Pleven Medical University

About Pleven Medical University in Bulgaria

Country: Pleven, Bulgaria Tuition Fees: €7500 Living Costs: €450
Courses: Medicine Entrance exam: Yes Graduate Entry: No

The Medical University of Pleven was founded in 1974 and consists of 2044 students currently, with the faculty containing 60 to 300 professors and assistant professors. The institution’s library was founded in 1974 and now boasts an impressive collection of medical texts in English and Bulgarian. Pleven is highly regarded as one of the best medical institutions among the six medical universities in Bulgaria for medicine.

Pleven is the seventh most populous city in Bulgaria with 106,000 inhabitants. Bulgaria is regarded as a robust industrial economy, and Pleven is one of the major economic centres of the Bulgarian Northwest and the Central North. The events that transpired at Pleven in the latter 18th Century were decisive in the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman Empire. The majority of the monuments you will encounter reflect the critical role that Pleven had during this tumultuous time with both Russians and Romanians who lost their lives at the Siege of Plevna.

The modern and fast-paced economic development of the city is equivalent to its strategic location. It is situated in the heart of the Danube plain and just two hours from the capital Sofia. Boasting cultural, leisure and sporting facilities, Pleven is one city you will never be tired of. Whether you’re looking for music, drama, opera, dance or the dozens of galleries and cinemas located around, you can’t ask for more!

The university offers no graduate entry programmes into medicine or dentistry and doesn’t accept student transfer applications until June 2021. Other Bulgarian medical universities, however, do accept transfers.

Pleven Medical University’s address is 1, Saint Kliment Ohridski Street, 5800, Pleven, Bulgaria.

Medical University of Pleven Tuition Fees

Here you can study medicine in English in a 6-year course. The tuition fee is €7500 per year or €3750 per semester. An overall breakdown of your training in the speciality of medicine will include:

  • 2 years of pre-clinical study,
  • 3 years of clinical study
  • 1 year of state clinical practise /internship/.

Student Accommodation

While the university offers accommodation in the form of student hostels, it may be difficult to reserve your spot there because Bulgarian students are given priority. If however, you are willing to try and secure a room there, prices are really low but so is the quality.

A student hostel will cost you around €70 – €100 per month with amenities included. All rooms are standard with 2 beds, 2 desks, and 1 bathroom. Student dormitories are also far from the university – about 20-30 minutes of walking distance.

Renting an apartment would be the best option because it’s still a low-cost option, but you will have the comfort of privacy and a kitchen. A flat will cost you around €200 per month, and you can find one close to the university.

Other expenses include food which will cost you around €150 – €200 per month and utilities averaging roughly €78 per month. A student’s travel card is €8/month. You can expect to pay approximately €400-450 per month for everything inclusive.

There’s much to do in Pleven during your free time. Numerous parks, museums, historical monuments and other cultural attractions await your visit. The city of Pleven also has an active nightlife if you’re the party type

Medical University of Pleven Admission & Entry Requirements

The application for the February 2021 intake starts on the 1st of June 2020 and finishes on the 1st of October 2020. It’s best to apply the earliest possible to secure your seat.

To get admitted to the Medical University of Plovdiv, you must pass the entrance exam in Biology and Chemistry.

The ranking score is a sum of:

  • The high school Diploma grades in Chemistry and Biology equated to the six-point system which is official for Bulgaria.
  • Biology and Chemistry Entry tests result multiplied by 2.

The possible maximum ranking score is 36.

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Pleven Medical University Term Dates

Traditionally, the academic year begins in the mid-September and ends at the end of May the next year. It has two semesters of 16 weeks each, including 1-week holidays for Christmas and Easter each.

Because of the long time necessary for processing documents (such as visas) of international candidates, the General Assembly of MU-Pleven decided that the academic year for international students (English-language course of training) should begin in the middle of February and end at the end of December.

Pleven Medical University Curriculum & Syllabus

The first two years being pre-clinical with a heavy emphasis on the fundamental subjects; Anatomy, Physiology, Histology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Biophysics, for example.

The next three years are clinical with a focus on surgery and preventative medicine with more of an emphasis on practical work and visiting patients in hospitals and clinics.

Finally, the last year is the state clinical practise or internship.
The curriculum for the academic year 2020/2021 hasn’t been posted yet. However, if you are curious about what you are about to learn, feel free to explore last year’s curriculum.

Curriculum-Medicine-2019-2020

University Accreditation

You will get an international degree in medicine when you complete your studies successfully.

The GMC recognises the Medical University of Pleven. To be accepted, the GMC’s requirements are: you will need to have graduated successfully in a course which contained at least 5,500 hours and lasted at least three years.

The university meets the criteria of acceptance into the General Medical Council.

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