Why Study Medicine or Dentistry in English at Sofia Medical University?
Exams in Biology, Chemistry & English
Medicine: 6 Years
Dentistry: 6 Years
- In 1917, the Sofia Medical University was set up as a faculty of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohrid”.
- In 1925, the university issued “Premedicus” which was one of the first magazines for medicine students in the world.
- After WWII, the faculty was split from the rest of the university and became a medical college with both a medicine faculty and a faculty for dentistry.
- In 1951, the School of Pharmacy was created, and after several administrative reforms, the college became a medical university in 1995 and received international accreditation soon after.
- Today the Sofia Medical University is recognised for its longstanding role in academic and educational culture in the Balkan area and throughout Europe.
- At present, there are approximately 6,200 students conducting research and contributing to internationally recognised scientific work.
- The medicine course at Sofia University is taught in English and lasts for six years.
- The first two years focus on pre-clinical study and theory, with the next three years focusing for the most part on clinical study.
- The course finishes with a year long medical internship and students are also required to take state exams for licensing at this stage.
- The entire curriculum, including laboratory work and research assignments, are aligned with European Union requirements.
- Summer internships are obligatory for students in year two, three and four of the programme.
- On successful completion of the course, students receive a professional qualification of Physician or Doctor of Medicine (MD), and are awarded a master’s degree recognised worldwide.
- Some graduates continue their work in Bulgaria because of the low cost of living and the availability of state funding.
- There are also thousands of graduates from Bulgarian medical universities working around the world.
- Dentistry at Sofia Medical University is taught in English. The course lasts for six years culminating with an internship of six months.
- In the first two years, students are immersed in learning medical theory and the fundamentals of medical and biological knowledge.
- Clinical training takes place in the third to the fifth year of the course.
- The clinical training includes general clinical practice and apprenticeship and special training in pre-clinical and post- clinical dentistry procedures.
- Summer practical internships are compulsory during the second, third and fourth year of your studies.
- Those who successfully complete the programme are awarded a master’s degree and gain a dentist qualification recognised across the EU and abroad.
- Many graduates from Sofia University are employed in high profile positions all over the world – including the USA, UK, India and more.
- Some dentistry graduates also continue working in Bulgaria due to low living costs and the renowned cosmetic dental surgery specialisation programmes as well as the availability of state funding.
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Applicants must submit the following documents:
- An application form with a brief bio, your educational history, and the course you are applying for.
- A diploma (a copy) of all secondary education with an academic transcript outlining the subjects you studied.
- Document issued by relevant authorities from the country where the student attended secondary school, confirming the right to continue education in higher schools and universities.
- Health certificate issued less than one month before application, verified in the country from which the candidate is applying.
- Two 4/5 cm photographs.
- All documents must be translated into Bulgarian and authorised per official state directives.
- Sofia is the capital and largest city in Bulgaria with a population of about 1.2 million.
- The earliest accounts of the city first being called ‘Sofia’ are in the 14th century.
- After the liberation of the Bulgarian people from the Turks in the late 19th century , Sofia officially replaced the city’s former Slavic name “Srentets”.
- During WWII, Sofia was bombed by the Allies and it wasn’t until 1990 that the country was granted secession and sovereignty from the Soviet Union.
- After communism, the architecture of Sofia was transformed and the aesthetic shift is evident in modern buildings.
- Sofia at its heart is still full of art and historical movements, where the past and modern infrastructure blends seamlessly.
- Sofia is a wonderful city for students to live in and they can expect to have a high standard of living and an active social life.
- Bulgaria has a population of around 7,500,000.
- Today, the country is a parliamentary democracy and a free market economy, and became a member of the EU in 2007.
- Bulgaria was under communist influence until 1990 but efforts to modernise the country’s economy and educational system has helped to create a strong economy with great architecture.
- This has led to the significant development of the Bulgarian Universities, now considered some of the best in Eastern Europe.
- Better yet, life in Bulgaria is significantly cheaper than in other EU member states, making it an extremely popular destination for students from all over the world.
- Modern Bulgaria is home to a wonderful mix of people from a variety of different backgrounds, all making a valuable contribution to the great place it is to live today.