Technical University – Sofia

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Study at Technical University – Sofia

The Technical University of Sofia is one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in Bulgaria which offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD programmes in the field of technical and applied science. The university sets high standards in terms of research and practical experience. Alumni of the Technical University Sofia obtain a diploma that is internationally recognized – this is very important to locals and foreigners who are interested in working abroad after completing their studies. If you are interested in admission to the Technical University of Sofia, make sure you read the following information carefully – we are sure you will find it very useful!

About the university

The Technical University of Sofia was founded in 1945 and was the first higher technical school in Bulgaria. Nowadays, its various German, English, and French study programs attract many locals and foreigners. Furthermore, the Technical University of Sofia organizes Career Days to help students find a suitable job even during their studies!

The Technical University of Sofia has the reputation to deliver excellent education that promises a long-lasting career. It has more than 50 partner universities abroad allowing students to participate in many exchange programs. In addition, the university uses the European Credit Transfer System and the diplomas issued are internationally recognized. Some of the university faculties are the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Telecommunications, Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Informatics.

The Technical University of Sofia has many high-tech laboratories (e.g. for Aircraft Aerodynamics, Railway Engineering, Robotics), recreation facilities in the Bulgarian mountains and at the Black Sea coast, an international university guest centre, a sports complex including an indoor Olympic-size swimming pool, and takes part in many national and international projects like the Student Innovation Hub.

The Technical University of Sofia is located in the “Studenski grad” neighbourhood (“Students town” in Bulgarian). The name of the area comes from the high number of students, universities and dormitories in it – for instance, there you will also find the National Sports Academy, the University of Forestry, the University of National and World Economy. In addition, the university is surrounded by parks with an amazing view over Vitosha mountain.

Study programs & Tuition fees

You can obtain a Bachelor’s, Master’s or a PhD degree at the Technical University Sofia. Usually, Bachelor’s programs last for four years, whereas the duration of a Master’s degree program is between one and two years. Students are allowed to participate in the Erasmus + program, spend a semester abroad and even apply for an internship in another country.

The Technical University of Sofia offers some of the following Bachelor study programs in English: Advanced Industrial Technologies, Electronic Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, Management and Business Information Systems, Industrial Engineering. Study programs in German and in French are also available to local and international students.

If you want to apply for a Master’s degree program in English at Technical University Sofia, you can choose between Innovative Communication Technologies and Entrepreneurship, Computer Science and Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Industrial Management and many others. Study programs in German and in French are also available to local and international students.

The tuition fees vary depending on the study program you choose and are usually between 3000 and 4000 EUR per academic year. The university does not offer scholarships to cover the tuition fees.

Application & Entry requirements

You want to study at the Technical University of Sofia but you don’t know how to apply? International students need to submit several documents, such as a copy of the high-school diploma and a medical certificate. Keep in mind that the application for EU and non-EU applicants is different. There may be further entry requirements depending on the study program of your choice. For instance, you may need to pass an entrance test or to submit a language certificate.

We offer full application services, so don’t worry if you need assistance with collecting and submitting the needed documents as well as preparing for an entrance test! Our free academic consultations can also help you decide what study program suits your interests and dream career!

Student life & Living costs

Student life at the Technical University of Sofia is great! The university organizes many cultural and sports events as well as useful career days and internships to keep you busy. Of course, student societies based around different hobbies also make life at the university quite interesting. The Technical University Sofia is rich in diversity – thanks to the study programs available in English, German and French language you can make friends with people of different backgrounds. Furthermore, it is quite easy to meet students at other universities too – the Technical University of Sofia is located in the “Studentski grad” neighbourhood where most other universities in Sofia are. Finally, life in Sofia itself is very vibrant – there are endless leisure and job opportunities in the capital city of Bulgaria! 

