Bulgaria | International Credentials Equivalencies

Minimum GPA
4.5/6, Very Good
B Plus GPA
Instruction Languages
Bachelors Equiv.
Diploma za Zavarsheno Visshe Obrazovanie (requiring a minimum of 4 years of study); Bakalavr
Masters Equiv.
Magistr; Diploma za Zavarsheno Visshe Obrazovanie (requiring a minimum of 5 years of study)
Grad Sample
Diploma za Kandidat na Naukite
First Degree Sample
Diploma za Zavarsheno Visshe Obrazovanie
Grading System

6 otlichen Excellent
5 mnogo dobur Very Good
4 dobur Good
3 sreden Sufficient (minimum pass)
2 slab Poor

Recognized Universities

American University in Bulgaria
Bulgarian State Conservatory
‘Cyril and Method’ University of Veliko Turnovo
Higher Medical Inst. of Medicine Pleven
Higher Medical Inst. of Plovdiv
[G.A. Nasser] Institute for Foreign Students
New Bulgarian University
Plodiv University
Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
South-West University “Neofit Rilski”
Technical University of Sofia
University of Chemical Tech. & Metallurgy – Sofia
University of National and World Economy
Varna University of Economics

Notes for Bulgaria

Pre-university education requires 12 years of study.

Bologna Note:

Bulgaria joined the Bologna process in 1999.

In 2002 universities and specialized higher schools (academies, institutes) adopted a three stage system:
First stage – 4 years, leading to a Bachelor’s degree
Second stage – 5 years, or 1 year following a Bachelor’s degree,
leading a Master’s degree
Third stage – a three-year course of study upon obtaining a master’s degree, leading to a Doctor’s degree.

There are three types of Doctorate, each requiring at least three years of study following the Masters: Doctors, Doctor of Sciences, and Doctor Honoris Causa.

Since 2004, transcripts report ECTS and a Diploma Supplement is issued to every graduate.

Colleges are included in the system of higher education but do not enable admission to degree granting institutions. They allow for the acquisition of non-university (undergraduate) education. College graduates acquire the qualification and educational degree of “Specialist in …..”, which allows them to practice the profession acquired. College graduates may continue their education at a higher institution on the basis of the qualifications acquired at secondary schools.

Graduates receive one official transcript from which copies must be verified/certified/legalized to serve as official transcripts for application purposes. For detailed information on certification and legalization procedures visit the National Centre for Information and Documentation Academic Recognition site of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Science.

Official Translations:
The Academic Recognition site also hosts a list of companies contracted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria to serve as official translators of academic documents:

Last modified: June 13, 2019