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Why Study Medicine at Pleven Medical University?

  • Entry is guaranteed.
  • Tuition fees of only £5,500 (€7,000) a year.
  • Entry is in February.
  • GMC Accredited - no PLAB test required.
  • Very low cost of living at around £5,100 (€6,893) per annum.
+Why Choose the Medical University of Pleven?
  • The Medical University of Pleven was founded in 1974 and is generally regarded as one of the best institutions in Bulgaria for studying medicine.
  • Students who come from non-English speaking countries can do an English language course to prepare for their studies.
  • The academic hospital associated with the university boasts state of the art equipment and research facilities.
  • 60 highly trained professors and 300 adjunct and assistant professors are employed at the university, many being members of renowned scientific and medical communities worldwide.
  • The institution’s library open in 1974 and has already collected over 74,000 volumes of medical bibliographies in both English and Bulgarian.
  • The university campus is a welcoming and vibrant place for students and comes with top of the range accommodation on campus.
  • It is also home to fantastic sports facilities and has its own soccer pitches, basketball courts, and volleyball courts.
+How is the Medicine course studied?
  • The medicine course lasts for six years and is taught in English.
  • The first two years of the course focus on pre-clinical study and theory, with the next three focus primarily on clinical study.
  • The programme finishes with a year internship prior to graduation during which students are required to take state exams for licensing.
  • Summer practical internships are compulsory in years two, three and four of the programme.
  • All course work is aligned to European Union requirements.
  • When all academic and practical requirements are completed students receive the professional qualification of Physician or Doctor of Medicine (MD) and are awarded a master's degree.
  • Students have the option to continue with their chosen specialisation in Bulgaria or return to their home country or anywhere around the world to continue their practice.
  • Thousands of graduates from Bulgarian medical universities have gone on to practice medicine internationally.
+How much does the programme cost?
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 to Pleven Medical University, Bulgaria

Applicants should submit the following:

  1. An application form and a CV.
  2. A secondary school certificate including results. The certificate should be translated into Bulgarian and authorised at the Bulgarian embassy.
  3. A medical certificate issued less than one month prior to the application date. This certificate must also be translated and authorised by the Bulgarian embassy.
  4. A certificate stating that the applicant has the right to pursue education at a higher educational institution in their own country. Again, this will need to translated and confirmed by the embassy.
  5. Four recently-taken colour photos in passport size.
  6. Copy of international passport.
+Life in Pleven
  • Pleven is the seventh biggest city in Bulgaria with an estimated population of 106,000.
  • In the Middle Ages, the region was inhabited by the Slavs and it was at this time (13th century) that the name Pleven was born.
  • The events that transpired at Pleven (1877-78) were decisive in the liberation of Bulgaria and Romania from the Ottoman Empire.
  • Pleven’s key role during the wars is reflected in some 200 monuments erected in memory of the Russians and Romanians who lost their lives during the siege.
  • Pleven is often regarded as a sports centre in Bulgaria with a lot of passion for soccer particularly.
  • Pleven was always considered an important strategic location in Bulgaria and this helped to create the modern fast-paced economic development the city enjoys today.
+Life in Bulgaria
  • Bulgaria is in the Southeast of Europe and has a population in the region of 7.5 million.
  • It is well regarded for its strong industrial and agricultural market economy. Its capital, Sofia, enjoys a thriving economy with a population close to 1.2 million.
  • Bulgaria has a rich 2,400-year history and this is reflected in the many monuments, statues, and churches in the country.
  • From 1946 to 1990, Bulgaria was under communist influence, but today the country has a system of parliamentary democracy and is a free market economy.
  • Bulgaria’s progress was reinforced when they became a member of the EU in January 2007.
  • Efforts to modernise the country’s economy and educational system have been the focus in recent times and this is now evident in the blossoming architecture and growing economy.
  • This has greatly benefited Bulgarian universities, some of which are counted as the best in Eastern Europe.
  • Bulgaria also has a cheaper cost of living than other EU countries making it an extremely popular destination for students from countries in all parts of the world.
  • Modern Bulgaria is extremely open country and with an ever-increasing number of students in the area, a vibrant social life is guaranteed.

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