Low Tuition Universities in Bulgaria with Tuition Fees

Bulgaria is one of the cheapest study location sitting in Europe with its terrain encompassing the Black sea coastline. International students can choose to study either in the Bulgarian or English language as these are the only languages used in the universities there. Also, fees structures for the various courses in various languages vary from language to language. The Bulgarian universities do offer various scholarships to international students as tuition fee waivers or loan to students studying in the Bulgarian language. In this article, we will consider the list of universities that charge low tuition fees, the cost of living and how to apply to those universities there.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are comparatively low and inexpensive in Bulgaria.  A preparatory course in English or Bulgarian costs around €2,500 (~US$2780) per year. As an international student, you should estimate average fees of €2,900-8,000 per year. Tuition fees for medical courses are higher than other courses thus, students planning to study any medical course in Bulgarian universities should budget something slightly higher than what we have above. If you are EU/EEA and Swiss students of all study levels, you are eligible to apply for the Bulgarian tuition fee loan, and scholarships are sometimes offered by Bulgarian universities to help international students fund their studies.


30 September is usually the deadline for applying to universities in Bulgaria in the same year before the course commences for English-taught courses, or 15 September for courses taught in Bulgarian. However, this varies from university to university.

 Cost of Living

Costs of living in Bulgaria are low and affordable, especially in comparison to other study destinations. Your living costs, including accommodation, transport, food and other expenses, As an international student, you have to budget about US$7,200 per year to take care of expenses like books, accommodation, transport, food, etc.  The above estimates depend on how you spend your money on things and your living location. If you prefer to rent privately, this will cost more and should be at least €100 a month (~US$110). 

How to apply

As an international student, you should apply directly to your chosen Bulgarian university. Most Bulgarian universities require international applicants to provide copies of relevant documents, which may include a diploma or certificate proving successful completion of the previous stage of education, a medical certificate, a valid passport or ID, and an English language test result (if studying in English). Also, other universities may ask you to take an exam to test your proficiency in Bulgarian or English language depending on the language you intend to study your course in. If you are not successful in any of these proficiency exams, you may have the option to enroll in a year-long preparatory course studying either Bulgarian or English.


List of low tuition universities and colleges in Bulgaria

Academy of the Ministry of Interior – Sofia

Agricultural University – Plovdiv

American University in Bulgaria

Bulgarian Virtual University

Burgas Free University

University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy

University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy

University of Economics Varna

University of Food Technology

University of Forestry

University of Mining and Geology

University of National and World Economy

University of Shumen “Episkop Konstantin Preslavski”

University “Prof. Asen Zlatarov” – Burgas

Varna Free University

Veliko Tarnovo University

D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics – Svishtov

European Polytechnical University

Higher School of Insurance and Finance

“Lyuben Karavelov” Civil Engineering University

Medical University – Pleven

Medical University – Plovdiv

Medical University – Varna

National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts

National Academy of Arts

National Military University

National Sports Academy

New Bulgarian University

“Nikola Vaptsarov” Naval Academy

“Pantcho Vladigerov” National Academy of Music

Plovdiv University

Rakovski Defence and Staff College

Ruse University

Sofia Medical University

Sofia University

South-West University “Neofit Rilski”

Specialized Higher School of Librarian Knowledge and Information Technology – Sofia

Technical University of Gabrovo

Technical University of Sofia

Technical University of Sofia – Branch Plovdiv

Technical University of Varna

“Todor Kableshkov” Higher School of Transport

Trakia University – Stara Zagora
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  1. Dear sir/madam,
    I am dr saba,living in saudia Arabia.My son did intermediate in premedical from karachi Pakistan and He is interested to take admission in balgaria in faculty of MBBSor BDS,please send me your fee schedule and requirements.
    Your faithfully,

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