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Study in Bulgaria - Requirements, Cost, Universities

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Why study in Bulgaria?

Studies in Bulgaria have a long tradition of welcoming international students, as they offer programs in Bulgarian, Russian, English and German. In Bulgaria you can obtain bachelor’s and master’s degrees, but also continue at the doctoral level, if you wish.

Tuition costs in Bulgaria are very low for EU citizens, as is the cost of living in general. The degrees are recognized and offer graduates the opportunity to work anywhere. Bulgaria is a country of rich natural beauty, which you will have the opportunity to travel all over. You will also be able to easily discover the surrounding countries, gaining experiences that will accompany you for a lifetime.

The cost of living for an undergraduate or graduate student in Bulgaria is on average 500-600€/month and their currency is Bulgarian Lev (BGN).

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Bachelor’s in Bulgaria

Bachelor’s in Bulgaria last 4 years and can last up to 5-6 years, depending on the subject. The neighboring country of Greece is an ideal destination for students who want to deal with entrepreneurship, as the country is suitable for investments and financing to start your own career as an entrepreneur.

Bachelor’s studies in Bulgaria are ideal as the country offers security, an affordable cost of living and opportunities for personal development. Also, the courses are targeted to the modern needs of the labor market and consist of theoretical training and practical approaches. Finally, there are guidance and support structures to facilitate your adaptation.



Master’s in Bulgaria

Master’s degrees in Bulgaria cover all scientific disciplines and are offered by higher institutions that cooperate with renowned universities in Europe, while they are a value for money investment for anyone who wants higher studies at an affordable cost.

Another reason to choose a master’s degree in Bulgaria is the one we mentioned above. Bulgaria is a country that favors entrepreneurship and start-ups, offering financing and favorable conditions for the establishment of new businesses. This means that you can start your business vision there, right after your studies, or work in an already existing start-up and get professional experience or become a successful intrapreneur.



Requirements for studying in Bulgaria

The requirements for studying in Bulgaria include English certificates, such as IELTS or TOEFL, etc., a passport or ID, a translated copy of the high school diploma or degree (for postgraduates), as well as a student visa for a residence permit in the country (not valid for citizens of the European Union).

Individual documents, such as motivation letter, CV and translated analytical score may be requested for master’s degrees in Bulgaria, as for all master’s applications in the world.



The IELTS certification is one of the most popular for studying abroad, but also for work. The year of acquisition and the score are two equally important factors for your admission to universities abroad..



The TOEFL test is an English language certification that is accepted in almost all English-speaking universities and together with IELTS are the two most popular certificates for studying abroad.

Student Visa


The student visa is the most important document you must have if you want to study abroad. Some countries, however, do not require a student visa, such as European Union member countries if you are a European citizen.



The passport is a necessary document that you must have for studying abroad. Although in most countries of the European Union only your national identity card is sufficient - if you are a European citizen - we recommend having a passport for easier movements and less paperwork.

Copy of your degree


For master's studies abroad it is necessary to have a copy of your degree translated into English or the language required by each university. The required score varies from country to country, institution to institution or even school to school. Consult the specifications of the program of your interest to see the exact ratings.

Copy of high school diploma


For bachelor's studies abroad it is necessary to have a high school diploma translated into English or the language required by each university. The required degree score varies from country to country, institution to institution or even school to school. Consult the specifications of the program you are interested in to be sure.



Scholarships to study in Bulgaria

Financially weaker students can apply for scholarships to study in Bulgaria through the universities themselves or seek government scholarships and funding from relevant support organizations.

You can also look for scholarships in your country of origin, as for example in Greece, where many scholarships are given for studying abroad every year. Another way to get funding for your studies is to apply to study in Bulgaria through Brive and claim one of our scholarships.

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Universities Scholarships


Most universities internationally provide scholarships for studying abroad, covering either all or part of the tuition fees. You can claim your own scholarship, as long as you start your search early to get ahead.

Government Scholarships


Most countries that have invested significant funds in the development and evolution of their education system to make it attractive to international students offer government scholarships to help young talent thrive academically at their universities. Are you one of them?



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What are the best cities to study in Bulgaria?


The best cities to study in Bulgaria are Sofia, Varna, Plovdiv (Plovdiv), Burgas and Veliko Tarnovo.

What is the average cost of living for students in Bulgaria?


The average accommodation costs for students in Bulgaria range from €50-100 per month for shared accommodation or hostel accommodation, with the total monthly expenses being around €300-500. Staying in a private apartment can raise the cost (200-300€), which varies depending on the city, region and type of house.

In what languages are degrees and master's degrees offered in Bulgaria?


The languages in which bachelor's and master's degrees are offered in Bulgaria are English and Bulgarian, but there are also courses in French, Russian and German.

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