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Table of Contents

Welcome To NBU
 
About New Bulgarian University

Studying At NBU

Academic Support Services

Application and Admission

Lifestyle At NBU

Programs At NBU

Making the right choice at NBU



Welcome to NBU

NBU is a modern university, which offers many attractive features for international students:

  • High quality academic programs, which will help students to face the demands of the labor markets;
  • Stimulating learning environment appropriate for the typical young students, as well as for adults willing to continue or upgrade their education;
  • A credit system, which allows accreditation of study periods in other universities and creation of individual study plans;
  • Involvement in research projects;
  • Access to modern information technologies and application of modern methods of education;
  • A high standard of educational resources and facilities;
  • A friendly and hospitable atmosphere with responsive colleagues and highly qualified academic staff;
  • NBU is located in the Bulgarian capital – Sofia – a beautiful European city where the cultural and political life of the country is concentrated;
  • The nature reserve – Vitosha Mountain - is within 30 min. travel time. It offers excellent possibilities for winter sports and relaxation all over the year;
  • The Black Sea coast is within 5 hours of Sofia and on route you could visit a range of towns with rich cultural history and fascinating sights.

 
 
About New Bulgarian University

History
New Bulgarian University was given the status of a higher education institution by a Decision of the Seventh Grand National Assembly of September 18, 1991 (State Gazette No 80, 1991). The new institution was determined to work for the modernization of Bulgarian higher education in dialogue with traditions. On July 5, 2001 NBU received institutional accreditation.

  • NBU was the first higher education institution  to introduce and develop in Bulgaria:
    • education in programs leading to the educational degrees of Specialist, Bachelor, Master and Doctor
    • credit system as a measure of workload of students
    • broad basic education and interdisciplinary programs
    • distance learning as an opportunity to combine work and studies
    • continuing education
    • a new type of admission campaign and entrance examination (General Education Test)

  • New Bulgarian University offers its students:
    • a democratic system of education with opportunities to choose;
    • friendly and cooperative communication between faculty and students;
    • participation in research projects and publishing opportunities in Bulgarian and foreign academic publications;
    • internal and external mobility – transfer in NBU programs and studying abroad;
    • opportunities for a well-grounded choice through the identification of professional orientation in the course of studies.

Educational Philosophy

The educational philosophy of NBU reflects the University’s liberal idea of education and places equal emphasis on the mastering of skills and acquisition of knowledge, spiritual and social development, and professional specialization.  

International Contacts
As a result of extensive contracts with foreign academic institutions, NBU has developed a wide range of joint programs and courses, including exchange projects for students and scholars.  

  1. NBU is the exclusive representative of the Open University for Bulgaria.
  2. NBU is a full member of Francophone University Agency AUF. A Francophone Unit has been established within the University offering a BA Program in Political Sciences taught in French. Membership in AUF enables students and lecturers to attend numerous academic events organized by this network as well as to improve their qualification.
  3. NBU is an active player in the EU programs. Through projects financed by TEMPUS, LEONARDO, JEAN MONNET, CEEPUS, COPERNICUS, SOCRATES, etc. we have developed contacts with more than 90 European universities.
  4. HESP /Higher Education Support Program/ gives NBU the opportunity to participate in establishing an inter-university network for Central and East European countries and the former Soviet Republics. It helps NBU conduct various educational and scientific activities such as joint projects, exchange of students, lecturers and administration staff; provision of scholarships.
  5. Departments of NBU are members of a number of international organizations: the International Association of Semiotic Studies (IASS), the International Institute of Administrative Sciences, the Network of Institutes and Schools on Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe  (NISPAcee), the Informal European Theatre Meeting (IETM), the European Association of Students in Theatre (EAST), the European League of Institutes of Arts (ELIA), the International Association in Mass Communications and Visual Arts (CILECT).
  6. NBU has introduced the practice of establishing international Advisory Boards. These boards review NBU programs and ensure their international recognition. Members of these committees are Bulgarian and foreign scholars, who teach at NBU, deliver seminars and create opportunities for internship abroad.
  7. Since 2000 NBU has started campaigns for the recruitment of international students. About 50 students are admitted each year for undergraduate and graduate studies. We are supported by our official Representatives: The School of Design and Multimedia studies TILTAN – Israel, Sofia Education Consultancy – India, Uma Project Consultancy Services – India, etc.

