Application

Dear Erasmus Student,

Thank you for choosing Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski for your Erasmus mobility. Sofia University is glad to welcome you during the 2020/2021 academic year despite the situation around the spread of the coronavirus. We expect that we will be able to start a regular winter semester and provide on-site learning for the students.

Information about the current coronavirus situation and the measures taken by Sofia University is available on our website. Due to the dynamic situation, we recommend that students nominated to study at Sofia University for the winter semester from October onward check regularly the updated information that will be published on this website, as well as the information that will be sent by e-mail. We also recommend not making any mobility-related expenses yet (airline tickets, accommodation, etc.).

Please be aware that in order to apply for an Erasmus mobility at Sofia University, you have to be nominated by your Home University. That is why we recommend you to contact the responsible person at your Home University International Relations/Erasmus Office and to check details regarding your participation in the Erasmus+ Programme.

Please take time to read carefully the following information about the application procedure at Sofia University for incoming Erasmus students!

Application documents:

1. Application Form (AF) (download here)

The Application Form should be duly filled in electronically (not handwritten), signed by you and signed and stamped by your Home University and sent to the respective Erasmus coordinator at Sofia University.

2. Learning Agreement for Studies (LA) (download here)

The Learning Agreement should be duly filled in electronically (not handwritten), signed by you and also signed and stamped by the responsible coordinator at your Home University. Please send it to the respective Erasmus coordinator at Sofia University. Please be aware that your University may have developed its own form of Learning Agreement or using the Online Learning Agreement platform. In this case, please send us only one LA (either the form of your university or the one uploaded above).

3. Language Certificate

Sofia University offers a wide range of bachelor and master courses in English for incoming Erasmus students (details below). We expect from the incoming students to have language skills equivalent to level B1 of CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). To prove your proficiency we ask you to select one of the options below:

  • to send a language certificate for English B1 or Bulgarian B1 (at least). The certificate should be issued in English (or Bulgarian) language;
  • to send this Language Proficiency Form filled in by a lecturer in English (or Bulgarian), stipulating your language proficiency in English (or Bulgarian), signed and stamped;
  • OLS test results are also accepted.

Language Certificate is not required only if:

  • your bachelor or master programme at your university is taught completely in English language
  • you study English philology
  • English is your native language
  • you study Bulgarian philology at your university
  • Bulgarian is your native language

4. Transcript of Records 

An official academic Transcript of Records (a list of courses taken both with grades and ECTS gained so far), issued by your Home University in English language/translated in English language.

NB: The Application form and Learning Agreement should meet the following requirements (otherwise they will not be accepted): 

  • electronically filled in (not handwritten)
  • all pages of each document saved in a single PDF file
  • the name of the file has to consist of your name and the type of document, as follows: Ex.: John Smith Application form; John Smith LA; …

The Application form, Learning Agreement, Language Certificate and Transcript of Records have to be scanned and sent to the relevant Erasmus coordinator at Sofia University in a single e-mail. Please avoid sending documents one by one because your application will not be accepted and the documents could be lost.

Deadlines for application:  
30 June 2020 (extended deadline) for winter semester/full academic year
15 November 2020 for summer semester

Accommodation

As an Erasmus student you could apply for accommodation in the student dormitory campus. A place is guaranteed for all Erasmus students for the entire period of their stay, if they register for it within the deadline. Please note that single rooms are not available. For more information, please see here. Kindly be aware that the dormitories do not offer conditions for self-isolation and quarantine in case of possible future anti-epidemic measures on a local and/or national level. In such situations the shared kitchenettes are being closed.

If you wish to be accommodated in the student dormitory campus, please register here until 30 June 2020 for winter semester/full academic year (the registration form for the summer semester will be available in October 2020). 

Only students who are officially nominated for Erasmus mobility for studies at Sofia University by their Home University are allowed to register for accommodation. Any other applications are not eligible. Erasmus students cannot register for accommodation for a period longer than the period of their study at Sofia University.

Faculties and Erasmus+ Coordinators

Faculty Erasmus Coordinators at Sofia University are responsible for the academic part of your Erasmus mobility. See list of Faculty Erasmus Coordinators here. For any questions regarding the courses and ECTS, syllabus, preparation of Learning agreement, classes timetables etc., please contact directly the Faculty Erasmus Coordinator of the Faculty you will study in.

Course Offer for 2020/2021: available here

Courses are drawn from across the University and are divided by Faculties. 

For the preparation of the Learning Agreement (LA) you are asked to choose at least 3 (three) of your courses from your Host Faculty at Sofia University according to the field of study agreed in the Inter-institutional Agreement (between your Home University and Sofia University). The same requirements are applicable also in case you make changes in the During the mobility part of your LA. You are allowed to choose from the undergraduate and graduate courses from all Faculties on the basis of your interest regardless of your level of studies. If you are not sure which Faculty you will be enrolled in, please ask the coordinator at your Erasmus office. 

Academic Calendar 2020–2021 

Winter Semester

1 October 2020 19 February 2021 (including exam period)

Summer Semester

22 February – 9 July 2021 (including exam period)

Practical Information

Any other practical information regarding your study at Sofia University and stay in Sofia you can find here.

Erasmus Students Network (ESN)

The students from the ESN section of Sofia University will gladly help you in your academic and social integration.

For any additional information that you cannot find here, you are welcome to contact your Erasmus coordinator at Sofia University.

Acceptance and enrollment at Sofia University

Upon receiving the full package of application documents (Application Form, Learning Agreement, Language Certificate and Transcript of Records) the International Relations Office will provide them to the respective Faculty for approval. This procedure usually takes from 3 to 4 weeks. As soon as the application is approved by the Faculty, we will send you an Acceptance Letter by email. 

After receiving of the Acceptance letter but not later than 15 September 2020 (for winter semester and full academic year) and 15 January 2021 (for summer semester) you have to send to your Erasmus coordinator a copy of your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)/Health Insurance valid for the whole period of your stay in Bulgaria. This is a prerequisite to be enrolled at Sofia University.

Don’t buy travel tickets and do not make any mobility-related costs before receiving your Acceptance Letter!

Due to the current dynamic situation, we recommend that students nominated to study at Sofia University for the winter semester from October onward check regularly the updated information that will be published on this website, as well as the information that will be sent by e-mail. We also recommend not making any mobility-related expenses yet (airline tickets, accommodation, etc.).

Before arrival at Sofia don’t forget to:

  • send a copy of your EHIC/Health Insurance valid for the full period of your stay in Bulgaria
  • make sure that your Passport/Identity Card is valid for the full period of your stay in Bulgaria
  • inform your Embassy in Bulgaria (if any) about your Erasmus mobility at Sofia University
  • prepare to bring 4 (four) passport-size photos with you 
  • connect with other Erasmus students and ESN Sofia University.

Good luck!

The ERASMUS Team