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

  • Guaranteed entry
  • Sit for a basic Biology and Chemistry entry test
  • Tuition fees £6,500 (€8,000) per annum
  • Entry in October
  • GMC Accredited - no PLAB test required (not affected by BREXIT)
  • Low cost of living, approximately £5,100 (€6,893) a year

The Medical University of Plovdiv is a modern public University in the southern part of Bulgaria. It was founded in 1945, and consists of four schools (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Healthcare), one Department of Foreign Languages, one Medical College and the “St. George” Academic Hospital, with an excess of 1,200 beds. The University employs more than 130 highly trained professors and about 600 deputy and assistant professors, who are renowned scientists the world over, as they have afforded the medical community with copious research published in prestigious scientific magazines. The university offers taught programs to more than 3,800 native and international students, including Bachelor, Postgraduate, Master's, Doctorate and Post-doctorate programs. Doctorate programs in English include: ENT Otolaryngology (acronym for “Ear, Nose, Throat”), Pediatric Surgery, Orthopedics and Traumatology, Physiology, Immunology, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Medicine, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Microbiology, and Social Medicine and Public Health. The University Library boasts some 170,000 volumes which are not limited to Bulgarian but include a variety of foreign languages, with English being the chief among all its titles. Furthermore, the University issues one of the most celebrated and well respected medical magazines in Bulgaria, the quarterly “Folia Medica”, active since 1959 and published in English, distributed to 54 different countries. Important to highlight is the fact that the University encourages young scientists to demonstrate their work via the annual competition “Youth & Science”, which is under the auspices of the Youth Scientific Association. The best research papers of the competition are awarded and then published, affording young doctors a strong footing in medical research communities. Finally, the Career Development Centre provides useful information to alumni who wish to pursue a career in Bulgaria.ria.

+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 October 6,500
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

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.


Plovdiv is the second biggest city of Bulgaria with an estimated population of 381,110. It is located in the southern part of the country, 127 km from Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, in an agricultural territory on the shore of the river Maritsa.

Plovdiv has a large history of more than 6.000 years. Its original name “Philippoupolis”, n.b. “The city of Philip” was given by the Greek king of Macedon, Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, who captured the city in 342 BC. The name “Plovdiv” appears for the first time in sources dated to the 15th century in religious manuscripts of the many monasteries that existed in the area. During the Ottoman rule, the city was referred to as “Filibe”.

From the 14th century whence Plovdiv fell under Ottoman rule for more than five hundred years, to 1878 when the city was eventually liberated, Plovdiv remained rather stagnant. Since the late 19th century, however Plovdiv witnessed an economic development that continued throughout the 20th century, even during the WWII, due, in part, to its manufacturing, food and tobacco industry. At present, Plovdiv is one of the most prosperous and important cities in Bulgaria, with one of the strongest agricultural sectors in the EU Balkan economic zone.

The city’s most important sights, starting with the most notable remnants of antiquity include the ancient Roman theatre, built by the emperor Trajan in the 2nd century AD, the folk museum and the renowned church of St. Constantine and Helen. As for modern-day highlights, the statue of Philip II is perhaps most prominent, while the numerous churches will be of particular interest for their architectural uniqueness and surrounding natural beauty. In general, there are a lot of significant monuments in the surrounding area of Plovdiv, many dating from the Roman period, when the city was known as “Trimontium”, or “The city of three hills”, praised by Lucian for being “the most beautiful and loveliest of all cities”..


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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