Medical University of Varna

The Medical University of Varna was founded in 1961, following a series of reforms initiated by the Bulgarian state to upgrade the medical institution to its present respectable position, by way of which it includes state of the art educational, scientific and medical facilities that are the pride of Northeast of Bulgaria. It consists of four schools (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Public Health), one administrative section, one Medical College and four Hospitals, all associated with the University, established during the 1970s and 1980s (“St. Marina” University Hospital of Varna, “St. Anna” University Hospital of Varna, Specialized Hospital of Vision, and Specialized Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology). Since it was founded, more than 8,351 Bulgarian students an additional 977 foreign students from 45 different countries have graduated.

Medical University of Varna

Medical University of Varna

The University employs more than 18 professors, 78 deputy professors and 284 assistant professors, the vast majority of whom are renowned around the world and comprise one of the best known academic and erudite medical communities of the world. The Institution has its own publication history, including the scientific magazine “Scripta Scientifica Medica”. Furthermore, the campus is easy to access, and enjoys a prominent place in the heart of the city of Varna, which has been voted the best city in Bulgaria.

Medicine is an entirely English-taught programme, lasting 6 years. Courses typically span 10 semesters of academic training. The usual academic track in Bulgaria is structured so that the first 2 years focus on pre-clinical study and theory, the next 3 years for the most part focus on clinical study and, finally, the programme is brought to completion with an internship year of medical rotations before graduation. With regard to the curriculum and laboratory work, as well as research assignments, it is important to note that national standards are aligned to European Union requirements. Moreover, during the internship year, students are required to take state exams for licensing.

There are also summer practical internships that are obligatory for students in their 2nd, 3rd and 4th year of studies. Having fulfilled the requirements of the academic programme, as well as the year-long internship and having passed the state exams, students receive the professional qualification of Physician or Doctor of Medicine (MD), and are awarded a Master's Degree with full privileges worldwide. The Degree and license are recognized in all EU member states and abroad. At present, graduates of Bulgarian universities who practice medicine internationally number in the thousands.


Candidates have to sit for a basic Biology and Chemistry entry test and submit the below documents:

  • Application form including brief biographical data, educational history and the courses for which they are applying 
  • Diploma (a copy) of completed secondary education with an academic transcript stating the disciplines studied 
  • Document issued by relevant authorities, certifying the right to continue education in higher schools and universities in the country of origin of the secondary school attended by the applicant 
  •  Health certificate issued not earlier than one month prior to application and verified in the county from which the candidate is applying 
  •  Two 4/5 cm photographs

The diploma, academic transcript and health certificate must be translated into Bulgarian and legalized according to official state directives.

Varna is the largest city and seaside resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast and the third largest city in Bulgaria with a population of 335,949. It is also the fourth largest city on the Black Sea. Often referred to as the marine capital of Bulgaria, Varna is a major tourist destination, a starting point for all the resorts in the northern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, business and university centre, seaport, and headquarters of the Bulgarian Navy and merchant marine. In April 2008, Varna was designated seat of the Black Sea Euro-Region by the Council of Europe. The Varna culture is a record holder, the oldest golden treasure in the world was discovered in Varna Necropolis, located in the present City of Varna consisting of artifacts dating to 4200-4600 BC.

The city occupies 238 km2 on verdant terraces descending from the calcareous Franga Plateau on the north and Avren Plateau on the south, along the horseshoe-shaped Varna Bay of the Black Sea, the elongated Lake Varna, and two artificial waterways connecting the bay and the lake and bridged by the Asparuhov most. It is the centre of a growing conurbation stretching along the seaboard 20 km north and 10 km south and along the lake 25 km west. Since antiquity, the city has been surrounded by vineyards, orchards, and forests. Commercial shipping facilities are being relocated inland into the lakes and canals, while the bay remains a recreation area; almost all the waterfront is parkland.