Universities in Bulgaria: Plovdiv, Sofia, Plovdiv, Blagoevgrad, Gabrovo, Varna, Bulgas, Shumen, Pernik, Veliko Turnovo, American etc. universities attract international students because of the quality of education and life in Bulgaria.
Universities and colleges in Bulgarian include public and private higher education institutions accredited by the Bulgarian National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency. Universities and colleges in Bulgaria are autonomous. They are responsible for programme design and quality assurance of the education provided. In all institutions a quality management system for internal monitoring and evaluation is introduced due to legislation requirements. Below is the non exhaustive list of universities and colleges in Bulgaria.
Universities in IEFT Online
|Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"|
|Technical University of Sofia|
|Technical University of Sofia - Branch Plovdiv|
|University of Forestry - Sofia|
|University of Chemical Technology and Metalurgy - Sofia|
|University of Mining and Geology - Sofia|
|University of Food Technologies - Plovdiv|
|University of National and World Economy - Sofia|
|Agriculcural University - Plovdiv|
|University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy - Sofia|
|Higher School of Construction Engineering - Sofia|
|Medical University - Varna|
|Medical University - Pleven|
|National Academy of Arts - Sofia|
|National Academy of Theater and Film Arts - Sofia|
|Ruse University "Angel Kanchev"|
Tuition fees for university study in Bulgaria are one of the cheapest in among European Union countries. European Union or European Economical Area country members can study at reduced tuition fee or benefiting Bulgarian scholarship. The only condition to beneficiate Bulgarian scholarship is to learn Bulgarian and then pass admission exam together with Bulgarian Students. Also note that the tuition fee for programs in Bulgarian language is slightly cheaper than the programs in English.
Tuition fees in Bulgarian universities vary depending on university, specialty, language of study, undergraduate or graduate studies etc.
Tuition fee for European students:
European students can choose to study in Bulgaria in national language (Bulgarian) or in international language (English, French, and Germany) depending of the available programs. The European Union students who wish to make economy can choose to study in Bulgarian language and take benefit from Bulgarian scholarship.
So, EU students in Bulgaria have 2 options on point of view of financing their university study:
- Apply and study as every Bulgarian citizen, this mean the candidate will have to study in Bulgarian language, but to get place he/she has to go for competition entrance exams (ex. in Biology and Chemistry for medical study, maths for technical study, etc.) with all other candidates from Bulgaria and EU for the Government scholarship;
- Apply and study as all foreign citizens (non EU) as a self-paid student: then he must pay the full tuition fee.
Tuition fee for no-EU students:
The international non European Union student can apply to study in Bulgaria only as self-paid student. He must pay the full annually tuition fee, which is actually paid in 2 times per year: Half before applying for visa and the remaining at the before beginning of second semester. Note that it is slightly cheaper to study in Bulgarian language than in international language!
Approximate tuition fees in Bulgaria:
Medicine, dentistry, pharmacy: 5500 to 8000
Technical study: 2200 to 3500
Economical study: 2200 to 4000 Euro
Student accommodation: most of universities offer student hostel accommodation on a first come, first served basis! Students are eligible to apply for hostel accommodation once they are admitted at the University and enrolled at the relevant Faculty. The monthly student hostel accommodation rent varies from university to another from 35 to 70 Euros per months.
Even if the student hostel accommodations are very cheap, most international students prefer to rent or share a private flat near the University’s main building. The monthly private apartment rent start from 150 EUR and run up to 300 EUR.
We recommend new students who choose private accommodation to share a apartment with their colleagues at least during the first semester. This allows them to reduce drastically the accommodation expenses and to avoid them to remain isolated in new country till they get used to the new way of life. Students should use their first year to become familiar with the city they are living in as this will help them with eventually future accommodation choices.
Signing a contract with the landlord/landlady is mandatory for non European Union students, since it is one of necessary documents for the issue of a long staying visa permit by the immigration office. For those staying in student hostel accommodation, this document is automatically given by the university.
Student accommodation in Bulgaria is not at all expensive for international students. We recommend all students to get accommodation in the area of university.