International recognition is in place for all degrees obtained from Bulgarian and Romanian university medical schools. The institutions are named in the World Health Organization (WHO), the directory of international medical schools. Global status is also acknowledged in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED).
You won’t require a student visa to study in Bulagria if you are an EU citizen or you live in one of the 26 countries that make up the Schengen area or you are a citizen of the Commonwealth or you are a citizen of Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Republic of Korea, San Marino, the USA, Israel, Uruguay, Venezuela, Hong Kong or Makao. You won’t require a student visa to study in Romania if you are an EU citizen or you are a native of Canada, Croatia, Japan, Moldova, South Korea, Switzerland, USA and Serbia. In the aforementioned countries, bi-lateral agreements are in place.
In all other cases, not listed above, it will be necessary to apply for a student visa prior to arrival in either Bulgaria or Romania. It is not advisable to rely on a visa being issued at the airport on arrival in either country.
The majority of students study abroad for at least 8 months. They return home for Christmas, Easter and over the summer vacation. Some students remain abroad and take up an internship, others may work in conjunction with a co-op program and we can help in finding these if required.
The ECTS is a standard recognized system used by all reputable medical universities. In any given year of study, in order to achieve degree level status, each student is required to obtain 60 credits. This equates to 360 credits for the entire duration of the 6 year study period.
The lectures, tutorials, seminars and labs and all aspects of the course will be taught in English. However, it is expected that students acquire a good working knowledge of the native language, this will be beneficial to them when they are engaging with real patients throughout their studies.
There are between thirty and one hundred students allocated on each course.
Class numbers vary according to the course and tutorials are in much smaller groups divided by subject matter and course content.
The beginning of October to the end of June is the full academic year and this is split into two semesters. At the end of the year, students sit for final examinations.