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General Information

  • Forum: Forum
  • Location: Bulgaria
  • Year Founded: 1948
  • Time required for MD: 4 & 6 Yr Programs
  • Tuition: 7,000 EUR per year
  • Student Loans: Private Loans
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A Brief History of Bulgaria by The World Factbook

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The Bulgars, a Central Asian Turkic tribe, merged with the local Slavic inhabitants in the late 7th century to form the first Bulgarian state. In succeeding centuries, Bulgaria struggled with the Byzantine Empire to assert its place in the Balkans, but by the end of the 14th century the country was overrun by the Ottoman Turks. Northern Bulgaria attained autonomy in 1878 and all of Bulgaria became independent from the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Having fought on the losing side in both World Wars, Bulgaria fell within the Soviet sphere of influence and became a People's Republic in 1946. Communist domination ended in 1990, when Bulgaria held its first multiparty election since World War II and began the contentious process of moving toward political democracy and a market economy while combating inflation, unemployment, corruption, and crime. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007. Read More.

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About university

The Pleven Medical University, one of the five medical Universities in Bulgaria, was established in 1974, expanding the horizons, size and reputation of the City Hospital, founded in 1865. Today, combining traditions of the past with the present possibilities, it incorporates educational and therapeutic facilities, contemporary pre-clinical base, Institute Hospital with more than 1000 beds with clinics in all major medical fields, as well as a large number of specialized clinics and research units with modern diagnostic and therapeutic equipment. These are efficiently used to treat patients, train students, trainee doctors, post-graduates and for research work.

The instruction courses in the Pleven Medical University are carried out in 2 faculties and one college:

  1. FACULTY OF MEDICINE with the specialty of MEDICINE:
  2. FACULTY OF PUBLIC HEALTH with the following specialties:
    • MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH CARE;
    • MEDICAL REHABILITATION AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY;
    • HEALTH MANAGEMENT;
    • NURSIN;
    • MIDWIFERY.
  3. MEDICAL COLLEGE – PLEVEN with the following specialties:
    • MEDICAL LABORATORY ASSISTANT;
    • RADIOLOGY LABORATORY ASSISTANT;
    • SOCIALvWORKER.

The University has all theoretic, pre-clinical and clinical departments required for the higher medical education. Up to date, more than 6000 Bulgarian and foreign students from over 30 countries have graduated from the University. The current number of students is 2044. 275 of them are foreign students, including 78 of Indian nationality – the biggest community of foreign students at the university. Other international students are coming from the following countries: Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine, Moldova, Greece, Turkey, Nigeria, Albania, Cyprus, Congo, Syria, Algeria, USA, Japan, Great Britain and France. 835 young doctors from Bulgaria and abroad are taking postgraduate courses at the different specialized clinics of the University Hospital. The current number of PhD students is 53.

Highly qualified lecturers with comprehensive academic experience are employed. The course of instruction is carried out in 24 departments by more than 60 professors and aound 300 assistant professors. Most of them are members of national and international scientific and medical societies and authors of research studies.

The academic year traditionally begins in the middle of September and ends in the end of May next year. It has two semesters of 16 weeks each, including 1-week holidays for Christmas and Easter. Because of the long terms necessary for processing of documents /especially visas/ of international candidates, the Academic Council of the University decided that the academic year for international students, English-language course of training, will start in the middle of February and end in the end of December. Since the year 2006-2007 the University started to organize a preparatory course in English language for international students coming from non-English-speaking countries, wishing to join the English language medical course.

Various modern teaching methods are applied in the academic process. These include theoretical lectures, small group practical tutorials and seminars. Additionally, the students may join extracurricular teaching courses and scientific circles functioning at the departments. Training groups are composed of maximum 6 students.

Current monitoring and assessment of the students' knowledge in each subject is done by assistant professors, who are responsible for the students' group instruction during the semester. Examinations are conducted in all required subjects of instruction after each semester within the examination session, which lasts 45 days. Final assessment of knowledge acquired by the students after accomplishment of their full course of study is given by the State Examination Board at a comprehensive theoretical and practical examination.

The University has two students hostels with over 400 beds. The hostel rooms are double- and triple- bed rooms, centrally heated, each having a bathroom. Students are not required to live in hostels and may go into private accommodation if they wish. Meals are provided at the students' canteen at a discount. The sports facilities at the University enable the students to have regular physical training in different sport disciplines. There is an indoor multipurpose sports center, basketball and volleyball fields and tennis courts.

