Bulgaria has several attractive features for both tourists and international students. Tourists would be impressed by the warm sandy beaches and beautiful range of mountains. For international students, low tuition and low cost of living nicely compliments the warm weather and beaches.
The country has a population of about 7.5 million people with Bulgarian as the official language. The capital Sophia, is located at the foot of the strongly domed Mount Vitosha.
Though most of the country’s international students come from neighboring countries like Greece and Turkey, the low cost of living is now increasingly attracting students from other parts of the world like Nigeria, Ghana UK, Israel and South Africa among others.
Cost of living in Bulgaria
Bulgaria is arguably one of the cheapest places in the world to live. With an average wage of €400 per month, you’d expect that prices of goods and services would reflect the reality of the wages.
Below is a summary of the prices of some good and services in the country
A decent one bedroom apartment in the city of Sophia, the capital, can be gotten for just over €200 per month. Naturally, as you move away from the city center accommodation becomes cheaper.
The monthly bills on utilities should not exceed €50 per month on the average. This includes what you need to pay for things like power, water, and gas for heating.
The capital and most of the country’s cities have well-developed transportation network.
A monthly transport pass in Sophia is about €25. The pass can be used for all forms of public transport like trains (metro system) and buses.
A drive of about 15 minutes in a taxi cab is about €4 tops.
Like other things in the country, food is relatively cheap too. For instance, one can get a decent three-course meal in a decent restaurant for about €10.
The average prices of some food items are listed below:
- 1 liter of milk – €1.04
- Large eggs, 12 – €1.93
- 1kg of tomatoes – €1.65
- 2 liters of Coca-Cola – 1.11
- Bread for two people per day – €0.38
List of top 10 Universities in Bulgaria
There are 51 internationally recognized universities in Bulgaria. Several of these Universities offer programs in English, French and German to cater for the increasing number of international students.
Of the 51 universities, only Sofia University made it to the list of the top ranked universities in the world.
The list of the top 10 universities:
!. Sofia University
2. New Bulgaria University
3. Technical University of Sofia
4. University of National and World Economy
5. American University in Bulgaria
6. Plovdiv University
7. Varna Free University
8. South-West University
9. University of Ruse
10. University of Economics
University tuition fees in Bulgaria depend on the course of study, the duration of the program of study, and whether the international student is from an EU country or not.
Generally, tuition fees for programs taught in English and other foreign languages are higher than those taught in Bulgarian. And EU students pay lesser tuition fees than non-European students.
Here are some of the average tuition fees for international students for some programs
- General medicine (6 years) – 5000 – 8000€ per year
- Pharmacy (5 years) – 7000- 8000€ per year
- Technology and Engineering (4 years) – 2900 – 3000€ per year
- Technology and Engineering (Masters, 2 years) – 3000- 3500€/yr.
- Socio-economic studies (2 years) – 3000 – 3900€/yr.
- Socio-economic studies (masters, 2 years) – 3000 – 3900€/yr.
Student’s cost of living
The cost of living for student depends on lifestyle and location. Generally though, it is cheap relative to other European countries. The list below lists the average cost of some typical items that affect the living cost of students in Bulgaria
- Accommodation (private) – 100-300€/month
- Student hostel – 30 – 70€/month
- Food – 100-200€/month
- Public transport – 20-30€/month
- Sport and leisure – 50-100€/month
- Utilities – about €40
- Internet – 15€
- Phone – 10€
If you decide to study in Bulgaria, please remember to do proper research on the university of choice to know the appropriate fees, admission requirements and documents to be submitted when applying for visa.