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International students applying for Doctoral programmes under Art. 95, Para. 5 of the Higher Education Act, according to which undergraduate, doctoral and specializing students have to pay tuition fees must submit the following documents:

1. Application form with a short CV; specified field of study; the topics they intend to work on in their PhD dissertation; their proficiency level in foreign languages, and the scientific organization they are applying to.

2. A certified copy of their Master’s Degree Diploma.

3. A medical certificate issued no earlier than a month prior to the application procedure, and validated by the respective authorities in the applicant’s country.

4. A list of publications, if applicable.

5. All applicants are required to submit a photocopy of their identity card(s) or passport(s). Applicants with dual citizenship should provide photocopies of their Bulgarian identity card or passport.

6. A photocopy of the identity card with the name legibly written in the Latin alphabet, the place and date of birth.

7. A certificate for officially recognized Diploma for completed higher education, if the Diploma has been issued by a foreign higher educational institution.

The documents described in 2, and 3 must be legalized, translated into Bulgarian and validated in accordance with the provisions contained in the intergovernmental agreements between Republic of Bulgaria and the country in which these documents were issued. If no such agreements exist, the documents be legalized, translated and validated according to the standard procedure for the legalization, translation and validation of documents and other official papers.

Application documents for doctoral programmes can be submitted throughout the whole academic year.


Procedure for the recognition of diplomas for higher education