Departments and Research

The Departments bring together scholars in a specific field. They are the cross-roads of research activities in the University; creating original programs and courses; experimenting with new educational methods; launching research projects; organizing conferences and seminars; communicating with national and international education institutions; developing international projects.
One of the NBU research policy priorities is to establish NBU as an international research center and integrate it into international university networks. Specialized research laboratories and studios provide support to faculty members in developing competitive and important projects. Over the last years NBU has won 39 international projects including projects financed under EU Fifth Framework Program, EU Sixth Framework Program, NATO Science Programme, European Science Foundation, Open Society Institute, James McDonnell Foundation, Volkswagen Foundation, Research Programme of GDN, USA etc. 
NBU aims to integrate its research and educational activities and to develop research skills in its students, through participating in the research work conducted by faculty members. 

NBU Departments
 

Anthropology

Head: Assoc. Prof. Magdalena Elchinova, Ph.D.
Tel.: (++ 359 2) 8110615
e-mail: anthropology@nbu.bg

Music 

Head: Prof. Milena Mollova
Tel.: (++ 359 2) 8110505
e-mail: muzika@nbu.bg

Economic and Business Administration

Head: Prof. Radoslav Tsonchev, Ph.D.
Tel.: (++ 359 2) 8110605
e-mail: economics@nbu.bg

Earth and Environment Sciences

Head: Prof. Rangel Gjurov, Ph.D.
Tel.: (++ 359 2) 8110606
e-mail: earth@nbu.bg

Informatics

Head: Assoc. Prof. Petia Assenova, Ph.D.
Tel.: (++ 359 2) 8110611
e-mail: inf@nbu.bg

New Bulgarian Studies

Head: Assoc. Prof. Michail Nedelchev
Tel.: (++ 359 2) 8110112
e-mail: bul@nbu.bg

History

Head: Assoc. Prof. Vesselin Metodiev, Ph.D.
Tel.: (++ 359 2) 8110276
e-mail: history@nbu.bg

Mediterranean and Eastern Studies

Head: Assist. Prof. Theodore Lekov, Ph.D.
Tel.: (++ 359 2) 8110406
e-mail: mer@nbu.bg

History of Culture

Head: Prof. Ivan Marazov, D.Sc.
Tel.: (++ 359 2) 8110612
e-mail: historyofculture@nbu.bg

Political Sciences

Head: Assoc. Prof. Anna Krasteva, Ph.D.
Tel.: (++ 359 2) 8110601
e-mail: politicsnbu@hotmail.com

Cinema, Advertising and Show-Business

Head: Assoc. Prof. Ivan Georgiev
Tel.: (++ 359 2) 8110404
e-mail: kinodep@nbu.bg

Law

Head: Prof. Rumen Vladimirov, Ph.D.
Tel.: (++ 359 2) 8110410
e-mail: law@nbu.bg

Cognitive Science and Psychology

Head: Assoc. Prof. Elena Paspalanova, Ph.D.
Tel.: (++ 359 2) 8110402
e-mail: cognitive@nbu.bg  

Applied Arts

Head: Assoc. Prof. Yordanka Chernaeva
Tel.: (++ 359 2) 8110415
e-mail: pkrasteva@nbu.bg

Foreign Languages and Literatures

Head: Assist. Prof. Boris Naymushin, Ph.D.
Tel.: (++ 359 2) 8110371
e-mail: linguistics@nbu.bg

Telecommunications

Head: Prof. Antoni Slavinski
Tel.: (++ 359 2) 8110609
e-mail: telecom@nbu.bg

Mass Communications

Head: Prof. Vladimir Mihaylov, D. Sc.
Tel.: (++ 359 2) 8110408
e-mail: masscom@nbu.bg

Theatre

Head: Prof. Rumen Tsonev, D.Sc.
Tel.: (++ 359 2) 8110513
e-mail: theatre@nbu.bg

Archaeology

Head: Prof. Ivan Gatsov, Ph.D.
Tel.: (++359 2) 8110289
e-mail: archaeology@nbu.bg

Medicobiological Studies

Head: Assoc. Prof. Jivka Vinarova, Ph.D.
Tel.: (++359 2) 8110380
e-mail: medics@nbu.bg

Foreign Languages Education

Head: Assist. Prof. Stanimir Michev
Tel.: (++359 2) 8110274
e-mail: smichev@nbu.bg

Center “Bulgarian Institute for Human Relations”

