Bulgaria hosts some 11,000 international students in higher education institutes each year - including Indian and South Asian students - and its Higher Educational Institutes offer a good variety of programmes in many different educational disciplines with a growing selection of English-taught courses. What's more, degrees awarded in Bulgaria are fully recognised in EU member states and beyond.
Embassy of Bulgaria
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria: 16/17 Chandragupta Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-110021
+91 11 26115549
The Republic of Bulgaria is situated on the Balkan Peninsula in southeast Europe. To the north, the country borders Romania, to the south, it shares a border with Turkey and Greece, to the west, its neighbours are Serbia and the Republic of Macedonia, and to the east, it looks on to the Black Sea. Bulgaria enjoys a moderate climate with four seasons – fresh and rainy spring, hot and dry summer, warm and colourful autumn and chilly and snowy winter. Sofia, its historic capital city, is located at the foot of the Vitosha Mountain and is home to many of the country’s universities, cultural institutions and businesses. Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second city, will be one of two European Cities of Culture in 2019. The Republic of Bulgaria became a member of the European Union in 2007 and of NATO – The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - in 2004. Bulgaria is a parliamentary democracy and it applies the principles of rule of the law, open market economy and equal opportunities. Bulgaria has a population of around 7 million and Bulgarian is the official language of the country.
Basic Education System
The Higher Education Act passed by the National Parliament in 1995 provides the legal framework of the country’s higher education system. The law introduces the following multiple- level structure of academic qualifications:
- Certificate of professional qualification – upon completing a three-year course at institutes and colleges;
- Bachelor’s degree – upon completing a four-year programme;
- Master’s degree - obtained after fulfilling a five year programme at a university, or 1,5 years for Bachelor’s degree holders;
- PhD - three-year post-university, research based programmes.
Under the Higher Education Law, universities, specialised institutes, and colleges are classified as higher educational institutions in Bulgaria. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and the Diploma supplement were implemented in 2004 under the Higher Education Act. As a member of the EU, degrees awarded by Bulgarian Higher Education institutions are fully recognised in all EU member states and beyond. According to UNESCO latest statistics, Bulgaria hosted more than 11,000 international tertiary level students in higher education institutions in 2012 – with a small but significant to the country number of internationally-mobile Indian students.
The Bulgarian higher education sector consists of autonomous institutions. Tuition fee waivers are granted for a number of graduate and postgraduate programmes by a resolution passed by the Bulgarian Council of Ministers or under relevant intergovernmental agreements. Apart from that, there are a number of NGOs providing full or partial scholarships to students. Depending on the course and institution, fees for graduate study can range from 200,000 to 400,000 INR per year, although living expenses are relatively inexpensive.
For Further Information
Ministry of Education and science of the Republic of Bulgaria:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria:
National Sports Academy:
University of Medicine, Pleven:
International University College:
University of St. Kliment Ohridski, Sofia:
South-western University Neophyte Rilski, Blagoevgrad:
St Cyril and St Methodius University, Veliko Turnovo:
University of National and World Economy, Sofia:
Angel Kanchev University, Ruse:
Thrace University, Stara Zagora: