Study In Bulgaria - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Bulgaria as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Bulgaria as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in Bulgaria

Why study in Bulgaria

Cost of studying in Bulgaria

Universities in Bulgaria for international students

Cost of living in Bulgaria for international students

How to get a visa to study in Bulgaria

How to apply and study in Bulgaria

Tuition fees to study in Bulgaria

Applying to study in Bulgaria


You should apply directly to your chosen Bulgarian university. Most Bulgarian universities require international applicants to provide copies of relevant documents, which may include a diploma or certificate proving successful completion of the previous stage of education, a medical certificate, a valid passport or ID, and an English language test result (if studying in English).

Some universities may ask you to sit an exam to test your Bulgarian or English language skills (depending on the language you intend to study in). If you fail this exam, you may have the option to enroll in a year-long preparatory course studying either Bulgarian or English.

The deadline for applying to universities in Bulgaria is usually 30 September in the year before the course commences for English-taught courses, or 15 September for courses taught in Bulgarian. However, this may slightly vary from institution to institution.

Applying to universities in Bulgaria

Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.



Tuition fees and cost of studying in Bulgaria as an international student.


The cost of studying in Bulgaria actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in Bulgaria have different tuition fees.

Bulgaria is one of the cheapest countries to study abroad as an international student. The universities in Bulgaria have relatively low tuition fees both for local and international students. The tuition fees for international students to study in Bulgaria is about US$2,900-8,000 per year.


 The tuition fees depends on the university you want to study and the course you want to study. Courses such as medicine and dentistry are the most expensive to study. As an international student you will be required to take a one year language preparatory course which cost about  US$2780.


Financial aids and scholarships are available for international students so contact the university you want to enroll with and ask them for the financial aids available. Some universities in Bulgaria also offer scholarships to students based on merit.


The cost of living in Bulgaria as an international student is cheap compared to other countries. House rent per month cost about US$110,this depends on the location and city you want to rent your house. With about US$7000 per year,all your expenses which includes accommodation,food,transport,books,travel etc can be covered. The lifestyle and spending habit of the students also matters.


Cost of living in Bulgaria according to expatistan




            Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district  13 лв

            Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar)   8 лв

            500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast           4.75 лв

            1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk   2.01 лв

            12 eggs, large   3.60 лв

            1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 2.57 лв

            500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese  7 лв

            1 kg (2 lb.) of apples    1.98 лв

            1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1.07 лв

            0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket  1.18 лв

            1 bottle of red table wine, good quality  11 лв

            2 liters of Coca-Cola    2.16 лв

            Bread for 2 people for 1 day     0.65 лв


            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area        854 лв

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area            594 лв

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat     151 лв

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area        549 лв

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area            382 лв

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio      97 лв

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)        17 лв

            40” flat screen TV        679 лв

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)            160 лв

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)         14 лв

            Hourly rate for cleaning help      11 лв


            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)     94 лв

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)  60 лв

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)         144 лв

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes   127 лв


            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new  34,848 лв

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas           2.05 лв

            Monthly ticket public transport  48 лв

Personal Care  

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)      7 лв

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)  19 лв

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)          31 лв

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 7 лв

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)      6 лв

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 5.88 лв

            4 rolls of toilet paper     2.47 лв

            Tube of toothpaste        3.33 лв

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city  12 лв


Visa to study in Bulgaria


To study in Bulgaria as an international student, you require a visa. Below are the requirements and application process to get a Bulgaria visa.



With Bulgaria's entry into the EU in 2007, Bulgaria's visa requirements have been upgraded to meet EU requirements. Basically, entry into Bulgaria is now as (relatively) simple as entry into any EU Member State.

• Entry requirements for Americans: Citizens of the USA do not need a visa to visit Bulgaria for a period of up to 90 days within a six-month period. Passports must be valid for at least three months after entry.

• Entry requirements for UK nationals: UK passport holders, endorsed British Citizen, do not need a visa to visit Bulgaria for a period of up to 90 days in a six-month period. Passports should be valid for the period of intended stay. Other UK passport holders require a visa and a passport that is valid for at least six months.

• Entry requirements for Canadians: Canadians do not need a visa to visit Bulgaria for a period of up to 90 days within a six-month period. A passport valid for at least three months after entry is required.

• Entry requirements for Australians: Australians do not need a visa to visit Bulgaria for a period of up to 90 days within a six-month period. A passport valid for at least three months after entry is required. • Entry requirements for South Africans: South Africans need a visa to enter Bulgaria. A passport valid for at least six months on entry is required and a visa will only be issued if blank pages are available.

• Entry requirements for New Zealanders: New Zealanders do not require a visa for a maximum stay of 90 days within a six-month period. A valid passport valid for at least three months on entry is required.

• Entry requirements for Irish nationals: Irish nationals do not need a visa to visit Bulgaria for a period of up to 90 days within a six-month period. A passport valid for the period of intended stay is required.

Otherwise, all except the following require entry visas to Bulgaria: Nationals of EU countries for stays of up to 90 days within each six-month period (except nationals of Estonia, Ireland and the UK, who may stay for up to 30 days within a six-month period);

Nationals of Chile, Iceland, Malaysia and Norway for stays of up to 90 days within a six-month period; Nationals of Andorra, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Switzerland, and Vatican City for stays of up to 30 days within each six-month period;

Nationals of Croatia, Korea (Rep), Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of), San Marino and Tunisia.