Director: Assoc. Prof. Toma Tomov, Ph.D.
Tel.: (++ 359 2) 983 6193
e-mail: bihr-office@datacom.bg

Philosophy and Sociology

Head: Prof. Hristo Todorov
Tel.: (++359 2) 8110130
e-mail: htodorov@nbu.bg

Center for Social Practices (CSP)

Director: Prof. Evgeni Dainov, Ph.D.
Tel.: (++359 2) 980 8973; 8110273
Tel./Fax: (++ 359 2) 980 75 76
e-mail: socialpractice@nbu.bg

South-East European Center for Semiotic Studies

Director: Prof. Maria Popova, D.Sc.
Tel.: (++ 359 2) 8110171
Fax: (++359 2) 8110130
e-mail: semiotics@nbu.bg

Central and East European Center for Cognitive Science

Director: Assoc. Prof. Boicho Kokinov, Ph.D.
Tel.: (++ 359 2) 8110401
Fax: (++359 2) 8110421
e-mail: office@cogs.nbu.bg

•  Center for Public Administration

Director: Assoc. Prof. Liubomir Slavkov, Ph.D.
Tel.: (++ 359 2) 8110281
Fax: (++359 2) 8110382
e-mail: cpa@nbu.bg

School of Management

Director: Assist. Prof. Alexandar Pojarliev
Tel.: (++ 359 2) 873 5187
Fax: (++359 2) 973 39 20
e-mail: um@nbu.bg

Studying at NBU

  • Diplomas Awarded

    Studying at NBU has various forms:

    • as a complete education cycle leading to a Bachelor’s degree
    • as a complete education cycle leading to a Master’s degree
    • as a complete education cycle leading to a Doctor of NBU degree
    • as a continuation of education after college or partial education in another higher education institution to complete requirements for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
    • Distance Learning education for Professional Certificate/ Diploma in Management
    • attendance of separate courses
  • Comprehensive University

    Study at NBU is organized in Schools. These are structured in accordance with the levels and degrees they provide. NBU has three Schools - School of Basic Education, Undergraduate School and Graduate School. They organize training in programs and courses, put together teams of lecturers and instructors, and are responsible for maintaining the quality of the programs of study. 
     
    The language of instruction at NBU is Bulgarian. All students that don’t speak Bulgarian will have a preparatory year studying the language. Bulgarian language is incorporated in the Bachelor degree programs and is included in the fee.
    Students that apply in the Master degree programs will have one preparatory year in the program “Bulgarian Language and Culture” (the fee is € 1500).  

 

Bachelor Programs

Training at NBU towards a Bachelor degree starts with a general university training in the first year to ensure a broad academic basis and an interdisciplinary attitude. The emphasis is on the languages and computer literacy. Students are given the opportunity to develop their effectiveness and assess their potential, allowing them to make educated choices about their future development by exploring their own abilities and interests. The second year provides general and fundamental training for prospectives specialists from groups of related professions as well as extends their interdisciplinary training. This saveguards students against becoming narrow specialists who could not communicate with professionals from other fields and who might encounter difficulties with changes in the job market. The third and the forth years offer more specialized interdisciplinary academic education, giving students the opportunity to work successfully in various social and professional fields.
The duration of the study plan is 4 years (8 semesters). To complete this level students must accumulate 240 credits.  After successful thesis defence (10 additional credits) they are awarded a Bachelor Diploma. 
 
Master’s Programs are run at Graduate School. They are intended to provide profound specialization and top-level qualification in a specific professional field. They offer holders of Bachelor degree an opportunity to continue their education in the same – or other – subject. Master’s programs could be research and/or practice oriented.
The duration of the study plan is 1-2 years. To complete this level students must accumulate at least 60 credits (after obtaining a Bachelor degree). After successful thesis defence they are awarded a Master Diploma.
 
Doctoral Programs offered by the Graduate School (with an average duration of three years) are organized on the basis of an individual syllabus. The doctoral degree (Ph.D.) is designed to prepare students for creative activity, original research, and managerial positions, often in association with university teaching. To complete a Doctoral program, you need to collect 180 credits (after a Master degree) and defend a Doctoral dissertation. Following a successful completion of a doctoral program you will be awarded a degree of Doctor of NBU.
 
