Doctoral candidates – citizens of countries outside the European Union

Doctoral candidates – citizens of countries outside the European Union

Information for doctoral candidates who are citizens of countries outside the European Union for studies in:

– preparatory course

– for the educational and scientific degree “Doctor”

І. Required documents for application:

1. Application to the Rector, containing brief biographical data and desired specialty:

–  application form for admission to a preparatory course after higher education

application form for admission to the Bulgarian language exam for foreigners

2. Copy of the Master’s degree Diploma and academic Transcript of Records.

3. Documents for recognition of Higher education acquired in a foreign country – submitted to the National Academy of Music. At the end of the attached application, the necessary documents are indicated.

/Application for recognition of higher education/

4. Document for proficiency in the Bulgarian language, issued by a higher school of the Republic of Bulgaria /if one has been issued/.

5. Medical certificate issued within one month before the date of application.

6. Two photos.

7. If the documents are not submitted personally by the applicant, but by another person, a power of attorney is required, which must be translated into Bulgarian.

8. Declaration of awareness regarding the processing of personal data.

9. Declaration for the processing of personal data regarding the verification of the diploma

The documents under item 2, item 3 and item 5 must be legalized, translated and certified in accordance with the provisions of the international agreements of the Republic of Bulgaria with the country in which they were issued, and in the absence of such – according to the general procedure for legalization, the translations and certifications of documents. The documents must be in one copy with an original apostille, certifications and signatures, and two copies of the certified and translated documents, as well as on an electronic medium (CD, Flash memory) and on the electronic medium they must be scanned in color with a resolution of 200 dpi and each document should be on a separate file with the original stamps and certifications, scanned to PDF, only the photo should be in JPEG.

Foreign documents must be certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the issuing country, then legalized by the Bulgarian diplomatic and consular missions in that country or accredited for it. When there is no legalization by the Bulgarian mission in the issuing country, such legalization must be done by the diplomatic mission of the issuing country, accredited for Bulgaria.

Documents originating from countries – parties to the Hague Convention and provided with an “apostille” will not be legalized by the Bulgarian diplomatic or consular representation in the respective country or accredited for it. They will be recognized by the Bulgarian authorities when an “apostille” is placed on them or attached to them in original form. In the event that the documents do not have or cannot be provided with an “apostill” in order to be effective on the territory of Bulgaria, they must be authenticated / legalized / according to the generally accepted procedure so far – they must be certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the issuing country , after that – legalized by the Bulgarian diplomatic or consular representation in that country or accredited for it.

Success in the exams – the minimum passing score for each of the entrance exams for the doctoral degree is “Very good” 4.50 /B/.

ІІ. Bulgarian language: for those who do not have the document specified in item 4:

  1. Doctoral candidates who have undergone language and specialized training in a preparatory course at the National Academy of Music, or who speak Bulgarian, must pass a written and oral exam in Bulgarian. Only those who have a grade of “Very good” /4.50/B/ on each of the Bulgarian language exams – written and oral.
  2. Doctoral candidates who do not know the Bulgarian language can take a preparatory course in Bulgarian language and specialized training within one academic year. The course ends with exams in all studied disciplines. To apply for a preparatory course, the documents listed above must be submitted.

ІІІ. Deadlines for submitting the documents:                                                                  

  1. For the educational and scientific degree “Doctor” – for the procedure for recognition of higher education acquired in a foreign country, documents must be submitted by June 25; after this period from 01 to 30 September in the year of application –when applying for a preparatory course that starts in February and ends in January of the following year.
  2. For candidates who speak Bulgarian – from November 15 to December 15 for applying for studies from the second semester of the relevant academic year /after successfully passing the higher education recognition procedure, if the master’s degree is from a foreign higher education institution/.

Entrance exams are held after submission of the complete set of documents specified above.

After submitting the documents to the NAM, they are officially sent to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria for the issuance of a D visa certificate.