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Why Study Veterinary in English at Trakia University Stara Zagora?

  • Entry is guaranteed.
  • Tuition fees of €4,000 (approx. £3,500) per year.
  • Entry every October.
  • RCVS Accredited - no Statutory Examination required.
  • Low cost of living at around £5,100 a year.
+Why choose Trakia University?
  • Trakia University is located in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Formed in 1995, when two well-renowned universities, Veterinary College of Agriculture and Zoology and the Technical College of Yambol, merged.
  • The university is home to over 6,500 students and 600 highly qualified teachers with annual visits by 60 international guest lecturers.
  • The university has a wide range of degrees on offer with 60 bachelor and masters programmes available and is renowned globally for its top class medical and dentistry graduates.
  • The campus has fantastic library facilities with more than 300,000 volumes of specialised literature available.
  • There is no shortage of computer labs with 4 well-maintained labs spread across the campus.
  • The campus has some fantastic cafes and restaurants as well as an active social element with a large number of clubs and sports activities open to students.
+What does the Veterinary Medicine Course Involve?
  • The Veterinary Medicine course at Trakia University is taught through English.
  • The course lasts for a total of 5 and a half years, finishing with an internship to gain real experience in affiliated clinics.
  • The focus of the first 3 years is on fundamental pre-clinical and para-clinical skills. Year 3 of the course has a mandatory summer course.
  • After year 3, the course shifts its focus to the clinical practice, and during year 4, there is a summer clinical training internship.
  • In year five, the focus of the work is on species-orientated training, giving students a chance to gain practical experience in mobile clinics. In their final year, students must complete an internship programme and pass state exams.
  • When everything is complete successfully, students will be awarded a master’s degree and become a qualified veterinarian.
  • Students then have the option to continue with their specialisation in Bulgaria – where there is a big demand – or practice in any EU member state or somewhere else of their choosing.
  • Graduates from Bulgarian universities have gained employment in many countries all around the world.
+How much does the programme cost?
ProgrammeProgramme StartsAnnual Fees (£)
VeterinaryOctober3,500
Living CostsMonthly (£)Annually (£)
Rent (private accommodation)161-2191,927-2,628
Food1831,825
Books-292
Electricity & Gas37355
Water773
TV Cable / Internet15175
Public Transportation15146
Total416-4754,803-5,504
+Admission to Trakia University

Applicants must submit the following 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 from the country of origin of the secondary school attended by the applicant.
  4. Health certificate issued not earlier than one month prior to the application and verified in the country 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 legalised according to official state directives.

+Life in Stara Zagora
  • Stara Zagora is a major Bulgarian city, and despite its small population, it is considered a significant geographic location and strong economy due to the many industries located in its suburbs.
  • It has a population of about 150,000, but taking into account the wider city, the population comes in at around 220,000.
  • The city enjoys a mild climate thanks to its geographic location as it is surrounded by low mountains and hills for great protection from the northern winds
  • It is also only a one hour drive from the Black Sea and a two-and-a-half-hour drive to Sofia.
  • The city has a rich history and it only became Stara Zagora after the war of liberation in which the city was completely ruined.
  • However, due to this event, the city was rebuilt and now has an excellent road grid, wide streets, and massive public squares and plazas.
+Life in Bulgaria
  • Bulgaria is located in the Southeast of Europe and has a population in the region of 7.5 million.
  • Small though it may seem, its location by the Black Sea has rendered it a strong industrial and agricultural market economy.
  • Its capital, Sofia, enjoys a thriving economy with a population close to 1.5 million.
  • Bulgaria has become an extremely diverse country with a population consisting mainly of Bulgarian, a Turkish minority, and a Roma minority.
  • Until 1871, Bulgaria was under Ottoman rule and from 1946 to 1990 was under communist control. However, modern Bulgaria has been transformed.
  • Today, the country has a system of Parliamentary Democracy and is a free market economy, culminating in Bulgaria joining the EU in 2007.
  • The concerted effort to modernise the country’s economy and educational system has really started paying off as demonstrated by the blossoming architecture and booming economic activity. This has led to the significant development of the Bulgarian Universities, some of which are counted among the best of Eastern Europe.
  • Better yet, life in Bulgaria is particularly cheap in comparison to other EU member states, making it an extremely popular destination for students from all over the world.

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