Why Choose Trakia University?
- 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.
- 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?
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Admission to Trakia University
Applicants are required to submit the following documents
- An application form including your biographical data, educational history and the course for which you are applying.
- Diploma (a copy) of completed secondary education with an academic transcript of the disciplines studied.
- 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.
- Health certificate issued less than one month prior to application and verified in the country the candidate is applying.
- Two 4/5 cm photographs.
- 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.