The students can freely join students' unions and societies. Foreign students can establish their own national, ethnic and religious communities the functioning of which has to be in compliance with the laws of the Republic of Bulgaria. According to their interests and individual capabilities, students can become members of different scientific circles, culture and sports clubs. In accordance with the principles of non-discrimination the University does not have any different attitude to students in connection to their nationality, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, ethnical and political affiliations, financial and health status.

Scientific and Teaching Staff

The scientific and teaching staff at MU-Pleven consists of 280 people altogether, of which 68 are professors and associate professors; and 212 are assistants. Among the lecturers with academic rank there are 5 having the academic degree Doctor of Science, and the rest 63 are with the degree Doctor. Twenty-eight out of the lecturers without an academic rank have acquired the scientific degree Doctor. During the last year the scientific activities of the University’s associates can be reduced to the following essential fulfillments:

  • 6 theses have been defended for the acquisition of the scientific degree Doctor;
  • 63 PhD students have been enrolled and another 20 theses have been elaborated without admission into PhD studies;
  • 9 monographs have been issued together with 34 textbooks and study materials;
  • 40 scientific announcement have been published in international magazines and 211 – in Bulgarian editions, 15 of which have an impact factor;
  • There have been 51 participations in scientific events abroad together with 288 within the country;
  • 13 scientific specialization courses have been performed abroad;
  • 9 scientific circles have been functioning;
  • 4 scientific forums have been organized within the framework of the Days of Medicine in Pleven; and another 59 scientific projects are in elaboration;
  • For the organization of 2 scientific forums within the country MU-Pleven is playing the leading part;
    • 38 multicentric surveys of medical goods, 19 of which are conducted with international collaboration;
    • 2 of our scientists are holders of prestigious national and international awards for scientific achievements;
    • 11 scientists altogether are involved in national and international information publications;
    • One international scientist has been awarded with the honorary title Doctor Honoris Causa of the Medical University-Pleven for the year 2005.

Specialization

Post-Graduate Studies /Specialization Courses/

SPECIALIZATION COURSE means mastering the necessary skills and knowledge of a basic medical specialty from the List of Specialties in the Healthcare System according to a curriculum and programmes of studies and it finishes after successfully passing an examination performed by the State Examination Board. The programmes of studies are approved by the Minister of Health and they are integrated for all medical universities within the country. The basic document which arranges the terms and conditions for performing and financing a training course for acquiring the professional rights of a medical specialty in the healthcare system is Ordinance No. 34/29.12.2006. One cannot be simultaneously trained to acquire more than one specialty. The training to acquire a specialty in the healthcare system aims to teach the post-graduate medical student the necessary theory and practical skills in the respective specialty which comprises a separate part of the medical science and practice. The state examinations for specialty are held annually and are conducted in two exam sessions: from 1 to 31 May and from 1 to 31 December. In order to be enlisted for the exams the medical graduates submit application forms from 1 to 31 January for the exam session in May and from 1 to 31 August for the exam session in December.

The Ordinance No. 15/15.07.2008 is the basic document which arranges the terms and conditions for acquiring a Specialty in General Medicine by physicians without any other specialty or by those having other specialties and having founded a dispensary for primary medical help.
The post-graduate education of medical graduates and graduates of other higher courses of training is organized and controlled by the Center of Post-Graduate Training and University-Hospital Cooperation.

List of Specialties and Terms of Acquisition in the Healthcare System for which Medical University – Pleven is the training base

General Information

Center of Post-graduate Training and University-Hospital Coordination

In conformity with the Rector’s mandate programme of our University some of the major priorities in the sphere of education are as follows:

  • Improving the control, management and the quality of post-graduate education: maintaining a good normative base for proper management of the post-graduate training; creating an electronic data base for all post-graduate students.
  • Improving the necessary equipment and renewing the existing computer facilities;
  • Improving the programmes of studies to approximate the European requirements and standards in the training process. The University policy should develop into the direction of admitting post-graduate students from member states of the EU, from the USA, Russia and many others;
  • Increasing the total number of enrolled post-graduate students.

In accordance with the resolutions of the Council of Ministers and the National Assembly for transforming our higher educational institution into University which ratified the new institutional structure in the period January-March 2005, changes have been performed within the structure and organization of the training process.

