Medical University Pleven is the oldest Bulgarian university to introduce an English course for international students.
The university itself was established in 1974, whilst the English course for international students began in 1997.
Today, combining traditions of the past with the possibilities of the present, it incorporates educational and therapeutic facilities, contemporary pre-clinical base, University Hospital with more than 1000 beds and clinics in all major medical fields, as well as a large number of specialized clinics and research units with modern diagnostic and therapeutic equipment. These are efficiently used to treat patients, train students, trainee physicians, postgraduates and for research work.
It offers a degree in the field of Medicine that is recognised worldwide. This is excellent for our applicants as it means that they are not required to sit the PLAB test when they return to the UK.
The University has all the necessary theoretic, pre-clinical and clinical departments required for higher medical education. At the moment of writing, more than 6000 Bulgarian and international students from over 30 countries have graduated from the University.
The strong international community at Medical University Pleven includes students from: Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine, Moldova, Greece, Turkey, Nigeria, Albania, Cyprus, Congo, Syria, Algeria, USA, Japan, Great Britain and France and many other countries.
The sports facilities at the University enable the students to have regular physical training in different sport disciplines. There is an indoor multipurpose sports center with basketball and volleyball fields and a tennis court.
The students can freely join student unions and societies of their choosing. Foreign students can establish their own national, ethnic and religious communities the functioning of which has to be in compliance with the laws of the Republic of Bulgaria. According to their interests and individual capabilities, students can become members of different scientific circles, culture and sports clubs.
Apply now to secure your place at Pleven Medical University and start studying medicine in Europe from February next year!
Pleven is a modern city – the academic, economic, cultural and, indeed, medical center of Central and North-West Bulgaria, situated in the heart of the Danube plane, just two hours away from the capital Sofia.
Pleven boasts cultural, leisure and sporting facilities of the highest quality. Life in Pleven is never dull. There is a vast array of things to do and places to go, with pubs and cafes to cater for every conceivable taste. Entertainment is especially strong with music, drama, opera, and dance plus dozens of galleries and cinemas to ensure that free evenings are full evenings.
Pleven is one of the most ecologically clean cities in Bulgaria. A green zone of 25,000 acres surrounds the city, including parks and forests, which serve as a filter against the air pollution within the city.
Getting around the city on foot is very easy. A long pedestrian street with many shops and service facilities splits the city. The city also has an extensive network of buses and trolley buses that charge affordable ticket pricing.
There is also a variety of restaurants and bars from which you can choose. While most of these are on the fancier side, in the city you can find a much more affordable variety of places to dine. Bulgarian cuisine itself is not too popular amongst students although it is quite tasty and healthy, Turkish cuisine tends to be more prevalent. Pleven also has a number of international food chains in its malls such as Burger King, McDonalds, for those who want a taste of home.
Living expenses in Pleven are relatively low. It is common to spend on average as little as £400 – £450 pm, including rent, bills, groceries and money for nights out. Low living costs are facilitated by cheap public transport. Buses are frequent and charge only 1 lev (40p) to get you anywhere within the city, a monthly bus pass will only cost around £6. Taxis compared to the UK are a much more common mode of transport owing to the fact that they are much cheaper. The majority of students use bikes for short distance travelling, or walk as the city of Pleven is quite small.