Study at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy
If you wish to study abroad and graduate at one of the most prestigious Bulgarian higher education institutions, then we might have what you are looking for – the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia! You will be happy to take part in the practical lessons on campus and meet university professors who have many years of experience. In the following, we have provided more information about the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy to help you understand what the admission process and life at the university are like.
About the university
The University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy was established in 1942. Nowadays, it is considered one of the most prestigious universities in Bulgaria and includes five different faculties: Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Structural Engineering, Faculty of Hydraulic Engineering, Faculty of Transportation Engineering, Faculty of Geodesy. The university has many modern lecture halls as well as a dormitory and offers various Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programs. Students obtain an internationally recognized diploma that allows them to look for career opportunities in and outside Europe.
The University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy is located in the city centre of Sofia, close to Vasil Levski National Stadium where you will also find one of the main metro stations. The pedestrian streets as well as the most famous sightseeing places, including the National Palace of Culture, St. Nedelya church and the Ivan Vazov National Theatre, are within walking distance to the university.
Study programs & Tuition fees
The University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy offers “Structural Engineering in English” as a Master’s degree. Students need to take part in a preparatory year to apply. It covers basic subjects like Mathematics and Physics and the fee is 4200 EUR.
Once the preparatory year is completed, EU students sit an entrance exam and are included in the university ranking. If they are admitted to the study program, the tuition fees are 700 BGN per year. In comparison, non-EU students do not need to sit an entrance exam and their application documents are carefully reviewed by the Ministry of Education in Bulgaria. The annual tuition fees for them are 5200 EUR.
Application & Entry requirements
All applicants who are interested in studying at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy must submit a set of application documents. Furthermore, as part of the admission process EU students have to sit an entrance exam in Mathematics after completing the preparatory year at the university. Do not hesitate to contact our team – we will be happy to guide you!
Student life & Living costs
Student life in Sofia is great – there are many things to do, especially near the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy. Vasil Levski National Stadium is only 10 minutes walking distance – it is a place where you can sign up for different sports activities like fencing, boxing, dancing, football, etc. The stadium is located in Borisova gradina park – the biggest park in Sofia! There you can bike, ride a horse, rent a boat in summer, ice skate in winter or simply have a picnic with your friends. Furthermore, most sightseeing places, restaurants and pedestrian areas are also in the city centre close to the campus. The capital city is home to most Bulgarian universities and there are many international events every week, so you will easily make friends with other foreign students like you.
The local currency is Bulgarian leva (BGN). A one-way ticket for public transportation is 1.60 BGN (around 0.80 EUR). Rent is also inexpensive and varies between 300 and 400 EUR depending on the neighbourhood and the building you live in and if you go for a private or shared apartment. Make sure to check our article about living costs in Bulgaria!
The University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy has 900 places available at the student dormitory which is located in the “Studentski grad” neighbourhood (around 40 minutes away by bus from the campus). Most international students prefer to live in the city centre. In this case, rent is around 300 – 400 EUR per month, but keep in mind that bills are usually not included. Looking for accommodation in the capital city is often a challenge, especially when you are a foreigner – this is why we have made a list of some frequently asked questions when it comes to apartment hunting in Bulgaria.
The biggest airport in Bulgaria is in Sofia. Sofia Airport is 30 minutes away by car or metro from the city centre. There are many flights from and to the capital city of Bulgaria which allows foreign students to travel around Europe or to visit their family and friends over the holidays.
There are many things to do in Sofia – you can sign up for different sports activities, walk along the famous Graf Ignatiev Street or Vitosha Boulevard, explore the local cuisine at cosy restaurants, visit famous sightseeing places in the city centre, go bowling with your friends or ride a bike. Near Sofia we recommend you visit the Iskar and Erma gorge, the second biggest city in Bulgaria – Plovdiv, the historic town of Koprivshtitsa as well as the mineral springs in Separeva banya. There are many mountains nearby too – in less than an hour, you can reach Plana, Sredna gora, Lyulin planina, Golo bardo and the Balkan mountains. Vitosha mountain, one of the symbols of Sofia, is less than 30 minutes away from the city centre by car! Sofia is definitely suitable for people who are into sports and nature!
If you look for an opportunity to live in a modern European capital where living costs are inexpensive and there are many leisure activities to keep you busy during your free time, then we recommend the capital city of Bulgaria – Sofia!
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