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The Republic of Bulgaria is a country in southeastern Europe. Bulgaria occupies a portion of the eastern Balkan peninsula, bordering five countries—Greece and Turkey to the south, Macedonia and Serbia to the west, and Romania to the north. It is a member of the European Union, NATO, and the Council of Europe; a founding state of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE); Climate: Temperate continental, mild summers, and cold, snowy winters. Bulgarians have freedom of religion; there is no official state religion.
Here are few reasons why you should consider studying abroad in Bulgaria. Those who study in Bulgaria do so for very good reasons. It is a country located in the southeastern part of Europe, which is under the European Union and is known to be Europe’s 14th largest country. Studying in Bulgaria is affordable as it offers one of the cheapest educational and living costs in Europe. Bulgaria is most popular for attracting an ever-increasing number of international students who want to build a career in medical and other popular fields.
In Bulgaria the official language spoken is Bulgarian, However, select universities offer a wide variety of courses in the English language. Bulgaria offers a very affordable tuition and living cost expense. Also, the living environment is very friendly. Below is a list of popular courses offered in English along with their approximate tuition costs.
- Tuition fees can be estimated based on courses
- Medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy – 5500-8000 Euros
- Political Science -1500 Euros – 2500 Euros
- Informatics Network Technology – 2700 Euros
- Psychology – 2700 Euros
- Electronics – 3000 Euros
- Automation Information and Control Systems – 3000 Euros
- Electrical Engineering – 3000 Euros
- Industrial Engineering – 3000 Euros
- Electronics – 3000 Euros
- Mechanical Engineering- 3000 Euros
- Industrial Management – 3000 Euros
- Computer Systems and Technologies – 3000 Euros
Other courses are International Economic Relations, Finance and Accountancy and Business Informatics.
- Masters tuition costs starts from 4000Euros
- The average monthly cost of living in Bulgaria would cost about 150 euros to 250 euros
While studying in Bulgaria you will get the opportunity to also work. There is always the option of being a full time or part time for the European students but as an international student you are only allowed to study as a full time student, but you will get the opportunity to work while on vacation or holidays to get some experience. Undergraduate or Masters Degree holders are usually given the opportunity to apply and work in very good and big companies in Bulgaria. Students who are going to study medicine in Bulgaria are free to do their internship years anywhere across the EU and other countries as well.
Bulgaria has a rich diversity of students from all over the world. This comprises of about 84.6% Bulgarians, 8.9% Turkish, 4.8% Romans and about 1.7% from other countries including Nigerian. the majority of people in Bulgaria are Christians and the first Germanic language book that was written in the 4th century was the Wulfila bible. Bulgaria which is a part of the central Europe has a temperate continental climate and can normally exist in various weather forms like hot summers, long and cold winters, snowfalls that can normally exist throughout the country from December to mid -march . Bulgaria has an average temperature of 8`c in the north 11`c in the south, 2.6`c in the mountain areas and 12`c in the plains.
Bulgaria is known to have a very high standard and level of education. Degrees obtained from Bulgaria are highly recognized all over the world. Some Bulgarian Universities offer English, French or German programs and give you the opportunity to earn double/dual degree. A Bulgarian degree and another degree from partner universities, so it’s possible to get a foreign degree from their universities as well.
Bulgaria is a very safe and interesting environment for living and studying as well. It is a very peaceful place to live and study as you find loads of interesting things around your neighborhood. You can always spend your days outside the school work environment pottering around the gardens and your evenings outside watching the sun go down over a glass of homemade wine just like your neighbors.
Studying in Bulgaria affords you the opportunity to visit and experience life in other countries as it is a European union member country. You are able to easily visit other countries in the EU while on vacation or holiday. If you are not traveling, get ready to entertain and mix with visitors as Bulgaria is a choice tourist destination for foreigners as it is full of fun and creativity. As an international student so much things await you.
Living expenses are, compared to most of Western Europe and North America, very cheap. Your biggest expenses will be rent along with gas and electricity. Remember that it does get cold in Winter – so budget to pay for heating in the colder months. Food, if you avoid the tourist spots, is very cheap even if eating out.
Cost of living in Bulgaria is 27.33% higher than in Nigeria (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not considered). Rent in Bulgaria is 38.93% lower than in Nigeria (average data for all cities).
THE CURRENCY FOR BULGARIA IS INSCRIBED THIS WAY: ””лв””
1 лв = 217.633NGN
Student accommodation in Bulgaria: most of Bulgarian universities offer student hostel accommodation (student hostel) on a first come, first served basis! Students are eligible to apply for hostel accommodation once they are admitted at the University and enrolled at the relevant Faculty. The monthly student hostel accommodation rent varies from university to another and the accommodation’s comfort from 35 to 70 Euros per months.
Even if the student hostel accommodations are very cheap, most international students prefer to rent or share a private flat near the University’s main building. The monthly private apartment rent start from 150 EUR and run up to 300 EUR.
We recommend new students who choose private accommodation to share a apartment with their colleagues at least during the first semester. This allows them to reduce drastically the accommodation expenses and to avoid them to remain isolated in new country till they get used to the new way of life. Students should use their first year to become familiar with the city they are living in as this will help them with eventually future accommodation choices.
Signing a contract with the landlord/landlady is mandatory for all international students in Romania, since it is one of necessary documents for the issuance of a long staying visa permit (for non-EU/EEA students) and a proof of residence for the issuance of the Residence Permit at the local Migration Office (for EU/EEA students). For those staying in student hostel accommodation, this document is automatically given by the university.
Student accommodation in Bulgaria is not at all expensive for international students. We recommend all students to get accommodation in university
- International Passport / Passport Authentication
- Passport Photographs (6) (White Background)
- Sponsorship Letter (Notarized)
- Bank Statement (Minimum of Four Million Naira)
- Bank Reference Letter
- WAEC / NECO or any qualified high school certificate
- Birth Certificate
- Academic References (2)
- High School Testimonial
- High School Transcripts (SS 1-3)
- Medical Certificate
- Police Clearance
- Personal Statement
- Translation of Documents
- University Certificate (Masters only)
- University Transcripts (Masters only)