Medicine

Study Medicine in Bulgaria

Why should you study Medicine in Bulgaria?

For students who desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others, becoming a doctor is a great career choice. Aspiring doctors need to possess a hardworking spirit in order to explore the human body's ‘puzzle’. They learn to interpret medical secrets by listening to the heart sound. If you choose to study Medicine in Bulgaria, acquiring knowledge in the field of Medicine will be part of your daily routine.

Bulgarian universities will prepare you to navigate in the art and science of medicine in the most efficient and smooth-running way. Bulgarian Medical Universities are established to advance the education of physicians and scientists by creating and supporting a community of leaders in education. The culture of excellence in learning and teaching helps students in Bulgaria master a set of adaptable skills and fundamental knowledge. The greatness of the human body, the significance of health, and the self-gratification that comes from curing define a doctor’s world and the clinical practice of medicine.

What degree do medical students in Bulgaria obtain?

If you study Medicine in Bulgaria, you will graduate with a globally recognized Master’s Degree and skills that are key factor for the future of healthcare. Bulgaria is a member of the European Union and the most prestigious universities in Bulgaria, such as Sofia Medical University and Plovdiv Medical University are accredited. This means that each diploma and certificate is valid outside of Bulgaria as well.

The internationally recognized diploma as well as the international experience you will gain when you study Medicine in Bulgaria will make you a great candidate for job positions all over the world. 

Where can you study Medicine in Bulgaria?

Several universities offer Medicine in English in Bulgaria. They are all internationally recognized and count as some of the most prestigios medical universities in Europe.

  • Medicine at Sofia Medical University

Sofia Medical University offers Medicine in English for Bulgarians and foreign citizens. Each student must pay 8000 Euro per academic year. The higher education lasts for six years (the last semester consists of practice at hospitals) and students graduate with a Master's degree. Located in the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia Medical University is one of the most well-known universities in Bulgaria. Unfortunately, Sofia Medical University does not offer student loans for medical students. However, it is possible to apply for a scholarschip. Sofia airport is the largest airport in Bulgaria so it offers a lot of direct flights to places all around the world - international students can take advantage of that!

  • Medicine at Plovdiv Medical University

Plovdiv Medical University is also one of the best medical universities in Bulgaria. The study programme is six years and students graduate with a Master's degree that allows them to work all around the world after they graduate. Medical students from Plovdiv Medical University must pay 8000 Euro per academic year. Applying for both student loans and scholarships is possible at Plovdiv Medical University. Plovdiv Medical University is located in the second biggest city in Bulgaria - Plovdiv. The city was named "European Capital of Culture 2019" and attracts applicants who are passionate about arts, museums, festivals and archtecture. Plovdiv also has an airport! 


  • Medicine at Varna Medical University

If you want to study Medicine in Bulgaria, Varna Medical University is also one of the best options for you. It is located at the sea side in Bulgaria and is a perfect destination for people who wish to enjoy international atmosphere, nice weather and high quality higher education. If you study Medicine at Varna Medical University, you have to spend six years for your studies in Varna and obtain a Master's degree. The tuition fees are 8000 Euro per academic year but you are allowed to apply for a student loan and scholarships. There is an airport in Varna.

Medicine at Pleven Medical University

Pleven Medical University is also a famous place among foreign citizens who wish to study Medicine in Bulgaria. There they also graduate within six years and obtain a Master's degree in Medical Science. Students must pay 7000 Euro per academic year. Pleven Medical University is located in Pleven - a city around 200 km away from Sofia. People who study at Pleven Medical University usually travel to Sofia or Bucharest if they want to catch a flight back home. Also, the academic year at Pleven Medical University starts in February - hence, if you do not wish to start your studies right after summer, we recommend Pleven Medical University.

Medicine at Trakia University

Trakia University is located in Stara Zagora - the cheapest place to study Medicine in Bulgaria. Over the past few years, the city is becoming bigger, more international and more attractive destination for people who want to study Medicine abroad. The tuition fees are again 8000 Euro / academic year and medical students graduate with a Master's degree.

Medicine at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski

Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski is one of the most beautiful universities in Bulgaria. Being one of the highest ranked higher education institutions in Bulgaria, Sofia University attracts people who wish to study Medicine in Bulgaria with its many university partnerships, international events, great location (in the capital of Bulgaria and the city centre of Sofia) and cheap tuition fees.

What are the entry requirements for studying Medicine in Bulgaria?

Starting from 2017, Bulgarian medical universities have introduced an admission test in Biology and Chemistry. In addition, admission to some medical schools in Bulgaria requires applicants to sit a test in English in order to prove advanced English skills. As all lectures will be in English, these skills are highly necessary. In comparison, other medical universities in Bulgaria accept English certificates, e.g. TOEFL and IELTS.

Furthermore, applicants are required to have grades in Biology and Chemistry in their high-school diploma. The grades must be above 62 percent. To sum up, the entry requirements of Bulgarian medical universities are rather low. Combined with the large amount of students who get admitted each year, Bulgarian medical universities are a great place for people who wish to study Medicine without worrying whether they will be admitted or not.

What are the tuition fees and living expenses for studying Medicine in Bulgaria?

The tution fees for studying Medicine in English in Bulgaria are 8000 Euro per academic year (4000 Euro per semester). The tuition fees are usually paid with two installments. Exceptions are made only in extreme cases. Some universities, such as Plovdiv Medical University, allow student loans for people who study Medicine in Bulgaria. Students must apply directly at a bank with a set of application documents. The decision whether the candidate receives a student loan is entirely up to the bank.

As for living expenses, Bulgaria is quite famous for being a great destination for students - the low living costs as well as the cheap tuition fees allow people from all over the world to study Medicine in Europe without having financial worries. Of course, the most expensive living costs in Bulgaria are in the capital Sofia. The other Bulgarian cities which have medical universities, e.g. Plovdiv, Varna, Pleven and Stara Zagora, offer quite cheap accommodation places. 

What can I work after I study Medicine in Bulgaria?

Your potential future jobs include but are not limited to: General Practice Doctor; Hospital Doctor; Healthcare scientist, genetics; Health service manager; Health promotion specialist; International aid/development worker; Research scientist (life sciences); Higher education lecturer; Management consultant; Science writer.

Through a mix of interdisciplinary theoretical exploration and more practice-oriented studies, you will gain a diverse knowledge base as well as expertise in the medical field. Thanks to the large network of university laboratories, surgeries, hospitals and clinics in Bulgaria you will be prepared for success in any career in the healthcare system – even those that don’t exist yet.

How does an average day of a medical student in Bulgaria look like?

Inter HECS - Study in Bulgaria will send you the curriculum of the Medicine study programme at the best medical Bulgarian universities. This way, you will know what to expect from your studies in Bulgaria. Also, if you wish to study Medicine in Bulgaria, we will tell you more about each big city in Bulgaria so that you can choose the one that suits you the best.

If you are interested in how the average day of a medical student in Bulgaria looks like, check our live discussion with students from Sofia Medical UniversityPlovdiv Medical Universit, Pleven Medical University, Varna Medical University and Trakia University! These five universities are the most prestigious Bulgarian medical schools. Inter HECS - Study in Bulgaria represents them all so do not hesitate to contact us via [email protected] if you want to become a medical student in Bulgaria!

Willing to study Medicine in Bulgaria and become an alumni of the best universities in Europe? Willing to become a doctor? Apply with Inter HECS and start your academic future today.

The Best Medical Universities in Bulgaria:

Medical Students in Bulgaria
Student in Medicine in Bulgaria

Medical University - Sofia

Boulevard "Akademik Ivan Evstratiev Geshov " 15, Sofia, BG

Top degrees

  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy

Total students

8000

Tuition fees

€8,000

Intake

2200

Course start

15 October

Medical University - Plovdiv

Bul. Vasil Aprilov 15A, Plovdiv, BG

Top degrees

  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy

Total students

4700

Tuition fees

€8,000

Intake

1300

Course start

15 September

Medical University - Varna

55 Marin Drinov str., Varna, BG

Top degrees

  • Dentistry
  • Medicine

Total students

4500

Tuition fees

€8,000

Intake

1100

Course start

19 September

Medical University - Pleven

ul. Kliment Ohridski 1, Pleven, Pleven, BG

Top degrees

  • Medicine

Total students

2000

Tuition fees

€7,000

Intake

700

Course start

15 September

Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski

bul. "Tsar Osvoboditel" 15, Sofia, BG

Top degrees

  • European Union and European Integration
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Medicine
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics

Total students

24000

Tuition fees

€3,300 - €7,700

Intake

7800

Course start

1 October

Trakia University

Studentski Grad, Stara Zagora, BG

Top degrees

  • Medicine
  • Veterinary Medicine

Total students

8200

Tuition fees

€4000 - €7000

Intake

700

Course start

15 September