NBU provides Distance Learning of management in non-degree programs at its School of Management. It is the exclusive representative of the European leader in distance learning – The Open University (UK) for Bulgaria. The programs and qualifications offered by the school address the needs of practicing managers - people (with or without a traditional academic education) who are already on the job, but need to acquire concrete practical knowledge of the dynamics of management theory and practice. Technologies of Education are mainly two: Supported Distance Learning (SDL), following the model, used by the Open University, and Self-Directed Development (SDD), based on approach, used by The Institute of Management (UK).

  • Flexible and Dynamic – Credit System and Mobility

When you get to NBU, you will find that you have a great deal of freedom to plan your academic life. Without underscoring the importance of formal teaching and supervision, we place more emphasis on your own approach to learning and private study.
Naturally, each course has a timetable of classes, but you will find that you are responsible for organizing your own program of work and study and ensuring you meet the academic requirements of your courses.
Workload of students at NBU is measured in credits. One of the obligatory requirements for a successful completion of the program of study is the collection of a required number of credits. At NBU one credit corresponds to a workload of 10 academic hours. 
The NBU credit system is in compliance with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), which greatly enhances the mobility of our students.
International Students may start their higher education at NBU, to accumulate some credits and transfer to another university. Some may have studied in their home country and would like to complete their studies at NBU. It is possible to obtain credits for their previous studies and to complete the degree in less than the standard duration of the program.  

  • Studying Bulgarian

Courses at NBU are conducted in the Bulgarian language apart from several programs listed in the section “Programs taught in foreign languages”. Language and specialized training in the Bulgarian language is certified by an examination organized and conducted at the university. The examination consists of two parts – oral and written. The written exam is an essay on a given topic while at the oral exam students read a text, answer questions and have a discussion with the examiner on the topic of the essay. Upon successful completion of the requirements of the examination students receive a certificate enabling them to continue studies in the program of their choice.
All international students who have no or insufficient knowledge of Bulgarian and want to be enrolled in programs taught in Bulgarian will have one year of studying Bulgarian. 
The courses organized by the Language Center of NBU are intended to train students in the specific skills of academic Bulgarian, to improve their general proficiency in Bulgarian in everyday situations, to introduce them to cultural and social aspects of life in Bulgaria and to prepare them for a successful completion of the requirements of the examination. The courses for international students are organized in compliance with the requirements of the Ordinance on State Requirements for Admission of Students for Studies at Higher Education Institutions in Bulgaria of May 2000. 
If you are applying for programs listed in the section “Programs taught in foreign languages”, you will be able to commence your studies directly in the program. The level of language proficiency for those programs (if the language of instruction is not student’s native language) must be proved with an official document.
 
Academic Support Services
 
New Bulgarian University has excellent facilities for teaching and research. As a consequence, not only are students provided with opportunities to receive high quality teaching and carry out research with modern equipment, but also they are able to do so with the intellectual companionship of faculty members and reliable services of administrative staff.
The Campus is situated in a quite region of Sofia at the foot of the Vitosha Mountains. It consists of two buildings with over 80 classrooms, University Hall, specialized study rooms and laboratories, and other facilities.  

  • Learning resources

Our students are expected to undertake a great deal of personal study and research to prepare for lectures, seminars and assignments. The university has extensive learning resources to help the students’ work. The LIBRARY COMPLEX is multifunctional. The facilities include:

  1.  Library collections of 100 000 volumes of book stock, over 250 serials subscriptions and a growing range of audio visual materials
  2.  Access to electronically held information via data-bases, CD-ROMs and Internet, as well as international inter-library loan services. Through the web site  students could have 24 access to the resources.
  3.  Study areas such as reading rooms and smaller rooms for group work.
  4.  Specialist librarians responsible for specific subject areas are available to guide students and assist them in their research.
  5.  User-friendly open times from 9.00 h. to 19.30 h. (8.00 h. – 20.00 h. during the examination periods) to enable students to make maximum use of the provision.
  • Communication and IT services

Computing skills are now a requirement for all programs as an essential aid to learning and preparation for further careers. Seven computer halls are available and all students are taught Internet and MSOffice during the first two years of education. The latest technology is available on an open access or through additional courses:

  1.  Networked PCs for word processing and use of spreadsheets with printouts.
  2.  Free access to high speed Internet connection with help desks staffed by specialists.
  3.  Free e-mail account for each student to communicate with family and friends at home.
  4.  Specialist software related to particular disciplines is available at the IT laboratory, Informatics laboratory, Multimedia and Computer Vizualization Studio; Multimedia language laboratory.
  5.  Information system for students is under construction – via web site the students will be able to check the courses schedule, their records and exams.
  • The Language Center

