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The Renaissance was the period when Bulgarians gathered spiritual and intellectual strength to establish their right for independent political and social life, for own culture and education. The figures of the Bulgarian Renaissance, most of them educated abroad, naturally arrived at the idea of opening a higher educational institution, which “to make Bulgarians equal to the other nations that are politically independent, culturally developed and with established citizenship�. This led to the creation in 1888 of the first Bulgarian university. 121 years later a dense network of universities is covering the whole country, offering quality education in all fields of knowledge. In the current guide you will find useful information about Bulgarian universities and the cities they are situated in. We hope that this will be the starting trigger of your motivation to have a study period in Bulgaria!!! HRDC Team Sofia, 2010


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Contents: АMERICAN UNIVERSITY, BLAGOEVGRAD..........................................................................5 “NEOFIT RILSKI” SOUTH-WEST UNIVERSITY, BLAGOEVGRAD.....................................5 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SCHOOL, BOTEVGRAD .....................................................7 BOURGAS FREE UNIVERSITY..................................................................................................9 “PROF. ASSEN ZLATAROV” BOURGAS UNIVERSITY........................................................9 ”CHERNORIZETS HRABAR” VARNA FREE UNIVERSITY................................................ 11 ”NIKOLA VAPTSAROV” NAVAL ACADEMY, VARNA . .................................................... 11 UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS, VARNA.............................................................................. 12 ”PROF. DR. PARASKEV STOYANOV” MEDICAL UNIVERSITY, VARNA . .................... 12 TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF VARNA . .............................................................................. 13 “ST.CYRIL AND ST.METHODIUS” UNIVERSITY OF VELIKO TАRNOVO..................... 15 “VASSIL LEVSKI” NATIONAL MILITARY UNIVERSITY, VELIKO TARNOVO................ 15 TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF GABROVO.......................................................................... 17 INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, DOBRICH..................................................... 19 MEDICAL UNIVERSITY, PLEVEN . ....................................................................................... 21 AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY, PLOVDIV........................................................................... 23 ACADEMY OF MUSIC, DANCE AND FINE ARTS, PLOVDIV......................................... 23 HIGHER SCHOOL “AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE”, PLOVDIV........................................... 24 MEDICAL UNIVERSITY, PLOVDIV........................................................................................ 24 “PAISII HILENDARSKI” PLOVDIV UNIVERSITY................................................................. 25 UNIVERSITY OF FOOD TECHNOLOGY, PLOVDIV.......................................................... 25 “ANGEL KANCHEV” RUSE UNIVERSITY............................................................................. 27 “D. A. TSENOV” ACADEMY OF ECONOMICS, SVISHTOV............................................ 29 ACADEMY OF THE MINISTRY OF INTERIOR, SOFIA..................................................... 31 BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, SOFIA................................................................ 31 NATIONAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC “PANTCHO VLADIGEROV”, SOFIA . ................... 31 “TODOR KABLESHKOV” HIGHER SCHOOL OF TRANSPORT, SOFIA........................ 32 VUZF UNIVERSITY, SOFIA..................................................................................................... 32 COLLEGE OF MANAGEMENT, TRADE AND MARKETING, SOFIA............................. 32 COLLEGE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND POST, SOFIA........................................ 32 UNIVERSITY OF FORESTRY, SOFIA..................................................................................... 33 MEDICAL UNIVERSITY, SOFIA............................................................................................. 33 “KRASTIO SARAFOV” NATIONAL ACADEMY OF THEATRE AND FILM ARTS........ 33 2

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NATIONAL SPORTS ACADEMY, SOFIA ............................................................................ 34 NATIONAL ART ACADEMY, SOFIA . .................................................................................. 34 NEW BULGARIAN UNIVERSITY, SOFIA............................................................................. 35 SOFIA UNIVERSITY “ST. KLIMENT OHRIDSKI”................................................................. 35 TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY, SOFIA . ...................................................................................... 36 UNIVERSITY OF NATIONAL AND WORLD ECONOMY, SOFIA . ................................ 36 UNIVERSITY OF ARCHITECTURE, CIVIL ENGINEERING AND GEODESY, SOFIA... 37 UNIVERSITY OF CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY AND METALLURGY, SOFIA................ 37 “LYUBEN KARAVELOV” HIGHER SCHOOL OF CIVIL ENGINEERING, SOFIA........... 37 TRAKIA UNIVERSITY, STARA ZAGORA.............................................................................. 39 “KONSTANTIN PRESLAVSKY” UNIVERSITY OF SHOUMEN......................................... 41 ADDITIONAL INFO HOW TO FUND YOUR STUDY PERIOD IN BULGARIA?................................................ 42 NEED MORE INFORMATION ABOUT STUDENTS’ LIFE IN BULGARIA?................... 43 Bulgarian useful phrases (in Latin letters)................................................ 44 STILL NOT CONVINCED?....................................................................................................... 45

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blagoevgrad

Blagoevgrad Blagoevgrad is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, the administrative, cultural, economical and educational centre of Southern West Bulgaria. It lies on the banks of the Blagoevgradska Bistritsa River. Blagoevgrad is the city with one of the warmest climates in Bulgaria. It is located in the valley of the Struma River at the foot of the Rila and Pirin Mountains, 100 km south of Sofia. The city features a pedestrian downtown with preserved 19th century architecture. The region abounds in tourist attractions such as the Rila Monastery, the Seven Lakes in Rila Mountain and the world class ski resorts in Pirin mountains. Blagoevgrad is home town of two universities, the Neofit Rilski SouthWest University and the American University in Bulgaria.