With Resolution of the Academic Council of MU-Pleven dated 13.05.2005 a Center of Post-Graduate Training and University-Hospital Coordination have been established with the status of independent unit which is directly subordinate to the Rector’s management.

The Center of Post-Graduate Training organizes and registers, coordinates and controls the post-graduate training which should be performed at the clinical bases approved with official order by the Minister of Health of Bulgaria.

The post-graduate training has developed in three basic directions:

  1. Highly-Specialized Activity /HAS/;
  2. Specialization Courses;
  3. Continuing Specialization.

HIGHLY SPECIALIZED ACTIVITY
The main objective of the Highly Specialized Activity is the acquisition of specific competence through programmes of training which may be part of the specialization programmes or may be in the form of training on separate programmes approved by the Rector of MU-Pleven. Upon completion of these programmes specific examination is held and a certificate of qualification is issued which is signed by the Rector.
The Center of Post-Graduate Training at Medical University-Pleven organizes and registers the fulfillment of the programmes of studies for conducting training in highly specialized activities in Medicine. The fulfillment of the programmes of studies is conducted at the University Experimental Training Center of Endoscopic Surgery and at the University Hospital.

Admission Procedure for Specialization Courses

ACQUISITION OF SPECIALTY BY FOREIGN CITIZENS
Foreign citizens can apply for a training course leading to the acquisition of specialty competence in the healthcare system in Bulgaria if their higher medical education and professional qualification in Medicine are recognized; and any other previously acquired specialty.
The foreign applicants should submit the following documents:

An application form indicating the specialty which they deserve to acquire;

  • A short CV of the applicant;
  • Copy of the Diploma of completed higher education;
  • A certificate stating a five-year period of professional practice up to the present moment;
  • A medical certificate issued not later than a month prior to the application date;
  • A certificate proving a proficiency of Bulgarian language and professional terminology in Bulgarian in the cases described under Art. 14, Paragraph 3 of the Law of Health;
  • A certificate of recognized higher education;
  • A certificate of recognized professional; qualification;

All the applicant’s documents should be legalized, translated and attested in the appropriate way by the competent authorities.

Those foreign citizens who have a long-term permit to stay in Bulgaria, the refugees and the foreigners of Bulgarian origin have the right to do a specialization course under the terms and conditions which are applicable for Bulgarian citizens.

The applicants who are accepted in pursuance of intergovernmental agreements and interdepartmental programmes of educational, cultural and scientific exchange are admitted under the terms and conditions which have been appointed in the respective agreements and programmes after recognition of the applicants’ higher education, of their professional qualification, and of their specialty if they have acquired such.

CONTINUING QUALIFICATION
The continuing qualification is a form of post-graduate training after the acquisition of the rights to practice the profession which is performed in the form of courses, individual training, participation in seminars, conferences, symposiums, etc. The Center of Post-Graduate Training and University-Hospital Cooperation works out annually schedule of the courses which are to be performed at MU-Pleven and University Hospital of Intensive Treatment-Pleven and are ratified by the Rector and the Chairman of the Bulgarian Medical Association.

Schedule of the courses for post-graduate qualification and individual specialization of the graduate medical specialists in 2008 can be downloaded here.

Admission

Medical University – Pleven offers a full-time six-year course of training in the speciality of Medicine which is structured in the following way:
2 years of pre-clinical study, 3 years of clinical study, and one year of state clinical practice /internship/.For more information see Academic Curriculum
All graduates are awarded a diploma of completed higher medical education. The academic Master’s Degree is conferred to them along with the professional qualification Physician.

The studies are carried out in two courses according to the medium of instruction – in English and in Bulgarian language. The English-language-course students have to attend compulsory classes in Bulgarian language /6 hours a week/ for the first three years of training in order to be able to communicate with patients in the University hospital throughout their clinical studies.

Admission procedures for foreign citizens.

