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Why Study Dentistry in English at Sofia Medical University?

  • Guaranteed entry to the university
  • Yearly tuition fees of £6,500 (€8,000)
  • Entry is in October
  • The university is GDC Accredited and no ORE test required.
  • Low cost of living – approximately £5,900 (€7,975) for the year
+Why choose the Medical University of Sofia?
  • The university was established in 1917 by Tsar Ferdinand I.
  • Shortly after World War II, it seceded from the main university to become a dedicated Medical College with faculties for medicine and dentistry.
  • It formally became a Medical University in 1995 and was soon granted international accreditation.
  • Today it is one of the largest and most prestigious educational and scientific centres not just in Bulgaria, but throughout the Balkan peninsula.
  • It currently has 6,200 students enrolled, with those students conducting research on and contributing to internationally recognised achievements in fields such as cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmic surgery, cardiovascular and inherited diseases prevention studies, and bone marrow transplantation
+What does the Dentistry programme involve?
  • The Dentistry programme lasts for six years, spanning 11 semesters of academic and clinical training before a six-month internship, and is taught entirely through English.
  • The first two years of the programme focus on academic study and dental theory, with the following three years concentrated on clinical training including general clinical practice and apprenticeship.
  • Students will also undertake mandatory summer practical internships in years 2-4.
  • The course concludes with a six-month internship in the second half of year 6 (covering paediatric, oral and maxillofacial surgery experience, denture dentistry, conservative dental.
  • Upon successfully completing the programme, students are awarded a Master’s degree and granted the title of Dentist, plus all associated privileges within the EU and beyond.
  • Many graduates choose to stay in Bulgaria after graduating, due to the country’s low cost of living, the abundance of renowned cosmetic dental surgery specialisation programmes and the availability of state funding.
  • Other graduates from the university find work in the USA, UK, Australia, India and many other locations.
+How much does the programme cost?
Programme Programme Starts Annual Fees (£)
Dentistry October 6,500
Living Costs Monthly (£) Annually (£)
Rent (private accommodation) 219-277 2,628-3,504
Food 183 1,825
Books - 292
Electricity & Gas 37 355
Water 7 73
TV Cable / Internet 15 175
Public Transportation 15 146
Total 475-533 5,504-6,380
+Admission to Sofia Medical University

Candidates are required to submit the following documents:

  1. Completed application form including brief biographical data, educational history and any courses for which the candidate is applying
  2. Copy of a diploma confirming completion of secondary education, with an academic transcript stating the disciplines studied
  3. Document issued by relevant authorities which certifies the right to continue education in higher schools and universities in the country of origin of the secondary school attended by the candidate
  4. Health certificate issued no more than one month prior to application and verified in the country from which the candidate is applying
  5. Two 4-5cm photographs

The diploma, academic transcript and health certificate must be translated into Bulgarian and legalised as per official state directives.

+Life in Sofia
  • Sofia is the capital city of Bulgaria and has a population of 1.2 million, making it the country’s largest city. It is situated in the west of Bulgaria.
  • The city officially became known as Sofia in 1879 after Bulgaria’s liberation from Turkey, prior to which it had been called Srentets, a Slavic name.
  • It witnessed heavy Allied bombing during World War II, after which it came under Communist rule prior to gaining sovereignty in 1989.
  • Amongst its main attractions are the Church of St Alexander Nevsky, the National Gallery of Bulgaria, the Russian Church of St Nicolas, the Rotunda of St George and the National Centre for Culture.
  • Sofia is today a milieu of successive art and historical movements, with a seamless blending of historical landmarks and modern infrastructure.
+Life in Bulgaria
  • Bulgaria is a country in the southeast of Europe with a population of around 7.5 million.
  • It is regarded as a hub for economic activity and has been rendered a strong industrial and agricultural market economy.
  • Having been under Communist control from 1946 to 1990, Bulgaria is now a parliamentary democracy and free market economy. It joined the European Union in 2007.
  • Since gaining democratic status in 1990, the country has undergone a transformation which has seen a thriving economy and modernised education system, with its universities considered among the best in Europe.
  • Bulgaria also has a very low cost of living compared to other EU member states, making it a popular location for students from all over the world.

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