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Аmerican University, Blagoevgrad www.aubg.bg The university was established in 1991 and offers degrees in the following specialties: Business Administration, Computer Science, Economics, European studies, History and Civilizations, Information Systems, Journalism and Mass Communication, Mathematics, Political Science and International Relations. Nearly 1020 students are taught by 70-75 lecturers. The university is very active both in sending and hosting students within the Erasmus programme (2008-2009: 27 outgoing and 21 incoming students). Foreign students’ impressions “Choosing AUBG led me to experience a student life that I had never been introduced to before. The professors were out of the ordinary and all of them were experts in their own fields. They were very open-minded and easy to talk to.” “Blagoevgrad, a cute city surrounded by mountains, warmed my heart at first sight provided me with all that I expected and more. The centre of the city had many little cafes, boutiques and restaurants with reasonable prices, making it a perfect place for students. Despite the fact that I did not know more than a few words of Bulgarian the people of Bulgaria were very helpful and friendly.”

“Neofit Rilski” South-West University, Blagoevgrad www.swu.bg The university was established in 1975 and offers degrees in the following specialities: History and Archeology, Pedagogy of Teaching, Philosophy, Philology, Sociology, Anthropology and Sciences about the Culture, Psychology, Political Science, Social Work, Public Communications and Information Sceinces, Public Relations, Pedagogy, Administration and Management, Economics, Tourism, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Sciences, Computer Sciences, Communication and Computer Techniques, Public Health (Kinezitherapy and Logopedics), Fine Arts, Musical and Dancing Arts, Theatre and Film Art. Nearly 8887 students are taught by 535 lecturers. The university is active both in sending and hosting students within the Erasmus programme (2008-2009: 18 outgoing and 15 incoming students). human resource development centre

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Botevgrad Botevgrad is located 60 km from the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia. Botevgrad is strategically located at a crossroad with connections with eastern and northern Bulgaria. The airport is located 50 km from the town and 30 km from the nearest train station. Botevgrad and its hinterland are situated in a unique and picturesque valley, located 350 m above sea level with a total area of 506.6 sq km. The first historical data regarding the settlement in the region of Botevgrad dates back to the 1st-3rd century. Traces of Roman and Thraecian artifacts suggest a Greek past, which, until now, remained a great mystery. During medieval centuries, a settlement arose with the name “Zelin” which was found 3 km south of the present day location of the city. The last stronghold of the 2nd Bulgarian kingdom was found not far from Botevgrad-“Stronghold Urvitch”, in which the only preserved medieval Bulgarian inscription devoted to the last battle of the czar Ivan Shishman exists. After the liberation, the city increased and from 01.12.1934, the city was renamed to Botevgrad in respect to the great Bulgarian revolutionary - Hristo Botev.

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International Business School, Botevgrad www.ibsedu.com

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The university was established in 1991 and offers following degrees in English language: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Arts in Applied Psychology in cooperation with City University of Seattle, Bachelor in International Tourism Management and Consultancy in cooperation with Breda University of Professional Education, Master of Science in Technology Management and Project Management in cooperation with City University of Seattle. Nearly 1340 students are taught by 151 lecturers.


bourgas

Bourgas Bourgas is located in southeastern Bulgaria at the Black sea coast. It is the second-largest city and seaside resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast with population 229,250. It is also the fourth-largest by population in the country, after Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna. It is an important industrial, educational, cultural, transport, and tourist centre. Near by Bourgas are located some of the best sea resorts on the Black Sea coast. To the north and to the south of the town there are salt lakes, which are protected areas, forming part of the Via Pontica route of migrating birds. The city features picturesque garden near the sea coast and pedestrian downtown. Annually Bourgas hosts theatre and cinema festivals and song contests. Bourgas has two universities - The Bourgas Free University and Prof. Assen Zlatarov Bourgas University.

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Bourgas Free University www.bfu.bg

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The university was established in 1991 and offers education degrees in the following specialties: Law, Public administration, Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Business administration, Public relations, Journalism, Social work and consultation, Computer science, Computer systems and technologies, Computer networks and communications. Nearly 7150 students are taught by 116 full-time and 187 part-time lecturers.

“Prof. Assen Zlatarov� Bourgas University www.btu.bg The university was established in 1963 and offers education degrees in the following specialties: Organic chemical technologies, Inorganic chemical technologies, Chemical engineering, Material science and technology, Biotechnologies, Electronics Computer systems and technologies, Business management, Marketing, Industrial management, Tourism, Social pedagogy, Pre-school and primary school pedagogy, Primary school pedagogy and foreign language, Pre-school pedagogy and foreign language, Nurse, Bulgarian language, Bulgarian language and history, Ecology and protection of the environment, Chemistry, Machinery and equipment construction, Transport equipment and technologies, Electrotechnics, Electronics, Computer systems and technologies, Assistant pharmacist, Rehabilitation therapist, Organisation and management of tourist services, Organisation and management of hotels and restaurants. Nearly 4200 students are taught by 300 lecturers.

