Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski is the first Bulgarian high academic school establishment. Its history is an embodiment and a continuation of the centurylong cultural and educational tradition of the Bulgarian nation.
The edifice of Sofia University St. KLiment Ohridski was built with the financial aid of two donors – the brothers Evlogiy and Hristo Georgievs and is one of the architectural landmarks of the city of Sofia. Today it covers a built-up area of 36 000 sq. m., with 324 premises, 65 of them being lecture theaters with 6 000 seats.
As a separate part of the global strategy of the University are its international activities. It is through the latter that many such a scientific activity is stimulated and the teaching process is facilitated. The University maintains interuniversity agreements with more than 80 universities from various countries, hundreds of joint participations in international projects of different types and multilateral contacts with scholars from all over the world.
Sofia University is the leader in the country in terms of the number of participants in the students’ and lecturers’ mobility and the implementation of the idea of European space in the domain of university education.
With the signing of the Erasmus Сharter in 2007 and Bulgaria being a full-fledged member-state of the EU the University continues its active participation in the implementation of the updated with new educational possibilities Learning for Life European program.
The Bulgarian system of higher education is open to all applicants who have a diploma for completed secondary education which makes them eligible to study at the universities in the country in which they have completed secondary education.
The system comprises the following three degrees:
Students at higher educational institutions can choose full-time, part-time, or distance courses. The Doctoral programmes in higher educational institutions and scientific organizations in Republic of Bulgaria are full-time, part-time, distance, and unsupervised on an individual plan.
The full-time and unsupervised individual-plan doctoral programmes are three-year programmes. Applicants must have a Master’s degree.
Part-time doctoral programmes last four years. Applicants must have a Master’s degree. The Doctoral degree study is organized in subject areas.
Higher educational institutions in Bulgaria offer programmes for lifelong learning and further qualification. These programmes are organized according to the regulations and curriculum of each institution. The programmes for lifelong learning and further qualification do not lead to awarding a new degree, qualification or speciality. A specializing student is enrolled on a programme with a specialized curriculum, and does not receive a further degree, a new qualification or new specialization.
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