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Study Medicine in English at Pleven Medical University (Medical School)

  • Guaranteed entry
  • No entrance examination
  • Tuition fees £5,500 (€7,000) per annum
  • Entry in February
  • GMC Accredited - no PLAB test required (not affected by BREXIT)
  • Low cost of living, approximately £5,100 (€6,893) a year
+University

Since its foundation in 1974 the Medical University of Pleven is a self-administrative public University specializing in Medicine and Healthcare, offering high quality education. It is generally regarded as one of the best institutions in Bulgaria in the domain of Medicine. It consists of three schools (Medicine, Public Health and Medical Care), one center for postgraduate training and the City Medical College, which was founded in 1948, offering more than nine Bachelor taught programs in English and Bulgarian, as well as many Postgraduate and Doctorate programs. The University also includes theoretical, preclinical and clinical departments. International students coming from non-English-speaking countries are offered a preparatory course in English in order to ease their transition for the demands of their studies. The Academic Hospital alone boasts more than 1,000 beds as well as a vast number of specialized clinics and research units, enhanced with the finest equipment and state of the art research facilities, including the Endoscopic Training Centre for Robotic Surgery, which was inaugurated by the Bulgarian President in 2007. The University employs more than 60 highly trained professors and 300 adjunct and assistant professors, the vast majority of whom are members of the most renowned scientific and medical communities of the world. Teaching methods include lectures, small group practical tutorials and seminars, besides workshops. The Institution 's library, established in 1974, is one of the greatest in Bulgaria, having amassed more than 74,000 volumes of medical bibliography in Bulgarian and English and still growing, and provides access for its students to all main online sources pertaining to medical studies, with the collection being crowned with its rich multimedia sources of audio-visual digital catalogues of medical films and recordings. Finally, the University has its own soccer, basketball and volleyball courts, as well as its hostels, for those students seeking accommodation within the campus.

+Study Programme

Medicine is an entirely English-taught programme, lasting 6 years. Courses typically span 10 semesters of academic training. The usual academic track in Bulgaria is structured so that the first 2 years focus on pre-clinical study and theory, the next 3 years for the most part focus on clinical study and, finally, the programme is brought to completion with an internship year of medical rotations (310 days) before graduation. With regard to the curriculum and laboratory work, as well as research assignments, it is important to note that national standards are aligned to European Union requirements. Moreover, during the internship year, students are required to take state exams for licensing. There are also summer practical internships that are obligatory for students in their 2nd, 3rd and 4th year of studies. Having fulfilled the requirements of the academic programme, as well as the year-long internship and having passed the state exams, students receive the professional qualification of Physician or Doctor of Medicine (MD), and are awarded a Master's Degree with full privileges worldwide. The Degree and license are recognized in all EU member states and abroad. In turn, many graduates opt to continue in Bulgaria with their specialization, while some return to their home country or go to another country to seek residence for their practice. At present, graduates of Bulgarian universities who practice medicine internationally number in the thousands.

+Fees - Costs
Programme Programme Starts Annual Fees (£)
Medicine February 5,500
Living Costs Monthly (£) Annually (£)
Rent (private accommodation) 161-219 1,927-2,628
Food 183 1,825
Books - 292
Electricity & Gas 37 355
Water 7 73
TV Cable / Internet 15 175
Public Transportation 15 146
Total 416-475 4,803-5,504
+Admission

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

  1. An Application form with an attached brief CV of the candidate
  2. A secondary-school-leaving certificate with a statement of marks. The certificate should be translated into Bulgarian language and legalized at the Bulgarian Embassy in the respective country.
  3. A medical certificate issued not earlier than one month prior to the application date, stating that the applicant does not suffer from any communicable diseases, being in good physical and mental health to pursue a training course in Medicine. This certificate should be translated and legalized in the above way.
  4. A certificate stating that the applicant has the right /is eligible/ to continue his/her education into a higher educational institution in his/her own country, translated and legalized in the above mentioned way
  5. Four recently-taken color photos /passport size
  6. Copy of the international passport of the candidate
+City

Pleven is the seventh biggest city in Bulgaria with an estimated population of 106,000 people. It is located in the northern part of the country, 170 km from Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, in a rural territory surrounded by low hills, known as the Pleven Heights. The smaller river Tuchenitsa runs through the city, which is fringed by the powerful flow of the river Vit in the pastures.

The oldest archaeological findings date from the 5th century BC, when the region was populated by the Thracians, a Greek speaking tribe. In the Middle Ages, the region was inhabited by the Slavs. It was at this time (13th century) that Pleven received its present name. While still under Ottoman rule, the citadel of Pleven played a most significant role during the Rosso-Turkish wars (1877-78) particularly during the siege of the city by the Russians and the Romanians, which led to its capture by the former, circa 1877. The events that transpired at Pleven were decisive for the liberation of Bulgaria and Romania from the Ottoman Empire. Nonetheless, it is this very strategic location of the area which has yet again led to its blossom and the modern fast-paced economic development the city enjoys to date.

Pleven 's key role during the aforementioned wars is reflected in some 200 monuments, such as the Mausoleum of St. George, erected in memory of the Russians and the Romanians who gave their lives during the siege, the ossuary in Skobelev park and the Pleven Panorama, a modern building created after the Borodino Panorama in Russia, and related, once again, to the famous siege of the city. In addition, there are a lot of museums, one of which is the Pleven Regional Historical Museum. The city is also peppered with theatres, the most notable being the Ivan Radoev Dramatic Theatre. Finally, it is worth mentioning that Pleven is often regarded as a sports center in Bulgaria, mostly centering on soccer.

+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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