There is one British Council test centre in Bulgarias capital Sofia. According to our database, there are 9 universities in Bulgaria that accept the IELTS test. The average IELTS score requirement for organisations accepting IELTS in Bulgaria is 6.2.
In spite of Bulgaria being a less popular study destination, students receive high-quality education. Increasing mobility and links between Bulgarian higher education systems and universities around Europe provide great diversity and lead to a strong foundation for a future career.
Bulgaria´s higher education system was reorganized in the mid-1990s, after the fall of the communist regime. Between 1995 and 2002, the number of university graduates increased from 33,000 to 50,000. In 2002, 42 institutions of higher learning were available in the country, with 215,700 students enrolled. Since 2007, Bulgaria is a member of the European Union and Bulgarian Higher Education degrees are fully recognised in EU member states.
Presently, higher education institutions include Universities, Colleges and Specialized Education Schools. All institutions of Higher Education in Bulgaria are autonomous and responsible for programme design and quality. Almost all universities in the country have Bulgarian accreditation and some have double accreditation from foreign institutions.
Bulgarian universities have more than 20 years of experience in teaching international languages such as English, French or German. Some Bulgarian universities offer classes taught in English, French or German and provide double degrees through partnerships with universities abroad. Some universities offer programmes fully taught in English.
To study in English at one of the universities in Bulgaria, you may need a proof of English proficiency. There are several standardised English tests that you can take to proof your English level, such as the PTE (Pearson Test of English), TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), CAE (Cambridge Advanced English) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System), offered by British Council and IDP. IELTS is the most popular of these tests, with British Council offering more than 500 test locations and being accepted by more than 9,000 organisations world-wide.
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Frequently asked questions about IELTS in Bulgaria
How much does the IELTS exam cost in Bulgaria?
The IELTS test in Bulgaria costs BGN 426.
Please note that you may need to make extra costs such as transportation or accomodation if you need to travel to a city to take IELTS.
See our article on IELTS costs how to save money on your IELTS test.
How can I apply for IELTS in Bulgaria?
First make sure that you apply for the right type of IELTS. The IELTS exam is offered as Academic or a General Training variant. The Academic variant is for studying abroad and the General Training if you want to migrate to an English-speaking country and work there, or if you plan to attend a secondary school.
Applying for all variants of IELTS in Bulgaria can be done by following this link to the official IELTS registration website .
Is IELTS for UKVI available for people from Bulgaria?
If you plan to study or work in the United Kingdom, you need IELTS for UKVI. The UK Home Office has authorized the Secure English language exams (SELT) IELTS for UKVI Academic and General Training and IELTS Life Skills for visa applications to the UK coming from Bulgaria.
Read more on the different types of IELTS in our article
Which test center in Bulgaria is the best to take the IELTS exam?
There is no "best test center" in Bulgaria , all of them are equally good.
The IELTS test is a standardized test that is conducted in exactly the same way on different locations. So, it doesn't really matter which test center you will go, you will always get the same high quality experience.
Go directly to test centers in Bulgaria to find a test centers that is most convenient for you.