- Why Study in Bulgaria?
- Our Partner Universities/Colleges
- Checklist of Documents Required for Visa
- Living Cost in Bulgaria
Bulgaria has long standing traditions in providing good education in general. According to the Bulgarian Constitution and all International Conventions, the Right of education is one of the universal human rights.
First Bulgarian university has been founded more than 100 years ago in Sofia and later on its main faculties and its graduates served as a core for creation of many new universities in Plovdiv, Varna and Veliko Tarnovo, specialized academies - Medical Academy, Agrarian and Veterinarian Academy, Academy of fine arts as well as for practically all technical and economic institutes of higher education to name just some of them.
During the recent years Bulgarian universities have graduated generations of managers and public officers, doctors and engineers, diplomats and artists. The research and scientific potential of the Bulgarian Universities is the basis of national economy and has gained broad international recognition.
The quality of education is a "trade mark" of all Bulgarian universities. For example diplomas from the Bulgarian Medical Academy and Medical Universities are recognized by WHO and authorities of many countries.
Except modern laboratories and classrooms, facilitated with state of the art equipment, all universities have libraries, sport facilities, dormitories and canteens in their campuses. Every foreign student could have a nice room on a twin share basis with all conveniences for very reasonable price.
While some of the universities has courses with English medium, designed specially for foreign students, most of the others may have not.
Technical University of Varna
The Technical University of Varna (TUV) was founded in 1962 with a Decree of the Council of Ministers of the Peoples Republic of Bulgaria and Act of the National Assembly. Initially, the University was named Higher Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering -Varna and incorporated three faculties: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Faculty of Shipbuilding. Over the years the Higher Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering-Varna grew from a small institute, training engineers to satisfy the regional needs to a large Technical University of national significance, educating students in 21 specialties. During its 40 years of existence, the Technical University of Varna has trained 28 976 specialists with higher education in the fields of ,,Technical Sciences”, ,,Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Informatics”, ,,Social, Economic and Legal Sciences” and ,,Pedagogic Sciences in Engineering and Technologies”.
Medical University of Varna
Upon submission of an Application for Long-Stay Visa for full-time study at a licensed educational institution the applicant must present:
- a foreign-travel document (passport) issued in good and due form;
- two photocopies of the pages of the foreign-travel document (passport) containing the personal data and all the visas and stamps (valid and expired), and the residence permits held, Bulgarian entry and exit stamps and/or Bulgarian residence stamps;
- a visa application form fully completed in duplicate;
- two recent color photographs (sized 3.5 by 4.5 cm);
- originals of the documents supporting the request for a long-stay visa and two sets of copies of them;
- original of a document from the educational institution certifying that the applicant has been admitted for full-time study and the academic year for which his/her study will start, and two copies of the document;
- original of a certificate issued by the Ministry of Education and Science and two copies of it (for first-year students only);
- original of a current certificate issued by the educational institution for the subsequent academic year of study and two copies of it (for second and further year students);
- original of a document proving the payment of the tuition fee and two copies of it;
- original of a document proving the provision of accommodation for the whole duration of residence in Bulgaria and two copies of it;
- proof of possession of sufficient funds to cover the subsistence and accommodation costs for the whole duration of residence in Bulgaria (the document should be presented in original and two copies of it should be attached to the visa application);
- an Insurance Policy issued by an Insurance Company licensed to carry out insurance business in the European Union with a minimum coverage of EUR 30 000, including all expenses for repatriation as well as for emergency medical care and for emergency hospital treatment for the whole period of stay in Bulgaria as specified on the visa (the Insurance Policy should be presented in original and two copies of it should be attached to the visa application);
- a reservation and an air ticket (a reservation may be presented upon submission of the visa application, and the air ticket itself must be presented when issuing the visa).
Living cost in Bulgaria
Average monthly salaries in Sofia are in the 200-300 Euro range. As a result most people from Ireland and UK will find Sofia very inexpensive. There is, of course, a selection of rip-off bars to entice a tourist part with their Euro or dollars. In general, Bulgaria is very inexpensive for eating and drinking with a meal costing an average of 5-7 Euro, a bottle of beer for less that a Euro and good Bulgarian wine cost around 5 Euro a bottle. It is always worthwhile asking for the English and Bulgarian menus in the tourist areas. Some restaurants have been known to use differing pricing standards for the English menu. Not a frequent occurrence but it has been known to happen. A meal for 4 in a Nessebur – next to Sunny Beach. A beautiful meal for 4 on the following night with, couple of beers and water cost 23 Euro in Plovdiv, the second city of Bulgaria.
Petrol prices are about what they are in Ireland, maybe a little cheaper. Self-service petrol stations are located along all the main roads. A lot of these have small coffee shop/snack bars.
Taxis are very cheap and it is hard to imagine how most drivers make a living. The exceptions here are the taxis in Sunny Beach. Be careful here- still much cheaper than Ireland or UK- but be aware of the prices.
Purchasing a car in Bulgaria is an option if you are buying an apartment or villa. A decent ‘’run –around’’ can be purchased for under 3000 Euro and insurance is very cheap. Most apartment complexes come with 1 parking spot per apartment.