Note: Nationals of Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Congo (Dem Rep), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Sudan must apply for an airport transit visa and may not leave the airport transit lounge. They need to present a valid flight reservation to get the visa.


Who requires a visa?

Visitors from the following countries do not need a visa to enter Bulgaria:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Malta, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK (British Citizen Passport Holders and British Nationals /Overseas/ only), USA, Uruguay, the Vatican, Venezuela, SAR – China (Hong Kong, Makao).

All holders of passports from countries not mentioned in the list above need visas to enter Bulgaria.

What documents will be required?

The Bulgarian visas are issued by the Bulgarian embassies and consulates abroad, not at the airports or the land and sea passport control points in Bulgaria. Visa application requirements may include but are not limited to:

Valid passport;

Application form;

One passport-size photo;

Return ticket or documentation for next destination;

Fee, payable in cash or by postal order only;

Proof of sufficient funds (at least 50 USD a day);

Proof of paid fare for onward destination;

For motor vehicle transit, proof of an extra 200 USD for each entry;

Proof of a secured return trip;

For business visits: Letters from the applicant’s company and from the Bulgarian business partner, endorsed by the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce; For private visits: A letter of invitation by a Bulgarian citizen endorsed by the local authorities.

How long is the Visa valid for?

Single-entry visas for tourist visits are normally valid for three months from date of issue for a maximum stay of 30 days. Multiple-entry visas are for business visits and are normally valid for three months from date of issue. Transit: Up to 24 hours.


Time required to issue a visa:

Visa application processing can usually take up to 10 working days, since each application needs to receive clearance by the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry.


List and ranking of all universities in Bulgaria


This is the list and ranking of all the universities in Bulgaria. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in Bulgaria and their ranking



Rank    University         Location

1          Sofia University


2          New Bulgarian University


3          Technical University - Sofia

Sofia ...

4          University of National and World Economy


5          American University in Bulgaria

Blagoevgrad ...

6          Plovdiv University

Plovdiv ...

7          Varna Free University


8          South-West University


9          University of Ruse

Ruse ...

10        University of Economics - Varna


11        Trakia University

Stara Zagora

12        University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy


13        Burgas Free University


14        D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics


15        Medical University-Varna


16        St Cyril and St Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo

Veliko Tarnovo ...

17        University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy


18        Technical University - Varna


19        University of Mining and Geology St Ivan Rilski


20        Technical University - Gabrovo


21        University of Forestry


22        Medical University-Sofia


23        National Sports Academy

Sofia ...

24        Higher School of Insurance and Finance


25        Burgas Prof. Assen Zlatarov University


26        National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts


27        University of Transport


28        Medical University-Pleven


29        Varna University of Management


30        Vasil Levski National Military University


31        International Business School


32        Agricultural University of Plovdiv


33        Shumen University

Shumen ...

34        University of Library Studies and Information Technologies


35        National Academy of Arts


36        Medical University-Plovdiv


37        University of Food Technologies


38        University of Structural Engineering and Architecture


39        European Higher School of Economics and Management

Plovdiv ...

40        National Academy of Music


41        Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts


42        European Polytechnical University


43        Visshe uchilishte po agrobiznes i razvitie na regionite

Plovdiv ...

44        MT&M College


45        University of Security and Economics


46        College of Tourism Blagoevgrad


Un        Higher College of Telecommunications and Posts



Courses you can study in Bulgarian universities


Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


Items to pack while going to study in Bulgaria


In your carry-on bag

           Cell phone and charger

           Boarding pass(es)

           Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

           Copy of birth certificate

           Copy of Social Security card

           Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

           Debit card


           E-reader or book

           Emergency contact list

           Face wipes


           Hand sanitizer


           Health insurance card


           Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

           School ID

           Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

           State ID

           Student visa

           Travel itinerary

           Travel pillow

           Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



           Acne medication/cream

           Face lotion/moisturizer


           Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

           Mouthwash (small)

           Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





           Bobby pins


           Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

           Glasses and glasses case

           Hair ties



           Nail clipper




           Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

           Downy Wrinkle Release spray

           Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

           Portable stain remover pen

           Travel sheet (for hostels)


           Athletic sneakers (1)

           Bathing suits (1-2)

           Boots (1-2)

           Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

           Casual dresses (2)

           Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

           Flats (1)

           Flip-flops (1)

           Formal outfit (1-2)

           Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

           Going-out outfit (3-5)

           Hat (1)

           Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

           Heels (1-2)

           Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

           Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

           Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

           Leggings (1-3)

           Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

           Pajamas (2-3)

           Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

           Purse (1-2)

           Raincoat (1)

           Scarf (1)

           Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

           Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

           Skirts (1-2)

           Socks (14)

           Sweaters (3-5)

           Sweatshirt (2)

           T-shirts (3-5)

           Tank tops (3-5)

           Underwear (14)

           Watch (1)

           Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

           Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

           Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

           Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

           Flash drive



           Laptop case

           Outlet adapters (2-3)

           USB cable


           Adhesive bandages

           Allergy medicine

           Birth control

           Cold and flu medicine

           Eye drops

           Motion sickness medicine

           Over-the-counter pain medicine



           Backpack (small)

           Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


           Language dictionary


           Playing cards

           Travel guide

           Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in Bulgaria or any other study abroad destination’


1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.


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