Here you can find information about the enrollment procedure at Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski” as well as the list of the required documents for registration and application.
The university is a state higher school and does not charge a fee for reviewing and processing your documents! Applying to become a student at the university is free of charge!
*A fee in the amount of BGN 150 shall be paid for the recognition procedure of a bachelor’s degree obtained abroad. (NACID)
If you do not speak Bulgarian, in the first year of your studies you will be enrolled in a preparatory course at The Department of Language and Specialized Training for Foreign Students. With us you will prepare for living and studying in Bulgaria.
Required documents for registration:
- An application form
- A copy of the bachelor diploma including a transcript of all the subjects and the grades awarded.
The minimum average score of the grades in the diploma should not be lower than 62% of the maximum grade according to the grading system in the country in which the diploma is issued.
- A copy of the secondary school completion document.
- A copy of the citizenship documents – for the applicants with dual citizenship, one of which is Bulgarian.
- Four photos.
- A photocopy of the applicant’s passport / identity card
The documents under items 2 and, 3 must be legalized, translated into Bulgarian and validated in accordance with the provisions contained in the intergovernmental agreements between The Republic of Bulgaria and the country in which these documents were issued. If such agreements do not exist, the documents must be validated, translated and legalized, according to the standard procedure for legalization of official papers.
The documents must be stamped APOSTILLE. If the documents are translated into Bulgarian on the territory of another country, the signature of the translator needs to be certified by a Bulgarian consulate in that country. In case the documents are translated into Bulgarian on the territory of The Republic of Bulgaria, the signature of the translator must be notarized by a Bulgarian notary.
By October 1st of the year of application, you must submit your documents (in person or through an authorized representative) to Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski” at The Student Affairs Department or at The Department of Language and Specialized Training for Foreign Students (DLSTFS)
Inspetor of Foreign Students’ Affairs
24 Tzar Assen Str., Rectorate,
тел. +359 32 261 319
Administrative secretary of DLSTFS
New University Facility
236, Bulgaria boulevard
phone +359 32 261 789
+359 885 407 171
If you are an EU citizen or have dual citizenship, one of which is Bulgarian, the inspector or the administrative secretary will accept and check your documents.
Once your documents have been approved, you must pay the fee for the first semester and present the bank receipt to the inspector, who will officially enroll you in a preparatory course and direct you to The Department of Language and Specialized Training for Foreign Students.
If you are not an EU citizen, the inspector will review and accept your documents, then within a month he/she will prepare and send them to the Ministry of Education and Science (MES) – Directorate “Students, Ph. D students and Specializing students”, which in its turn will issue a certificate of the applicant’s eligibility to continue his/her studies. The deadline for issuing the certificate by the Ministry of Education and Science is one month.
After receiving the certificate from the Ministry of Education and Science, the inspector responsible for admission of foreign students will inform you that you can receive your certificate in person or by an authorized representative and submit your documents for a visa of “D” type/category.
Application documents for visa “D”/ (of “D” category) must be submitted at an embassy or a consulate (consular office) of The Republic of Bulgaria in the applicant’s country of origin. The visa may be received in the same place. The deadline for the visa to be issued is one month, but please bear in mind that sometimes it may take longer.
After receiving a visa of “D” type /category and arriving in the Republic of Bulgaria, you will be enrolled as a student in the relevant Bachelor’s program or in a preparatory course at The Department of Language and Specialized Training for Foreign Students (DLSTFS).
After completing the one-year preparatory course and successfully passing the exams in Bulgarian language (level B2 according to the European Common Framework of Reference for Languages) and in the specialized subjects, you will be enrolled as a foreign student in the first year of the chosen Bachelor’s program.
If you speak Bulgarian and wish to enroll as a foreign student at Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski” without passing the one-year preparatory course, you must present a document for proficiency in Bulgarian at level B2 according to the European Common Framework of Reference for Languages.
If you speak Bulgarian, but do not have a document to certify this, you have the right to take exams at the Department of Language and Specialized Training for Foreign Students at Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski” and upon successful completion you will receive a certificate that gives you the right to apply at each Bulgarian university.
You should know!
If you are an EU citizen or you have dual citizenship, one of which is Bulgarian, you are eligible to enter contest (by taking university entrance exams or submitting documents) under the terms and conditions established for Bulgarian citizens. If you are ranked and eligible to enroll as the Bulgarian citizens are, you will pay a lower semester fee and you will have all the rights of Bulgarian students – for example, to apply for a scholarship, a dormitory, etc.
You can do this after completing the preparatory course, when you will already speak Bulgarian and have enough time to prepare.
Whether you decide to take advantage of this opportunity or not, you reserve the right to enroll as a foreign student at Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski” in the next academic year.
For additional information:
Grozdanka Genova-Pevicharova, Head of The Student Affairs Department
24 Tsar Asen Str., Rectorate, floor 2, room 213,
phone +359 32 261 311