The NBU Language Center with its highly qualified and experienced tutors provides a wide range of General, Business, and Specialized foreign language courses offering you the opportunity to learn a new language or improve your existing language skills in English, French, German, Spanish, and Russian. All classes are open to students, staff and members of the public.
Courses are: small group based (6-12 persons); tailor-made to fit the precise business and linguistic needs of client(s); intensive/semi-intensive/ad hoc, morning/ afternoon/ weekend sessions

  • Other Facilities
  1. We provide some special facilities to staff and students at NBU, used either in the classroom, or individually by students in their course work:  3 drawing studios; professional Fashion Design Studio; Animation Studio and laboratory; 7 music halls; ballet hall; 2 rehearsal theater halls; 10 video halls, Informatique laboratory, Telecommunications laboratory; Graphic Design and Animation laboratory, Neuroscience laboratory; Laboratory for Products and Services Usability Studies; Experimental Psychology laboratory; Photography laboratory; Gemology laboratory; Laboratory for Sociological and Socio-anthropological Studies; TV Studio; University Film Center, Center for Postgraduate Training of Translators and Interpreters.
  2. Between or after classes, students at NBU have the opportunity to organize various kinds of events or relax and meet with friends in a nice and quite atmosphere:
    4 galleries offering opportunities to organize exhibitions etc. 
    3 bookstores offering textbooks, academic and specialized literature
    2 coffee shops - places to meet with friends and relax
    Health center offering free medical services
    Photocopy Centers with sophisticated equipment, fast and reliable services, free photocopies for students
  3.  A house at the Black Sea – a place for conferences, seminars, working meetings, and rehabilitation.

Application and Admission 
 
If you have decided to explore all possibilities at NBU and to apply you can see our site: www.nbu.bg. You can send questions to: intadm@nbu.bg. Information about NBU you can find also on the following sites: www.unesco.org/ian; www.macmillan.co.uk; www.MBAinfo.com; http://zones.rin.ru; www.forumjam.com; www.worldwideeducation.indiasoft.dk; www.studyabroad.ru/ucbulg.htm.
Admission of foreign students is a priority objective of NBU. Establishment of an international environment is in line with the university’s mission to educate critically thinking and broad-minded specialists. Contacts between different cultures and lifestyles contribute to the establishment of the atmosphere of mutual understanding, tolerance and cooperation.  
International Students are students that do not hold Bulgarian citizenship, do not have refugee status, do not have permanent residence permit and are not ethnic Bulgarians.
International students are admitted according to the existing state regulations. The language of instruction at NBU is Bulgarian (if not stated otherwise for particular programs). They can be enrolled as:
 
Full time undergraduate students 
A Secondary Education Diploma is required. The duration of the programs is 4 years. After accumulating the required credits and successful thesis defence students are awarded a BA or BSc. degree.
 
Full time graduate students 
A Bachelor degree is required. Students are enrolled in a Master’s program at Graduate School with duration from 1,5 to 3 years (depending on a program). After accumulating the required credits and successful thesis defence students are awarded a MA or MSc. degree.
 
Full time Ph.D. students
Master degree is required. Students are enrolled in a Doctoral program at Graduate School with duration of 3 years. When all requirements of the program are fulfilled students are awarded a Ph.D. of NBU degree.
 
Transfer students 
For students who already have passed some period of study at another institution of higher education and would like to continue their education at NBU and to obtain a NBU diploma. They start in the School of Basic Education, the Undergraduate School or Graduate School (according to the academic transcript). The duration of their study depends on the period already completed. Upon graduation they receive a degree (Bachelor or Master), according to the program chosen.
 
ERASMUS students 
For incoming mobility students in SOCRATES-ERASMUS Program. The period of study is for 3 to 12 months as it is contracted in the Bilateral Agreements.
 
Visiting students 
For students who would like to take separate courses not leading to a degree.

