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Study Medicine in English at Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski (Medical School)

+University

The University St. Kliment Ohridski in Sofia was founded on October 1st, 1888, being the oldest university in the Bulgarian capital. It has been named after the scholar and saint Clement of Ohrid. The main building of the University of Sofia is located in the city centre and is comprised of a total of 16 faculties with 105 special subjects being taught. It is worth mentioning that the Faculty of Medicine was founded in 2003, until which point there was only one Medical University in Sofia. Due to high demand, the establishment of an additional medical faculty in St. Kliment Ohriski was finally decided. Over the years, Sofia University has become a significant scientific hub and one of the most highly reputable centres of science in the Balkans.
Among others, the university consists of faculties such as the Faculty of Biology, Faculty of Chemistry, Faculty of Journalism and the Faculty of History. The University boasts a great deal of independent units among its facilities, including buildings that could only be considered architectural landmarks, a stunning Botanical Garden, Science and Technology Research Centres, cultural institutes, TV and radio stations and a notable variety of museums. The university library encompasses a rich multidisciplinary source of more than 2,510,000 entries, including rare and valuable publications.There are currently over 30,000 students enrolled at the University of Sofia. At least 30 candidates fight for a place every year. To gain a place, entrance exams in Biology and Chemistry are required.

+Study Programme

Medicine is an entirely English-taught programme, lasting 6 years. Courses typically span 10 semesters of academic training. The usual academic track in Bulgaria is structured so that the first 2 years focus on pre-clinical study and theory, the next 3 years for the most part focus on clinical study and, finally, the programme is brought to completion with an internship year of medical rotations (310 days) before graduation. With regard to the curriculum and laboratory work, as well as research assignments, it is important to note that national standards are aligned to European Union requirements. Moreover, during the internship year, students are required to take state exams for licensing. There are also summer practical internships that are obligatory for students in their 2nd, 3rd and 4th year of studies. Having fulfilled the requirements of the academic programme, as well as the year-long internship and having passed the state exams, students receive the professional qualification of Physician or Doctor of Medicine (MD), and are awarded a Master's Degree with full privileges worldwide. The Degree and license are recognised in all EU member states and abroad. In turn, many graduates opt to continue in Bulgaria with their specialisation, while some return to their home country or go to another country to seek residence for their practice. At present, graduates of Bulgarian universities who practice medicine internationally number in the thousands.

+Fees - Costs
Programme Programme Starts Annual Fees (£)
Medicine October 6,300
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

Candidates have to sit for a basic Biology and Chemistry entry test and submit the below documents:

  • Application form including brief biographical data, educational history and the courses for which they are applying
  • Diploma (a copy) of completed secondary education with an academic transcript stating the disciplines studied
  • 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
  • Health certificate issued not earlier than one month prior to application and verified in the county from which the candidate is applying
  • 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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