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Why Study Dentistry in English at Varna Medical University?

  • Guaranteed entry to the university
  • Yearly tuition fees of €8,000 (approx. £7,000)
  • Entry is in October
  • The university is GDC Accredited and no ORE test required.
  • Low cost of living – approximately £5,900 for the year.
+Why choose the Medical University of Varna?
  • It was established in 1961 and has evolved to include some of the finest educational, scientific and medical facilities in Bulgaria.
  • Its philosophy can be summarised by the pillars of education, research, and institutional development and expert consulting activity.
  • It comprises four schools (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Public Health), an administrative section, a Medical College and four hospitals.
  • It offers bachelor programs in each of its four schools, as well as a range of postgraduate courses. It is especially regarded within the EU in terms of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Education.
  • Since its foundation, more than 9,300 students from 46 countries (including Bulgaria) have graduated from the university.
  • The university employs 380 professors, deputies and assistant professors, many of whom are renowned worldwide.
  • The institution is known for its publication of the scientific magazine ‘Scripta Scientifica Medica’.
  • The campus is very easy to access and is located centrally in Varna, which has been voted the best city in Bulgaria.
  • It offers excellent sporting facilities, including soccer fields and basketball courts.
  • +What does the Dentistry course involve?
    • The Dentistry course lasts for six years, spanning 11 semesters of academic training prior to a six-month internship.
    • The first two years of the programme give students a background in general medicine and biology.
    • Years 3-5 include clinical training that incorporates general practice, apprenticeship and special training in dentistry pre- and post-clinical procedures.
    • Students will also undertake mandatory summer practical internships in years 2-4.
    • The internship programme at the end of year 6 includes paediatric, oral & maxillofacial surgery experience, denture dentistry, conservative dental treatment, paradontology and orthodontics. Following this internship, students must pass a state exam.
    • When student successfully complete the programme, they are awarded a Master’s degree and granted the title of Dentist, which can be used to gain employment anywhere in the world.
    • Many graduates choose to stay in Bulgaria after graduation to pursue a dentistry career because of the country’s low cost of living, range of renowned cosmetic dental surgery specialisation programmes and availability of state funding.
    • There are dentistry graduates from the university working not just in Bulgaria, but in countries all over the world.
    +How much does the programme cost?
    ProgrammeProgramme StartsAnnual Fees (£)
    DentistryOctober7,000
    Living CostsMonthly (£)Annually (£)
    Rent (private accommodation)219-2772,628-3,504
    Food1831,825
    Books-292
    Electricity & Gas37355
    Water773
    TV Cable / Internet15175
    Public Transportation15146
    Total475-5335,504-6,380
    +Admission to Varna Medical University

    Candidates must 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 Varna
    • Varna is Bulgaria’s third largest city, with a population of 334,870. It is located in the northeast of the country, 370km from the capital city of Sofia, and is adjoined by Lake Varna and two man-made waterways connecting it to the bay of the Black Sea.
    • It is known as Bulgaria’s maritime capital, as it is the biggest city on the country’s coastline, along with being a popular tourist destination and a centre for business activity.
    • It was annexed by the Ottoman Empire in 1444 and remained under their control for more than four centuries prior to Bulgaria’s liberation in 1878. It was briefly renamed Stalin in the early 1950s after the Soviet leader, when Bulgaria was under Communist rule.
    • Popular sightseeing attractions include the 19th century Euxinograd Palace, Archaeological Museum, Naval Museum, Roman baths, Battle of Varna Museum and Sea World, along with a host of marvellous churches.
    • Varna is known for its love of arts and music, with more than 20 arts and music festivals taking place in the city every year to cement its reputation as a cultural hub.
    +Life in Bulgaria
    • Bulgaria is a country in the southeast of Europe with a population of around 7.5 million. Its capital city is Sofia, a city with a booming economy which has a population of 1.2 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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