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At its beginning in the fall of 1963, on the historic and picturesque hill Sveta Gora (Holy Mount) in Veleko Tarnovo, the first university outside the Bulgarian capital with the brothers Cyril and Methodius was founded. Within the educational and cultural heritage of the Tarnovo Literary School of the famed 14th century, the University evolves. It maintains its status as a research institution of sciences and the arts, as well as as a prominent academic and science center. It was originally founded by the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party and the Council of Ministers as Brothers Cyril and Methodius Higher Educational Institute on 27 September 1962. On 15 September 1963 it opened its doors and was created on 4 August 1964 under the presidium of the National Assembly. Four academic classes are taken in the first 340 –Bulgarian, Russian, History and Fine Arts. The initial year of VTU has been conducted by a team of 25 professors and interns, 10-15 full time professors and professors at universities in Sofia and institutes of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
The first level is the worst. “It is important to start first”-the founders of Veliko Tarnovo Alma Mater used always to tell, repeating the words of a priest and founder of the Bulgarian National Revolution, Sophronius of Vratsa. They found, influenced by rekindling ancient traditions of the former capital of Tarnovgrad, the nationalist spirit of the revolution of Vratsa Euthymius in their keen pupils.
In an address given by the High-Level Institute of Education established on 15 September 1963, Professor Aleksandar Burmov confronted two important tasks: “1. The Institute needs to train highly skilled professionals–educators, researchers and artists; 2. The Institute needs to be turned into a new hub for Bulgarian researchers.
The creation and growth of the University of Veliko Tarnovo has been a difficult and complex cycle where the teaching and learning of humanities is connected to active and productive study. The steady progress in the teaching work of the young institution has been accompanied by major national and international interventions through meetings, symposia, workshops and student study expeditions. “Trudove na Visshiya Pedagogycheski University” (Works of High Institute for Education) was written in 1964. “The scholarly journalists ‘ paper” Nauka I trud “(Science and Labour) was released immediately.
The first academic publications, textbooks, and monographs were published, the first Ph.D thesaurus were advocated, and the first of the young Veliko Tarnovo teachers were academically recognized.
The number of student and instructor classes at the Institute grew, the original staff was established and a curriculum and technological base was developed and revised.The public and the state of Bulgaria was convinced that the Veliko Tarnovo Institute had become a major institution in just eight years. On 13 October 1971, a school was converted into a higher educational institution and on 14 October 1971 the then first State leader Todor Zhivkov read the State Council Decree and turned over the symbolic key of the existing Bulgarian college, Professor Zhelyo Avdzhiev, to the Rector. It was planned as an emblem of the re-enactment of a literary tradition from Veliko Tarnovo–600 years ago, Eutymius, a leading clergyman and poet, set up a seat of learning in the Holy Trinity convent, expanding the rich literary traditions of Bulgaria far beyond the boundaries of Bulgaria’s second reign. So the University of Veliko Tarnovo proved fatefully connected to two important events in medieval Bulgaria’s spiritual life-on the one side development of the alphabet of the Slavic and on the other hand, the research of the renowned Tarnovo school of literature.
The University of St. Cyril and St Methodius Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria’s biggest university outside Sofia, is now a respected center of visual arts and humanities and maintains national and international prestige as well as several foreign connections worldwide. The highly qualified personnel, the wide variety of topics and the specialized content, as well as technological base, render the University ready for reform criteria and challenges for higher education in Bulgaria, a development that is both present and future imperative.
Faculty of Modern Languages
Faculty of History
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Fine Arts
Faculty of Orthodox Theology
Faculty of Economics
Faculty of Philosophy
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics
Department for Language Teaching
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How to enroll at Veliko Tarnovo University?
Phase 1 Address your interest in studying at Veliko Tarnovo University as foreign students
Phase 2 You will be sent a full application form by July 1st at foreign-student.
Phase 3 You must upload the following documents or directly carry them by 1 October at the latest:
Phase 4 In order to complete the protocol for issuance of the long-stay visas (Type D visa), the college transmits documentation to the Ministry of Education and Science. Regarding EU and European nationals, regarding foreign citizens living permanently in the Republics of Bulgaria and double-citizens, Bulgarian applicants are not required Type D visas. Type D visas are not needed.
Phase 5 The student must deposit the tuition fee into the college bank account and participate in their respective programs once the applicant’s visa of entry provided by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science and a type ‘D’ visa has been given.