Admission Procedure

Application Package  
 
International students (without ES and VS) submit the following application package: 
  1. A completed application form
  2. A copy of your official diploma (Secondary education diploma – for undergraduate students, Bachelor diploma – for Graduate students, Bachelor or Master diploma – for Ph.D. students). Please note that the copy must be officially legalized in your country, then translated into Bulgarian and legalized by the Bulgarian Embassy in your country.
  3. Medical certificate, issued not earlier than 1 month prior to application, legalized by the authorities in your country, translated into Bulgarian and legalized by the Bulgarian Embassy.
  4. A legal document, confirming the right of the candidate to continue his/her education in the HE Schools of the country where the Secondary education has been obtained (for undergraduate students only).
  5. Two letters of recommendation (for graduate students only). 
  6. Two recent passport-size photos.
  7. A copy of the first page of your passport or other identification documents with your names in Latin letters, date and place of birth.
  8. Academic transcript of the courses already passed legalized by the authorities in your country, translated into Bulgarian and legalized by the Bulgarian Embassy in your country (for transfer students only).
  9. Research proposal (for PhD students only).
  10. Full resume, including a list of publications, if any (for PhD students only).

All documents must be sent to the following address:
New Bulgarian University
Central Student Administration
21 Montevideo street
1618 Sofia, Bulgaria
 
We welcome any supplemental information that would help us to learn more about you as an individual. All applicants may enclose writing samples, information about extracurricular activities, additional recommendations, etc. Applicants who are currently working could provide recommendations from their employers and an essay detailing current activity. 

 

 
We don’t require any documents for the Visiting students. They have to fill out the course form at the Admissions Office and pay the course fee.
 
The SOCRATES-ERASMUS students apply according to the Bilateral Agreements.
 
Deadlines
  1.  31 July – for Full time undergraduate students, Full time graduate students, PhD students, Transfer students
  2.  20 December – for Full time graduate students, PhD students, Transfer students
  3.  01 September or 15 January – for Visiting students and Erasmus students 

Admission  

  1. NBU takes the decision for admission one month after receiving the application package.
  2. NBU sends the documents to the Ministry of Education and Science (MES) for legalization and visa. 
  3. Documents have to be approved by MES. MES sends a Letter of Confirmation with the name of the admitted student to NBU.
  4. NBU sends a Letter of Admission under condition to the student.
  5. The student must pay through bank transfer the fee for the first semester, which will be waved from the year fee upon arrival.
  6. NBU sends a final Admission Letter to the student and to the Embassy for issuing a visa.

Registration

  1.  The student has to register till 30.09 (at least till 30.10), paying the full fee.
  2.  The academic year starts on 01.10. 

Language of Instruction
The language of instruction in most programs is Bulgarian. The programs taught in foreign languages are listed in the section “Programs taught in Foreign languages”. 

Tuition and fees

  1. Tuition fee for one academic year (two semesters) - € 2,700
  2. Reduced tuition fee for one academic year for EU and Macedonian students - € 1,500
  3. Tuition fee for one preparatory year of studying Bulgarian - € 1,500 (for graduate students only)
  4. Tuition fee for a single standard course - € 150
  5. Reduced tuition fee for a single standart course for EU and Macedonian students - 125

Payments in cash can be made on the spot at the Cash Desk of NBU in EUR or BGL (Bulgarian leva). Payments through a bank transfer should be made in EUR to the following account:

POSTBANK
14, Tzar Osvoboditel Blvd.
1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
BIC: BPBIBGSF
IBAN: BG81BPBI79401452399902


Please, keep the bank document to present it at the Admissions Office upon registration.
 
Lifestyle at NBU and in Bulgaria  

  • People and places

Meeting people and making friends is always a concern when you first arrive in a foreign country. Fortunately it can be easily overcome in Bulgaria – you will soon find out about the events taking place in the town and will be able to join clubs and societies. Bulgarians are generally considered to be hospitable and friendly. They usually express genuine interest towards foreign people and are very much inclined to make friends and help. But bare in mind that you have not to be over-credulous because here, as everywhere else, surprises are possible. It is recommended to make your first contacts through your colleagues and among the students.
Sofia is a multireligious town. There are communities representing the major religious faiths with their own center, mosque, church or synagogue. International students will be given information on the existing religious communities.  

  • Accommodation

The students will be supported by NBU representative to make their own arrangements and to visit accommodation available in the private sector. It is not hard to find an apartment in Sofia. The costs are between € 100 - € 200 per month depending on location and type of apartment or room.  

