The Sofia Medical University is considered one of the oldest universities in the Bulgarian capital. SMU is also regarded as a significant scientific hub and a renowned science centre in the Balkans. The student reviews shares the experiences and journey of a medical student studying medicine in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Watch the full video below and read on for profiles from three current students at UOB in Belgrade, Serbia
Hear Medicine Students’ Stories About Study & Life at SMU Bulgaria
Sarah, First-year dental student, Sofia Medical University
How has your experience with SME been?
Sarah was delighted with her experience with SME, she says “My experience with SME was really great, they were really helpful for the whole relocation process”
How did SME help you with moving from your home to your new city?
SME takes all the hassle and stress that comes with relocating away from the students, Sarah recalls her time relocating, “It all started with an email and they gave us all the information about flights, so we all flew together and arrived at the airport. The city manager was there to collect us and we came to the hotel via coach, which was already pre-booked so we didn’t have to book anything. Then we had a quick briefing about SIM cards, bank accounts and relocation. Before we started we had another meeting where we were given our student ID and our books. We were shown a quick tour of the different auditoriums which we would have lessons in”
What made it easy to get set up in your new city?
Sofia is a great city with fantastic sites and shops. Sarah talks about some of her favourites, “They have all the same shops as they do back home, so there is H&M and Zara. There are countless malls that I have been to”
Kardo, First-year medical student, Sofia Medical University.
What was the Application like?
Kardo was very pleased with the service and application process SME provided him and his parents with, he states “I contacted SME via phone call, a student recruitment manager answered my call and told me everything I needed to know. Me and my parents had a lot of questions and we were on the phone for quite a while, however, he managed to answer all the questions. He gave me all the list of documents that were required for me to apply to Sofia. He got me in contact with a lawyer and legalised all my documents and translate them for me as well”
How did SME help you with your entrance exam?
SME provides all the content students will need to study for the entrance exam for Sofia Medical University in Bulgaria. Kardo says the following about the entrance exam “For the entrance exam, SME gave us an online portal that contains all the material required for the entrance exam”
How have you found living in Sofia?
Sofia is a diverse city and caters for all people. Kardo says it was easy for him to get settled in and he found plenty of halal restaurants and butchers, “When it comes to Halal food there are halal restaurants and many halal butchers very close to the mosque which is very close to the university”
How have you found studying medicine at Sofia Medical University?
Sofia Medical University is one of the best universities in Bulgaria. Kardo finds the course very insightful and his professors are really helpful with any concerns or questions the students have, he says “The course is really interesting and it keeps me on my toes. The professors are really helpful, if I have any questions at the end of lectures they are always here to support and help me”
What would you say to prospective students who want to study medicine in Sofia?
Kardo signs off by giving some advice for any students thinking of studying medicine in Europe, “My advice for people who want to study medicine is, this would be an adventure, it would be moving away from your comfort zone and that is what most people won’t be able to experience in the UK”
Valentine, First-year medical student, Sofia Medical University.
How has your experience with SME been?
SME wants to provide every student with a fantastic experience from the application stage to relocating and throughout the student’s entire medical course. When asked about his experience with SME Valentine says the following “I’ve had a really great experience with SME”
What do you enjoy about studying at Sofia Medical University?
Sofia Medical University provides students with great theory and practical classes, one moment, in particular, stood out for Valentine “You get to have hands-on experience with the use of cadavers. This gives you a very unique experience that you don’t get from watching videos or seeing clips”