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Medical university of Sofia is number-one ranking in five professional medical fields (Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Health Care and Public Health schools) in Bulgaria and one of the best medical university in Europe. Sofia medical university welcomes both first year and transfer medical students from all over the word.

Founded in 1917 as a medical faculty of Sofia, it has become Medical Academy with two medical schools: medicine and dentistry schools in 1950.
Today, Sofia medical University is divided into 4 schools (faculties):

  • Schhool of Medicine
  • Schhool of Dental Medicine
  • Schhool of Pharmacy
  • Schhool of Public Health

High level Theoretical and practical medical high level training, and post-graduate (Master, PhD, Residency) are organized according to the requirements of EU/EE standards of education and health care politics but with a sufficient academic independence.
At the successful completion of the medical studies in English in Sofia medical University , the European supplement of the issued diploma is identical to that granted in the Bulgarian language medical program: M.D. (students obtain Medical Doctor's degree). The possession of that degree enables the holder to practice medicine in EU and EEA countries. The degree also enables the holder to practice medicine all over the world.

Sofia Medical University in Bulgaria ranking and accreditation

Sofia Medical University in Bulgaria ranks at the first position among medical universities in Bulgaria according to Bulgarian University Ranking System 2015. Its Bulgarian number-one ranking is in all medical branches: Medicine, Pharmacy, Stomatology, Health Care, etc. and since more than 3 years.
Sofia medical university is international accredited and rank very highly on the list of directories of international medical schools globally, such as the IMED (International Medical Education Directory) and the Avicenna Directories, as well as the WHO (World Health Organization) and the FAIMER, etc.
With reasonable tuition fees, living expenses, programs available in English and reasonable admission requirements, this makes Sofia medical university one of the most attractive medical university in Europe.

Sofia Medical University term dates

Approximate Sofia Medical University term dates or academic calendar (schedule of classes, examination session and vacation):

  • Winter Semester: 15 weeks (starts 15.09 and 15.10 of each year to the week before Christmas, depending on the year;
  • January Examination Session (around one month);
  • February supplementary examination session (around one week, followed by one week vacation);
  • Summer Semester: 15 weeks from the middle of February to the end of Mai;
  • June Examination Session (around one month);
  • September supplementary examination session (the first 2 weeks of September);
  • Liquidation examination session (last 2 weeks of September);

Even if Sofia medical university application deadline is the end of September, it is recommended to apply earlier especially for non EU/EEA potential students. This because of time necessary for issuance of acceptance letter and then visa application.

Sofia medical university tuition fees:

 Program (course)

Tuition fee per year

Medicine in English language (6 years)

8000 euro

Medicine in Bulgarian language (6 years)

7000 euro

Dental Medicine in English (6 years)

8000 euro

Dental Medicine in Bulgarian language (6 years)

7000 euro

Pharmacy  in Bulgarian English (5 years)

8000 euro

Pharmacy  in Bulgarian language (5 years)

7000 euro

Preparatory course in English (1 years)

4800 Euro

Preparatory course in Bulgarian (1 years)

3700 Euro

Professional bachelor in Bulgarian

3000 euro

Sofia medical university admission criteria

Admission criteria to Sofia Medical University for international prospective students are in conformity with the Law on Higher Education and Ordinance on the State Requirements in Republic of Bulgaria for Admission of Bulgarian and Foreign Students.

To be admitted to Sofia medical university, the prospective applicants must:

  1. Have completed secondary education which enables them to continue their studies in higher institutions and universities in the country in which the secondary education had been completed;
  2. For those applicants who are interested in the Programmes of Medicine, Dental Medicine and Pharmacy, have studied Biology and Chemistry subjects in the secondary school: average marks in Biology and Chemistry subjects from secondary education must be not less than 62% of the possible maximum of the grading system in the respected country.
  3. For those applicants for the Programmes of Nursing and Midwifery of the Faculty of Public Health and the Programmes of Assistant-pharmacist, Public Health Inspector, X-ray Laboratory Assistant, Physiotherapy Assistant, Medical Laboratory Assistant, and Technical Dental Assistant etc.Have studied Biology subject in secondary school: the mark in Biology from secondary education must be not less than 62% of the possible maximum of the grading system in the respected country.

