In Bulgaria, you’ll find many great opportunities to study for a UK degree. So if you have caring, job or family commitments that prevent you from travelling to the United Kingdom, you can still gain your dream qualification. 

These Transnational Education (or TNE) courses are designed, delivered, and quality-assured to the UK’s own rigorous standards and each leads to a UK degree.

They can provide a pathway to the United Kingdom at a later date, either to continue your studies or to work, and you’re sure to benefit from their strong links with both UK and international business (just one of the reasons that graduates with UK degrees are among the most employable in the world). You may also find that studying for a UK TNE degree in Bulgaria is more affordable than studying in the UK itself.


You can apply to study for a UK-awarded TNE programme in Bulgaria if you have completed one of following qualifications:

  • High School Leaving Certificate with good performance and High School Diploma
  • GCE A-Levels 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

In addition, you must have evidence of English language proficiency, such as: 

  • CAE
  • CPE
  • PTE

There may also be additional requirements depending on the course you choose. So we always advise you to check with the UK university that will be awarding your degree, and with the partner institution in Bulgaria where you will be studying.

Students from non-EU Countries

If you live in a non-EU country, you may need a student visa to enter Bulgaria (Type D - long-term residence visa). These can be issued by a Bulgarian Embassy or Consulate in your home country. 

Find out where a Bulgarian Consulate or Embassy is located in your region, as well as full contact information.

Which degree should I choose?

Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees

With such a variety of UK degrees on offer, you’re certain to find a course that’s right for you. 

Every year, graduates in Bulgaria complete their studies in subjects ranging from Bachelors degrees in various branches of Business Studies, Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts Management and Software Engineering to Masters degrees in Business Administration, Hospitality and Tourism, Finance and Banking, Digital Marketing and Social Media. And each is awarded their prestigious degree from a UK university.

For a comprehensive list of UK degrees that you can study for while in Bulgaria, visit the websites of collaborating universities listed below. 

Studying online

Depending on your work and home commitments, you may choose to study for your degree online. 

There are a number of these programs available in Bulgaria which offer the same high standards of UK teaching and the same prestigious qualifications while allowing for a greater amount of flexibility and schedules that better suit your needs.

For more information, we advise contacting your preferred UK University as well as the partnering institution in Bulgaria. For a full list of programmes and universities, please visit websites of collaborating universities listed below.

City College, University of York in partnership with New Bulgarian University

Varna University of Management Undergraduate Programmes, Postgraduate Programmes

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information above is as accurate as possible. But please note that the flexible nature of TNE programmes means that there may be opportunities available to you in Bulgaria that are not mentioned above. For the best possible advice, you should always seek clarity by contacting your chosen university directly.

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