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Why Study Medicine in English at Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski Medical School?

  • Entry is guaranteed.
  • Entry tests in Biology and Chemistry.
  • Tuition fees of €7,500 (approx. £6,500) per year.
  • Admission starts in October.
  • GMC Accredited - no PLAB test required.
  • It only costs £5,900 a year on average for living expenses.
+Why Choose Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski?
  • Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” was founded on October 1st, 1888 making it the oldest university in the Bulgarian capital.
  • The main building of Sofia University is in the city centre with a total of 16 faculties and 105 subjects being taught daily.
  • Due to large demand, an additional medical faculty in St. Kliment Ohridski was established.
  • There are currently over 30,000 students enrolled at Sofia University.
  • Sofia University has become a significant scientific hub and one of the most highly regarded centres of science in the Balkans.
  • The university library is home to more than 2,510,000 entries, including rare and valuable publications.
  • More than 30 candidates fight to study medicine at Sofia University every year.
+Study Programme
  • Medicine is an entirely English-taught programme which lasts 6 years. Courses typically involve 10 semesters of academic training.
  • Courses at Sofia University are structured so that the first 2 years focus on pre-clinical study and theory with the next 3 years focusing primarily on clinical study.
  • The course finishes with an internship year of medical rotations before graduation. Students are required to take state exams for licensing during this period.
  • Summer internships during 2nd, 3rd 4th year of the programme must also be completed.
  • When students have successfully fulfilled all the requirements of the programme, they receive the professional qualification of Physician or Doctor of Medicine.
  • Your degree and license will be recognised in all EU member states and abroad and all work is aligned with European Union requirements.
  • Many graduates continue with their specialisation in Bulgaria, while some return to their home country or seek residence for their practice in a country of their choice.
  • Thousands of graduates from Bulgarian universities practice medicine internationally.
+How much does the programme cost?
ProgrammeProgramme StartsAnnual Fees (£)
MedicineOctober6,500
Living CostsMonthly (£)Annually (£)
Rent (private accommodation)219-2772,628-3,504
Food1831,825
Books-292
Electricity & Gas37355
Water773
TV Cable / Internet15175
Public Transportation15146
Total475-5335,504-6,380
+Admission to Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski

Candidates must submit the following documents:

  1. Application form including a brief bio, 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 less than one month before application and verified in the country from which the candidate is applying.
  5. Two 4/5 cm photographs
  6. All documentation must be translated into Bulgarian and fulfil official state directives.
+What’s it like to live in Sofia?
  • Sofia is the capital and largest city in Bulgaria with a population of roughly 1.2 million.
  • It was officially given its contemporary name after the liberation of the Bulgarian people from the Turks in the late 19th century (1879).
  • During WWII, Sofia was bombed by the Allies, and subsequently passed into the hands of the Soviet Union, until the country was granted sovereignty in 1989.
  • During the communist era, the architecture of Sofia went through a major change and this is evident in buildings such as the “Largo Ensemble”.
  • Modern day Sofia remains a milieu of successive art and historical movements, where distant past and modern infrastructure harmoniously fuse.
  • Students generally only have great things to say about life in Sofia.
+Living in Bulgaria
  • Bulgaria is located in the Southeast of Europe and has a population of around 7.5 million people.
  • It may seem like a small country but it is highly regarded for its strong industrial and agricultural market economy.
  • The capital Sofia, with a population of 1.2 million people, has a particularly thriving economy.
  • From 1946 to 1990, Bulgaria was heavily influenced by communism. Today, the country has a system of parliamentary democracy and is a free market economy.
  • The growth of Bulgaria was solidified when the country became members of the EU in 2007.
  • Many Bulgarian cities, Sofia and Plovdiv in particular, are highly regarded for their cultural and historical significance and efforts to modernise the country’s economy and educational system have really started to pay off.
  • The strong economy has led to significant development of Bulgarian universities, now recognised as some of the best in Eastern Europe.
  • Best of all, Bulgaria has a very lower cost of living compared to other countries in the EU, making it a great destination for students the world over.
  • Modern Bulgaria is a wonderful mix of people from different cultures and is a very welcoming country.

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