  • Living costs

The cost of living in Bulgaria is not high if you don’t have some special requirements and preferences. Just to give you a hint, we estimate that you will need about € 150 per month to cover all living expenses (without accommodation). Some tentative prices follow:
City transport ticket: € 0.2 
Taxi: from € 0.13 to € 0.2 per km
One-month city transport card: € 18 
Lunch at NBU cafeterias: € 1 - € 2
Textbooks and study materials: € 15 per month
Theatre ticket: € 4
Cinema ticket: € 3-4v

  • Food and Drink

This is a main concern especially for students who have never lived abroad before. It is possible to find almost any type of food in Bulgaria. There are numerous restaurants with Chinese, Mexican, Indian, Russian, Arabian, and European cuisine. Bulgarian cuisine is also interesting and varied. It is worth tasting and foreigners usually get to it very quickly.  
If you prefer to prepare your own food, supermarkets stock a wide range of food products from other European countries as well as Asian or American food and pre-prepared meals. The small local food shops and the Saturday/Sunday markets offer fresh and ecologic food products from the countryside. 
Coffee, tea and soft drinks are equally popular in Bulgaria. In pubs and bars many young people often drink beer or wine but orange juice or cola is also quite acceptable. The typical Bulgarian hard drink is grape or plum brandy called “rakia”. Be careful with it and do not underestimate its strength!  

  • Health Care

All students coming to BG should have a prepaid health insurance for the period they are going to spend in the country. They are advised to visit private clinics if they need medical treatment in BG.  

  • Geography and climate

Bulgaria is situated in the eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula. To the north, the country borders on Romania and the Danube river; to the east, on the Black Sea; to the south, on Turkey and Greece; and to the west, on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Republic of Macedonia. The landscape is quite diverse, with lowlands, plains and hills prevailing. The Black Sea coast prides itself with long, wide sandy beaches. The climate is moderately continental with four distinct seasons and lot of sun all year round. The average annual air temperature is 12,5°C, with average January temperatures around O°C, and the summer temperatures rarely exceeding 30°C.  

  • Leisure time

Very good places for making new contacts are the disco clubs and clubs with live music. They gather people with similar interests and the party is great.  
You could go in for sports or fitness to the sports or fitness clubs at reasonable prices. Vitosha Mountains provides an excellent venue for skiers and tourism fens.  
While living abroad most students want to travel around and go sightseeing at weekends and during vacation time. Rail and coach travel is quite well organized in BG for excursions to the country and abroad. The international airport is within 30 min. travel time making it easy to travel in and out of the country. 
 

 

Programs at NBU
  • Programs taught in Bulgarian

BACHELOR   PROGRAMS
 

Administration and Management

Specializations:

  1. Public Administration
  2. Organization Management and Development (supported DL)
  3. Healthcare Management
  4. Civic and Corporate Security

Language and Literature

Specializations:

  1. Bulgarian Studies – Theory of Literature
  2. Bulgarian Studies - Linguistics

Artes Liberales

Law

Anthropology

Specializations:

  1. Sociology
  2. Social and Cultural Anthropology

Mass Communications

Specializations:

  1. Public Relations 
  2. Journalism

Applied Arts and Architecture

Specializations:

  1. Architecture
  2. Fine Arts
  3. Interior and Space Design
  4. Fashion
  5. Textile
  6. Art Glass

Music

Specializations:

  1. Bulgarian Folk Arts
  2. Music Arts
  3. Sound Recording Art;
  4. Musical Pedagogy
  5. Opera Conducting
  6. Management and Producing in Music Arts

Computer Media Technologies

Specializations:

  1. Multimedia
  2. Computer Graphic and Animation
  3. Computer Technologies in Music

Natural Sciences (+DL)

Specializations:

  1. Ecology and Environment Protection 
  2. Medical Biology
  3. Medical Cybernetics
  4. Public Healthcare

Culture and Art

Specializations:

  1. Art Theory
  2. Culturology

Philosophy

Specializations:

  1. Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  2. Modern Philosophy

 Economics (+DL)

Specializations:

  1. Tourism
  2. Finances
  3. Business Administration (+DL)

Political Sciences

Specializations:

  1. Political Sociology
  2. International Relations
  3. European Studies
  4. Political Philosophy
  5. Social Work

Foreign Languages and Literatures

Specializations:

  1. English Studies
  2. German Studies
  3. Spanish Studies
  4. Roman Studies (French)
  5. Slavonic Studies (Russian)
  6. Neo-Hellenistic Studies (Modern Greek)
  7. Egyptology and English Language
  8. Oriental Studies (Arabian, Persian, Turkish, Ottoman)
  9. Classical Studies (Latin, Ancient Greek)

Psychology

Specializations:

