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Why Study Medicine in English at Pleven Medical University?

  • Guaranteed entry
  • Tuition fees of €7,500 (approx. £6,500) per annum.
  • Entry is in February.
  • GMC Accredited - no PLAB test required.
  • Low cost of living at only £5,100 a year
+Why choose the Medical University of Pleven?
  • Since 1974, the Medical University of Pleven has specialised in providing high quality Medicine and Healthcare education.
  • The university is well regarded the world over and is considered one of the best medical institutions in Bulgaria.
  • International students coming from non-English-speaking countries are offered a preparatory course in English to make their transition easier and course work more manageable.
  • The Academic Hospital is home to a number of specialised clinics with state of the art research facilities.
  • The university employs over 60 highly qualified professors and 300 assistant professors, the majority of whom are renowned in scientific and medical communities around the world.
  • The university library is one of the largest in Bulgaria and is home to 74,000 volumes of medical books in Bulgarian and English.
  • The complex has its own soccer, basketball and volleyball courts and accommodation for students on the university campus.
+How is the Medicine programme taught?
  • Medicine is an entirely English-taught programme lasting for 6 years, spanning 10 semesters of academic training.
  • In Bulgaria, the course is typically structured so that the first 2 years focus on pre-clinical study and theory with the next 3 years focusing primarily on clinical study.
  • The programme finishes with an internship of medical rotations before graduation. During their internship year, each student must take their exams for licensing.
  • Students must also complete summer practical internships in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4 year of studies.
  • Upon completion of all requirements, students receive the professional qualification of Physician or Doctor of Medicine (MD) and are awarded a Master's Degree recognised worldwide.
  • At present, graduates of Bulgarian universities practicing medicine internationally are in the thousands.
+How much does the programme cost?
ProgrammeProgramme StartsAnnual Fees (£)
MedicineFebruary6,500
Living CostsMonthly (£)Annually (£)
Rent (private accommodation)161-2191,927-2,628
Food1831,825
Books-292
Electricity & Gas37355
Water773
TV Cable / Internet15175
Public Transportation15146
Total416-4754,803-5,504
+Admission to Pleven University

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  1. An application form with the CV of the candidate attached.
  2. A secondary school certificate with a statement of results. The certificate should be translated into Bulgarian and legalised at the Bulgarian Embassy in your home country.
  3. A medical certificate issued less than one month prior to the application date declaring that the applicant is in good enough physical and mental health to pursue a course in Medicine. This certificate should be translated and legalised as above.
  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. This again needs to be translated to Bulgarian.
  5. Four recently-taken passport sized colour photos.
  6. Copy of international passport.
+Life in Pleven
  • Pleven is the seventh biggest city in Bulgaria with a population of around 106,000 people.
  • The city is located 170 km from Sofia in a beautiful rural territory surrounded by low hills called Pleven Heights.
  • The events that transpired in the city during the Rosso-Turkish wars between 1877-78 played a vital role in freeing both Bulgaria and Romania from the Ottoman Empire.
  • Pleven’s rich history and strategic location has helped to create the blossoming and modern fast-paced economic development the city enjoys today.
  • The city is filled with wonderful theatres including the Ivan Radoev Dramatic Theatre and for the sporty types there is a huge interest in sports in the city.
+Life in Bulgaria
  • Bulgaria is located in the Southeast of Europe with a population 7.5 million. The capital city of Sofia enjoys a particularly thriving economy with a population of 1.2 million people.
  • It has become a strong agricultural and industrial economy and is a very welcoming place for students from all parts of the world.
  • Bulgaria was under communist control between 1946 and 1990, but has come on leaps and bounds in recent years and is now a free market economy with a parliamentary democracy.
  • The growth of the Bulgarian economy was reinforced when they became members of the EU in 2007.
  • Bulgaria enjoys a relatively low cost of living relative to other EU member states, making it a great choice for students all over the world.

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