The international applicants who speak Bulgarian language (and who do not have a document certifying proficiency in Bulgarian and issued by a higher institution in the Republic of Bulgaria) pass an examination according to synopsis of the Department of Foreign languages, Communication and Sport before the beginning of the school year and upon successful passing of this examination, register directly for his/her program of interest.

Medical University of Sofia offers Preparatory language courses in Bulgarian language and in English including Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology. After successfully completion of English or Bulgarian Preparatory language courses, the student is automatically admitted to the University.

Sofia medical University admission documents

To be admited to Sofia Medical University, prospective medical student candidate must submit the the following documents:

  • Application form with brief biographical data, educational history and the courses for which they are applying,
  • Copy of Diploma or high school certificate (Baccalaureate, A-levels, Abitur, etc.) of completed secondary education with an academic transcript stating the disciplines studied,
  • Document issued by relevant authorities, certifying the right to continue education in higher schools and universities in the country of origin of the secondary school attended by the applicant,
  • Health certificate issued not earlier than one month prior to application,
  • Four 4/5 cm photographs,

The diploma, academic transcript and health certificate must be translated into Bulgarian and legalized according to official state directives.

Sofia medical university preparatory courses

Sofia medical university preparatory courses (premedical course) is organised organized and carried out by the Centre of Language training, Physical Education and Sports at Medical University – Sofia. The preparatory courses at Sofia medical university are designed for those potential medical student candidates who fulfilled or conditions but who fill that that need to improve their English /Bulgarian or scientific subjects relevant to medical university program. This includes courses in Bulgarian language and English language and language train on Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology.

The requirements and procedure for admission to Sofia medical university preparatory course are the same as for admission to medical course.

International medical student who speak Bulgarian or English language pass a test-exam for evaluating the level of their language proficiency and if his level is at least B1, then he can start medical study at Sofia medical school without preparatory courses.

Sofia medical university transfer students

Medical University of Sofia welcomes medical student transfers applicantsm, who have completed at least one semester at any accredited Medical University. Medical transfer students have to submit their official transcripts, which should contain the grades of courses passed together with the hours of study and credits for each course (ECTS) as well as any other relevant information (seminars, laboratories and practical training. Then, the Council of the faculty will compare the applicant’s transcripts to the School’s study programme to decide which courses will be recognized and the year of entrance for the applicant.

Students transferred from other universities that have different curricula can continue studying at Medical University of Sofia on condition that they make up for all the outstanding work (study the courses from previous years that have not been recognized or ever taken and sit for examinations in these courses against payment of the instituted administrative fees and in compliance with the developed schedule by the relevant Faculty).
The final decision on which course year the student would be registered at the University is taken on the basis of the Medical University of Sofia curriculum in the relevant program.

Therefore, have you started medicine or any other program related to medicine in any medical University in Bulgaria or in Europe and you would like to continue your medical studies in another university, or simply you are a medical student outside of EU/EEA and you would like to finish you medical program in EU/EEA country and get a Medical diploma valid in all EU/EEA country and recognised around the globe?  Sofia medical University is the best option for you.


  • General Medicine: 4-(graduate) & 6-year program
  • Veterinary Medicine: 6-year program
  • Dentistry: 5 to 6-year program
  • Pharmacy: 5 to 6-year program
  • Nursing: 3 to 4-year program
  • Physiotherapy: 3 to 4-year program
  • Medical specialisation: 3 to 6-year program
  • Etc.

Leading to qualifications approved by GMC, GDC, RCVS,
HCPC, NMC in UK and recognised in all over the world.


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