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    Transfers to Bulgarian Medical Schools

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    Hi,

    If any current students have any information I would be truely grateful.
    Does the Medical school in Sofia except transfer students?

    Many thanks

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    Where are you transferring from?

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    There may be transfer options if you are coming from another Bulgarian school... talk with the admissions office about that.

    If you are coming from outside of the country, incoming students are officially accepted as a first-year student in the six-year program. Any previously-completed classes for which you would want to receive credit would require meeting with the individual department heads to determine knowledge level and review the coursework completed -- you may be signed/tested out of the class, or they may require you to take it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goodey View Post
    Hi,

    If any current students have any information I would be truely grateful.
    Does the Medical school in Sofia except transfer students?

    Many thanks
    well i cant say how is it in Sofia, however I, myself did a trans fer to second year in pleven from st.petersburg, Russia. Its absulately a must to have all ur exams from ur uni to be cleared and u should have sylebus including topics and academic hours validated by the dean and translated. Moreover, they should match with the uni u want to transfer, or else u might have to retake some exams, even worst, retake the class.
    good luck

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    Transfer advice

    I think it's important to also consider how much time has lapsed from previous coursework. There is considerable overlap of material from one year to the next, so if anatomy or physiology was some years back this makes the examination process much more difficult in the future.

    Check the website for courses by year. There are cases where one may be able to carry into the next year something like Bulgarian and complete it in addition to regular coursework for the year. This is decided on a case-by-case basis of course.

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    Hi

    Transferring from inside the European Union. I am currently on an english language medicine course in a European Union country.
    But not from a Bulgarian medical school.

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    Where are you transferring from?

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    Only 2nd year

    I am not from a Bulgarian medical school.

    So I take your answer to be a No. You can only officially be accepted to the 1st year.
    Well if someone came to the 1st year, could he then speak to all the department heads in 2nd and 3rd years and get those courses signed off?


    It sounds like transfers are not really accepted anymore. What about in the past? As in a few years ago?

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    There may be transfer options if you are coming from another Bulgarian school... talk with the admissions office about that.

    If you are coming from outside of the country, incoming students are officially accepted as a first-year student in the six-year program. Any previously-completed classes for which you would want to receive credit would require meeting with the individual department heads to determine knowledge level and review the coursework completed -- you may be signed/tested out of the class, or they may require you to take it.

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    Is it possible someone could ask?

    Hi Shadhin,

    Well it appears your university allowed a transfer to the 2nd year.

    The websites are not very clear and do not have information about transfer applications.
    I emailed Pleven 1 week before, and as of yet have not heard a reply back.

    Is it possible someone could ask the foreign students secretary about the maximum year a student can transfer to?
    I guess it should only take 30 seconds, providing you have lectures in the same building as the deans office.

    It may also be interesting to just know, as previoulsy I thought students could transfer.


    Quote Originally Posted by shadhin View Post
    well i cant say how is it in Sofia, however I, myself did a trans fer to second year in pleven from st.petersburg, Russia. Its absulately a must to have all ur exams from ur uni to be cleared and u should have sylebus including topics and academic hours validated by the dean and translated. Moreover, they should match with the uni u want to transfer, or else u might have to retake some exams, even worst, retake the class.
    good luck

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    Transfers

    Pleven may have a different way of doing things, however, the standards for medical education apply across the country. Rules are set by the Ministry of Health & Education and are non-negotiable regardless of the institution. I have seen students transfer as high as 3rd year IF they have the vast majority of the coursework completed and are willing to do extra work in Bulgarian or some of the other classes that are required but not essential.

    One will officially apply for 1st year. Following that, the status on coursework must be reviewed and approved by each department head. A student will have to take his syllabi to each department he wished to sign out of. Although this is a rather lengthy process, it's worthwhile if it means skipping a year or more. The student will have to come here as early as possible in order to accomplish this without missing too much class time.

    So, to check one's status in regards to coursework, students who are interested in transfering should review the syllabi online and compare with what has been done by the student previously. There needs to be at least 85-95% syllabi match to assure a signature out of the class. The text for the class is also taken under consideration, ie. Guyton, Harrison, Lehninger, Sabiston...these texts are usually used by the English students here and the professors are more than familiar with the content.

    Classes that are often approved for a carry-over, or which students may simply sit for examination include such things as General Medicine, Latin and a few others. There is also an option to sit for examination if the majority of the classwork is completed, but for some reason the professor may not feel comfortable with the student's syllabus.

    Problems routinly occur when students who may have an undergraduate degree, find that they are missing classes like Anatomy, Medical ethics, Biostatistics which are usually offered in medical school. Biophysics is also often missing, but the department in Sofia is a little more lenient if there has been at least a significant amount of Physics background.

    For those with undergraduate degrees it may seem frustrating to have to wait around with a very light schedule in the 1st year. However, if this is the case, it is a good time to volunteer, study the language, participate in lab work etc. Not to mention, that getting used to a foreign country takes some time.

    If a particular poster has a question about a specific case, it is easier for me to answer if I know what coursework has been done, and into what year the student wishes to enter. I can at least give a rough estimate for how this will likely be handled from an administrative point of view especially for students who are considering Sofia.

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    I am not from a Bulgarian medical school. So I take your answer to be a No. You can only officially be accepted to the 1st year.

    That's exactly what I meant. Nobody needs to ask the Dekanat's Office about that, because I just helped two people through the admissions process in the past six months.

    Well if someone came to the 1st year, could he then speak to all the department heads in 2nd and 3rd years and get those courses signed off?

    That's exactly what I meant. It is possible, but as arista29 pointed out, the classes need to match up very closely, you need to have grades that equate to passing here, and you need to catch the professor on a good day and not piss him or her off.

    It sounds like transfers are not really accepted anymore. What about in the past? As in a few years ago?

    Again, nobody is officially accepted as a transfer student, as I mentioned. Acceptance is as a 1st year student, and then you meet with all of the department heads to see where you will end up. It could be 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year, depending on your previous coursework. You will likely need to test out of some classes, as well.

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