Medical University VarnaVarna Medical University has 4 faculties of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy and Public Health. The structure of theUniversity includes also the Medical College, the Department of Foreign Languages, Communication and Sports, a Centrefor Professional Education and an affiliate college in Sliven.The following specialties are taught at the Faculties Medicine,Dental Medicine, Pharmacy and Public Health and the Medical College.

There are four Faculties at Medical University “Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov” – Varna: Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health and a Medical College. Students are trained in the following programs: Medicine, Dental medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health, Health care management, Nursing management, dental technical assistant, assistant pharmacists, nursing, midwifery, medical laboratory assistant, public health inspector, X-ray laboratory assistant, rehabilitation therapist, social worker, medical cosmetics. The University has at its disposal two renovated hostels for over 700 students and a student canteen.

Medical University Varna has a regular accreditation for PhD training in 56 medical fields. International programmes, in which Medical University – Varna participates are Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig, the European Structural Funds and VIIth Framework Programme.

Why are we named after Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov?

In 2002 the Medical University of Varna was named after the name of Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov. In the history of the Bulgarian medicine he is renowned as the person who founded the first Bulgarian School of Surgery.

Prof. Dr. Stoyanov was the first who took X-rays in our country. In his practice he implemented diverse operational activities – in the field of abdomen and bone surgery, gynecology, eye diseases. He is recognized as the first doctor in the country who managed to perform a complicated heart surgery.

Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov lived and worked in Varna between 1905 and 1918. Here he established the Children Sea Sanatorium for Tuberculosis of  Bones and Joints which was the only one of its kind on the Balkan Peninsula. Prof. Dr. Stoyanov gained a worldwide recognition as one of the founders of Thalassotherapy (Seawater Therapy) and Heliotherapy (Sun Treatment). He urged persistently, “Bulgarians should turn to the sea and start using its values!”


Varna Medical University was established as a Higher Medical Institute in 1960. October 1st 1961 is accepted for its birthday– the first day of the first academic year in the first higher medical school in northeast Bulgaria. The establishment of the third higher medical school in Bulgaria is in response to the rising public needs for highly qualified medical staff and specialized medical assistance for the people of this region.

All departments and main clinics developed during the first 10 years. A training basis for educational, scientific and research work was established. Attention was paid mainly to the continuous improvement of the practical training. The expansion of the institute led to the building of new hospitals, both for training purposes and for the healthcare needs of Northeast Bulgaria. The Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital,Psychiatric Hospital (the largest on the Balkans), Eye Hospital, the Therapeutic Hospital (current University Hospital “St. Marina”- Varna EAD) were built.


The establishment of the Medical Academy in 1972 (until 1987) and the inclusion of all Bulgarian higher medical institutions in its structure provided new opportunities for development. In 1978 the affiliate faculty was founded in Dobrich (Tolbuhin) for medical training (3rd to 6th year students). The Higher Medical Institute – Varna grew as a major center for medical staff education, for scientific research and innovations, for therapeutic, diagnostic, consultative, organizational and methodological assistance. The institute possessed valuable and modern equipment.

In 1995, the Higher Medical Institute was renamed to Varna Medical University. The University took the name of “Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov” in 2002.  Medical University – Varna has affirmed itself as an institution, proving its worth in the field of education and science.

In 1993/1994, the training in the specialty “Health Care and Social Management” was launched preparing in advance the future staff for the implementation of the Bulgarian health care reform

In 2001, the Faculty of Public health was founded by a Decree of the Council of Ministers.

In 2002, Varna Medical University won the “International Gold and Silver Award for Quality” in Mexico City.

In 2004 in Maastricht, Varna Medical University was approved for a full member of the most prestigious international associations – European University Association.

The youngest and the most modern Faculty of Dental Medicine on the Balkans opened its doors in 2006.

The Laboratory of Nutrigenomics was established in 2007 within a project funded by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Science and possesses the latest equipment for molecular and biological research.

The new Faculty of Pharmacy was opened in 2008. With the establishment of the two new faculties – the Faculty of Dental Medicine and the Faculty of Pharmacy, Varna Medical University acquired the full structure of traditional higher school for training in the so-called “regulated professions”.

In 2008, for the first time in South Eastern Europe, a new elective course in maritime medicine was initiated at the Faculty of Medicine which is taught in the developed countries.



  • Medicine (M.D. programme)
  • Dental Medicine (D.M.D. programme)


Master programmes (after completed secondary education):

  • Medicine – Master’s Programme (Duration: 6 years)
  • Dental Medicine – Master’s Programme  (Duration: 6 years)
  • Pharmacy – Master’s Programme (Duration: 5 years)

Master programmes (after awarded bachelor degree):

  • Master’s in Public Health Programme (MPH) (Duration: 2 years)
  • Health Care Management (Duration: 1 or 2 years*)
  • Nursing Management (Duration: 1 or 1,5 year**)
  • Pharmaceutical Management (Duration: 1 year)
  • Public Health and health care management in Russian language (Duration: 2 years)

Bachelor programmes (after completed secondary education):

  • Nursing – Bachelor’s Programme (Duration: 4 years)
  • Midwifery – Bachelor’s Programme (Duration: 4 years)
  • Health Care Management (Duration: 4 years)

Bachelor programmes (after granted professional bachelor degree):

  • Nursing Management (Duration: 2,5 years)

Professional Bachelor programmes:

Programmes offered by Medical College-Varna

The Higher education in these programmes leads to obtaining the educational degree of “Professional Bachelor in…….”. The programmes are from the professional directions Health Care and Social Work. The training is full-time only and lasts three years.