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varna

varna

Varna is the largest city in Northern Bulgaria and also the largest seaside resort at the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. The city has population of 353,292 citizens and is commonly referred to as the marine capital of Bulgaria. The town has more than 20 km of sand beaches and the region abounds in thermal mineral water sources and interesting sights like the Varna Ecopark, the Pobiti kamani rock phenomenon and medieval cave monastery Aladzha. Varna annually hosts important sport and cultural events like the “Golden Rose International Film Festival� and international volleyball and swimming competitions. Varna is a major tourist destination, business and university centre. The town is the second oldest university centre and has five universities - University of Economics, The Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy, Technical University, Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov Medical University and Chernorizets Hrabar Free University.

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”Chernorizets Hrabar” Varna Free University www.vfu.bg

”Nikola Vaptsarov” Naval Academy, Varna www.naval-acad.bg The university was established on 09.01.1881 and offers education degrees to naval cadets in the following specialties: Naval Warfare, Engineering for the Navy, Naval Communications, and to merchant marine officers (students): Navigation, Ship Power Plants, Electrical Engineering, Shipboard Radioelectronics, River Navigation, Shipping and Port Management, Technology of Ship Repairs, Ocean Engineering. Nearly 470 students are taught by 115 lecturers.

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The university was established as an independent, democratic educational institution in 1991. In 2004 it successfully passed the re-certification audit of Quality Management System and received an appropriate certificate for compliance with the world standard ISO 9001:2000. In the beginning of 2009 the university was awarded with DS Label. VFU’s teaching staff comprises approximately 500 lecturers from all scientific spheres of knowledge and the students are nearly 3100. During the academic 2008/2009 the university has sent 13 Erasmus students for study mobility in Italy, Portugal, Belgium, France and Czech Republic. For the first time it realized 9 student placements under Erasmus program in Germany and Turkey. During the academic 2008/2009 it has accepted 11 Incoming Erasmus students who followed lectures in the area of Business studies, International Relations and Public Administration. The university provides education for all levels of the three-cycle system - Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree and Doctor’s Degree in several faculties: Economics, Law and Architecture.


University of Economics, Varna www.ue-varna.bg The university was established in 1920 and offers education degrees in the following specialties: Accounting and Control, Finance, Economics of Commerce, Economics of Industry, Economics of Agriculture, Economics of Construction, Economics of Real Property, Commodities Science, Bussiness Economics, Economic Logistics, Informatics, Statistics and Econometrics, Bussiness Information Systems, Marketing, International Economic Relations, Management, Tourism. Nearly 12000 students are taught by 455 lecturers. The university is active both in sending and hosting students within the Erasmus programme (2008-2009: 89 outgoing and 38 incoming students).

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�Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov� Medical University www.mu-varna.bg The university was established in 1961 and offers education degrees in the following specialties: Medicine, Dental medicine, Pharmacy, Health management, Health care management, Public health, Nursery, Social activities. Students at Varna Medical University can join various sports clubs and enjoy trips to different parts of the country, to the Bulgarian mountains, ski and Black Sea resorts. Nearly 400 students are taught by 470 lecturers.

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Technical university of Varna www.tu-varna.bg

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The university was founded in 1962 and trains students in a variety of career fields of the technical sphere of human knowledge according to the state classification: Technical Sciences, Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Informatics, Social and Economic Sciences, Agrarian Sciences and Veterinary Medicine. Nearly 8000 students are taught by 363 lecturers. The university has 8 buildings with many lecture halls, over 250 laboratories, a large library, sports and manufacturing facilities as well. The University has resting facilities on the Black Sea Coast near Varna and in the Rhodopa mountains town of Chepelare. The Technical University of Varna is an active participant in most of the EU funded programs for students and staff exchange: Erasmus, Ceepus, etc. During the academic 2008/2009 the university has sent 18 outgoing Erasmus students for studies and placements in 11 universities all over Europe and has received 2 incoming Erasmus students from Finland and Poland.


veliko tarnovo

veliko tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo is a city in North Central Bulgaria. It has population of approximately 72 000 people and is located on the Yantra River. The city is famous as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. The region has been populated for more than 5000 years and nowadays it’s attracting many tourists with its unique history. The remains of the old city are located on three hills – Tsarevets, Arbanasi and Sveta Gora. Nowadays Veliko Tarnovo is important administrative, economic and educational center. In Tarnovo there are two universities – St Cyril and St Methodius University of Veliko Tаrnovo and Vasil Levski National Military University.

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“St.Cyril and St.Methodius” University of V. Tаrnovo www.uni-vt.bg The university was established in 1963 and offers educational degrees in several fields of knowledge: Modern Languages, History, Education, Fine Arts, Orthodox Theology, Faculty of Law, Economics, Faculty of Philosophy. Nearly 12000 students are taught by 500 lecturers. The university is active both in sending and hosting students within the Erasmus programme (2008-2009: 152 outgoing and 37 incoming students).

“Vassil Levski” National Military University, V. Tarnovo www.nvu.bg The university was established in 1878 and offers educational degrees in the following specialties: National and regional security, Protection of population from natural and industrial disasters and catastrophes, Management and logistics, Engineering management, Communication and computer equipment. Nearly 514 students are taught by 289 lecturers. human resource development centre

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Foreign students’ impressions “…I decided to conduct my research in Bulgaria, in the University of Veliko Turnovo, whose Department of History is well known especially for its medieval researches. I was really anxious to see the country and meet with people and I can say that the city of Veliko Turnovo has reached my expectations. The nature and the landscape are beautiful and the people are really friendly and ready to help you in every case.” “One cliché says that the French people are chauvinistic and they don’t care about the others countries. Of course this a stereotype, but sometimes it can be true. Too many French do not know anything about Bulgaria, which is regrettable. But it was maybe one of the reasons that encourage me to discover this country. I come from the Lumieres university in Lyon. I could have chosen England, Malta, Spain or Italy. But I wanted something new, an original country with preserved culture and tradition far from the French ones. I found it in Bulgaria.”


