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Study Dentistry in English at Sofia Medical University (Dental School)

  • Guaranteed Entry
  • Sit for a basic English entry test
  • Tuition fees £6,500 (€8,000) per annum
  • Entry in October
  • GDC Accredited - no ORE test required (not affected by BREXIT)
  • Low cost of living, approximately £5,900 (€7,975) a year
+University

The Medical University of Sofia is a historic university and place of study having been originally established in 1917 by Tsar Ferdinand I. In 1923 the Association of Bulgarian Dermatologists was formed at the university and in 1925 they published "Premedicus" which was one of the first magazines for medical students in the world. After World War II, the faculty that Tsar Ferdinand I had created was disconnected from the main University and changed to a dedicated Medical College with two specific faculties: One each for Medicine and one for Dentistry. In 1951, the School of Pharmacy was incepted, and after a number of administrative reforms over the years, the College became a Medical University in 1995, receiving international accreditation shortly after. In 2001, the School of Public Health was also established with financial backing and investment from the Regional Cooperation Council and through collaboration with many leading EU institutions and the W.H.O. (World Health Organisation). The Medical University of Sofia has a long educational tradition and this is bequeathed in its past. Public teaching activities took place here as early as the 9th century, which emphasises the longstanding crucial role of Bulgarian academic culture for the Balkan area and Europe, at large. Today, the Medical University of Sofia is one of the largest, finest and prestigious educational and science centres in Bulgaria and in the greater Balkan Peninsula, and is also noted globally for its work in the medical and sciences field. The university’s approximately 6,200 students conduct ongoing research and continually contribute to internationally recognised studies in cardio-thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmic surgery, human disease high tech diagnostics, cardio-vascular and inherited diseases prevention programmes, bone-marrow transplantation, the development of new synthetic and natural compounds, as well as genetics.

+Study Programme

This programme is taught in English in its entirety. The course of study and internship lasts 6 years with courses spanning across 11 semesters (5 and a half years) and culminates with an internship of approximately 6 months in duration. The academic side of the course begins by immersing students in dental theory and the study of medical and biological fundamental knowledge during the first 2 years. Clinical training occurs between the 3rd and 5th year and includes general clinical practice, apprenticeship and special dentistry training pre- and post- clinical procedures. Summer practical internships are also obligatory during the 2nd, 3rd and 4th year of dental studies. Prior to graduation, the internship programme includes paediatric, oral and maxillofacial surgery experience, denture dentistry, conservative dental treatment, paradontology and orthodontics. At the closing stage of their 6th year, students need to pass a state exam. On successful completion of the programme, students are awarded a Master's Degree and the title of Dentist and are entitled to enjoy all privileges that come with it in the EU and beyond. Due to the low cost of living, the existence of renowned cosmetic dental surgery specialisation programmes and the availability of state funding, some graduates choose to continue with their study specialisation in Bulgaria. Dentistry graduates from Bulgarian Universities now work in all parts of the world including the USA, the UK, Australia, India and many other locations.

+Fees - Costs
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

There is no entrance examination and applicants have to submit the below documents:

  1. Application form including brief biographical data, educational history and the courses for which they are applying
  2. Diploma (a copy) of completed secondary education with an academic transcript stating the disciplines studied
  3. Document issued by relevant authorities, certifying the right to continue education in higher schools and universities in the country of origin of the secondary school attended by the applicant
  4. Health certificate issued not earlier than one month prior to application and verified in the county from which the candidate is applying
  5. Two 4/5 cm photographs

The diploma, academic transcript and health certificate must be translated into Bulgarian and legalized according to official state directives.

+City

Sofia is the capital and largest city of Bulgaria, with a population of roughly 1.2 million. It is situated in the western region of the country. In the north it is embraced by the Balkan Mountain Range, on the South-East by Mt. Lozen, in the South by Mt. Vitoza and to the South-West rests Mt. Laioulin, all of which form three mountain passes that connect the Adriatic Sea to the Black Sea and the Aegean Sea. A large number of rivers also traverse the city of Sofia.