1. Citizens of countries - not members of the European Union.

Foreign citizens, coming from countries, that are not members of the EU, are only enrolled for training as self-paid students. They should apply at the Educational Department or send their documents to the University by post. The following documents are required:

An Application form with an attached brief CV of the candidate;

  • A secondary-school-leaving certificate with a statement of marks including the subjects of Biology and Chemistry. The average mark in Biology and Chemistry should be equal or higher than 75% of the possible maximum in the country. The certificate should be translated into Bulgarian language and legalized at the Bulgarian Embassy in the respective country. If difficulties with the translation occur, the certificate can be legalized and presented in English language. In these cases, the University will collect a fee for authorized translation.
  • A medical certificate issued not earlier than one month prior to the application date, stating that the applicant does not suffer from any communicable diseases, being in good physical and mental health to pursue a training course in Medicine. This certificate should be translated and legalized in the above way.
  • A certificate stating that the applicant has the right /is eligible/ to continue his/her education into a higher educational institution in his/her own country, translated and legalized in the above mentioned way.

For students, coming from countries, where English is not the official language - proof of level of English (both spoken and written) – Toefl 550, Cambridge First Certificate or ILTS 6.This document should be translated and legalized in the above way.

The University offers a preparatory course in English language for students who cannot meet this requirement. The duration of the course is one year and leads to the acquisition of Cambridge First Certificate. The University also issues a certificate for completed course in English language which is recognized by the International Certificate Conference – Europe.

  • Four recently-taken colour photos /passport size/.
  • Copy of the international passport of the candidate.

The academic year for the first-year English-language students starts in the middle of February and finishes in December, comprising two semesters of 16 weeks each, including two one-week holidays for Christmas and Easter.

The tuition fee for the academic 2009/2010 is 5200 EUR per year.

The last day for applying is 15th of September 2009 for the academic 2009/2010 year.

2. Citizens of member-countries of the European Union.

Citizens of countries which are members of the EU can apply and study at Medical University – Pleven following the same procedures and under the same conditions applicable for Bulgarian citizens.

3. Admission procedures for citizens of dual citizenship

Applicants with dual citizenship /one of which is Bulgarian/ should submit their applications before the beginning of the academic year, presenting the following documents:

  • An application form with a brief CV included;
  • A secondary-school-leaving certificate. If the applicant has completed his/her secondary educationl abroad, the secondary-school-leaving certificate has to be translated into Bulgarian language and legalized at the Bulgarian Embassy in the respective country. If difficulties with the translation occur, the certificate can be legalized and presented in English language. In these cases, the University will collect a fee for the authorized translation.
  • A medical certificate issued not earlier than one month prior to the application date, stating that the applicant does not suffer from any communicable diseases, being in good physical and mental health. This certificate should be translated and legalized in the above mentioned way.
  • A certificate stating that the applicant has the right /is eligible/ to continue his/her education into a higher educational institution in the same country where he/she has completed secondary education, translated and legalized in the above mentioned way as well.
  • For students, coming from countries, where English is not the official language - proof of level of English (both spoken and written) – Toefl 550 or ILTS 6. This document should be translated and legalized in the above way. The University offers a preparatory course in English language for students who cannot meet this requirement. The duration of the course is one year and leads to the acquisition of Cambridge First Certificate. The University also issues a certificate for completed course in English language which is recognized by the International Certificate Conference – Europe.
  • Two recently-taken colour photos /passport size/.
  • The applicant should be a holder of a valid Bulgarian passport.

Transfer of students.

Students with Bulgarian nationality can be transferred to continue their studies into MU-Pleven if they have completed at least one academic year in a medical faculty abroad, in the specialty of Medicine. In such cases, they should present the following documents:

  • An application form – free text.
  • Secondary-school-leaving certificate if it is acquired in Bulgaria.
  • A transcript of records, issued by the faculty they have studied in, presenting the following information: names of disciplines studied, number of contact hours for theoretical and practical classes, marks obtained in each discipline, the grading system of the respective country. This transcript of records should be translated into Bulgarian language and legalized at the Bulgarian Embassy in the respective country. If difficulties with the translation occur, the transcript can be legalized and presented in English language. In these cases, the University will collect a fee for the authorized translation.

