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A few words about Varna



Varna is the largest city and seaside resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast and the third-largest in Bulgaria after Sofia and Plovdiv, with a population of 700.000 citizens. Varna is a major tourist destination, business and university centre and seaport. Varna has some of the finest and oldest museums, professional arts companies, and arts festivals in the nation and is famous for its century-old traditions in visual arts, music, and book publishing, as well as for its active current pop-culture scene. The city has also an opera house, many conference centres, modern theatres, interesting sigh seeings and beautiful beaches. It has also developed as a festival centre which gained international reputation and offers a variety of entertainments for the foreign students.


UNIVERSITY OF VARNA




Medical University of Varna was established in 1961. This establishment is the third largest Medical University in the country and aims to provide adequate healthcare for people living in this Northeastern Bulgaria.
Medical University "Prof. Paraskev Stoyanov" - Varna is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and by the ECFMG of the United States. Graduates can practice in the United States after passing the USMLE and are certified by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

The six-year medical studies in English allow students to enrol in the medical school directly from high school. The program is designed for foreign students who are strongly motivated who have a good command of both written and spoken English by providing a certificate (FCE, CAE, CPE, TOEFL) or any other document certifying proficiency in English.
After the successful completion of the 6-years course of academic studies in the specialty of medicine, students are awarded a Diploma of completed higher medical education. Graduates are conferred Master's degree along with the professional qualification "physician". The possession of that degree enables the holder to practice medicine in EU countries.

The Medical studies in English last six years, (ten semesters and one-year of state clinical internships). Except for the fact that instructions, labs, lectures and examinations are conducted in English, the curriculum of the six-year medical studies in English is completely identical with the coursework pursued by Bulgarian medical students. Learning Bulgarian language is also compulsory during the first two years of the program. Foreign students are required to learn Bulgarian in order to be able to communicate with the patients from the third year onwards.

The first two years of medical school includes an overview of fundamental or basic science courses. The first year is devoted to general understanding of biological, chemical and physical sciences applicable to the practice of medicine. Starting with the second year, the focus progressively narrows down, channelling the studies towards those biomedical sciences that are most relevant for a practicing physician.
The teaching from the third year onwards takes place exclusively in clinical settings and involves work with patients admitted for treatment at the University's teaching hospitals. The University hospital St. Anna is next to the University building and the hospital St Marina, not far away.
The last year of medical studies has exclusively practical purposes. During the last year, students work under the direct guidance of the assistants and instructors with high academic positions in the clinics.
Final assessment of knowledge acquired by the students after accomplishing their full course of studies is given by the State Examination Board at a comprehensive theoretical and practical examination.

After the successful completion of the medical studies in English, 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 countries. The degree also enables the holder to practice medicine all over the world.

Admission results for the candidates who will be admitted to the first academic year of studies for all three faculties will be published at the end of September each year. The candidates who do not bear adequate certificates of knowledge of the English language will be asked to pass the language test organized by the University in the middle of October.

 

Tuition fees: 8000 EUR per year, paid in two instalments.