your language skills. If you study in Bulgaria in a language different than Bulgarian, don't worry - you don't have to speak it. It is highly likely that your academic year starts with a basic course in Bulgarian language. The teachers will teach you some basic phrases so that you are able to ask for directions, greet people in Bulgaria etc.
Also, another university requirement in Bulgaria is that you have completed your secondary education. You are not allowed to study a Bachelor's or Master's programme in Bulgaria if you cannot provide a copy of your high-school diploma that is translated and legalized. Inter HECS offers translation and legalization services! Of course, it is not a problem to show these documents right before the start of the academic year - university staff are well-aware that it takes time until your diploma is issued (if you complete your secondary education in June, let's say). Also, the academic year at some universities in Bulgaria starts in February so you will have more time to collect the necessary certificates for your application to Bulgarian universities.
Sometimes, you have to sit an admission test if you wish to study in Bulgaria. Usually, an entrance exam is required in the field of medical science (entry test in Biology and Chemistry, sometimes only Biology) as well as arts (e.g. a drawing and a maths exam for people who want to study Architecture). The best thing about Bulgarian universities is that they have become international only recently so they still have lower entry requirements for foreign citizens who wish to study in Bulgaria.
How much does it cost to study in Bulgaria?
The tuition fees in Bulgaria are quite low so people don't spend much in this regards if they study in Bulgaria. As mentioned above, tuition fees for specialties in the medical field in Bulgaria are about 4000 Euro per semester. If you study something else, tuition fees may vary but they are not likely to be more than 4000 Euro per academic year. As the academic year is about 10 months, this means that you will spend about 200 - 800 Euro a month for your university. However, keep in mind that tuition fees are usually paid in two installments so it is not possible to pay the above-mentioned sum every month.
If you already study in Bulgaria, you know that the living costs in Bulgaria are very cheap. It won't come as a surprise if you spend only 200 Euro a month for a two-bedroom apartment in the city centre of the biggest Bulgarian cities. Eating in restaurants is not expensive as well - a three-course menu is about 6 Euro per person. If you are interested in shopping, you will see that there are many international brands in Bulgaria, such as Bershka, H&M, Gucci or Forever 21.
Am I allowed to apply for a student loan if I study in Bulgaria?
If you are a full-time student in Bulgaria and you are below 35 years old, usually, you are allowed to apply for a student loan in Bulgaria. However, it is entirely up to the University whether they will accept it. For instance, Sofia Medical University do not allow student loans so foreign citizens must pay the tuition fees by themselves (8000 Euro per academic year). In comparison, it is possible to apply for a student loan for some universities such as Plovdiv Medical University. Nevertheless, the acceptance rate for a student loan is not very high.
Applying for a student loan in Bulgaria goes through a bank. Applicants can submit their documents to several banks. Some of the documents include a proof that you are a full-time student in Bulgaria as well as a list of your grades and a declaration issued by the University that you have passed all of your exams. After you submit your documents, it takes between one week and a month for the bank to decide whether you are a suitable candidate and whether you will receive a student loan.
What can I do in my spare time if I study in Bulgaria?
There are many things you can do while you study in Bulgaria. First of all, there are many sports facilities. This means that you will be able to find a hobby that will keep you fit and healthy. Also, there are many parks, cafes and restaurants in each Bulgarian city, so you can go out with your friends from the University, enjoy a walk or a cup of coffee. Of course, clubs are also a thing among students in Bulgaria and enjoying the night life in Bulgaria is a must. Usually, the entrance fee for a night club in Bulgaria is about 3 to 5 Euro. Last but not least, there are many students clubs that share a common passion for football, books, painting or arts in general. Hence, it won't take much of your time to find people who like the same things as you do!
What we also highly recommend to people who study in Bulgaria is to travel as much as possible! Bulgaria is not a huge country but its nature is simply beautiful - there is the sea, there are mountains, lakes, caves and places listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Also, renting a car or a bus ride are quite cheap so you don't have to spend a lot of money in order to explore the country. Inter HECS - Study in Bulgaria offers trips for students in Bulgaria so you are more than welcome to join! Last but not least, our neighbouring countries are also amazing (Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey). If you study in Bulgaria, visiting them is a must!