Sofia Medical University
Medical university of Sofia is number-one ranking in five professional medical fields (Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Health Care and Public Health schools) in Bulgaria and one of the best medical university in Europe. Sofia medical university welcomes both first year and transfer medical students from all over the word.
Founded in 1917 as a medical faculty of Sofia, it has become Medical Academy with two medical schools: medicine and dentistry schools in 1950.
Today, Sofia medical University is divided into 4 schools (faculties):
- School of Medicine
- School of Dental Medicine
- School of Pharmacy
- School of Public Health
Worthy to be remembered are doctors M. Russev, A.M. Petrov, St. Vatev, and P. Orahovatz who prepared Alexandrovska hospital’s departments for the needs of future clinics and organized training of teaching stuff. Among the first professors of medicine in Bulgaria were V. Mollov, P. Stojanov, St. Kirkovitch, Iv. Kiprov (first dean), R.H. Kann, T. Petrov, Pashev, At. Teodorov, etc. In 1942 a dentistry department opened and its founders were assistant professor Sl. Davidov, assistant professor G. Stiljanov and professor Al. Stanishev.
In 1950, the medical faculty was set apart from Sofia University and became independent as a medical academy with two faculties: medicine and dentistry. In 1951 a pharmaceutical faculty was added. In the next decades several administrative transformations took placs — Higher Medical Institute (1954-1972), Medical Academy (1972-1990), and again Higher Medical Institute. On 21 May 1995 according to the decision taken by the National Assembly, the Higher Medical Institute became a Medical University.
Medicine: 6 years
Dentistry: 5.5 years
Term start: September
Medicine: 8000 Euros per year
Dentistry: 8000 Euros per year
Sofia is the capital and largest city of Bulgaria. The city has a population of 1.26 million. It is located at the foot of Vitosha Mountain in the western part of the country, within less than 50 kilometres (31 mi) drive from the Serbian border. Its location in the centre of the Balkan peninsula means that it is the midway between the Black Sea and the Adriatic Sea. Sofia is one of the oldest cities in Europe, founded some 2500 years ago. Thanks to its central location in the heart of the Balkans it was even briefly the capital of the Roman Empire. These days however there are only few remnants of these great times but it’s not difficult to find them right in the center of Sofia. The oldest building in the city – Church of St. George – dates back to the 4th century and together with ruins of the Antic town Serdica now is surrounded by the buildings of Presidential Palace – a fine example of the Socialist architecture Sofia is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Bulgaria alongside coastal and mountain resorts. Among its highlights is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, one of the symbols of Bulgaria, constructed in the late 19th century. It occupies an area of 3,170 square metres (34,122 square feet) and can hold 10,000 people. Sofia holds Bulgaria's largest museum collections, which attract tourists and students for practical studies. The National Historical Museum in Boyana district has a vast collection of more than 650,000 historical items dating from Prehistory to the modern era, although only 10,000 of them are permanently displayed due to the lack of space. Smaller collections of items related mostly to the history of Sofia are in the National Archaeological Museum, a former mosque located between the edifices of the National Bank and the Presidency. Two natural sciences museums — the Natural History Museum and the Earth and Man — display minerals, animal species (alive and taxidermic) and rare materials. The Ethnographic Museum and the National Museum of Military History are other places of interest, holding large collections of Bulgarian folk costumes and armaments, respectively. Vitosha Boulevard, also called Vitoshka, is a pedestrian zone with numerous cafés, restaurants, fashion boutiques, and luxury goods stores. Sofia's geographic location, in the foothills of the weekend retreat Vitosha mountain, further adds to the city's specific atmosphere.
The English Medicine course runs for six years; with the first two years focusing on theory and the next three years focusing on clinical study. The final year is spent completing an internship before graduation. During the final year, students take the state exam in order to achieve their license to practice. This leads to students achieving the professional qualification of Doctor of Medicine (MD) or physical and are awarded with a Master's Degree. The dentistry programme lasts for six years; with 5.5 years of academic course and an internship lasting a period of roughly 6 months. The first two years involve students learning theory and the fundamental aspects of medical and biological knowledge. The third and fourth year involves general clinical practice and apprenticeship; with special training in dentistry (pre and post-clinical). The internship period involves paediatrics, oral and maxillofacial surgery experience, denture dentistry, paradantology and orthodontist and conservative dental treatment. Dentistry students also require passing the state exam at the end of the final year, in order to gain a licence. Successful students are awarded a Master's degree and titled as a Dentist. Medical University – Sofia (MUS) has a unique place in the Bulgarian education system. The high level of teaching, training and the achievements in the research work, health care and public activities are integrated - aiming that MU Sofia is an innovator and meets the public interest. The University strives for regional leadership while increasing the quality of the education on a national and international scale.
Are there any Local Mosques? Yes there are many mosques in Sofia, as well as a large Islamic community amongst students and locals Can you get Halal food? Halal meat is widely available and accessible and there are also many halal restaurants Are there other students from the UK? Yes Do the locals understand English? Yes, mostly How can you travel around Sofia? The metro, trams and buses are used by the majority population and cover the majority of the city. Taxis are also cheap when compared to the UK What type of weather does Sofia have? The winters are cold with average temperatures well below freeing, meanwhile summers are very warm when compared to the UK, reaching around 40 degrees at the height of summer.