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Gabrovo is a town with population of approximately 70,000 citizens, situated in Central Northern Bulgaria at the foot of the Balkan Mountain in the Valley of Yantra River. Gabrovo is well known for its traditional jokes. Annually the city hosts the international festival of humor and satire and many other events related to humor. The region offers many opportunities for cultural tourism and hiking. Near Gabrovo is located one of the largest national parks. The only university in the city is the Technical University of Gabrovo.

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Technical University of Gabrovo www.tugab.bg The university was established in 1964 and offers educational degrees in the following specialties: Automation, Information and Control Systems, Automotive Electronics, Communication Equipment and Technologies, Computer Methods and Technologies in Mechanical Engineering, Computer Systems and Technologies, Electronics, Environment Protection Equipment and Technologies, Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning of Industrial Objects, Hydraulic and Pneumatic Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Management, Industrial Safety, Management of Economy, Materials Science and Technologies, Mechanical Engineering Equipment and Technologies, Mechatronics, Optoelectronics and Laser Technology, Power Engineering and Electrical Equipment, Precise Engineering and Instrument Design, Prevention and Control of Industrial Pollution, Public Administration, Social Work, Technologies and Equipment in Mechanical Engineering, Textile Engineering and Technologies, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning Engineering. Nearly 4200 students are taught by 239 lectures. The university is active in sending students within the Erasmus programme (2008-2009: 26 outgoing students).

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dobrich

dobrich

Dobrich is a situated in North East Bulgaria with population of approximately 115,000 inhabitants. It is known as the ‘capital’ of the fertile land of Dobrudzha, the biggest grain-growing region of Bulgaria. The city has several museums and also an ethnographic complex, which exhibits traditional arts and crafts of the region. In the center of the town is located the International University College.

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International University College, Dobrich www.vumk.eu The institution was established in 1999 and offers education degrees in the following specialties: Hospitality Management, International Business and Management; Marketing and Management of Hospitality and Tourism. Nearly 200 students are taught by 126 lecturers. Foreign students’ impressions “My groupmates were very friendly and they always helped me if I needed.”

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pleven Pleven is a town in Central Northern Bulgaria with population of about 137,000 citizens. The city is situated in the central part of the Danubean plain between Danube River and the Balkan mountain and offers many sights and destinations for tourism and hiking. In the region there are more than 450 archaeological and cultural sites. The town has big park called Kaylaka. It is located in the valley of the Tuchenitsa River with artificial lakes, swimming pools and favourable conditions for rock climbing. In Kaylaka park there are also remains of a Roman fortification, called Storgoziya. In the town there is one university - Pleven Medical University.

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Medical university, Pleven www.mu-pleven.bg The university was established in 1974 and offers education degrees in the following specialties: Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery, Management of public health, Medical Rehabilitation&Ergotherapy, Medical Laboratory Assistant, Radiology Assistant, Management of health care. Nearly 1500 students are taught by 110 lecturers.

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plovdiv

plovdiv Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria with population of approximately 380,000 and the largest city in Northern Thrace. Plovdiv lies at the foot of the Rhodope Mountain on the two banks of Maritsa River. A contemporary of Troya, older than Rome, Athens and Konstantinopol, Plovdiv has always come to life out of the ruins ever more magnificent and attractive, preserving valuable monuments of culture. The architectural paragons and the cobbled streets of the Ancient Part of the city lead more than a century back to the creative power of the Bulgarian Revival. Due to its favorable climatic conditions, geographical location and rich cultural and historical heritage, the city has long been established as a cultural, tourist, economic, agricultural and research centre. Currently Plovdiv has one of the country’s fastest growing economies in Bulgaria and is also important transport, cultural and education centre. In Plovdiv there are six universities and colleges – Paisii Hilendarski Plovdiv university, Medical college, Agricultural univeristy, University of Food Technologies, Academy of music, dance and fine arts and Higher School “Agricultural college”.

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Agricultural university, Plovdiv www.au-plovdiv.bg

Academy of music, dance and fine arts, Plovdiv www.artacademyplovdiv.com The Academy in Plovdiv was established in 1964 and is the most reputed higherlearning institute in the field of the arts outside the Bulgarian capital. It is recognised as a provider of high quality education in the fields of Classical and Folklore Music, Ballet Dancing, Folklore Choreography, Conducting, Composition, Musicology, Pedagogy of Music Education, Scenography, Pedagogy of Visual Arts Education, Photography, Media Musical Editorship, Art Management, East Orthodox Religious Painting and Music, Costume Design and Sound-Engineering. More than 1000 students are currently studying at the Academy and making use of its modern facilities – an academic library with an information center, a library of audio and video records, audio and video studios, computer rooms, exhibition areas and a recently refurnished concert hall with 140 seats. The Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts is a higher school of European type and its Diplomas are acknowledged worldwide. The Academy was the first Bulgarian higher school in the sphere of arts to receive full state accreditation in 1999 – a recognition which has marked the beginning of a period of change and institutional rejuvenation. human resource development centre

