Study in Bulgaria: Application Process

Bulgaria doesn’t have a central application portal. Instead, applications are made directly to individual schools. Sometimes, applications are even made to individual faculties. Requirements vary from school to school and from program to program, so you should check before applying.

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This is what you’ll generally need to have to apply to programs in Bulgaria:

  • A completed application form. You’ll be able to find this on your chosen school’s website
  • Your passport
  • Four passport-sized photos
  • High school grade transcripts
  • A letter of motivation
  • A letter from your last place of study stating that you’re eligible to study at any higher education institute in that country
  • A medical report giving you a clean bill of health
  • Proof of proficiency in the language of instruction. Most international students choose to study in English. You can find out more about proving your English abilities here

For postgraduate study, you’ll probably also need to submit your CV and one or two letters of recommendation. 

If you’re admitted, you’ll need to keep the confirmation letter for your visa application.


Application deadlines vary from school to school, but you’ll generally need to apply in the spring before you want to start. Once you’ve been admitted, you should start applying for your Bulgarian study visa right away.

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Student Visas

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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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Last update: 31 May 2021


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