International students are attracted by good higher education level, degree recognized in all over the world, large game of study opportunity (English, French, Germany and Bulgarian program, a lot of fields of studies, credit transfer, etc. ) Very reasonable tuition fees and living costs, safe and friendly living environment etc. Aside from the rich culture and history here, there are opportunities for international students to work in the fields of health care, sciences, and research, though there is high competition for these positions from citizens as well. Nevertheless, there are numerous opportunities here, including the simple opportunity to enjoy the natural surroundings here. Prospective International students are welcome to apply to study in Bulgaria.Bulgarian universities have culture of receiving international students from years. Although during the communist time most international students were attracted mainly by Bulgarian scholarships,today,most international students appreciate to study in Bulgaria not only because good quality of education but also of safe and friendly environment,cheap tuition fees and cost of live,system of education centered on practice, English,Germany and French or Bulgarian programs,diplomas recognized in all EU countries and beyond, etc. Bulgarians are warm and friendly and Bulgarian universities are recognized all over the world. Study and research in Bulgaria can be pursued with ease. You can find many resources about study opportunities in Bulgaria.


Bulgaria is a Balkan nation with diverse terrain encompassing Black Sea coastline, a mountainous interior and rivers, including the Danube. A cultural melting pot with Greek, Slavic, Ottoman, and Persian influences, it has a rich heritage of traditional dance, music, costumes, and crafts. At the foot of domed Vitosha mountain is its capital city, Sofia, dating to the 5th century B.C.

Capital: Sofia Trending
Currency: Bulgarian lev
Official language: Bulgarian
Government: Parliamentary system, Unitary state, Parliamentary republic, Unitary parliamentary republic

The higher education system in Bulgaria was changed in 1995 following the passage of the Higher Education Law. Under this law, universities, specialized institutions and colleges are all considered part of the higher education system.

Currently, there are 51 higher education institutions in Bulgaria. This comprises 42 universities and higher education institutions, 41 colleges within the higher school system and 9 independent colleges.

The country’s higher education system acquired a new structure at the end of 1995, when the National Assembly passed the Higher Education Law. The following multiple-level structure of academic qualifications was introduced by this law:

  • Three-year education at institutes and colleges, after its completion graduates receive a higher-education certificate and a professional qualification;

  • Four-year education at university, after its completion graduates receive a Bachelor’s degree;

  • Five- or six-year course at a university, after its completion graduates receive a Master’s degree; and

  • Three-year post-university training leading to a Doctorate.

Under the Higher Education Law, universities, specialized institutes, and colleges are classified as higher educational institutions in Bulgaria. They offer educational programs of various types, as well as degrees, thus offering students opportunities for higher education in different ways.

Foreign citizens are enrolled in higher educational institutions, providing they pay 100% of the tuition fees. Tuition fee payment is waived for students studying for a doctorate and for postgraduate students in various fields accepted for a course of studies by a resolution of the Bulgarian Council of Ministers or under relevant governmental agreements. If you are interested in studying in Bulgaria and if you are looking for financial support, we strongly recommend that you reach our counselor who would assist you to find all the information on available scholarships (section Study & Research in Bulagria). Our aim is to make it easier for those interested in studying in Bulgaria as well as those providing assistance and advice in ESC’s office to find details of existing grant programmes and to guarantee that the information about these programmes is always up to date.


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