Medical Schools in Bulgaria

If you want to continue your higher education in the area of public health, you can also consider the study options in Bulgaria.

At one of the five medical universities you can pursue a degree in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, midwifery, nursing, public health and health management, physiotherapy, etc. All of them offer Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programs. The form of study is on campus or distance learning, depending on the specialization. The language of instruction is either Bulgarian or English.

Before you decide on a university check out the admissions requirements at each of the five medical schools and find the best fit for you. Then, you can proceed with the prep. If in doubt about any of the admissions requirements, do not hesitate to get in touch with the International Students Office or directly with us.

All of the prospective students coming from a member state of the EU or EEA are subject to the same admissions requirements as Bulgarian students.

If you are a citizen of a non-EU country and your aspirations are to study medicine, dentistry, etc. in Bulgaria, you need to submit a package of documents consisting of 1) a filled out application form; 2) a high school diploma stating the completion of courses in biology and chemistry. Each university has its own requirements with regard to the minimum acceptable grades in these subjects. 3) a certificate stating direct access to higher education in your state of origin; 4) a medical certificate; 5) language proficiency certificates, if required; 6) recent photos and 7) a copy of your passport. All of the submitted documents must be translated into Bulgarian and legalized at the Bulgarian Consulate in the respective country.

Find below the five medical schools, listed in alphabetical order, where you can apply for the desired area of specialization.

Pleven Medical University. For detailed information on the admissions process, tuition fees, deadlines, etc., check out the website of the respective university. Applicants with dual citizenship (Bulgarian and a non-EU state) submit a package of documents similar to the one listed above (see p. 3 Admission procedures for citizens of dual citizenship). If admitted, they pay only 50% of the tuition fee for foreign students.

The university has authorized representatives in a number of countries such as the US, India, UK, Turkey, Russian Federation, Japan, Belarus, Greece etc. Through the local office you can submit your application package and ask additional questions related to the admissions process. The complete list of the representatives you can find here.

If you decide to go for Plovdiv Medical University, check out the admission requirements to its prospective students. Detailed information on the offered programs, tuition fees and language courses you can read here.

Sofia Medical University. It offers a variety of Master’s and Bachelor’s programs. Depending on your interests you can find the area of specialization that is the best for you. Here you can read detailed information on the courses, admissions requirements, tuition fees and deadlines.

Applicants with dual citizenship (Bulgarian and a EU member state or the EEA ) follow all the procedures and admission requirements applicable to Bulgarian students.

Sofia University. The Faculty of Medicine offers programs in medicine, nursing, rehabilitation and ergotherapy. On the university website you can find detailed information on admissions requirements and annual tuition fees.

Applicants with EU citizenship follow all procedures and admissions requirements applicable to Bulgarian students. If you fall into this category, you will have to sit for entrance exams.

At Varna Medical University you can pursue a degree in 14 specialties in Bulgarian and English.

EU and EEA students must have grades in Biology and Chemistry in their high school diploma and successfully pass two admission exams in the above mentioned subjects. For non-EU students you can read the admission requirements here.

The university also offers a Master’s program in Public Health and Health Management in Russian.

Whichever university you choose, make sure that it is the best fit for you. An informed decision will help you build a firm foundation for a successful career in the healthcare sector.

Bulgaria or the Netherlands?

If you consider yourself as a citizen of Europe and geographical borders are something long outdated to you… here are some options you may wish to consider if your aspirations are to land a job with a multinational company.

Firstly, you can earn your degree at a university in Bulgaria and then seek job opportunities within international companies located in the country. Despite recent negative criticism of the Bulgarian higher education system, if you are a person eager to acquire knowledge with a clear vision of your future, you should seize each and every opportunity that comes your way. I’m not going to preach about the importance of knowledge… I’ll spare you that :). So I’m going straight to the opportunities that the EU Erasmus Program presents – And do not pass them by too easily. The student exchange among partner universities is an excellent opportunity to spend a semester abroad. So I plead with you :). Don’t miss this opportunity.

Check out the webpage of your university and get familiar with the requirements. Stay up to date with the conferences, workshops and seminars, both in Bulgaria and abroad that you can apply for and earn a slot in. You can do your internship at an international company in Bulgaria as almost all of them provide such opportunities for university students. What we can do best is assist you in finding the internship that suits your unique needs. With all said, the perspective to study and work in Bulgaria no longer seems to be gloomy, does it? :). To sum it up, studying and working in Bulgaria would mean that you can stay in a familiar environment with your family and friends on-hand close by. And you’ll be given the chance to get acquainted with the corporate culture within both a local and international company. However, you should bear in mind that for good career prospects you need not only the expertise in your area of specialisation but also very good language and communication skills. Today the minimum requirement is fluent English and additionally at least one more foreign language. If you find this too much now then later on you’ll realise that I was right. These are the new realities :)

