Universities in Bulgaria

American University in Bulgaria

Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
The American University in Bulgaria is a private American-style university, situated in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. Founded in 1991, the school offers liberal arts education, prompting students to develop their critical thinking, imagination, and problem solving skills. AUBG is accredited both in the US and in Bulgaria, while academic credits are fully transferable in Europe and in the United States. The five academic opportunities that the school offers include Economics, Computer Science, Business Administration, Political Science, and Journalism and Mass Communication. All of these were... See full description.

Burgas Free University

Burgas, Bulgaria
Burgas Free University is an institution of higher education located in the coastal city of Burgas, Bulgaria. The school follows the mission to offer up-to-date, innovative education, to students who wish to study in a dynamic, intellectually stimulating environment. Burgas Free University is organized into the following faculties – the Faculty of Legal Studies, the Faculty of Business Studies, the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, and the Faculty of Humanities. The school carries out various research projects, too, and participates in an Erasmus program.

College of Tourism /Prof. Assen Zlatarov University/

Burgas, Bulgaria
Prof. Assen Zlatarov University was established in 1963 as a state institution in Burgas, Bulgaria. The university educates students in 27 fields and is organized into 3 faculties and 3 colleges. Degrees granted include diplomas (3 year program), Bachelor’s (4 year program), Master’s (5 year program) and PhDs (3 year program after masters). The university has an international students training facility, postgraduate qualification section and research centers. Prof. Assen Zlatarov University’s campus comprises of 3 student hostels, fitness gym, café and a medical centre.

Varna University of Management

Dobrich, Bulgaria
The Varna University of Management is an institution of higher education, founded in 1992. It started with a program of Hotel Management. Because its high quality education, its has achieved a good reputation and has started other programs, like: International Business Management, Business Information Systems, International Finance and Trade and Business Administration, among others.

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About universities in Bulgaria

The education system is overseen by The Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria.  Education is highly valued; over 95% of the population is literate.  Roughly, 5% of the national budget is spent on education. 

Bulgaria’s higher education system was reorganized in the late 1990s with the change in communist control.  The Soviet Union had imposed technical training curriculum for higher educational institutions.  When Bulgaria’s government was replaced with a Parliamentary Democracy a new movement embraced liberal arts education.

Bulgaria belongs to the Balkan Universities Neetwork or BUN, created to allow a free exchange of knowledge and experience in education and research, the use of supportive programs for student exchange, and the common acceptance of certificates among participating countries. 29 countries signed this European Higher Education Act in 1992.  Today, there are 47.

Over 50 institutions of higher learning offer a broad-based curriculum to include the study of history, math, science, languages (Slavic, English and foreign), philosophy, education, law, medicine, agronomy, veterinarian science, medicine, theology, forestry, economics, business, journalism and communication.  There are vocational training schools for culinary arts and hospitality management. Specialty schools offer study in theater and film, music, arts and sports.
Higher education is open to all candidates who have successfully completed secondary education.  There are three degrees offered:
  • First Degree – Students study 4 years of regular curriculum; those graduating according to the curriculum are awarded a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Second Degree – Students study 5 years or at least one additional year after completing their Bachelor’s degree program; those graduating according to the curriculum are awarded a Master’s degree.
  • Third Degree – Students study an additional 3 years after obtaining a Master’s degree; those graduating according to the curriculum are awarded a Doctoral degree.
Bulgaria is characterized as a land of charming towns and cities, Black sea resorts and pastoral villages. The thriving capital of Sofia, the biggest city in the country with 1.5 million people has much to offer. Thousands of businesses (native and international) and foreign embassies add to the bustling atmosphere.  The region boasts an old and rich history with many worlds’ cultures having had inhabitants once live there.  There are several national parks, over 450 natural monuments and 175 protected sites making this land an adventure for outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs and literature lovers.  Travel is convenient to neighboring countries:  Romania, Serbia, the Republic of Macedonia, Greece and Turkey are nearby. English is used in many schools and throughout the cities, making study in Bulgaria convenient for English-speaking students.
If interested in studying in Bulgaria, contact any university directly. Appropriate guidance will help with this process. The Ministry of Education issues an admission letter to serve as a valid visa support document.  You can apply for a student visa at the Bulgarian Embassy.

Accommodations for university students are usually cheap according to western standards. A student living on campus would expect to pay 2000.00 US dollars a year for room and board.

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