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Study in Bulgaria: Education in Bulgaria

Bulgaria is part of the Bologna Process. This means that its higher education system is split into three levels, called tiers. These tiers are:

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  • First Tier - this is the undergraduate level. Bachelor’s degrees normally take three or four years to complete. Specialized subjects, like medicine and engineering will normally take the extra year.
  • Second Tier - this is the postgraduate level. Master’s degrees normally take two years to complete.
  • Third Tier - this is the doctoral level. PhDs normally take three to five years to complete. Some students choose to teach whilst researching, so this takes PhD qualifications up to the five-year mark. 

Bulgaria is part of Erasmus. This means that you can take part of your qualification, or even an internship, outside of Bulgaria. You can even get a bursary while you study or work. 

Many undergraduate degrees are taught in Bulgarian, with many postgraduate qualifications being available in both English and Bulgarian. That being said, Bulgarian and English are used across all three tiers of the higher education. If you’re worried about your English being a bit rusty, some schools also offer courses taught in German and French.

Study in Bulgaria

Bulgaria is an exciting place to study abroad for international students. With beaches, nightlife, a beautiful coastline and internship opportunities all in arm's reach. This section gives you an overview of what it's like to study abroad in Bulgaria.

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Student Visas

Do you need a visa to enter Bulgaria to study? Learn more about the student visa process, and what you need to enter the country, depending on your citizenship. 

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Housing & Living Costs

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Bulgaria.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for degree programs in Bulgaria can vary. Both international and domestic students are expected to pay tuition fees in Bulgaria, but these fees can vary a lot. We've put together information on how this works, and on scholarships, in this section.

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Language & Culture

Bulgaria is a country with a unique culture. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, and more! We also talk about how to stay safe in Bulgaria in this section.

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Application Process

Learn more about how to apply to Bulgarian schools in this section. You can find out what to do for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

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Last update: 31 May 2021


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