Higher education in Bulgaria follows the Anglican system of three stages: Bachelor, Master and Doctoral. Higher education is possible through three types of institutions, namely colleges, specialized higher schools and universities. Majority of the programs are conducted in Bulgarian and students need to be proficient in the language to be accepted. Foreign students not proficient in Bulgarian, have to complete a one year language course and pass the standardized language test to be accepted to a university.
The academic year, in Bulgaria begins in September and ends in June. Generally deadlines for applications are first week of September. International students should apply well in advance to ensure that all paperwork can be completed in time.
At the Masters level some programs are taught in English. Studying medicine in Bulgaria is becoming increasing popular as it is taught in English. Also admission requirements to medical programs are not as stringent as in some other countries. Upon completion of the program, medical students can complete the internship years in any EU country.
There is also the option to participate in various short term studies in Bulgaria. Conferences, language courses, seminars, and trainings in various disciplines are available. An example of one such course is the CV and Cover Letter training. The course teaches participants how to improve presentation of CVs and cover letters so chances of employment are increased.
Many Bulgarian universities have collaborations with foreign universities for summer programs taught in English. Students can transfer credits to their home university, upon successful completion of the course. You have to check with your home university if they have such an understanding with any Bulgarian university.