Foreign citizens can be transferred to MU-Pleven if they have completed at least one academic year in a medical faculty abroad, in the specialty of Medicine. In such cases, they should present the following documents:

  • An application form with a short CV included;
  • A secondary-school-leaving certificate with a statement of marks including the subjects of Biology and Chemistry. The average mark in Biology and Chemistry should be equal or higher than 62% of the possible maximum in the country. The certificate should be translated into Bulgarian language and legalized at the Bulgarian Embassy in the respective country. If difficulties with the translation occur, the certificate can be legalized and presented in English language. In these cases, the University will collect a fee for the authorized translation.
  • A medical certificate issued not earlier than one month prior to the application date, stating that the applicant does not suffer from any communicable diseases, being in good physical and mental health to pursue a training course in Medicine. This certificate should be translated and legalized in the above mentioned way.
  • A certificate stating that the applicant has the right /is eligible/ to continue his/her education into a higher educational institution in his/her own country, translated and legalized in the above mentioned way.
  • Four recently-taken colour photos /passport size/.
  • Copy of the international passport of the applicant.
  • Letter of financial support, signed by one of the applicant’s parents or any other relative, or issued by their representative bank.
  • A transcript of records, issued by the faculty they have studied abroad, presenting the following information: the names of the studied disciplines; the total number of contact hours for theoretical and practical classes; the marks obtained in each discipline; the grading system in the respective country. This transcript of records should be translated into Bulgarian language and legalized at the Bulgarian Embassy in the respective country. If difficulties with the translation occur, the transcript can be legalized and presented in English language. In these cases, the University will collect a fee for the authorized translation.

Fees

On the basis of the Law for Higher Education, Cabinet Council Ordinance No: 127/02.06.2007 and Instruction No: 48/08.09.2005 of Financial Director of Medical University-Pleven, the fallowing fees are being collected from students:

Tuition Fees

These tuition fees are valid for all students, irrelevant to their year of enrollment, and are paid in two equal installments at the beginning of each semester.

I. Faculty of Medicine: International self-paid students

  • Yearly tuition fee for self-paid students studying in the Specialty of Medicine – 4500 EUR;
  • Yearly tuition fee for the preparatory Bulgarian or English language course – 2700 EUR;
  • Yearly tuition fee for students with dual citizenship one of which is Bulgarian, studying in the Specialty of Medicine – 2250 EUR.
  • Yearly tuition fee for post-graduate students – full-time training – 4300 EUR

II. Faculty of Public Health: International students

  • Yearly tuition fee for self-paid students studying in the Specialty of Management of Health Care for the Academic “Bachelor’s” Degree, full-time training – 2500 EUR;
  • Yearly tuition fee for self-paid students studying in the Specialty of Management of Health Care, academic “Bachelor’s” Degree, part-time training – 1250 EUR;
  • Yearly tuition fee for self-paid students studying in the Specialty of Occupational Therapy for the Academic “Bachelor’s” Degree, full-time training – 2600 EUR;
  • Yearly tuition fee for self-paid students, studying in the Specialty of Nursing for the Academic “Bachelor’s” Degree, full-time training – 2600 EUR;
  • Yearly tuition fee for self-paid students, studying in the Specialty of Midwifery for the Academic “Bachelor’s” Degree, full-time training – 2600 EUR;
  • Yearly tuition fee for the preparatory Bulgarian language course – 2600 EUR.

III. Medical College: International students

  • Yearly tuition fee for self-paid students studying in the Specialty of Medical Lab. Assistant for the Academic “Bachelor’s” Degree, full-time training – 2600 EUR;
  • Yearly tuition fee for self-paid students studying in the Specialty of Radiology Lab. Assistant for the Academic “Bachelor’s” Degree, full-time training – 2600 EUR;
  • Yearly tuition fee for self-paid students studying in the Specialty of Social Worker for the Academic “Bachelor’s” Degree, full-time training – 2600 EUR;

Administrative Service Fees

- Certificate for undergraduate students – 3.00 BGN
- Certificate for post-graduate students – 4.00 BGN
- Diploma for acquired specialty – 15.00 BGN
- Diploma for acquired higher education – 15.00 BGN
- Post-graduate student’s book – 10.00 BGN
- Duplicate of a Diploma and Diploma Supplement – 10.00 BGN
- Luxurious Diploma for acquired higher education – 50.00 BGN
- Luxurious Diploma for acquired specialty – 50.00 BGN
- Authorized Translation of candidate-students’ documents (1 set of documents) – 25.00 BGN
- Examination for foreign students (during irregular sessions) – 50.00 EUR
- Examination for Bulgarian students (during irregular session) – 50.00 BGN
- Conspectus – 1.00 BGN
- Admission examination for post-graduate studies – 100.00 BGN
- “Pilot practice” training – 240 BGN


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