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

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    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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    If you are bound and determined to attend medical school in Sofia, I would highly recommend at least going to the school that has been shown to graduate physicians from their English program. (That would be Medical University of Sofia -- at least when I was there, we never saw, met, or heard of any students or grads from SUSKO.)

    I mean, it's your money, your hairline, and your stomach lining, but having spent time there? Watch your step.

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    You're right. Any idea if its possible to apply to MU Sofia directly without any agency?

    Thank you

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    I applied to MU-S without an agency.

    However, I read some things in recent years that suggested MU-S were going down that road of requiring an agency for application. I hope not, because I find these types of agencies to be shady as hell. I would recommend contacting the head of the international students (he works as a professor in the anatomy department and his initials are D.A. -- sorry, names are not allowed on VMD). He helped me apply and might be able to assist you, as well.

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    Hello,

    I currently am a US Bulgarian dual citizen in 10th grade in high school with plans to attend a Medical University in Bulgaria. On both the MU-Varna and MU-Plovdiv websites, I was able to find information regarding when open houses were being held for future applicants but I was not able to locate any information regarding any college tours and/or open houses at MU-Sofia. Does MU-Sofia host open houses for potential applicants and if so, are the open houses a good resource for acquiring knowledge and information about the university and is there a Q&A session between visitors and university officials? Thank you in advance for taking the time to review my questions!

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    I have certainly never heard of any such thing. There were no "open houses" when I was at MU-S. From what I have heard, there were marketing efforts scheduled by the various (shady) "recruitment agencies," but I never attended any of them because I found out about the school on my own and I refused to have anything to do with the agencies.

    That does not mean that they could not have developed such things in the interim (after all, I have been gone for a few years now), but from my experience I would find that highly surprising. Word to the wise, though -- assuming that East Bloc schools have the same marketing, student services, and public affairs mindset as Western schools is 1) fully inaccurate, and 2) bound to wind up in disappointment.

    Also, you need to make sure that you know 1) where you want to practice medicine someday, 2) what kind of specialty you wish to pursue, and 3) that the chances of returning to the US from a BG medical school are significantly diminished due to the lack of USMLE preparation and US clinical experience. University officials are very rarely obliged to have anything at all to do with foreign program students, who are generally treated like second-class citizens compared to their Bulgarian program counterparts.

    Indeed, if you have dual US/BG citizenship (and can speak Bulgarian), then I would highly recommend applying to the Bulgarian language program. For one thing, as a BG citizen your tuition will be much cheaper. For another thing, your degree will be accepted in all 50 states in the US (not the case for graduates of the English language program). Additionally, you will be treated better by many professors, and your clinical experience will be richer overall.

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    Thank you for taking the time to respond to my question. After reading through many of these forums I know that studying in the Bulgarian language program is preferable, however I'm very apprehensive due to the limits of my Bulgarian. I don't think I'll be very competent in terms of studying medicine in Bulgarian language as in English. Do you think that this is a major setback for me to study in Bulgarian or will I be better off still applying for the English program?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannabemdineu View Post
    Thank you for taking the time to respond to my question. After reading through many of these forums I know that studying in the Bulgarian language program is preferable, however I'm very apprehensive due to the limits of my Bulgarian. I don't think I'll be very competent in terms of studying medicine in Bulgarian language as in English. Do you think that this is a major setback for me to study in Bulgarian or will I be better off still applying for the English program?
    Hello, I am Bulgarian and I could answer your questions, if you have any.
    If you are of Bulgarian origin, then it would be nice for you to learn the language and may be then apply for the program in Bulgarian. However, this would mean that you would have to be competing with a lot of young people and I'm not sure how compatible are the educational programs in the USA and Bulgaria. But on the other hand most of the young people are applying for Medicine, because for them it's a "one-way" ticket to some more-developed country (Germany, Norway, etc..) Learning Bulgarian is by no means impossible, but from my experience most foreigners can learn to understand and read well enough and never reach fluency in speoken interaction. But Medicine is a special field, with special vocabulary. Given that you are of Bulgarian origin, I'd say that studying iin English would be no problem and you will recieve enough attention from the staff (Bonus points) Sadly, I don't know much about the whole application process for foreigners, but all universities have web pages available in English. Also I would advice you to take into consideration the MU of Varna and the MU of Pleven. The latter is smaller, but they have long-standing traditions with foreigners and good expertise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannabemdineu View Post
    Thank you for taking the time to respond to my question. After reading through many of these forums I know that studying in the Bulgarian language program is preferable, however I'm very apprehensive due to the limits of my Bulgarian. I don't think I'll be very competent in terms of studying medicine in Bulgarian language as in English. Do you think that this is a major setback for me to study in Bulgarian or will I be better off still applying for the English program?
    The problem will be if you want to work in the US, since the English program is not accepted in all states. The Bulgarian program is accepted in all 50 states. If you want to work in the EU it does not matter as much, as long as you can speak the language of the country where you want to work.

    If you are in 10th grade now, and you want to study in Bulgarian, you have more than enough time to get competent in Bulgarian... assuming you are willing and able to put in the effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devildoc8404 View Post
    The problem will be if you want to work in the US, since the English program is not accepted in all states. The Bulgarian program is accepted in all 50 states. If you want to work in the EU it does not matter as much, as long as you can speak the language of the country where you want to work.

    If you are in 10th grade now, and you want to study in Bulgarian, you have more than enough time to get competent in Bulgarian... assuming you are willing and able to put in the effort.
    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?

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