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

  • Guaranteed Entry
  • Sit for a basic English 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 £5,900 (€7,975) a year
+Medical University of Sofia

Established in 1917 by Tsar Ferdinand I, the Medical University of Sofia was originally set up as a faculty of the then Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohrid”. The Medical University’s inception occurred during the Bulgarian Renaissance when a School of Higher Education was created and this became seminal for restoring culture and safeguarding education after the Bulgarian Liberation in 1878. In 1923 the first specialised scientific society was founded in the school - The Association of Bulgarian Dermatologists, and in 1925 "Premedicus" was issued, which holds the recognition as being one of the first magazines for medicine students in the world. After WWII, the faculty that was set up by Tsar Ferdinand I was split from the rest of the University morphing into a Medical College with a medicine faculty and a faculty for dentistry. In 1951, the School of Pharmacy was incepted, and after a number of administrative reforms over the years, the College became a Medical University in 1995, and received international accreditation soon after. In 2001, the School of Public Health was also established with financing from the Regional Cooperation Council and through collaboration with leading EU medical and academic institutions and also the World Health Organisation (WHO). With its rich history in academia, the University is recognised for its longstanding crucial role in academic and educational culture for the Balkan area and for the whole of Europe. Today the Medical University of Sofia is one of the largest and most prestigious academic and scientific centres in Bulgaria and in the Balkan Peninsula, as well as all over the globe. It is made up of four schools and an administrative department. Since its inception,in excess of 60,000 specialists have been come through the qualifications of the college. In its present day, there are approximately 6,200 students conducting research and contributing to internationally recognised scientific workincluding studies on cardio-thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmic surgery, human disease high tech diagnostics, cardio-vascular and inherited diseases prevention programmes, bone-marrow transplantation, the development of new synthetic and natural compounds, as well as genetics.

+Study Programmes at Sofia Medical University, Bulgaria

In terms of the medicine course of study at Sofia University, this is taught totally in English and lasts for six years with courses typically spanning over 10 semesters of academic training. The first two years focus on pre-clinical study and theory, with the next three years focusing for the most part on clinical study. Studies prior to qualification are brought to completion with a year of medical internship (310 days) before graduation and students are also required to take state exams for licensing at this stage. National standards are aligned to European Union requirements with regard to the curriculum, laboratory work and research assignments. Summer practical internships are obligatory for students in year two, three and four of the programme. On successful completion of the course requirements, students receive the professional qualification of Physician or Doctor of Medicine (MD), and are awarded a Master's Degree which is recognised worldwide. Some graduates continue their specialisation choices in Bulgaria due to its low cost of living and the existence of state funding. Graduates of Bulgarian medical universities who practice medicine globally number in the thousands.
Dentistry at Sofia Medical University is taught totally in English. It spans over six years with courses running across 11 semesters which equates to five and a half years; this culminates with an internship of about six months. Students are immersed in learning medical theory and the fundamentals of medical and biological knowledge over the first two years. Clinical training happens between the third and fifth year and includes general clinical practice and apprenticeship and special training in dentistry pre- and post- clinical procedures. Summer practical internships are compulsory during the second, third and fourth year of studies. The internship programme before graduation includes paediatric, oral and maxillofacial surgery experience, denture dentistry, conservative dental treatment, paradontology and orthodontics. Those who successfully complete the programme and the state examinations at the end of year six are awarded a Master's Degree and the title of Dentist which is a recognised qualification across the EU and abroad and many graduates from this university are employed in high profile posts all over the world including the USA, UK, India and more. Some medical and dentistry graduates actually continue with their specialisation choice in Bulgaria, due to the low living costs, as well as the renowned cosmetic dental surgery specialisation programmes and the access to state funding.

+Fees - Costs
Programmes Programmes Start Annual Fees (£)
Medicine October 6,500
Dentistry October 6,500
Living Costs Monthly (£) Annually (£)
Rent (private accommodation) 219-277 2,628-3,504
Food 183 1,825
Books - 292
Electricity & Gas 37 355
Water 7 73
TV Cable / Internet 15 175
Public Transportation 15 146
Total 475-533 5,504-6,380
+Admission to Sofia 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.

+City

Sofia is the capital and largest city of Bulgaria, with a population of roughly 1.2 million. It is situated in the western region of the country. In the north it is embraced by the Balkan Mountain Range, on the South-East by Mt. Lozen, in the South by Mt. Vitoza and to the South-West rests Mt. Laioulin, all of which form three mountain passes that connect the Adriatic Sea to the Black Sea and the Aegean Sea. A large number of rivers also traverse the city of Sofia.

The century-long history of Sofia commences in antiquity, while still a colony of Thracian tribes. The earliest accounts of the city first being called 'Sofia' are to be found in the 14th century owing to the famed Basilica of Hagia Sophia (6th c.) within its walls, wherefrom it was officially given its contemporary name change after the liberation of the Bulgarian people from the Turks in the late 19th century (1879), replacing the city’s former Slavic name “Srentets”. During WWII, Sofia was bombed by the Allies, and subsequently passed into the hands of the Soviet Union, until the country was granted secession and sovereignty in 1989.

Some of the major attractions include the Church of St. Alexander Nevsky (inaugurated 1912), the National Gallery of Bulgaria (housed in the old royal palace), the Russian church of St. Nicolas (13th c.), the aforementioned Basilica of Saint Sophia (6th c.), the Rotunda of St. George (originally built by the Romans in the 4th c., but more famous for its medieval frescoes, the oldest of which date from the 12th c.), the UNESCO world heritage site church of Saint Paraskevi (circa 1935), the avenue "Tsar Osvompontitel", where many of the intellectual and literary centres of Sofia are situated, and the National Centre for Culture (inaugurated 1981).

However, during the Communist era the architectural countenance of Sofia saw a noteworthy change. This aesthetic shift is apparent in modern buildings, such as the "Largo Ensemble" (1950s), "The Vasil Levski Stadium" and constructions related to the Brutalist movement (1950s-1970s), a modernist architectural view that favored concrete and linear structures. At present, Sofia remains a milieu of successive art and historical movements, where distant past and modern infrastructure harmoniously fuse.

+Country

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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