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Why Study Medicine or Veterinary in English at Trakia University – Stara Zagora?

  • Affordable yearly tuition fees of €7,000 (approx. £6,000) for medicine or €4,000 (approx. £3,500) for veterinary medicine.
  • Entry is every October
  • Globally Recognised
+Why Choose Trakia University – Stara Zagora?
  • Trakia University is in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria and was re-established in 1995 when two famous and long standing universities merged.
  • The highly regarded Veterinary College of Agriculture & Zoology and the Technical College became the Trakia University we know today.
  • It is recognised as an internationally accredited Eastern European University, consistently rated “very good” by the international accreditation system.
  • Trakia University has a wonderful campus and university hospital in Stara Zagora and is connected with other faculties and colleges in Sliven and Yambol.
  • The university is home to over 6,500 students who are taught by more than 600 highly qualified lecturers and tutors every day.
  • Trakia University is committed to research and top results with over 60 bachelor and master’s degrees and 50 doctoral programmes on offer.
  • The campus is home to a large library which boasts over 300,000 volumes of specialised literature.
  • Students learn in state-of-the-art medical departments with 20 research labs and 16 diagnostic clinics.
  • At Trakia University, you are sure to have a vibrant social life with all the social clubs available to students.
+What do the Medicine & Veterinary Courses involve?
  • Medicine is an entirely English-taught programme which lasts for 6 years.
  • The first 2 years focus on pre-clinical study and theory.
  • Between years 3-5 the primary focus is on clinical study.
  • Summer practical internships are mandatory for students in their 2nd, 3rd and 4th year of studies.
  • The programme ends with an internship year of medical rotations before graduation.
  • During the internship year, students are required to take state exams for licensing.
  • All curriculum and laboratory work is in line national standards and is aligned to European Union requirements.
  • On successful completion of all requirements, students receive the professional qualification of physician or Doctor of Medicine (MD) and are awarded a master’s degree.
  • The qualifications are recognised worldwide and graduates can choose to continue their specialisation in Bulgaria or continue their practice in countries all over the world.
  • Thousands of graduates from Bulgarian universities practice medicine internationally.
Veterinary Medicine
  • The veterinary medicine course at Trakia is taught entirely in English.
  • The course runs for 5 and half years culminating with an internship in affiliated hospitals and clinics.
  • The first three years focus on fundamental pre-clinical and para-clinical skills. The third year has obligatory summer course.
  • After the third year, the focus of the course shifts to clinical practice and the fourth year includes a clinical training internship.
  • In the fifth year, the focus moves to species-orientated training where students get the chance to work in mobile clinics and help with practical training. Students are also required to complete state exams in their final year.
  • Upon graduation, students are awarded a master’s degree and the qualification of veterinarian.
  • Many veterinary graduates from Bulgarian universities are employed in the UK veterinary sector.
  • You can also choose to continue your specialisation in Bulgaria as there is a high demand for veterinary specialists and a very low cost of living. There is also state funding available to assist you in your journey.
+How much do the Medicine & Veterinary programmes cost?
ProgrammeProgramme StartsAnnual Fees (£)
Living CostsMonthly (£)Annually (£)
Rent (private accommodation)161-2191,927-2,628
Electricity & Gas37355
TV Cable / Internet15175
Public Transportation15146
+Admission to Trakia University

Applicants are required to submit the following documents

  1. An application form including your biographical data, educational history and the course for which you are applying.
  2. Diploma (a copy) of completed secondary education with an academic transcript of the disciplines studied.
  3. Document issued by relevant authorities in the country secondary education was completed, confirming that the candidate has the right to continue education in higher schools and universities.
  4. Health certificate issued less than one month prior to application and verified in the country the candidate is applying.
  5. Two 4/5 cm photographs.
  6. All documents must be translated into Bulgarian and authorised in accordance with official state directives.
+Life In Stara Zagora
  • Stara Zagora is a major Bulgarian city with a total population of around 220,000.
  • For a small city, it has a particularly strong economy due to the many industries in the local suburbs.
  • Star Zagora enjoys a mild climate as low mountains and hills surround it which helps to protect the city from strong northern winds.
  • The city’s proximity to the sea allows for much warmer winters than in other parts of Bulgaria.
  • The Black Sea is only a one hour drive away and it is a two-and-a-half-hour drive to the capital Sofia.
  • The city has a rich history and it was during the Byzantine period that the famous lioness and cub illustration was created - still the emblem of Stara Zagora today.
  • Stara Zagora was completely rebuilt when 48,000 Turks destroyed and pillaged the city during the ‘Stara Zagora Massacre’.
  • The city now has excellent roads and streets with massive public places and plazas.
  • Stara Zagora is also home to many churches, an opera house, and several museums and art galleries.
+Living in Bulgaria
  • Bulgaria, located in the Southeast of Europe, has a total population of around 7.5 million.
  • Bulgaria has a particularly strong industrial and agricultural market economy, with its capital Sofia enjoying a thriving economy of 1,500,000 people.
  • Bulgaria was for a time under communist influence but today the country has a parliamentary democracy and is a free market economy.
  • The country’s growth was solidified when Bulgaria became an official member of the EU in 2007.
  • Efforts to modernise the country’s economy and educational system have really started to pay off and this is seen in the wonderful architecture and booming economic activity.
  • The economic improvement has helped many Bulgarian universities to develop and many are now strong contenders for having the best universities in Eastern Europe.
  • Bulgarians now have a great standard of living and it is very cheap compared to other EU countries.
  • Modern Bulgaria is at its core a multicultural nation and welcomes students from every part of the world with open arms.

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