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    Anyone applying to Sofia university (st.kliment) for medicine?

    Is anyone applying to sofia university for medicine this year or are there any current students?

    Does anyone know if I could apply directly without any agency?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Summer2013 View Post
    What about other countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand will they accept the students who studied in Burlgarian or will they require students to study in English?
    You have it backwards in principle, here. In the US, for the medical diploma to receive 50 state approval, you have to study in BULGARIAN. It is the ENGLISH program that is not accepted in a number of states. (Note: That paragraph does not mention the other requirements, including completing the USMLE Steps, getting ECFMG certified, getting US clinical experience and letters of recommendation, actually matching into a residency as a foreign grad, etc.)

    As far as I have been able to determine, however, some other places do not seem to give a fat rat's rear what language you studied in, as long as the school is accredited and you can actually speak the language of the place where you want to work fluently. At least, as far as acceptance of the diploma goes. There are exceptions.

    With that said, the chances of working in Canada as a foreign medical graduate are significantly worse than the US, and that is the case even if you have Canadian citizenship. Oz and NZ want you to have clinical experience after graduation (NZ wants three years, last I heard -- not sure about Oz).

    This "Studying Medicine in Bulgaria" thing is a seriously complicated path for most people. It's not as simple as the shady recruiters want you to believe, nor remotely as straightforward as a North American mind would tend to imagine.

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    Thank you both for taking the time to respond and for offering your help. I've been mainly considering applying for the English program. Although my spoken Bulgarian is great, my reading and writing could use improvement. I've also heavily considered the MU of Varna and Plovdiv, but I'm mainly looking at Sofia due to more opportunities for clinicals. Are you a graduate or are you currently a medical student in Bulgaria and if so, where?

    Благодаря ви още веднъж за отделеното време и за споделената информация!

    Всичко най-добро!

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    mu-sofia.bg/en/node/384
    It says the MU of Sofia is not accepting foreigners for 2017/2018. But the other universities are accepting. You can find more information on their websites:

    MU of Pleven:
    mu-pleven.bg/index.php/admission/specialty-medicine?lang=en
    mu-pleven.bg/index.php/admission/specialty-medicine/643-requirements?lang=enRequirements
    MU Varna
    mu-varna.bg/EN/Admission/Pages/default.aspx

    (i can't post direct links, sorry)

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannabemdineu View Post
    Thank you both for taking the time to respond and for offering your help. I've been mainly considering applying for the English program. Although my spoken Bulgarian is great, my reading and writing could use improvement. I've also heavily considered the MU of Varna and Plovdiv, but I'm mainly looking at Sofia due to more opportunities for clinicals. Are you a graduate or are you currently a medical student in Bulgaria and if so, where?

    Благодаря ви още веднъж за отделеното време и за споделената информация!

    Всичко най-добро!
    I graduated from MU-Sofia in 2013 and have been working in Switzerland as a resident since that time.

    If you are serious about studying medicine in BG, improve your Bulgarian skills and go through the Bulgarian language program. It will be better for you in the long run, and even then it will make you want to pull your hair out of your head.

    Много успех!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rectus View Post
    mu-sofia.bg/en/node/384
    It says the MU of Sofia is not accepting foreigners for 2017/2018. But the other universities are accepting. You can find more information on their websites:
    What the... what? That is not what it says at all. It says, and I quote, "Medical University-Sofia has not authorized anyone to represent it. There is (sic) no officially accredited representatives of MU-Sofia."

    That means (and I am bloody happy to read it), that the MU-Sofia is no longer contracting with any agencies or representatives to recruit (read: lie to and take money from) foreign students. And I say "Hallelujah," because most of these "agencies" were and are absolute leeches. Apparently, if you want to attend MU-Sofia as a foreign student, then you bloody well apply directly to the school, juuust like Great-Grandpa Viktor did back in the days before the interwebs and skeevy "accredited representatives."

    I don't know where you got that "MU of Sofia is not accepting foreigners" bit, but that is a completely inaccurate assumption based on the website to which you linked.

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