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Study Veterinary in English at Trakia University Stara Zagora (Veterinary School)

+University

Trakia University is situated in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Formed in 1995 after the merger of the Veterinary College of Agriculture and Zoology and the Technical College of Yambol, it has quickly evolved into an important global academic hub. With a campus and University Hospital in Stara Zagora, Trakia University has affiliated faculties and colleges in locations at Sliven and Yambol, and a Professors’ continuous-training unit in Haskovo. The University comprises in its totality of over 6,500 students, almost 600 highly qualified teachers and annually invites over 60 international guest lecturers. The University has in excess of 60 Bachelor and Master’s Majors and 50 doctoral procedures on offer with academic programmes focusing on scientific, social, natural and technical subjects. Degrees are awarded in Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Medicine, Pedagogics, Engineering, Informatics and Economics. Over the years, due to its delivery of top class medical and veterinary graduates, the University has won acclaim globally. To assist in the delivery of world class graduates and ensure the focus on practical training and education, the University offers in-house hospital training in Experimental or Clinical research. It is recognised for its certified seminars and workshop training through international scientific projects. As a member of the EU University Association (EUAU) and the International Association of Universities (IAU), it strictly follows guidelines and criterion in terms of curriculum standards to European Educational Guidelines, including ECTS grading and Credit Systems. The University is partly state-subsidised and participates in the national student loan financing programme (which helps to keep tuition fees low), but keeps its administration autonomous.
The campus is an impressive and appealing one for students and professional staff alike with an abundance of cafes and restaurants. The University is proud of its large and state of the art library which carries in excess of 300,000 volumes of specialised literature. It also offers digital remote access to all major scientific periodicals and book exchange programmes via agreements in 35 countries and 108 Universities. Students have the ability to access four well maintained computer labs across the campus and halls which incorporates use of a unified electronic wireless system. The University has an active social element with many clubs and sports activities that students can partake in both on campus facilities and elsewhere.

+Study Programme

The Veterinary Medicine course at Trakia University is taught entirely in English. Lasting five and a half years, the course spans 10 semesters of academic training culminating in an internship of practical experience in affiliated clinics. The first three years focus on the fundamentals of pre-clinical and para-clinical skills and after the 3rd year, courses concentrate more on clinical practice. Year three includes mandatory summer practice and in year four there is a summer clinical training internship. For year five, students’ work on further on species-oriented training and this gives them the opportunity to work in mobile clinics which allows them to get very practical and hands on experience. The last semester includes an internship programme, after the successful completion of which students must sit and pass the state exams successfully. At graduation, students are awarded a Master's Degree and the qualification of Veterinarian which entitles the holder to practice in any EU member state and further afield. Some graduates choose to continue their area of specialist study in Bulgaria because of the low cost of living, along with the fact that veterinary services are in high demand in the country. State funding is also available for students who wish to continue their study specialisation in Bulgaria. Graduates of Bulgarian veterinary Universities have gained employment in many countries following graduation and the qualification is recognised and valued all over the world.

+Fees - Costs
Programme Programme Starts Annual Fees (£)
Veterinary October 3,000
Living Costs Monthly (£) Annually (£)
Rent (private accommodation) 161-219 1,927-2,628
Food 183 1,825
Books - 292
Electricity & Gas 37 355
Water 7 73
TV Cable / Internet 15 175
Public Transportation 15 146
Total 416-475 4,803-5,504
+Admission

There is no entrance examination and applicants have to 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.

+City

Stara Zagora is a major Bulgarian city, as it has a significant geographic location and powerful economy despite its small population, due to the industries located in its suburbs. The city proper has a population of about 150,000 and the city cluster comprises about 220,000 people. It is situated in the south of the country and is the administrative capital of the Stara Zagora Province, also named after the city.

Thanks to its geographic location, Stara Zagora enjoys a mild climate, as it is fringed by relatively low mountains and hills to enjoy protection from the northern winds and is close enough to the sea to contribute to a relatively warmer winter compared to other parts of Bulgaria. It is nicknamed “the city of the linden trees”, as it is peppered with these tall deciduous trees, some as tall as 130 feet, which make autumn a feast of colours for the eyes. One needs to drive only for about an hour to get to the Black sea. And about two and a half hours to the south is Thessaloniki, in Greece. Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital, is about the same distance to the west. The calm river Bedechka runs just outside the city.

The city’s history begins in prehistory, with more than 100 prehistoric sites dating from the 6th to the 3rd millennium BC in the vicinity, some of which are the largest in the country, while another major prehistoric site is right in the city centre, and certain prehistoric dwellings are preserved in the Neolithic Museum. The area was a copper mining site in antiquity, and was called Beroe (meaning dedicated to the god), but also a major area for hunting stag. As the name indicates, the ancient Thracian-Greek inhabitants likely worshipped Dionysus Zagreus, an ancient chthonic deity of hunting connected with orphism.

Later, the Roman emperor Trajan conquered the city and the surrounding area, and made it the second largest city in the Roman province of Thrace after Philipoupolis (present-day Plovdiv), and renamed it Augusta Traiana. Due to this historical period, there are significant archaeological findings in the form of magnificent city fortifications, bronze coins and roman baths. During the Middle Ages, between the 4th and 9th centuries, the region was assimilated into the Byzantine Empire, and it was once again called by its Greek name “Beroe”, and it thrived as a cultural and economic centre. Subsequently, the city shortly became part of the First Bulgarian Empire and was called Vereya or Beroya, before it was recaptured by the Byzantines both of whom alternately vied for the city, until the Ottomans conquered the latter in 1453. During the Byzantine period, the famous Lionness With a Cub bas-relief was created, and became the emblem of Stara Zagora until today. In the mid 14th century, the city was captured by the Ottomans who renamed it to Eski Zagra (old fortress of Zagora). After the Turkish rule, the name was changed to Zheleznik before it became Stara Zagora after the tragic war of liberation when 48,000 Turks massacred and pillaged the city, razing it to the ground. Due to this event, the city was rebuilt anew with its excellent road grid and wide streets and massive public squares and plazas.

Some of the major attractions include the Roman Amphitheater, the Roman Baths, The Arch of Trajan, The Post Office of Stara Zagora and the Zname monument on the hills overlooking the city, besides the numerous prehistoric sites and the Thracian Tomb Mound. It also has numerous churches and a mosque, an Opera house, as well as several museums and art galleries. The city also has a strong football club and the local team “Beroe”, which plays at Beroe Stadium.

+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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