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The university was established in 1945 and it is the only state higher education institution in Bulgaria specialized in the area of agriculture and related sciences. 510 people are working on a full-time’ basis at the Agricultural University - Plovdiv, including 14 fulltime professors (holders of Doctor of Science degree), 110 Associate Professors (1 of them a Doctor of Science and 109 having a PhD degree), 78 Assistant Professors (28 of them having a PhD degree), 9 visiting lecturers and 18 lecturers at the Department of Language Training and Sports. The major structural units of the Agricultural University are the four faculties: Faculty of Agronomy, Faculty of Viticulture and Horticulture, Faculty of Plant Protection and Agroecology, Faculty of Economics. The Agricultural University has a modern laboratory complex including: Accredited Laboratory Complex, Laboratory of plant Biotechnologies and Laboratory for Photosynthetic Analyses. Agricultural University is a part of Erasmus Programme since 1999. The period of stay abroad is fully recognized and it is documented in the Diploma Supplement.


Higher School “Agricultural College�, Plovdiv

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www.agricollege.com The Agricultural College was established in 1992 and offers educational degrees in the following specialties: Agro-technologies, Agricultural economics, Business management, Technologies of horticulture and wine production and Economics of Tourism. Nearly 2400 studens are taught by 216 lecturers. The college has experience in project development and it has realized successfully projects within the following EU programs: PHARE (2000), Socrates Comenius (2002), Leonardo da Vinci (2002, 2005, 2006, 2009). In 2008, an extended Erasmus University Charter was awarded to the Agricultural college. For the academic year of 2008-2009, the college has realized student mobility for placement. 14 students participated in Erasmus mobility for placement working in UK farms and Greek hotels. Within the frame of Erasmus teaching staff mobility, in 2009, the college had a guest professor from Poland taking lectures in the field of Agricultural economics.

Medical university, Plovdiv www.meduniversity-plovdiv.bg The uiversity was established in 1945. It includes the Faculties of Medicine, Dental medicine, and Health Care, a Medical College and a hospital of its own with a capacity of 2000 beds. All departments, considered as indispensable for higher medical education according to modern standards, are available - theoretical, pre-clinical and clinical, as well as laboratories, clinics and other units with modern equipment for diagnostics and treatment, research activities and training of medical and dental students. The Central University Library offers the students more than 170 000 volumes in field of medicine in many languages as well as an Internet hall and a local net system (with Medline and Micromedex available). Nearly 3800 Bulgarian and foreign students are trained at the Medical Uniresity, Plovdiv. The institution is very active in Erasmus echange programme and especially in hosting foreign students. For 2008-2009 the university welcomed 28 Erasmus students. 24

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“Paisii Hilendarski� Plovdiv university www.uni-plovdiv.bg

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The university was established in 1972 and provides training of students in the four major fields of higher education: Natural sciences, Humanities, Social sciences, Economics. 1,062 people work at the university and of the 670 lecturers 63 are full professors, 222 associate professors, 385 assistant professors, 386 PhD. Over 8,000 full-time students and about 5,000 part-time students annually receive their training at the university. The university is active both in sending and hosting students within the Erasmus programme (2008-2009: 94 outgoing and 37 incoming students).

University of Food Technology, Plovdiv www.uft-plovdiv.bg The university was established in 1953 and have always served for the solution of national problems concerning the development of the food and flavor industries, biotechnological industry, catering and tourism and the related to them industrial management, economics of food industries, heat engineering, computer systems and technologies, machine and instrument building and automation of production. It offers education degrees within three main faculties: Technological faculty (Technology of foods), Technical faculty (Machine engineering for food industry), Economic faculty. Nearly 670 students are taught by 216 lecturers.

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ruse

ruse

Ruse is a town in North Bulgaria, located on the right bank of the Danube River on the border with Romania. Ruse is the largest Bulgarian river port and is also called “the gate of Bulgaria�. The importance of Ruse as transport center is even bigger as Ruse is connected with the Romanian town Giurgiu with the only bridge in the shared Bulgarian-Romanian section of the Danube River. The city emerged as a Thracian settlement from the 3rd to 2nd millennium B.C.E. Nowadays the city has population about 175,000 citizens. Ruse attracts many tourists with its 19-th Neo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture. There is one university in Ruse – Angel Kanchev Ruse University

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“Angel Kanchev” Ruse University www.ru.acad.bg

Foreign students’ impressions ”...the professors were really helpful, of course, they speak English, and they will not give us assignments which we can’t solve.” I spend a great time here: I have been on three days hiking on Balkans (organized by “But there is some thing, which worth more, than all those things which I mentioned before: My friends! I have a really cool company, and I am proud of it.”

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The university is the successor of the first national higher technical school outside the capital of Bulgaria, established in 1954. More than 6 000 students are taught in modern laboratories and classrooms by 558 lecturers. Half of all faculty members are full professors and associate professors, or hold doctoral degrees. The university offers educational degrees in several main fields: Agricultural Mechanisation, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Automation, Automotive and Transport Engineering, Business and Management, Natural Science and Education, Law Studies, Kinesiterapy And Occupational Therapy.


svishtov

svishtov

Svishtov is a city in Northern Bulgaria located on the right bank of the Danube river. The city has population of 33,000 citizens. It has a ferryboat connection with the Romanian city Zimnicea. The city is important transport and economic center for Central Northern Bulgaria. Near Svishtov there are many historical and cultural sights like the ancient roman town Novae, the Svishtov Monastery and several museums. The city is known as a university center since 1936 when the “D. A. Tsenov Academy of economics� was founded.

