Pleven Medical University

It is one of the five medical institutions of higher education in Bulgaria. It is the only university in Pleven and was founded in 1974 on the basis of the former regional hospital established in 1865.The university unifies a large modern preclinical base, a hospital with specialised clinics, and research sections. It has two faculties, the Faculty of Medicine covering the subjects of medicine and rehabilitation and occupational therapy, and the Faculty of Public Health covering health care, as well as a college. There are also two hostels with a total of 315 beds in two- and three-bed rooms.

In 1997 the university added an English language Medicine programme designed for international students. This was the first English language medicine programme in Bulgaria. As of the 2000s, Medical University Pleven has had 4081 Bulgarian and 582 foreign students from 45 countries, and has about 750 students a year, of which half are Bulgarians and the rest foreigners, 50-60% of whom are from India. Since Bulgaria’s ascension to the European Union in 2007, most international students originate from other EU member states.

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The instruction courses in the university are carried out in two faculties and one college:

  • Faculty of Medicine with the speciality of Medicine;
  • Faculty of Public Health with the following specialities:
    • Management of Health Care;
    • Medicinal Rehabilitation and Occupational Therapy;
    • Health Management;
    • Nursing
    • Midwifery.
  • Medical College Pleven with the following specialities:
    • Medical Laboratory Assistant;
    • Radiology Laboratory Assistant;
    • Social Worker.

Pleven is the seventh most populous city in Bulgaria. Located in the northern part of the country, it is the administrative center of Pleven Province, as well as of the subordinate Pleven municipality. Internationally known for the Siege of Plevna of 1877, it is today a major economic center of the Bulgarian Northwest and Central North and the third largest city of Northern Bulgaria after Varna and Rousse. The earliest traces of human settlement in the area date from the 5th millennium BC, the Neolithic. Numerous archaeological findings, among them the Nikolaevo treasure found in Bulgaria, evidence for the rich culture of the Thracians, who inhabited the area for thousands of years.

Most of the sights of the town are related to the Russo-Turkish War. The monuments related to the war alone are about 200. Some of the more popular include the St George the Conqueror Chapel Mausoleum in honor of the many Russian and Romanian soldiers who lost their lives during the Siege of Plevna and the ossuary in Skobelev Park. Another popular attraction is Pleven Panorama, created after (and reputedly larger than) the Borodino Panorama in Russia on the occasion of the anniversary of the Siege of Plevna. Pleven is a modern city, the academic, economic, cultural and indeed medical center of Central and West-North Bulgaria, situated in the heart of the Danube plane, just two hours from the capital Sofia. Pleven boasts cultural, leisure and sporting facilities of the highest order. Pleven at night is never dull. There is a vast array of things to do and places to go, with pubs and cafes to cater for every conceivable taste. Entertainment is especially strong – music, drama, opera, and dance plus dozens of galleries and cinemas to ensure that free evenings are full evenings.

The composition of the university. 2000 students attend Medical University – Pleven which puts it in the group of small universities in the classification. The university offers its students and the academic staff to participate in the international exchange programs.

Infrastructure of MU-Pleven-The university has a dedicated library. The campus dormitories that can be offered to the students upon request.

A look at the country, Bulgaria

Bulgaria Is a country in Southeast Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and North Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south, and the Black Sea to the east. The capital and largest city is Sofia; other major cities are Plovdiv, Varna and Burgas. With a territory of 110,994 square kilometres (42,855 sq mi), Bulgaria is Europe’s sixteenth-largest country.One of the earliest societies in the lands of modern-day Bulgaria was the Neolithic Karanovo culture, which dates back to 6,500 BC. In the 6th to 3rd century BC the region was a battleground for ancient Thracians, Persians, Celts and Macedonians; stability came when the Roman Empire conquered the region in AD 45. The Eastern Roman Empire lost some of these territories to the numerous early Slavs. They were invaded by small number of warlike Bulgars in the late 7th century who subdued the Slavs and founded there the First Bulgarian Empire in AD 681. It dominated most of the Balkans and significantly influenced Slavic cultures by developing the Cyrillic script. This state lasted until the early 11th century, when Byzantine emperor Basil II conquered and dismantled it. A successful Bulgarian revolt in 1185 established a Second Bulgarian Empire, which reached its apex under Ivan Asen II of Bulgaria (1218–1241). After numerous exhausting wars and feudal strife, the empire disintegrated in 1396 and fell under Ottoman rule for nearly five centuries.Bulgarian cuisine is similar to that of other Balkan countries and demonstrates strong Turkish and Greek influences.[373] Yogurt, lukanka, banitsa, shopska salad, lyutenitsa and kozunak are among the best-known local foods. Meat consumption is lower than the European average, given a cultural preference for a large variety of salads.[373] Bulgaria was the world’s second-largest wine exporter until 1989, but has since lost that position.[374][375] The 2016 harvest yielded 128 million litres of wine, of which 62 million was exported mainly to Romania, Poland and Russia.