Secondly, you can continue your education abroad. If you want to study and work in the Netherlands for example, here are some key sectors you should be aware of. Even before choosing a subject area in which to pursue a degree. And I guess you realise the challenges that will lie ahead of you such as: new environment, new culture and being far away from your family and friends. You are mature enough to know that you will experience some rough times :). On the other hand, consider it to be an excellent opportunity to make new friends and establish connections that may help you find the job you’ve always wanted :). Probably whilst surfing ‘the Net’ you’ve come across that piece of information saying that the completion of an internship is a mandatory requirement for graduation at most Dutch universities. It will give you first-hand experience and you will find out more about yourself if a job in the Netherlands is what you really want. Another thing to consider is good command of the Dutch language, without it finding a job there will be a mission impossible :). You can read a very useful article about these key sectors in the Dutch economy here: I will now draw your attention to just some of them. I will also outline some Bachelor’s and Master’s programs because the completion of which will increase your chances of finding a good job there.

Creative Industries

The Netherlands has old well established traditions in architecture. Building projects pay special attention to the spatial design of a building, its sustainability and social context. Interior design, on the other hand, implements technology advancements in everyday life, defining how we experience our living environment. Many projects have been carried out in the area of visual communications, interactive design and ‘way finding,’ such as those at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam and J.F. Kennedy in New York. The development and production of video games is among the leading sectors in the Netherlands. Fashion and music also have a big role to play. If I mention the name of Armin van Buren, it will immediately bring back memories of his great performance in Sofia this spring :)

So here are some programs that could make a smooth transition into a job within the creative industries:

Bachelor in Urban Design, Saxion University of Applied Sciences
Interior Design
Interior Architecture, University of the Arts,The Hague
Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Pop, The Utrecht School of the Arts
Video games
Bachelor in Game Creation and Producing, Saxion University of Applied Sciences
Bachelor Game Architecture and Design, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences
MA Creative Media and Game Technologies Digital Cultures, The Utrecht School of the Arts
Interactive design
Interactive Media Design, University of the Arts,The Hague

Fashion and Textile Technologies, Bachelor’s Program, Hogeschool van Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences



The Netherlands is a major producer and broker of natural gas in Europe. The Groningen Energy Delta Institute is one of the leaders in providing training to executives in the gas sector. The country is one of the most energy efficient economies in the world. The research in the area of renewable energy sources has made the Netherlands a partner with a strong international reputation. For those of you who take an interest in the energy sector a prerequisite for a successful career would be the completion of programs such as:

European Master in Renweable Energy, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen
Sustainable Innovation, Bachelor’s Program, Eindhoven University of Technology
Chemistry: Science for Energy and Sustainability, Master’s Program, University of Amsterdam
Applied Physics, Bachelor’s Program, University of Groningen


Agriculture and food

By covering the whole agri-food chain, from seed to consumer, and in combination with very well developed logistics the Netherlands has become a key player in this sector and on a global scale. Dutch suppliers are innovative and hold leading positions in ingredients, enzymes, animal husbandry and biological crop protection, as well as machinery for poultry processing, bakery and cheese production. Wageningen University and Research Centre are among the leading agri-food and nutrition research hubs in Europe and the world. Another important aspect of Dutch agriculture is investment in environmental protection procedures and improvements in animal welfare. Wageningen University offers an abundance of programs in the area but the Bachelor’s courses are mainly taught in Dutch.

Master Organic Agriculture, Wageningen University
International Diploma Poultry Husbandry, PYC+



The Netherlands is famous for its greenhouse horticulture. It holds a leading position in green genomics which aims to achieve better yields, sustainable and safe production, resistance to disease, or taste and design changes.

Agribusiness and Business Administration, Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences
Horticulture and Business Management, HAS University of Applied Sciences



All sea ports in the Netherlands are serviced by companies specialised in storage, transshipment, industrial processing and auxiliary services, as well as packing, freight, warehousing and distribution. The country is also one of the leading road transport hubs in Europe and the largest inland shipper. Appropriate programs in this area would be:

Logistics Management (Economics), HAN University of Applied Sciences
International Logistics and Transport Management, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences
IBA (Bachelor) Logistics and International Trade, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences
Master in Urban, Port & Transport Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam

As you can see there are plenty of opportunities for you to take the career path of choice. But it is up to you to choose the best one for you. Should you have any concerns or you just need someone to talk to, we are always at your disposal :). And remember: We are here for YOU!:)

New Common Application launches on August 1, 2013


For those of you aspiting to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in the US the new Common Application launches on Aufust 1, 2013. One of the new things about the application is the replacement of the 6 essay prompts, plus the Topic of your choice, with five new. Another change is the length of the eassay. It has been incresed from 500 words to 650. The new prompts are designed to encourage reflection and introspection. If your essay contains self-analysis, then you have done a good job:). For the new essay prompts, as well as some practical advice, check out the website of