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Study Medicine or Dentistry in English at Plovdiv Medical University (Medical School or Dental School)

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

Located in the southern part of Bulgaria and founded in 1945, the Medical University of Plovdiv is a modern public University which consists of four schools (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Healthcare), one Department of Foreign Languages, one Medical College and the “St. George” Academic Hospital, which houses over 1,200 beds. The University itself employs over 130 professors and approximately 600 deputy and assistant professors, who are well respected scientists all over the world having completed documented research for a number of international scientific magazines and journals. The University offers taught programs to over 3,800 native and international students, including Bachelor, Postgraduate, Master's, Doctorate and Post-doctorate programs. English taught doctorate programs 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 is well stocked with high quality educational and academic material, with in excess of 170,000 volumes of material in many languages but predominantly in English. The University is responsible for the publication of one of the most well respected medical magazines in Bulgaria, the “Folia Medica” which is issue quarterly and is in existence since 1959. This highly regarded publication is issued in English and distributed to 54 countries. The University encourages its young scientists to enter their work into the annual “Youth & Science” competition which is run by the Youth Scientific Association. The winning research papers are granted an award and also published which gives young doctors a strong footing in medical research communities.

+Study Programmes at Plovdiv Medical University, Bulgaria

The medicine course is an entirely English-taught programme and lasts six years. Courses typically last 10 semesters with the first two years focusing on pre-clinical study and theory. The next three years predominantly focus on clinical study and, finally, the programme is brought to completion with an internship year (310 days) of medical rotations leading up to graduation. National standards are followed to European Union requirements with regard to the course curriculum, laboratory work, and research assignments.Summer practical internships are obligatory for students in their 2nd, 3rd and 4th year of studies and during the internship year, students are required to take state exams for licensing. Once the requirements of the academic programme are met, as well as the year-long internship and passing of the state exams, students will then receive the professional qualification of Physician or Doctor of Medicine (MD), and are awarded a Master's Degree. The degree and license are fully recognised worldwide. While some graduates continue their specialisation choices in Bulgaria, some do return to their home country or elsewhere to seek residence for their practice. Graduates of Bulgarian universities who practice and hold medical qualifications internationally number in the thousands.

The dentistry course of study at Plovdiv Medical University is completed entirely in English. The course lasts a little over six years and spans 11 semesters (5.5 years), culminating in an internship of about six months. For the first two years, the course is theory focused including the fundamentals of medical and biological knowledge. Clinical training takes place between year three and five and includes general clinical practice and apprenticeship and special training in dentistry pre- and post- clinical procedures. Summer practical internships take place during the 2nd, 3rd and 4th year of studies and are obligatory. Finally, an internship programme prior to graduation includes paediatric, oral and maxillofacial surgery experience, denture dentistry, conservative dental treatment, paradontology and orthodontics. Students are required to pass a state exam at the end of their 6th year and those who successfully complete the programme are awarded a Master's Degree and the title of Dentist. This allows them to practice all over the world as it is a recognised and well respected qualification. Some dentistry graduates choose to stay in Bulgaria and complete their specialisation choices in the country due to the low living costs and also the availability of state funding. Graduates of dentistry from this University have gained employment in dentistry in many countries all over the world including the USA, the UK and Europe.

+Fees - Costs
Programme Programme Starts Annual Fees (£)
Medicine October 6,500
Dentistry 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
+Admission to Plovdiv Medical University, Bulgaria:

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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