MBA in Bulgaria : A Short Guide

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Bulgaria has not been in the limelight but that does not mean that it has nothing to offer. Bulgaria became a country in the 7th century. People from this country share unique culture and history. It turn to be a democratic republic in 1991 and joined the European Union in 2007 that is when it started developing.

This country is bordered by Romani, Serbia, north Macedonia, Greece and turkey as well as the black sea from the east. Citizens of this country together with the capital of Sofia and other cities like burgas, Varna and Plovdiv are focused in enlarging an economy based on services.

Sofia university was ranked 1000 plus ND TOP 750-800 during the ranking by the times higher education’s world university rankings and QS top universities.

Studying in this country gives a person a better opportunity in the future career internationally. They are working on coming up with a more modern education system depending on the demand of the society and business.

The academic year of almost all the universities teaching masters starts in September/October. A year has two semesters. The master’s degree takes between one and two years to complete.

What is MBA?

This abbreviation stands for master of business administration.

Why study MBA in Bulgaria?

Bulgaria is one country that has the most respected and recognized universities in Balkans. They have set aside a holiday in December known to be a student’s day whereby students are free from the institutions. Studying in this country comes with some benefits. These are:

  • Schools from this area offers the cheapest tuition fee in the whole European Union
  • Schools from Bulgaria offers high quality education that involves both theory and practical
  • The certificates issued in schools from Bulgaria come from the UK
  • The certificates issued are internationally recognized
  • Universities in Bulgaria learn in English
  • The area has the lowest cost of living in the whole European Union.

According to research MBA salary in Bulgaria is approximately$42,000. MBA programs in this country have become the best when a worldwide degree is required.

Requirements for application and admission for a masters in Bulgaria

According to research there is no online application in Bulgaria for any higher education. Opportunities in universities in that are limited depending on a person’s previous qualifications.

When international students decides to study from there they are advised to contact the facility directly and get all the required information and guidelines of the application process from the administration of the university. This also happens to student who come from the neighboring states of the European Union.

For a Bulgarian student to continue with a master’s degree they are required to revert a strong bachelor’s degree and turn up for an admission test. A language certificate is provided for programs that are delivered in other foreign languages or the student takes another admission exam in the same language.

Mostly the master’s exams takes place during the spring and after in the autumn before the academic year starts.

After all the eligibility criteria the student is either accepted or denied. These eligibility criteria includes;

  • Bachelor of diploma grade
  • State exam/dissertation thesis grade
  • Admission exams

Deadlines for applications are different depending on the school. Most master’s degree are available in three languages; English, French, German.

Those who prefers not to attend any academic language examinations can use their bachelor diploma based on the study of one of these languages or a previously acquired recognized certificates provided they exceed the requirements.

These certificates are such as:

  • French-DELF/DALF
  • English-IELTS,TOEFL, Cambridge certificates
  • German-TestDAF, Goethe Zertifikat

Tuition fees

In this country fees are paid each semester. National, EU/EEA students pays a fee of EUR116-1000 per semester. In most universities the fee range for international students is between EUR1500-2000.

The fee adds up to EUR3000-5000 for post graduate programs and 8000 for programs like pharmaceuticals annually.

There is a catalogue that explains the ways in which national and international students can experience the Bulgarian education system. These are; grants, scholarships and exchange programs.

They have a grading system that range from poor (2) to excellent (6). They also have a system of awarding their best performers with a monthly scholarship.

There are loans for students to help them in financing their studies. These loans are paid after completion of the course when one graduates and after securing employment.

How is life as a student in Bulgaria?

There are some universities in Sofia that offers a public accommodation to students in an area known as a student’s city. Those that are publicly funded offers halls for accommodation that paid around EUR20-30 monthly.  There are those student that prefers rentals that are well furnished, these students’ pays around EUR300 monthly.

In Bulgaria most lecture sessions are scheduled in the evening this favors those students that study and work at the same time.

An international student is also allowed to work part-time for 20 hours only. They use the student’s permit.

 Top universities in Bulgaria that offer MBA course

  • Sofia university s.t Kliment Ohridski
  • Southwest university
  • Burgas free university
  • Varna University of Management

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