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    (Bulgaria EU) Sofia University Medicine in English 6 Years

    Hi everyone,

    who else is applying to Sofia University for their medicine programme in english? The tuition fee is: 6000 Euros per year.
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    I'll look into Pleven for the February class. I think I'd be OK with not being approved in California and some other states, however if the program in Pleven is what I want, I'll consider that too.

    This in particular cleared things up for me quiet a bit: valuemd.com/main-european-medical-schools-forum/20324-interesting-varna-4-year-program-bulgar.html#post102581

    Thanks for your help, it's been invaluable!
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    This says the same things that I have said, except that the stuff the school posted is wrong on a couple of points! California and New Mexico are NOT the only states that are affected by this. There is a changing list of states that follow the CMB list... Tennessee, Indiana, Arkansas, etc. Remember that the posts on that thread are 7 years old. For one thing, Varna doesn't even have a 4-year program, it doesn't exist.

    More importantly, based on my experience as a student in the English language program at Sofia, your overall educational experience will be far worse if you select an English language program. That should not be underestimated. In the Bulgarian program your classmates will all be smart, having made it through the selection process for Bulgarian students. In the English program, trust me, this is not the case. This also should not be underestimated. Some of your professors will assume that you are all as dumb as the slowest/laziest member of your cohort, and if you are a remotely intelligent and motivated student it will drive you expletiveing crazy.

    Good luck, though, whatever you decide.

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    I'll consider the above carefully.

    I'd also like to know the tuition of Medical University of Sofia for a Bulgarian citizen (I found conflicting values from different sources, many of which were probably outdated).
    During my search to attain more information, I stumbled across this: valuemd.com/main-european-medical-schools-forum/170297-medical-university-europe.html
    Are you sure that the English language program prevents practicing in Bulgaria or any other EU country? I find this quite appalling, if true (Riza seems to contest this).
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    I don't know the costs of tuition for a Bulgarian citizen, but it's cheap. It's a bit more if you are a Bulgarian student coming from overseas, though, I believe, but still less than the foreigners pay.

    NO, that is not true about practice in the EU. That was a rumor that was put to rest a while ago -- as long as you speak the language, and you meet the requirements of the EU country, there appears to be no problem... thank you for pointing that out, I need to amend the information on that old post! (I have already been recruited to work in the EU in Germany and Republic of Ireland, and I still have a year left before graduation... I still am going back to the States -- assuming I match, of course -- but at least there are other options coming from the English language program.)

    Riza's a good egg, and he's pretty sharp as well.

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    If you enroll in the English program (or Bulgarian for that matter) and you are a Bulgarian citizen, you pay 50% of the tuition. A nice discount if you ask me.

    Do consider things seriously before making your decision, though. Devildoc's touched upon some points that you should not overlook.
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    Riza, my brother, are you packing two passports?!

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    Since March of this year, oui. For the sole purpose of education of course, to be honest.
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    Is this uni GMC recognised?

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    What can I expect for the total duration of an average day's cumulative lectures (in hours), for a first year student?

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    hours

    It depends on the whim of your professors. Some days you may do 8am-6pm, and other days you may finish at noon if class is cancelled or rescheduled. It is not so convenient as I recall a great number of coffee breaks in between lectures. Also it is hard to find a good place to study on campus so you end up wasting time. The need for a good study hall with computer access and coffee is huge.
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