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Studying in Bulgaria

Oded Germanov
Oded Germanov

Bulgarian student visa and study options 

Studying in Bulgaria is an excellent option for those who want to seek higher education in high-quality institutions abroad. This article will reveal all the reasons you should choose Bulgaria to obtain your higher-education degree. It will also disclose the required steps that you should take to get your student visa in Bulgaria and the benefits involved.

Studying in Bulgaria can be a fantastic starting point for a magnificent career in many fields. As an EU citizen, the process is relatively straightforward, and a student visa is not required. However, an EU applicant for high education in Bulgaria still needs to have translated and legalized some necessary documents to apply to a university. Registration procedures with immigration authorities are also required.

For non-EU residents, the aspiring student should apply for a student visa. This article will disclose all the relevant rules and procedures.

We highly advise an applicant (both EU and non-EU) to use a well-experienced law firm to get started with higher education in Bulgaria. You will find that this saves time and resources and helps you swiftly achieve your career dreams.

Why do so many students choose to study in Bulgaria? 

Studying in BulgariaBulgaria is a lovely, picturesque country, a European gateway between east and west. Bulgaria offers stunning landscapes from great ski resorts inland to amazing beaches kissing the black sea to its east. But when it comes to higher education, there are many other, much more important parameters, such as:

Bulgaria is part of the EU, so means any diploma you will acquire at a Bulgarian university would be recognized internationally; meaning you would not have to go through additional exams proving your knowledge of your respective field almost everywhere else in the world, unlike non-EU state universities

Bulgaria offers high-quality higher education, with many prestigious well-known universities you can attend. The academic staff, lecturers, teachers, scientists are professionals in their field, and many gained international experience.

Bulgarian universities offer various specialties open for international students, such as medicine, engineering, business management, dentistry, pharmacy, and many other options.

Some Bulgarian universities offer internship programs during your time studying in their institutions. They have many partner universities, ranked very high among Europe’s best universities where you can study for a semester or two. These internships are also recognized internationally and would be credited to your resume.

Last but not least, the tuition fees and cost of living in Bulgaria. Students who choose to study in Bulgaria will find that the tuition fee is relatively cheap. The living expenses are meager compared to other European countries offering highקר education to international students.

Studying in Bulgaria – who can apply and how?

All Applicants must have a secondary education certificate of eligibility for higher education in their own respective countries. Bulgarian universities and other higher education institutes welcome all international students and offer them the following application options to international students who are willing to study in Bulgaria.


The program’s duration is four years. MA or MSc degree will be awarded to those who complete all required credits.

Graduate students

Depending on the program, students will be part of a master’s program at graduates’ school. The duration varies between 18 to 24 months. After accumulating required credits and succeeding in the thesis defense, students will be awarded a MA or MSc degree.

Transfer students

Students who have already studied in another institution of accredited higher education can complete their higher education studies in Bulgaria, obtaining a Bulgarian university diploma.

Ph.D. and Doctorate students

Students will be enrolled in doctoral programs in Bulgarian universities for three years; applicants must hold a master’s degree. A student who will meet all the requirements of the program will be awarded a Ph.D.

Other programs for short terms are also possible such as the ERASMUS program for exchange students and visiting students who can enroll in separate courses not leading to a degree.

Student visa Bulgaria – international students in Bulgaria immigration information

After clarifying all the benefits advocating for studying in Bulgaria and disclosing all relevant information about studying options in Bulgaria, it is time to detail the actual procedures regarding the legal requirements and steps to start studying in Bulgaria.

Using a well-experienced law firm’s services can avoid a lot of unpleasant delays in the process, and we strongly recommend our readers to use one.

International students are divided into two categories: EU nationals and non-EU nationals.

Eu citizens willing to study in Bulgaria should apply for long term EU residence permit. A student visa is not required to study in Bulgaria. Eu-national students should apply for a long-term EU residence permit within three months of arrival in Bulgaria. This document is valid for one year and should be renewed annually. The application for the long-term permit should be submitted only after successful admission to a Bulgarian university

Non-EU citizens student visa guide

After successful admission to a Bulgarian higher education institute and Before going ahead with the student visa procedure, the student must prepare all relevant documents:

An official admission letter from the Bulgarian educational institution states that the applicant has met all its requirements and has a reserved spot for the upcoming academic year.

A photocopy of the applicant’s passport. It should be valid for at least six months beyond the designated return date.

The applicant must provide proof of sufficient funds for covering his program fees and living expenses for one year of education. The amount varies individually according to the applicant’s circumstances.

Proof of paid tuition fees (bank-issued document)

Health insurance that covers all health-related care expenses for the entire study period.

A recent passport photo.

The applicant must set an appointment in the relevant Bulgarian embassy/consulate to apply for the Bulgarian student visa.

We must add that documents alone are not the only factors that the embassy/consulate staff will consider when viewing an application. Other factors are also considered, and each application is viewed individually.

Contact us for aid with studies in Bulgaria

Studying in Bulgaria is an excellent jumping start towards a brilliant career. The education is of high-quality, with lots of internship options, relatively low tuition fees, and the low cost of living that adds significantly. Our law firm will be happy to assist with all the necessary steps to ensure a straightforward process.

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