Medical Universities in Bulgaria – Comparison

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Comparison between all Bulgarian Universities that offer Medicine in English

Comparison between Bulgarian medical universities

There are six Universities in Bulgaria that offer Medicine in English. Let us begin with the similarities. All universities are quite prestigious. In each university the specialty Medicine in English lasts for six years and there is an entry exam in Biology and Chemistry. Of course, the diplomas issued by each medical University in Bulgaria are recognized all over Europe. Also, each medical University in Bulgaria has a student dormitory. Unfortunately, the acceptance rate for student loans is quite low as students apply directly to a bank in Bulgaria. 

Inter HECS organized live sessions with current students from each medical University in Bulgaria where they talked about the respective University and the city they live in – you can watch all of them on our YouTube channel! If you want to apply at any of the medical Universities in Bulgaria, just contact us via [email protected] and we will take care of your application!

Sofia Medical University

Sofia Medical University is located in the city centre and is considered one of the most prestigious universities in Bulgaria. Tuition fees are 8000 EUR per year, the academic year starts in October. People like it because it is located in the capital of Bulgaria (there are many events, international students, etc.).

Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski

Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski is the second medical university in Sofia. It is also located in the city centre. Tuition fees are 7700 EUR per year, the academic year starts in October. It is also one of the most prestigious universities in Bulgaria but the difference between Sofia Medical University and this university is that this one offers all kind of study programs (Pedagogy, Sports, Journalism, Politics, etc.). The main difference between Sofia Medical University and Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski is that the latter accepts only about 50 students per year (in comparison, there are over 300 students per year at Sofia Medical University). Hence, what people like about Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski is that there is much more personal contact with the teachers. What people dislike about it is that admission is more competitive.

Plovdiv Medical University

Plovdiv Medical University is a prestigious university that is famous for getting better and better (new buildings in the campus, new research centres, etc.). Tuition fees are 8000 EUR per year, the academic year starts in October. It is located in Plovdiv (the second biggest city in Bulgaria, 125 km away from Sofia). What people like about it is that the living expenses are cheaper in comparison to Sofia. Also, Plovdiv is quite beautiful (located on seven hills, there is a long pedestrian street, …). It was pronounced the European Capital of Culture 2019. What people dislike about Plovdiv is that the airport is smaller in comparison to Sofia so sometimes people have to travel to Sofia in order to catch a flight (however, if you catch a taxi, it costs only about 60 EUR one direction).

Varna Medical University

Varna Medical University is the university that is located in the ‘sea capital’ of Bulgaria – Varna. Varna is one of the biggest cities in Bulgaria located at the sea side. The tuition fees are 8000 EUR per year, the academic year starts in October. What people like about it is its location – Varna is a beautiful city, you can go to the beach, there are many tourists, there is a big park next to the sea. What people dislike about it is that the airport in Varna does not offer many flights. Hence, students either travel to Sofia or Bucharest in Romania (which takes about 4 hours) in order to go home.

Pleven Medical University

People interested in Medicine in English are also welcome to apply at Pleven Medical University. Tuition fees are 7500 EUR per year, the academic year starts in February (in comparison to other medical Universities in Bulgaria). The city of Pleven is not very big and located about 200 km away from Sofia. What people like about it – the living expenses are super cheap in comparison to Sofia. What people dislike about it – the city is not very big so there is not much to do and there is no airport, so students have to travel to either Sofia or Bucharest (which takes about 3 hours) if they want to catch a flight. 

Trakia University

Trakia University in Bulgaria also offers Medicine in English. Tuition fees are 7000 EUR per year, the academic year starts in October.  The city is located in Stara Zagora – it is not very big and it is located about 100 km away from Plovdiv and 230 km away from Sofia. What people like about it – the living expenses are very cheap in comparison to Sofia. What people dislike about Stara Zagora is that the city is small so there is no airport – people usually travel to Sofia if they want to catch a flight (which takes about 3 hours).

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