The living expenses are affordable – life in the capital city of Bulgaria should not affect your savings too much! Commonly, sports facilities and museums offer student discounts but also restaurants in the city centre are much more affordable in comparison to similar places in Western Europe. Renting a modern private apartment in the city centre costs around 400 EUR per month. Also, travelling is inexpensive – a one-way ticket for public transport is around 0.80 EUR and a taxi ride from the airport to the city centre costs around 10 EUR. The local currency is Bulgarian leva (BGN).

Student accommodation

Technical University Sofia has student dormitories – some of them are located right next to the main lecture halls whereas others are in the same neighbourhood, so you will never be too far away from the university. All rooms are fully furnished and are usually suitable for 2 or 3 students. There are many applicants for the dormitories, so make sure to keep in touch with the student office of the university to see if there are any places available.

Most international students prefer to rent an apartment near the university campus (in the “Studentski grad” neighbourhood) or in the city centre. Usually, if you go for a private apartment, your rent should be around 350 EUR per month. Of course, expenses will vary depending on the apartment you choose. Many students also like to live with another tenant – this is the best way to cut down your expenses as you will share all bills with a flatmate.

When looking for student accommodation in Sofia, Bulgaria, you should think carefully about the following matters:

  • Which neighbourhood should I choose? The university is in the “Studentski grad” neighbourhood. It takes around 40 minutes by public transportation to reach the city centre. If you prefer to be near the main sightseeing spots, you may consider areas which are closer to the city centre.
  • Should I live alone or with a flatmate? Both options have advantages and disadvantages. If you choose to live with a tenant, make sure you discuss various topics before moving in together, such as hobbies, lifestyle, etc.
  • What is a must-have in the apartment? Most apartments in Sofia are fully furnished, but think about things you would like your future accommodation to have – maybe you want to have a balcony or a TV? Maybe you want to live in an apartment with a view?
  • When should I start to look for accommodation? It is good if you sort out accommodation before the academic year starts so that you can focus entirely on your studies. At the same time make sure you don’t rush into renting the first apartment you see – it is recommended to check different apartments around Sofia to have a good overview of properties in the capital city.

Of course, there are many other questions you probably have before moving to Bulgaria. Don’t worry – we offer full relocation services and we can assist you with accommodation hunting in Sofia!

About the city

Sofia is the largest city in Bulgaria and is in the Western part of the country near the border of Serbia. Here you will find the biggest international airport in Bulgaria – Sofia Airport. Many airlines offer flights to various destinations in and outside Europe and allow you to travel during your studies in Bulgaria. A metro line connects Terminal 2 of the airport to the city centre – a one-way ticket costs 1.60 BGN (around 0.80 EUR) and the ride will take you around 30 minutes. Public transportation is not only very cheap but also quite convenient – many bus, tram, trolley and metro lines link different parts of the city allowing you to explore Sofia during your free time.

Several bus lines as well as the Simeonovo lift can take you up Vitosha mountain – one of the symbols of Sofia. If you are into nature, spending a day out near Aleko hut and hiking to the highest peak of Vitosha mountain, Cherni vrah, are great ideas – seeing the capital city from above is simply a must! There are many hiking trails and interesting sightseeing spots such as Boyana waterfall, Golden bridges area (Zlatnite mostove) and Boyana lake. In winter this is the place where you can learn how to ski or snowboard!

It is not only the mountain where you can go if you want to spend some time outside – Borisova gradina and Yuzhen park are two of the most famous parks in Sofia. There you can have a picnic, go for a boat ride, ride a horse, play tennis or football, bike and even try wall climbing! In the suburbs of Sofia, you will find Pancharevo lake and a mineral bath pool that works throughout the whole year. Of course, there are other leisure activities, too – shopping malls have fun playgrounds and many cosy cafés in the city centre will make you lose track of time.

The city itself is quite multicultural – there are many tourists who explore Bulgarian culture, foreigners who work in Sofia as well as international students enrolled in some of the most prestigious Bulgarian universities. You can easily make friends with people from other countries – there are many events as well as volunteering opportunities to ensure you enjoy your stay!

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