  • Medical laboratory assistant
  • Assistant-pharmacist
  • Public Health Inspector
  • Dental Technical Assistant
  • Physiotherapy Assistant
  • X-ray Laboratory Assistant
  • Medical Cosmetics
  • Medical Optics



Preparatory Course in Bulgarian language (Duration: 9 months)

Preparatory Course in English language (Duration: 9 months)

Application for NON-EU citizen

Foreign citizens are admitted to the Medical University of Varna in conformity with the Law on Higher Education and Ordinance on the State Requirements in Republic of Bulgaria for Admission of Bulgarian and Foreign Students.

Medical University “Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov”- Varna offers training to applicants (who have completed secondary education) in 14 medical specialties in Bulgarian language and conducts training in English language – in Medicine and Dental Medicine.


The prospective foreign students interested in all offered undergraduate programs with Bulgarian language of instruction) who speak Bulgarian (and who do not have a document certifying proficiency in Bulgarian issued by a higher institution in the Republic of Bulgaria) pass an examination according to a list of topics provided by the Department of Foreign languages, Communication and Sport.

The instituted administrative fee for sitting the examination amounts to 200 euro, payable to the University bank account. Applicants are required to cover the fee before sitting the examination.

Those prospective applicants who are not proficient in Bulgarian or fail the examination have an opportunity to be enrolled in aPreparatory course in Bulgarian language at the University.

The Medical University of Varna offers a Preparatory course in English language for those applicants interested in the Programmes of Medicine and Dental medicine-English language education who are not proficient in English.

Those prospective applicants who are not proficient in English and fail the examination have an opportunity to be enrolled in an English language Preparatory courseat the University.


Citizens of countries which are not members of the EU and EEA are admitted after approval of the submitted application documents (which must meet the admission requirements) by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science.

Applicants, interested in direct admission (without language preparatory course) for the Programmes in English are required either to sit the English for Academic Medical Studies examination at Medical University of Varna or to submit (in case they hold such) one the following certificates (on the required level/ scores), proving their English  language proficiency:


List with Internationally Recognized Language Proficiency Tests

Accepted language proficiency tests and certificates Level/scores required
Cambridge ESOL Exams FCE level – Pre-Advanced First Certificate in English, or higher
ECL Level B2, or higher
IELTS Band 6 – competent user, or higher
Pearson Test of English General Level 3, or higher
TELC The European Language Certificates, or telc – language teststelc English B2, or higher
TOEFL iBT (computer-based test) Scores from 61 and above
TOEFL PBT (paper-based test) Scores from 543 and above; Score of 4.0 (scale 1-6) in written test or higher
Trinity’s Integrated Skills in English (ISE) exams ISE II level, or higher


  • 25 June 2016
  • 30 July 2016
  • 10 September 2016

The instituted administrative fee for sitting the English for Academic Medical Studies examination amounts to 200 euro.

Place of conducting the English for Academic Medical Studies examination

55 Marin Drinov street, Varna (the main building of the University)

The auditorium number is usually announced a week before the examination.

NB! All examinations start at 9.00 a.m.

It is mandatory that the prospective foreign applicants:

1) have completed secondary education (hold a Diploma or secondary school leaving certificate) which enables them to continue their studies in higher institutions and universities in the country in which the secondary education has been completed;

2) have studied and completed Biology and Chemistry subjects in the secondary school – for those applicants who are interested in the Programmes of Medicine, Dental Medicine and Pharmacy;

2.1 it is obligatory for the average mark in Biology and Chemistry subjects from the Diploma of secondary education to be not less than 62% of the possible maximum of the grading system in the respective country.

The annual tuition fee : for the academic year 2015/2016 for English language programme (paid form of education) is 8000 euro (15 646, 64 BGN).

The annual tuition fee can be paid at once or in two equal instalments (at the beginning of each academic year or at the beginning of every semester) but not later than two weeks after the beginning of the semester. Those students who do not pay their tuition fees on time will not be registered for the academic year and will not have the right to attend classes!

Sixth-year students can pay the tuition fee in two equal payments, respectively, from 30th August to 15th September and from 1st February until 15th February.

Please note that the tuition transfer (if you choose to pay the tuition fee by a bank transfer) shall be made in the name of the student and shall also include his/her faculty number!

Please also take into consideration that a transfer fee is usually payable and applied if sending money by a bank transfer. When transferring the exact amount of the tuition fee, the transfer fee might be deducted from that amount, rendering your tuition fee deficient. Accordingly, please contact your home bank prior to transferring the tuition fee to find out whether the bank deducts a transfer fee from the transferred amount. If yes, please pay the transfer fee apart from the tuition fee, because it is the student’s liability!