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Why Study Medicine in English at Trakia University Stara Zagora?

  • Guaranteed entry to the university.
  • Tuition fees £5,500 (€7,000) for the year.
  • Entry is in October.
  • The university is accredited by the GMC and no PLAB test is required.
  • Low cost of living – approximately £5,100 (€6,893)for the year.
+Why choose Trakia University Stara Zagora?
  • Trakia University was formed in 1995 after a merger of the Technical College of Yambol and the Veterinary College of Agriculture and Zoology, both of which had existed for almost a century, plus an assimilation of the local Medical College.
  • Besides its campus and University Hospital in Stara Zagora, Trakia University has affiliated faculties and colleges in Sliven and Yambol, plus a professors’ continuous training unit in Haskovo.
  • The university caters for more than 6,500 students and almost 600 qualified professors, with invitations to 60 international guest lecturers a year.
  • It offers more than 60 Bachelor’s and Master’s major degrees and 50 doctoral programmes.
  • The university offers in-house hospital training in experimental or clinical research, plus a range of corporate co-op programmes and internships, certified seminars and workshop training through international scientific projects.
  • The university is internationally renowned for its English-taught medical and veterinary faculties, attracting numerous scientists and scholars of global acclaim, and can boast membership of the EU University Association (EUAU) and the International Association of Universities (IAU).
+What does the Medicine course involve?
  • The Medicine course lasts for six years, spanning 10 semesters of academic training, and is taught entirely through English.
  • The first two years of the programmefocus on pre-clinical study and theory, with years 3-5 concentrated primarily on clinical study.
  • The final year of the course is an internship year consisting of 310 days of medical rotations prior to graduating. During this internship year, students must sit state exams for licensing.
  • Students will also undertake compulsory summer practical internships in years 2-4.
  • When students fulfil the requirements of the academic programme and final year internship, in addition to passing state exams, they are granted the professional qualification of Physician or Doctor of Medicine (MD) and awarded a Master’s degree of global recognition.
  • Many graduates choose to remain in Bulgaria to pursue their medical career, while others will either return to their home country or pursue a medical career elsewhere.
  • There are currently thousands of medicine practitioners who graduated from universities in Bulgaria.
+How much does the programme cost?
Programme Programme Starts Annual Fees (£)
Medicine October 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 to Trakia University Stara Zagora

Candidates are required to 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 Stara Zagora
  • Stara Zagora is one of Bulgaria’s major cities and despite its relatively small population of 150,000, it has a powerful economy owing to the industries in its suburbs.
  • It is located in the south of Bulgaria and is the administrative capital of Stara Zagora province.
  • It has a mild climate with low mountains and hills nearby to protect from northern winds, while its proximity to the Black Sea means that winter is warmer here than in most parts of Bulgaria.
  • The city became part of the Ottoman Empire during the 15th century and was renamed Eski Zagra before returning to Stara Zagora following the gruesome war of liberation, which had decimated the city.
  • It was impressively rebuilt after the war of liberation, with an excellent road structure and huge public squares and plazas.
  • Its standout attractions include the Roman Amphitheatre, Arch of Trajan, opera house and Zname monument.
+Life in Bulgaria
  • Bulgaria is a country in the southeast of Europe with an estimated population of 7.5 million. Its capital city is Sofia, which enjoys a thriving economy and is home to 1.2 million people.
  • It is regarded as a hub for economic activity and has been rendered a strong industrial and agricultural market economy.
  • Having been under Communist rule from 1946 to 1990, Bulgaria is now a parliamentary democracy and free market economy. It became a member of the European Union in 2007.
  • Since gaining democratic status in 1990, the country has undergone a transformation which has seen a booming economy and modernised education system, with its universities considered among the finest in Europe.
  • Bulgaria also boasts a very low cost of living in comparison to other EU member states, making it a popular location for students from all corners of the world.

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