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Study in Bulgaria

A small but charming country located in the Balkan Peninsula, Bulgaria is full of attractions for both international students and tourists. If you want to study in Bulgaria, you’ll find an impressive range of natural environments: from warm, sandy beaches to striking mountains and ski resorts – and it’s also a relatively low-cost international study destination.

Established in the year 681, Bulgaria is one of the oldest European countries. Its rich history has left behind many historical sites, and plenty of stories and perspectives to explore. Between 1946 and 1989 it was a single-party communist state, but since then has been governed as a democratic republic. In 2007, it became a member state of the European Union, making it even easier to travel to and around the country.

Most of Bulgaria’s international students come from neighboring nations Turkey, Greece and Macedonia, with large numbers also coming from Nigeria, Germany, Italy, Israel, UK, Ghana, South Africa and India, amongst others. International students are likely to be attracted by the country’s well-developed higher education system, internationally recognized degrees, highly reasonable tuition fees and living costs, and the safe and friendly living environment.

Fast Facts

  • Situated in the Balkan Peninsula
  • Borders with Greece, Turkey, Macedonia, Serbia, Romania and the Black Sea
  • Capital city is Sofia
  • Population is 7.3 million
  • Official language is Bulgarian and official alphabet is Cyrillic
  • The Cyrillic script was developed during the 9th century
  • Official religion is Orthodox Christianity
  • Member state of the EU, NATO and the UN – and currently in the process of joining the Schengen Area
  • National currency is Bulgarian lev (BGN)
  • Founded as a national state in 681 AD
  • Unitary parliamentary republic
  • Part of the Ottoman Empire for five centuries until 1878
  • In 1946 the monarchy was abolished and Bulgaria became a communist state.
  • In 1989 the communist regime fell and Bulgaria became a democracy.
  • Almost 35% of the land consists of forests, where some of the oldest trees in the world grow.
  • Active member of CERN, with almost 200 participating scientists
  • Home to nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Until 1989, Bulgaria was the world's second-largest wine exporter.
  • The inventor of the first electronic digital computer, John Atanasoff, was of Bulgarian origin.
  • A Bulgarian folk song is part of the Voyager Golden Record selection of music included in the Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977.