The century-long history of Sofia commences in antiquity, while still a colony of Thracian tribes. The earliest accounts of the city first being called 'Sofia' are to be found in the 14th century owing to the famed Basilica of Hagia Sophia (6th c.) within its walls, wherefrom it was officially given its contemporary name change after the liberation of the Bulgarian people from the Turks in the late 19th century (1879), replacing the city’s former Slavic name “Srentets”. During WWII, Sofia was bombed by the Allies, and subsequently passed into the hands of the Soviet Union, until the country was granted secession and sovereignty in 1989.

Some of the major attractions include the Church of St. Alexander Nevsky (inaugurated 1912), the National Gallery of Bulgaria (housed in the old royal palace), the Russian church of St. Nicolas (13th c.), the aforementioned Basilica of Saint Sophia (6th c.), the Rotunda of St. George (originally built by the Romans in the 4th c., but more famous for its medieval frescoes, the oldest of which date from the 12th c.), the UNESCO world heritage site church of Saint Paraskevi (circa 1935), the avenue "Tsar Osvompontitel", where many of the intellectual and literary centres of Sofia are situated, and the National Centre for Culture (inaugurated 1981).

However, during the Communist era the architectural countenance of Sofia saw a noteworthy change. This aesthetic shift is apparent in modern buildings, such as the "Largo Ensemble" (1950s), "The Vasil Levski Stadium" and constructions related to the Brutalist movement (1950s-1970s), a modernist architectural view that favored concrete and linear structures. At present, Sofia remains a milieu of successive art and historical movements, where distant past and modern infrastructure harmoniously fuse.

+Country

The Republic of Bulgaria is located in the Southeast of Europe and has a population in the vicinity of 7,500,000. At the precipice of the Balkan Peninsula, fringed by Greece to the south and Turkey to the east, and with Romania to the north, Serbia and FYROM to the west, it has been rendered an economic hub, it being the case it shores the Black sea. Small though it may seem, particularly due to its geopolitical locus as it is not landlocked, it has been rendered a strong industrial and agricultural market economy. Its capital, Sofia enjoys a thriving economy with a population nearing 1,500,000 people. The official language of the country is Bulgarian, whereas the official religion is Eastern Orthodox Christianity. The population consists mainly of Bulgarians (85%). Additionally, there is a Turkish minority (8%), as well as a Roma minority (5%).

One of the earliest tribes to colonize the territory, with a preference to the area near the south border with Greece was the Thracians. The first Bulgarian tribes arrived at the region during the 7th century AD. Subsequently, the first Bulgarian Empire spanned the late 7th and early 11th century, succeeded by the second Bulgarian Empire, dating from the late 12th to the mid 14th century, during which Bulgaria saw unprecedented affluence and prosperity, making it an historical crossroad for various civilizations. Yet in 1393, Bulgaria fell under Ottoman rule for almost five hundred years, until 1878, which signifies the incipience of what is known as the Third Bulgarian State. During WWII, Bulgaria was on the side of the Axis; however it refused to participate in the Operation Barbarossa plan. In turn, from 1946 to 1990, Bulgaria was under Communist influence. Today, the country has a system of Parliamentary Democracy, and a free market economy, and is known as “The Republic of Bulgaria”, culminating in its accedence in the EU economic community.

Bulgaria has a long history spanning nearly 2,400 years evinced upon innumerable monuments, statues, churches and chantries. Many a Bulgarian city, Sofia and Plovdiv in particular, are renowned for their cultural and historical significance. After the fall of the communist regime, efforts to modernize the country’s economy and educational system have paid off, evident in the blossoming architecture and booming economic activity. This has led to the significant development of the Bulgarian Universities, some of which are counted within the best of Eastern Europe. Better yet, life in Bulgaria is particularly cheap by comparison to other EU member states, making it an extremely popular destination for students from all over the world.

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