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Study Medicine or Dentistry in English at Varna Medical University (Medical School or Dental School)

  • Guaranteed Entry
  • Sit for a basic Biology and Chemistry entry test
  • Tuition fees £6,500 (€8,000) per annum
  • Entry in October
  • For Medicine: GMC Accredited - no PLAB test required
    For Dentistry: GDC Accredited - no ORE test required (not affected by BREXIT)
  • Low cost of living, approximately £5,900 (€7,975) a year
+Medical University of Varna

Located in the north east of Bulgaria, the Medical University of Varna was founded in 1961following a widespread upgrade by the Bulgarian state. Today this University is a well established and recognised medical institution with state of the art scientific and academic facilities for its students and staff. The University’s philosophy is summarised in the following pillars: i) education; ii) research; iii) institutional development and expert consulting activity. It offers highly regarded bachelor programs in the scientific fields of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Public Health and also offers a number of postgraduate programs with specific focus and expertise on the domain of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Education. The University consists of four schools (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Public Health), one administrative section, one Medical College and four Hospitals, which were established during the 1970s and 1980s (“St. Marina” University Hospital of Varna, “St. Anna” University Hospital of Varna, Specialized Hospital of Vision, and Specialized Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynaecology). Since its foundation, in excess of 8,351 Bulgarian students, over 977 foreign students from more than 45 different countries have achieved graduation from this University. Itholds over 18 professors, 78 deputy professors and 284 assistant professors on its staff with many of them well known in their respective fields of medicine all over the world. The University publishes the scientific magazine “Scripta Scientifica Medica” which is a highly regarded academic publication globally. The campus is wonderfully located in the heart of the beautiful city of Varna, which has been voted the best city in Bulgaria. Socialand sports clubs are common on campus and students are welcomed to use the state of the art sport facilities, including the soccer field and basketball arena.

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 recognized in all EU member states and abroad. In turn, many graduates opt to continue in Bulgaria with their specialization, 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.

+Study Programmes at Varna Medical University, Bulgaria

The medicine course is taught entirely in English and it lasts 6 years. This includes 10 semesters of academic training. The first two years of this focus on pre-clinical study and theory, with the next three years for the most part concentrating on clinical study and the programme is rounded off with an internship year of medical rotations (310 days) prior to graduation. During the internship year, students are required to take state exams for licensing. National standards are aligned to E.U. requirements with regard to curriculum, laboratory work, and research assignments. Summer practical internships are obligatory for students in their 2nd, 3rd and 4th year of studies. Once the requirements of the academic programme have been met, as well as the completion of the year-long internship and the passing of the state exams, students will go on to receive the professional qualification of Physician or Doctor of Medicine (MD), and are awarded a Master's Degree which is recognised all over the world. Medicine graduates of Bulgarian universities are employed globally while some do stay in the country to complete their area of specialisation.

Dentistry at Varna Medical University is taught through English. The course duration is just over six years across11 semesters (5.5 years). Internship is also included in this course and lasts for six months. Students begin the dentistry course with theory and the fundamentals of medical and biological knowledge through the first two years. Clinical training occurs between the third and fifth year and includes general clinical practice and apprenticeship and special training in dentistry pre- and post- clinical procedures. Obligatory summer internships happen during the 2nd, 3rd and 4th year of studies. Finally, the internship programme before graduation includes paediatric, oral and maxillofacial surgery experience, denture dentistry, conservative dental treatment, paradontology and orthodontics. At the close of their 6th year, students need to pass a state exam. On successful completion, students are awarded a Master's Degree and the title of Dentist, with this qualification being recognised the world over. Dentistry graduates from Bulgarian Universities are now in nearly every part of the world, including the USA and Canada, the UK or India. Some graduates do opt to continue with their areas of study specialisation in Bulgaria, due to the low living costs and the availability of state funding.

+Fees - Costs
Programme Programme Starts Annual Fees (£)
Medicine October 6,500
Dentistry October 6,500
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 to Varna Medical University, Bulgaria

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

  1. Application form including brief biographical data, 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 not earlier than one month prior to application and verified in the county from which the candidate is applying
  5. Two 4/5 cm photographs

The diploma, academic transcript and health certificate must be translated into Bulgarian and legalized according to official state directives.


Varna is the third biggest city in the Northeast part of Bulgaria with an estimated population of 334,870. It rests in the peaceful meadows 370 km from Sofia, the country’s capital, adjoined by Lake Varna and two man-made waterways connecting it to the bay of the Black Sea. It is for this reason why Varna is known as “The maritime capital of Bulgaria”, since it is the biggest town on the Bulgarian coast constituting a popular tourist destination and a center of business activities. It is the administrative centre of the homonymous province and Varna Municipality and the eleventh-largest city in the Balkans after Istanbul, Athens, Bucharest, Belgrade, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Zagreb, Skopje, Tirana and Plovdiv. Moreover, it is home to the so-called “Bulgarian Las Vegas” or “Golden Sands”, as well as a business and university centre, seaport, and the headquarters of the Bulgarian Navy.

The city’s name is mentioned for the first time in the history of Theophanes the Confessor, a byzantine writer (8th-9th century AD), although it is believed that it could be older. During the Middle Ages, Varna was constantly changing hands between the Byzantine Empire and Bulgaria. From 1444, after the “Battle of Varna”, fought between the Christian forces, led by Ladislaus III of Poland, and the Ottoman forces, under the commandership of sultan Murad II, it was annexed by the Ottoman Empire. Since 1878, the year of the declaration of Bulgarian independence, Varna has become part of the state of Bulgaria. For a short period (1949 to 1956), during the Communist era, Varna was renamed into “Stalin” after the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.

Any sightseeing would be deprived if one neglected to visit the Euxinograd Palace (19th century), the Archaeological Museum (1888), the Roman baths, and the Naval Museum (1923), which comprise the city’s main sights are. Next to these, the “Battle of Varna” Museum (1924) and the city’s park, known as “Sea World” (1912) will make for a memorable experience. In addition, like most of Bulgaria, there are many notable churches, the most famous being the temple of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary (19th century), and surely that of St. Athanasius and of St. Nicolas. Furthermore, amidst the quaint corbelled streets there is much architecture for one's eyes to feast on, reflecting the many architectural movements that left their mark in the city from past centuries till modernity. Finally, Varna is a well-known center for arts and music, organizing more than twenty art and music festivals every year that have earned it a merited cultural reputation throughout Europe.


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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