Why Choose the Medical University of Sofia?
- In 1917, the Medical University of Sofia 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 Medical University of Sofia 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.
What do the Medicine & Dentistry courses involve?
- 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.
How much do the Medicine & Dentistry programmes cost?
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Admission to Sofia Medical University, Bulgaria
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.
Life in Sofia
- 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.
Life in Bulgaria
- 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.