  1. Cognitive Psychology
  2. Development and Education Psychology
  3. Social and Organizational Psychology
  4. Clinical Psychology
  5. Communicative Disorders

History

Specializations:

  1. History of Bulgaria, the Balkans and Europe
  2. Archaeology
  3. Cultural Heritage
  4. History of the Ancient World

Telecommunications

Specializations:

  1. Telecommunication Systems and Technologies
  2. Management of the Post-office Communications
  3. Bio-mechanics

Informatics

Specializations:

  1. Applied Informatics
  2. Computer Science
  3. Programming

Theatre

Specializations:

  1. Modern and Alternative Theatre Forms
  2. Psychological Theatre
  3. Music and Dance Theatre
  4. Stage Design

Visual Arts

  • Animation
  • Graphic Design
  • Cinema and Television
  • Advertising
  • Photography
  • Note: Studies in the Law Program are conducted under a special regime according to the Ordinance on Unified State Requirements for the acquisition of a higher education in law and of the professional qualification of lawyer. Please, contact the Department.

    MASTER   PROGRAMS
     

    Adult Education Management

    Finances

    American and British Studies. Comparative Approaches

    Graphic and Spatial Design

    Ancient Egypt in the Classic Age

    Health Policy and Health Care Management

    Animation – Directing

    History of Social Changes

    Antiterrorism

    HR Management and Development

    Archaeological Studies 

    International Alternative Tourism (+DL)

    Artistic Psycho-social Techniques

    International Business

    Bank Management (+DL)

    Internet Software Technologies

    Business Administration (+DL)

    Law

    Cinema Dramaturgy 

    Linguadidactics

    Clinical Psychology - Psychoanalytical Perspective 

    Logopaedy

    Clinical Social Work 

    Mass Communications and PR Management

    Cognitive Science

    Mediterranean World: Hellas, Rome and Ancient Near East

    Comparative Art Criticism 

    Multimedia, Computer Graphics and Animation

    Computer Technologies in Biomedicine 

    Musical Mastership

    Computer Technologies in Security and Defense

    National and International Security

    Diplomacy and International Relations 

    Philosophy, Language, Communication

    Ecology and Ecotoxicology (+DL)

    Political Management

    European Integration

    Preparatory Program for non-economists 

    European Master Program in Interpreting

    Quality Management

    European Social Policy and Social Work

    Security and Defense Administration

    Fashion Design 

    State and Local Administration

    Family and Marriage Therapy 

    Telecommunications

    Film and Television Art 

    Theatre Directing in European Context

    Tourism Management

    Note: Studies in the Law Program are conducted under a special regime according to the Ordinance on Unified State Requirements for the acquisition of a higher education in law and of the professional qualification of lawyer. Please, contact the Department.

    DOCTORAL   PROGRAMS:

    Aerospace Methods in Ecology and Environment

    Graphic Design 

    Ancient Culture and Religion of the Mediterranean

    Law (only free studies)

    Archaeology 

    Management of Labor Relations

    Art Theory

    Mass Communications

    Cognitive Science 

    Music

    Computer Systems and Technologies in Graphic Design and Multimedia 

    Philology (Foreign Languages)

    Computer Systems and Technologies in Medicine 

    Political Sciences

    Digital Processing of Signals 

    Regulatory Mechanism in Life Forms

    Dynamic Psychology (only free studies)

    Semiotics

    Ecology and Ecotoxicology 

    Social Work (only free studies)

    Egyptology 

    Speech Pathology

    • Programmes taught in Foreign Languages

     In French

    BACHELOR   PROGRAMS:

    Political Science

     Specializations:

    1. International Relations
    2. European Studies

    Hotel and Restaurant Management 

     In English

    BACHELOR   PROGRAMS:

    Music

    Specialization:

    1. Music Arts

    Networking Technologies

    Specialization:

    1. Administration
    2. Programming in Internet

     

    MASTER    PROGRAMS:

    American and British Studies. Comparative Approaches

    Cognitive Science

    Logopaedy

    Master of Project Management

    Master of Information Technologies Management 

    NON DEGREE PROGRAMS:

    Professional Certificate in Management  
    1.  The Effective Manager
    2.  Accounting for Managers
    3.  Managing Customer and Client Relations

    Professional Diploma in Management 

    1.  Managing Development and Change 
    2.  Managing Resources for the Market

    APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION send to e-mail: intadm@nbu.bg