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    Current Medical Student at MU- Varna

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    Hello everyone, I'm a current medical student at medical university Varna and I wish to make a contribution to this site over the next years of my course (and beyond). SO feel free to ask my anything you want about the university, I'm more than happy to help

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    Hi, How has your experience been so far? Are the exams really tough? I heard it can depend on luck for the oral part of the exam? Is there a significant dropout rate? How would you rate MU-Varna overall out of 10?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ash555 View Post
    Hi, How has your experience been so far? Are the exams really tough? I heard it can depend on luck for the oral part of the exam? Is there a significant dropout rate? How would you rate MU-Varna overall out of 10?
    Hi there. My experience so far has been positive, with some ups and downs. Exams do require a lot of independent study, but I wouldnt say they are particularly hard. I can only speak for the first year, but I did hear from other students that 2nd and 4th years are the hardest, but at the end of the day it is down to the individual student, to put effort and not fail any exams, which can pile pressure on the next years (if exams are carried over). But medicine is tough wherever you go, and its certainly no different here.

    With regards to the examining methods- it is very traditional here, so nothing like the UK. We have MCQ's and an oral exam with the professor, who is entitled to fail you if he/she desires, but if you're a good student (most are not!) it shouldn't be a problem-providing you come prepared and are able to 'prove' you have put effort into learning the content.

    About the drop out rate, I don't have any figures to back this up but from what I've gathered some students have been thrown off the course- but this is a minority. But remember, medicine is no easy ride, especially in the Balkan region.

    Now onto rating- I'm not sure which aspect of the uni you are asking about. For organisation 2/10, teaching quality 4/10, uni environment 8/10, but you have to be a bit more specific here, the uni has its good and bad points, so not sure what you're exactly asking.

    And finally , all the best wherever you decide to study

    The city is absolutely amazing, especially in the summer

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    hello i want to know, is sofia or varna better as a medical university?

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    Varna sounds like fun! Might apply here!

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    Hey! Thanks for the info Do u know if MU Pleven is better than Varna? If you had the choice again would u choose Pleven, Plovdiv, Sofia or Varna??

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    Hi VarnaMedic,

    Do you mind writing up a quick update on the three criteria below "organisation 2/10, teaching quality 4/10, uni environment 8/10" after spending couple of years at MU Varna.

    Thanks & best regards!

    Quote Originally Posted by VarnaMedic View Post
    Hi there. My experience so far has been positive, with some ups and downs. Exams do require a lot of independent study, but I wouldnt say they are particularly hard. I can only speak for the first year, but I did hear from other students that 2nd and 4th years are the hardest, but at the end of the day it is down to the individual student, to put effort and not fail any exams, which can pile pressure on the next years (if exams are carried over). But medicine is tough wherever you go, and its certainly no different here.

    With regards to the examining methods- it is very traditional here, so nothing like the UK. We have MCQ's and an oral exam with the professor, who is entitled to fail you if he/she desires, but if you're a good student (most are not!) it shouldn't be a problem-providing you come prepared and are able to 'prove' you have put effort into learning the content.

    About the drop out rate, I don't have any figures to back this up but from what I've gathered some students have been thrown off the course- but this is a minority. But remember, medicine is no easy ride, especially in the Balkan region.

    Now onto rating- I'm not sure which aspect of the uni you are asking about. For organisation 2/10, teaching quality 4/10, uni environment 8/10, but you have to be a bit more specific here, the uni has its good and bad points, so not sure what you're exactly asking.

    And finally , all the best wherever you decide to study

    The city is absolutely amazing, especially in the summer

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    Varna Medic, I am also interested in an update on these sorts of opinions you had after the first year. Also what is life like in Varna? How is the social scene and do the med students get the opportunity to party a lot, a little or not at all? Or does that totally depend on the student? I am aware medicine is rigorous but wanted to see if there were significant amounts of extra time outside of studying and class for partying. Thanks in advance for any further info you can provide!

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    Varna is awesome. I did not study there (I am an MU-Sofia grad), but I have friends there and have been there a number of times.

    There is ample opportunity to relax in Varna in general. Based on my experience in BG, I am quite sure that there are many medical students who spend a hell of a lot more time partying that doing anything educationally constructive, and there is a decent chance that they will graduate and go on to endanger people's lives as crappy physicians.

    It is hard to get through Bulgarian programs with the skill set needed to work as a capable physician. Focus on that first, prepare to work as a doctor, and plan your breaks sensibly. If you have the maturity and work ethic to do so, then you might emerge from the fray and be able to work in a good health system. If you do not, then studying there is a bloody bad idea.

    Good luck. It's a heck of a slog but it can get you to your goal if you have the chops and the determination to make it happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devildoc8404 View Post
    Varna is awesome. I did not study there (I am an MU-Sofia grad), but I have friends there and have been there a number of times.

    There is ample opportunity to relax in Varna in general. Based on my experience in BG, I am quite sure that there are many medical students who spend a hell of a lot more time partying that doing anything educationally constructive, and there is a decent chance that they will graduate and go on to endanger people's lives as crappy physicians.

    It is hard to get through Bulgarian programs with the skill set needed to work as a capable physician. Focus on that first, prepare to work as a doctor, and plan your breaks sensibly. If you have the maturity and work ethic to do so, then you might emerge from the fray and be able to work in a good health system. If you do not, then studying there is a bloody bad idea.

    Good luck. It's a heck of a slog but it can get you to your goal if you have the chops and the determination to make it happen.
    Do you reckon the quality of education/training has improved a lot since you left?

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