Pleven Medical University is regulated by state laws on education and has its own governing bodies. It is an accredited, specialist university that offers high quality education in the fields of medicine and healthcare. The university’s mission is to produce healthcare professionals capable of dealing with current challenges in medical science as well as developing the university’s motto: “no sibi sed ómnibus” (not for one’s self but for all). This way, the university teaches its students the value of helping others and encourages humanist ideals.

Pleven Medical University is committed to promoting cultural diversity, opening its doors to international students from around the world. Over the years, a large number of students from over 45 different countries have graduated from the university. Pleven was the first Bulgarian university to introduce programmes in English and an impressive 96% of its international graduates have passed the specific examinations held in their home countries. The 6-year medical degree programme in English has been designed to be taught in small groups of 6 students, providing them with the best practical experience a higher education institution can offer.

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Optional subjects include: Disaster Medicine, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Emergency Medicine (hospital internships), IT and Medical Statistics and Sports Medicine. Students can also attend lectures and seminars at the New Telecommunication Endoscopic Training Centre for Robotic Surgery at Pleven Medical University.

The university also offers student exchange programmes such as the ERASMUS Programme, the LEONARDO DA VINCI Programme and the IFMSA Programme (International Federation of Medical Students Associations). The 9th International Conference on Medical Sciences for students and young doctors was held in October 2011, as part of the annual conferences organised by the university.

The university is conveniently located near the University Hospital (where students do their clinical practice), the Halls of Residence, the university’s sports facilities and the city centre. Pleven is the largest economic, cultural, social and transport centre in northern Bulgaria, and the cost of living is significantly lower than in the capital Sofia.

Advantages of studying in Bulgaria

Bulgaria has a moderate climate, with four distinct seasons, and does not suffer from floods, typhoons or natural disasters. Visitors can enjoy historical places, cities, beaches, mountains, ski resorts… with all the services you could possibly need. So, whether you enjoy cultural, architectural and historical tourism or you prefer eco-tourism and extreme sports, Bulgaria has something for everyone.

The Republic of Bulgaria is one of the European Union’s 27 member states. All of the university’s qualifications are recognised throughout the world.