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Bulgaria is a country in southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south, and the Black Sea to the east. With a territory of 110,994 sq. km. (42,855 sq. mi.) Bulgaria is Europe's 16th-largest country.


Official Tourism Portal of Bulgaria


Varna is the third largest city in Bulgaria (with population more than 350 000 people), with an area of 205 sq. km. Its situation on the Northern shore of the Black Sea, along with its richness in natural resources make it one of the famous resorts Europe wide, definitely the largest one in the Black Sea region. Because of its history and its economical and cultural significance, it is often called the Sea Capital of Bulgaria. It also happens to be on the crossroads between Western Europe and the Middle East.



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Six-grade system

EXCELLENT: outstanding performance with only minor errors



VERY GOOD: above the average standard but with some errors

Very good


GOOD: generally sound work with a number of notable errors



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SATISFACTORY: fair but with significant shortcomings

(lowest passing grade)




FAIL: additional preparation required for acquiring credits

( failing grade)




How to get to Varna

Varna international airport is situated approximately 10 km away from the city center.  There are two ways of landing at Varna airport:

- By charter flight (usually from May until October) and regular flights

- Via Sofia airport. There are regular every day flights Sofia – Varna. The taxi from Varna airport to the city center is approximately 20 BGN.

It is also possible to get to Varna from Sofia by train. The train station is situated about 20 km away from Sofia airport and the train ticket is round 31 BGN. It takes 7 hours to get to Varna by train.

There are regular bus lines (starting every 2 hours) from Sofia bus station. Sofia bus station is situated next to the train station. The bus ticket is about 33 BGN and the journey lasts about 6 hours.



Approximate exchange rate to June 01, 2017

USD – 1.74332 BGN                     

EUR – 1.95583 BGN

GBP – 2.24215 BGN


Best exchange rates are given by the banks and the licensed exchange offices. Some of the exchange offices charge a commission. All payments in Bulgaria are made in Bulgarian leva only, so it is advisable for students to exchange their money as soon as they land in the country (preferably not at the airport).


Contact details of Bulgarian embassies abroad  

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Information about Varna


Hotels in Varna


Varna airport


Map of Varna                


Varna weather

Bulgarian Ministry of Health


Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science 


Emergency Numbers in Bulgaria

The European emergency number 112 is not the only emergency number in Bulgaria.

Alongside 112, the following emergency numbers are available:


150 – Ambulance

166 – Police

160 – Fire brigade


There is no specific help for disabled people to access 112.

It is possible to call 112 from a mobile phone without a SIM card.

112 calls are answered within 4 seconds.

Calls can be answered not only in Bulgarian, but also in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Romanian, Turkish or Russian.

Caller location is automatically activated when the call is answered.​