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“D. A. Tsenov� Academy of Economics, Svishtov www.uni-svishtov.bg The Academy was established in 1936 and offers education degrees in the following fields: Accounting and Control, Economic and Financial Control, Statistics and Econometry, School of Finance, Finance, Social Security and Insurance, Faculty of Management and Marketing, International Economics Relations, Business Informatics, Public Administration, Forecasting and Planning, Business Management, Marketing, Economy of Industry, Economy of Agriculture, Economy of Trade, Economy of Cooperatives. The Academy has a competent academic staff of over 320 highly qualified professors, associate professors, assistant-professors and research workers training over 10 000 Bulgarian and foreign students. svishtov

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sofia

sofia

Sofia is the Capital of Bulgaria, situated in the west part of the country at the foothills of Vitorsha mountain. Nowadays Sofia has population of about 1.4 million citizens. Some of the significant landmarks in Sofia are the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Church of Saint Sofia, The Ivan Vazov National Theatre, The Statue of Sofia and The National Palace of Culture. Near Sofia several nature parks are located including Vitosha part – the oldest national park on the Balkan Peninsula. The city is the economic, transport, culture and university center of the country. In Sofia there are 18 universities, among which the oldest Bulgarian university – Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski.

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Academy of the Ministry of Interior, Sofia www.academy.mvr.bg Mission of the Academy is to build highly qualified professional personnel for the Interior Ministry and government departments,, ensuring public security. During their training cadets receive a good basic legal training. Moreover, a number of specific disciplines are studied and applied martial skills and foreign languages are taught.

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia www.bas.bg The Academy was established in 1969 and offers PhD education in 190 specialties in 8 scientific domains: Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Earth Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences. Nearly 650 PhD students are taught by 3650 lecturers.

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC “PANTCHO VLADIGEROV” www.nma.bg

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The academy was established in 1921 and is the unique higher school for professional musicians in Bulgaria, offering a full list of music-theoretical and performance subjects. Into the work process take part as professors the most bright talents in the contemporary Bulgarian musical school, whom creative work is a part from the world art’s achievements. Their work is a testimonial for the high level of the Bulgarian education in music. Into the academy’s structure are included Academy Symphony Orchestra, Student Academy Orchestra, Academic mixed choir, Educational Opera Theatre, Accounting library , Library of records and tapes. Today, in the academy are trained 30 subjects, organized in three faculties: Theory, Composition and Conducting faculty; Instrumental faculty; Vocal faculty, including the subjects “Ballet art” and “Pop & Jazz Art”, too.


“Todor Kableshkov� Higher School of Transport, Sofia www.vtu.bg The university is a successor of the State Railway School founded in 1922 offers education degrees in the following specialties: Technology and Management of Transport, Automated Design in Manufacturing, Automotive Engineering, Economics of Transport, Economics of Transport Company, Engineering Logistics and Building Machines, Industrial Management, Power Engineering and Electrical Equipment, Railway Engineering, Technology and Management of Transport, Telecommunications and Signaling, Transport Equipment, Transport Management and Logistics, Transportation Engineering. Nearly 2200 students are taught by 139 lecturers.

VUZF University, Sofia www.vuzf.bg The university was established in 2002 and offers education degrees in the following specialties: Finance; Insurance and Social Security; Accounting and Control; Finance in English; Joint Program Bachelor of Science in Finance. Nearly 260 students are taught by 75 lecturers. sofia

College of Telecommunications and Post, Sofia www.hctp.acad.bg The College was established in 1923 and offers programmes in the following fields: Telecommunication Informatics, Telecommunication Technologies, Wireless Communications and Broadcasting, Management and Informatics in Telecommunications and Post. Nearly 450 students are taught by 55 lecturers

College of Management, Trade and Marketing, Sofia www.mtmcollege.org The College was established in 1994 and offers first cycle degree diplomas equivalent to Professional Bachelor in the specialty of Marketing.

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University of Forestry, Sofia www.ltu.bg The university was established in 1953 and offers education degrees in the following specialties: Forestry, Ecology and Environment Protection, Landscape Architecture, Woodworking and Furniture Production, Engineering Design, Agronomy, Veterinary Medicine, Industrial Management. Nearly 2650 students are taught by 265 lecturers.

Medical university, Sofia www.mu-sofia.bg The university is the oldest medical institution of higher education in Bulgaria, founded by Decree of His Majesty King Ferdinand in 1917, offering education degrees in the following professional fields: Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health, Nursing. Nearly 5300 students are taught by 1474 lecturers.

“Krastio Sarafov� National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, sofia The Academy was established in 1948 and is the leading national provider of education and training in the fields of screen and stage arts and studies, covering all the 3 educational levels of BA, MA and PhD. The number of students enlisted for the 20092010 academic year is 537 including 17 PhD students. Its teaching staff consists of distinguished practising artists, critics, researchers and educators, with a deep commitment to their work. The tenure lecturers are 84 while guest lecturers are approximately 120. Combining tradition, experience and innovation, the academy is a unique academic, artistic and training centre, where stage and screen arts can be studied in their complexity, variety and interrelation. human resource development centre

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National Sports Academy, Sofia www.nsa.bg The academy was established in 1942 and offers education degrees within three main faculties: The Coaches faculty prepares specialists with higher education in subject SPORT. The graduates receive the professional qualification “coach of kind of sport”, which gives them the right to carry out training and methodical activities. The Teachers faculty prepares specialists with higher education with qualification “TEACHER OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION”. It gives them the right to practice as teachers of physical education for all students in all forms and levels of the educational system. The Kinesitherapy, tourism and sport animation faculty prepares specialists with higher education, who receive the qualification “KINESITHERAPEUTIST”. It gives them the right to perform prophylactic and rehabilitation activities in the protection of health area.

