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6-year Medical studies in English

Congratulations on your decision to study medicine at Medical University “Prof. Paraskev Stoyanov”- Varna. You are joining a great tradition of excellence in medical education. The Faculty of Medicine has over 45-years’ experience in training both Bulgarian and international students.

Medical University “Prof. Paraskev Stoyanov” - Varna is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and by the ECFMG of the United States. Graduates can practice in the United States after passing the USMLE and are certified by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

The six-year medical studies in English allow students to enroll in the medical school directly from high school. The program is designed for foreign students who are strongly motivated, have a good command of both written and spoken English. The proficiency in English language is proved by sitting a test in English for Academic Medical Studies administered by the Department of Foreign Languages at Varna Medical University.

After the successful completion of the 6-years course of academic studies in the specialty of medicine, students are awarded a Diploma of completed higher medical education. Graduates are conferred Master’s degree along with the professional qualification “physician”. The possession of that degree enables the holder to practice medicine in EU countries.

The Medical studies in English last six years (ten semesters and one-year of state clinical internships). Except for the fact that instructions, labs, lectures and examinations are conducted in English, the curriculum of the six-year medical studies in English is completely identical with the coursework pursued by Bulgarian medical students. Learning Bulgarian language is also compulsory during the first two years of the program. Foreign students are required to learn Bulgarian in order to be able to communicate with the patients from the third year onwards.

The first two years of medical school includes an overview of fundamental or basic science courses. The first year is devoted to general understanding of biological, chemical and physical sciences applicable to the practice of medicine. Starting with the second year, the focus progressively narrows down, chanelling the studies towards those biomedical sciences that are most relevant for a practicing physician.

The clinical years are what all medical students anticipate, a time when lectures and laboratories translate into patient care. The clinical studies examine the application of the biomedical sciences mastered during the first two years of medical school. The teaching from the third year onwards takes place exclusively in clinical settings and involves work with patients admitted for treatment at the University’s teaching hospitals. The following are brief examples of some of the teaching experiences students may expect during their clinical experiences:

  • clinical skills workshop
  • physical examination and history taking
  • medical notation – learning how to write doctor’s notes
  • patients` diagnosis, treatment and management

Before entering the clinical phase of their education students are required to have good command of Bulgarian language in order to avoid misunderstanding the patients.

The last year of medical studies has exclusively practical purposes. During the last year, students work under the direct guidance of the assistants and instructors with high academic positions in the clinics.

Final assessment of knowledge acquired by the students after accomplishing their full course of studies is given by the State Examination Board at a comprehensive theoretical and practical examination.

After the successful completion of the medical studies in English, the European supplement of the issued diploma is identical to that granted in the Bulgarian language medical program: M.D. (students obtain Medical Doctor’s degree). The possession of that degree enables the holder to practice medicine in EU countries. The degree also enables the holder to practice medicine all over the world.


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