The Russo-Turkish War of 1877–78 resulted in the formation of the third and current Bulgarian state. Many ethnic Bulgarians were left outside the new nation’s borders, which stoked irredentist sentiments that led to several conflicts with its neighbours and alliances with Germany in both world wars. In 1946 Bulgaria came under the Soviet-led Eastern Bloc and became a one-party socialist state. The ruling Communist Party gave up its monopoly on power after the revolutions of 1989 and allowed multiparty elections. Bulgaria then transitioned into a democracy and a market-based economy. Since adopting a democratic constitution in 1991, Bulgaria has been a unitary parliamentary republic composed of 28 provinces, with a high degree of political, administrative, and economic centralisation.Contemporary Bulgarian culture blends the formal culture that helped forge a national consciousness towards the end of Ottoman rule with millennia-old folk traditions.An essential element of Bulgarian folklore is fire, used to banish evil spirits and illnesses. Many of these are personified as witches, whereas other creatures like zmey and samodiva (veela) are either benevolent guardians or ambivalent tricksters.Some rituals against evil spirits have survived and are still practised, most notably kukeri and survakari. Martenitsa is also widely celebrated. Nestinarstvo, a ritual fire-dance of Thracian origin, is included in the list of UNESCO Intangible Cultural.


Bulgarian lev
BGN is the currency code for the Bulgarian lev, which is the official currency of the country of Bulgaria. The currency code was BGL until 1999. The currency symbol is лв. The BGN is made up of 100 stotinki


Bulgaria has a temperate-continental climate with moderate features which is characteristic for Central Europe, with hot summers, long, cold winters and very distinct seasons. ... Daytime temperatures vary from 0-5°C in the winter and 25-30°C in summer months.

Pleven medical university fees structure-

Medicine: 6 years – 7500€ per year

Expenses Associated with living in Bulgaria
  • Minimum of living expenses-300 euro per month
  • Food-150-200 euro per month
  • Hostel-50-70 euro per month
  • Private rental apartment-150-300 euro per month
  • Room in a private apartment-70-100 euro per month
  • Student’s travel card-8 euro per month
Tuition fee

Studying in Bulgaria is not for free. For the winter semester 2018/19 there is a tuition fee of 4,000€ per semester (8,000€ per year) for Varna, Plovdiv and Sofia. The medical university of Pleven has a tuition fee of 3,500€ per semester (7,000€ per year) and is therefore a little bit cheaper. In comparison to other European countries which charge college tuitions, the costs for a medical study in Bulgaria are reasonable.

We are able to offer you the most qualified education even at the restrained budget. We develop the enrollment and training strategy that will help you to significantly save the total cost of education. Addressing to us, you have the highest chances to obtain additional funding sources: grants or scholarships.

Pleven medical university admission-

For the study programs with courses taught in English, in order to be admitted, the candidates have to take an entrance exam consisting in multiple choice questions from biology and chemistry. These applicants are evaluated by a committee appointed by each faculty by analysing the documents included in the application files. The academic year for the first-year English-language-students, starts in February and finishes in December, comprising two semesters of 16 weeks each, including two one-week holidays for Christmas and Easter. Applicants who choose to study in English can only benefit from tuition fee places.

English language proficiency is demonstrated by the inclusion in the application file of an internationally recognized language certificate. The University offers a preparatory course in English language for students who cannot meet this requirement. The duration of the course is one year.

Pleven medical university rankings-

Country rank-19
World rank-6223

Pleven medical university courses-
Programs Fee Structure
Medicine in English/Bulgarian language (six years) 7500 euro
English/Bulgarian language preparatory course 3500 eur0
Nursing in the Bulgarian language (four years) 3000 euro
Midwifery in the Bulgarian language (four years) 3000 euro


When is the deadline for application?

The application for the February 2021 intake starts on the 1st of June 2020 and finishes on the 1st of October 2020. Basically, the deadline for application is 1st of October 2020.

How much does it cost to study Medicine at Medical University – Pleven?

The tuition fee is 7500 euro per year payable in two equal parts in the beginning of each semester. You can pay your fees by transferring the money electronically into the university account or in cash at bank office in the university.

How do I apply for the specialty of Medicine in English language at Medical University – Pleven?

Please follow the links below for further information regarding admission procedure

Are there any admission tests for EU and non-EU citizens?

All candidates must pass the entrance exams in Biology and Chemistry. Please follow the link below for detailed information

Am I obliged to prove proficiency in English language?

If you come from country where English language is not an official, you should provide with an English certificate at level B2 or above. The university offers one year preparatory course for students who cannot meet this requirement.

How do I apply for transfer student at Medical University – Pleven?

Medical University – Pleven is not accepting transfer student’s applications before June 2021.

Where can I get my documents translated into Bulgarian language?

Documents with the apostille stamps need to be translated into Bulgarian in one of the following:
1. By a consular or Diplomatic official in the country where the document is issued;
2. By a translation agency authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria. You can contact translation offices in Bulgaria.

Are there any scholarships available?

Unfortunately, there are no scholarships available to study at Medical University – Pleven.

How good is the Internet in Bulgaria?

Bulgarians enjoy one of the fastest internet connections in the world.

Am I eligible to apply with BTEC qualification or Foundation program?

No, BTEC degree and Foundation program are not acceptable.

Is Bulgaria part of Russia?

It was not until 1930s that saw Russia, as Soviet Union, established relations with Bulgaria. ... Bulgaria also received large-scale military aid from the Soviet Union, worth USD $16.7 billion between 1946 and 1990. Bulgaria remained part of the Soviet bloc until 1989, when the BCP began to drift away from the USSR.