National Art Academy, Sofia

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www.nha-bg.org The Academy is the oldest and most prestigious higher school for education in arts in Bulgaria. Its history began with the establishing of the State School of Drawing in 1896. The Academy has several buildings, housing numerous auditoriums, studios, laboratories, workshops, a museum, an art gallery, a computer centre, a library with branches on 2 sites, administrative offices, sports facilities and cafeterias. It has two Faculties, the Faculty of Fine Arts and the Faculty of Applied Arts. Specialties offered in Fine Arts: Painting, Mural Painting, Sculpture, Graphic Art, Book and Print Graphics, Poster and Visual Communication, History of Art. Specialties offered in Applied Arts: Woodcarving, Ceramics, Scenography, Textiles, Metal, Industrial Design, Design in Advertising, Porcelain and Glass, Design of Children’s Environment, Fashion, Restoration, Digital Arts. Nearly 900 students are taught by 135 distinguished members of the art profession, art critics, designers and art educators, all deeply committed to their work. The Academy actively participates in Erasmus programme and 39 of the best students went on exchange to our partner academies in 2008 – 2009. 34

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New Bulgarian University, Sofia www.nbu.bg The university was established in 1991 and offers education degrees in the following fields: Anthropology, Archaeology, Biomedical Science, Cinema, Advertising and Showbusiness, Cognitive Science and Psychology, Design and Architecture, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Economics and Business Administration, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, History of Culture, Informatics, Law, Mass Communications, Mediterranean and Eastern Studies, Music, New Bulgarian Studies, Philosophy and Sociology, Political Sciences, Public Administration, Risk and Security Study Center, Theater Telecommunications. The university is very active in both hosting and sending students within Erasmus exchange programme (for academic year 2008/2009 outgoing students – 46 and incoming – 19).

Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” www.uni-sofia.bg

Foreign students’ impressions “I chose this university because it offered me the opportunity to learn Bulgarian language in the best milieu. The people I can turn to are very kind, reliable and helpful in the Office for International Relations.” “My personality has changed somehow, and in a good way. I am better at problem solving matters now. I can easily make new contacts. If i were to get the same opportunity again I wouldn’t doubt for a second to take it.” human resource development centre

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The university was established in 1888 and is the first school of higher education in Bulgaria. For more than a century Sofia University has been the national foremost centre for university education and research in both fundamental theoretical and applied areas. Today, it is the largest university in the country with 80 degree programmes offered by 16 faculties in all fields of knowledge. The first building of Sofia University was erected thanks to the donation of the brothers Evlogy and Christo Georgiev and today ranks among the most interesting buildings of the architectural heritage of Sofia. Nearly 24 000 students are taught by 3372 lectures. The university is very active in the Erasmus programme (for 2008/2009 academic year the number of outgoing students is 256 and the incoming – 72).


Technical university, Sofia www.tu-sofia.bg The university was established in 1945 and is a major educational research and production complex trainings specialists in mechanical and electrical engineering, electronics, power generation, transport, automation, computer science and telecommunications, textile engineering, industrial management. Nearly 3000 students are taught by 960 lecturers.

University of National and World Economy, Sofia

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www.unwe.acad.bg The university is established in 1940 and is one of the oldest and biggest higher education institutions of economics in Bulgaria, offering education in the subjects: Macroeconomics, Finance, Accounting, Financial Control, Economics and Organization of Labour, Insurance and Social Policy, Marketing, Forecasting and Planning, Statistics and Econometrics, Economics of Industry, Agricultural Economics, Economics of Trade, Economics of Co-operations, Economics of Transport, Economics of Communications, Economics of Social and Cultural Issues, Journalism and Mass Media, Economics of Defense, Economics of Intellectual Property, International Economic Relations, International Relations, Tourism, Economic Logistics, Sociology, Economic Management, Business Informatics, Public Administration, Law, Economics with specializations: Economic Sociology, Economic Psychology and Economic Pedagogy. The university is active both in sending and hosting students within the Erasmus exchange programme (for 2008/2009 academic year the number of outgoing students is 94 and the incoming – 23).

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University of Architecture, Civil Engineeringand Geodesy, Sofia www.uacg.bg The university was established in 1942 and offers education degrees in the following specialties: Architecture, Cvil Engineering, Transport Engineering, Hydrotechnical Enginnering and Geodesy. Nearly 4000 students are taught by 450 lecturers. Foreign students’ impressions “Bonjour! It’s quiet difficult to study in a country where you don’t know the langage but our nice teachers and friends make big effort to speak English or French with us!” “…students were really welcoming and kind with us. It was a pleasure to have no problems to meet all the people we wanted. In a scholar point of view, the difference with France is the university’s atmosphere. …more numerous than in France are more free, with a nicer rhythm. I really enjoyed drawing lessons where we could experiment what we wanted to.”

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“Lyuben Karavelov” Higher School of Civil Engineering www.vsu.bg The Institution was founded in 1938 and offers education degrees in the following fields of study: Buildings and Installations Construction, Architecture, Construction and Architecture of Buildings and Installations, Buildings Renovation and Design. Nearly 1300 students are taught by 1300 lecturers. human resource development centre

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The university was established in 1953 and offers education degrees in the following specialties: Organic Chemical Technologies, Inorganic Chemical Technologies, Engineering Ecology and Environmental Protection, Automatic and Information Technologies, Biotechnologies, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Management, Chemical Engineering – in German, Metallurgy, Materials Science. Nearly 3500 students are taught by 400 lecturers. The university is very active in sending students within Erasmus exchange programme. For the 2008/2009 academic year the number of outgoing students is 55.


stara zagora

stara zagora

Stara Zagora is a town, located in South Bulgaria near Sredna Gora Mountain and the Balkan Mountains with population of approximately 162,000 citizens. It is known as the city of straight streets, linden trees, and poets. Stara Zagora is one of the oldest settlements in Europe, being at least eight thousand years old. Nowadays the city is one of the most important economic, transport, culture and education centers in Bulgaria. In the town there is one university - Trakia University.

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Trakia University, Stara Zagora www.uni-sz.bg The university was established in 1995 and offers education services within the following units: Faculty of Agriculture with Experimental Station, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine with clinics, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Pedagogics, Faculty of Economics, Medical College, Technical College (Yambol) and Department for Information and In-service teacher training. The training of students is accomplished in premises with well-equipped halls and laboratories. The practical training, depending on the chosen major is performed in the University Experimental Station, the Faculty Veterinary Clinics, the University Hospital, the Regional Veterinary Stations, the Selection Centres and the co-operative and private animal breeding farms. Over 4 000 students are trained at the University, incl. 300 foreign students from 20 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and America. The lecturers are 646, of which 227 with academic rank.

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shoumen

shoumen

Shoumen is a city in the northeastern part of Bulgaria with population of approximately 105,000 citizens. The town lies 80 km west from Varna and the Black Sea. Near the city are located The Shumen Fortress, The Madara Horseman and other important historical landmarks. Near Shoumen are located the capitals of the First Bulgarian Kingdom – Pliska and Veliki Preslav. Nowadays the town is important transport and tourist centre. In Shumen is located the Konstantin Preslavski University of Shoumen.

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“Konstantin Preslavsky� University of Shoumen www.vumk.eu The university was established in 1921 and encompasses the following faculties: Humanities, Natural Sciences, Education, Mathematics and Informatics, Technical Sciences. Nearly 6000 students are taught by 400 lecturers.

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How to fund your study period in Bulgaria? The Erasmus programme As a citizen of the European Union you have the right to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Erasmus exchange programme. The programme can fund your stay abroad. Erasmus student mobility for studies is open to you if you are enrolled at least in your second year at your home institution. To participate in Erasmus student mobility, you should first contact the international office of your home institution. The international office will inform you about possible host institutions in Bulgaria, the selection procedure and financial support granted. They will also inform you of the possibility to undertake an intensive language course, which will help you learn common words and expressions in Bulgarian, so you can feel comfortable in daily life. Ministry of Education Bulgarian government has signed several bilateral agreements with other European countries, providing for students exchange opportunities. You can check this on the website of your Ministry of Education.

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Need more information about students’ life in Bulgaria? The Erasmus Student Network - Bulgaria The Erasmus Student Network is a non-profit network of young people that have participated in an Erasmus study period abroad and wish to help foreign students in Bulgaria feel comfortable and integrate easily to the local environment. If you feel uncertain and a little bit lost on the topics “Bulgaria”, “Bulgarian people” and “Bulgarian universities”, they are the right people to contact for advice and guidance. The organisation’s contact data is available on: www.erasmusbg.info/en You can also contact the Erasmus Student Network International website: http://www.esn.org/ Human Resource Development Centre – Bulgaria We are the National Agency for the administration of the Erasmus programme in Bulgaria. You can always contact us, if you need information on certain Bulgarian university. Our e-mail is: hrdc@hrdc.bg

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Bulgarian useful phrases (in Latin letters) Hello Zdraveite Good morning / afternoon Dobro utro / Dobur den  Good evening Dobur vecher  Goodnight Leka nosht Goodbye Dovizhdane How are you? Kak si?   Fine Dobre Thank you / Thanks Blagodaria Please Molia Yes / No Da / Ne  Nice to meet you  Priatno mi e  What’s your name? Kak se kazvate?  My name is _____  Kazvam se ___  Excuse me  Izvinete  How to get to? Kak da stigna do? Where is _____? Kade e ____ ?  Central train / bus station  Tsentralna gara / avtogara  To the Airport  Do letishteto To the City centre  Do/za tsentura  The _____ hotel  Hotel ____  The _____ street  Ulitsa ___  Left  Liavo Right  Diasno Straight ahead  Napravo  Where does this train/bus go?  Za kude e tozi vlak / avtobus? One ticket, please.  Edin billet, molia Food and Drinks Hrana i Napitki Bread, sugar, salt Hliab, zahar, sol Meat: pork, chicken, veal Meso: svinsko, pileshko, teleshko Vegetables: tomato, cucumber Zelenchuci: domat, krastavica Fruits: apple, cherries, pears Plodove: iabulki, chereshi, krushi Water: warm, cold, mineral, with Voda: topla, studena, mineralna, gazirabubbles na Coffee with milk Kafe s mliako Tea with lemon Chai s limon 44

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