RULES OF PROCEDURE

RULES OF PROCEDURES

RULES OF PROCEDURES FOR PREPARATION FOR AND ORGANISATION OF

ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/2019

Medical University – Sofia hereby reserves the right to change the provisions in these Rules of Procedure based on any changes in legislation and changes in the rules of procedure of MU – Sofia!

A. ORDINANCE FOR ORGANISATION OF THE ACADEMIC PROCESS FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/2019

I. DISTRIBUTION OF STUDENTS INTO CLASSES AND GROUPS

GENERAL PROVISIONS

1. The distribution of students into groups and the development of schedules shall be only done by the experts at the Faculty’s Academic Departments.

1.1. The number of students in the groups for studying Bulgarian language and in the groups for studying English language for pre-clinical, theoretical and diagnostic disciplines and for the clinical disciplines shall be up to 10 students per group.

1.2. If, after transfer (or re-enrolment) of Bulgarian and foreign students for which the language of instruction is English, the number of students increases to more than 10 per group, additional groups shall be formed based on the schedule possibilities and pursuant to a decision of the Faculty Council.

1.3. Where additional groups are formed, the schedules for classes shall be adjusted in due time by the experts from the Academic Departments of the dean’s offices.

1.4. All schedules of classes shall be coordinated by the Academic Department of the Rector’s Office of MU – Sofia.

1.5. No transfer of students from one group to another shall be allowed.

1.6. No combining of two or more groups and simultaneous holding of classes shall be allowed.

2.The number of lecturing classes may only be defined by a decision of the Faculty Council.

SPECIAL PROVISIONS

1. FACULTY OF MEDICINE

1.1. MEDICINE

1.1.1. Studies in Bulgarian shall take place as follows: for students between their 1st and 3rd year – lectures shall take place in one lecturing class; from 4th year to 6th year students – lectures shall take place in three/four lecturing classes; practice classes shall take place in 20 to 32 groups depending on the number of students and in accordance with the decision of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Medicine.

1.1.2. Studies in Bulgarian for fourth- to sixth-year students shall take place based on a cyclic (module) system with an examination after completion of an entire cycle according to the academic curriculum and on an ongoing basis – throughout the academic year.

1.1.3. Studies in English for students between their 1st and 3rd year shall take place in two lecturing classes per year of study; for students between their 4th and 6th year lectures shall take place in three lecturing classes; practice classes shall take place in 20 to 43 groups depending on the number of students and in accordance with the decision of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Medicine.

1.1.4. Studies in English for fourth- to sixth-year students shall be organised based on a cyclic system, with an examination after completion of an an entire cycle from the academic curriculum and permanently – in the course of the academic year.

1.2 SECOND MASTER’S DEGREE IN MEDICINE may be acquired after acquiring a first master’s degree in Dental Medicine or Pharmacy. Studies for a second master’s degree in Medicine shall be paid, full-time, with six years duration of studies based on the academic curriculum of the programme in Medicine.

 2.FACULTY OF DENTAL MEDICINE

2.1 DENTAL MEDICINE

2.1.1. Studies in Bulgarian  for students in dental medicine shall be carried out by in one lecturing class and practice shall be organised in 16 groups.

2.1.2. Studies in English for students in dental medicine shall be carried out in up to 12 groups of no more than 12 students per group in accordance with the decision of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Dental Medicine.

2.1.3. Practice classes shall be mandatory. In the event of absence, the procedure under Section VIII shall be implemented.

2.2 SECOND MASTER’S DEGREE IN DENTAL MEDICINE may be acquired after acquiring a first master’s degree in Medicine or Pharmacy. Studies for a second master’s degree in dental medicine shall be paid, full-time, with six years duration of studies based on the academic curriculum of the programme in Dental Medicine.

3.FACULTY OF PHARMACY

3.1. PHARMACY

3.1.1. Studies in Bulgarian shall take place by holding the lectures for students in pharmacy in one lecturing class, and the practice classes for first- to fifth-year students shall take place in up to 16 groups of no more than 12 students per group.

3.1.2. Additional specialised training during the studies in industrial pharmacy and clinical pharmacy shall take place from the 6th to the 9th semester in 2 groups, where students willing to enrol shall be ranked based on their grades from the 1st through the 5th semester.

3.1.3. Studies in English shall take place in 12 groups of no more than 12 students per group.

3.2. SECOND MASTER’S DEGREE IN MEDICINE OR DENTAL MEDICINE may be acquired after acquiring a first master’s degree in Pharmacy. The studies for the second master’s degree shall be paid, full-time, with six years duration of studies based on the academic curriculum of the programme of Medicine or Dental Medicine.

4.FACULTY OF PUBLIC HEALTH

4.1. Lectures with students enrolled in the programmes in “Public Health and Health Management” and “Healthcare Management” (Bachelor’s degree, full-time and part-time study), “Public Health and Health Management” and “Strategic Management of Pharmaceutical Activity”, “Occupational Medicine and Work Capacity”, “Healthcare Management” (Master’s degree and Master’s degree after obtaining a Bachelor’s degree, part-time study), the programmes for becoming a “Nurse”, an “Obstetrician”, “Kinesitherapy”, “Medical assistant”, “Occupational Medicine and Work Capacity” (Bachelor’s degree, full-time study) shall take place in one lecturing class and the practice classes and seminars shall take place in groups of up to 12 students.

4.2. Lectures for students from the programmes for “Nurse”, “Obstetrician”, “Kinesitherapy”, “Medical Assistant” and “Occupational Medicine and Working Capacity” (Bachelor’s degree, full-time studies) shall take place in one lecturing class, whereas the practice classes, seminars and clinical practice shall take place in groups of up to 12 students.

5.CENTRE FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGES, PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORTS (CFLPES)

5.1. A preparatory academic year for foreigners (in Bulgarian and English) shall be held for two semesters – a winter and a summer semester. The studies for the respective language in the preparatory academic year shall start after 1 October provided that a group of 10 students is formed. Studies shall continue for no less than 9 months.

5.2. Foreign languages for students

5.2.1 Classes in Bulgarian for foreign students in Medicine shall continue for 2 semesters, whereas for students in Dental Medicine classes shall continue for 4 semesters.

5.2.2 Classes in Latin for students in Medicine, Dental Medicine or Pharmacy shall continue for 2 semesters, whereas their duration for students from the Medical College shall be 1 semester.

5.2.3 Classes in foreign languages for Bulgarian students in Dental Medicine and Pharmacy shall continue for 2 semesters.

5.3. Sports

5.3.1. Sports for the programme in “Medicine” – 60 classes during the first and second semester of the first year.

5.3.2. For the Dental Medicine programme there shall be a module training of 30 classes.

5.3.3. For the “Pharmacy” programme – 60 classes during the first and second semester of the first year.

5.3.4. For students from the Medical College there shall be 150 classes of sports.

5.4. During the preparatory academic year 2018/2019, the Centre for Foreign Languages, Physical Education and Sports shall also offer classes in Bulgarian and English language to citizens of EU and EEA member states.

5.5. The preparatory academic year shall be completed by sitting for combined examinations in English or Bulgarian language, biology and chemistry (in English or Bulgarian), which shall be equivalent to the admission exams held in summer and which shall be in line with the published Academic Manual for preparation of foreign citizens for the relevant academic year.

5.6. Students who have successfully passed the preparatory academic year shall be awarded a Certificate for a completed foreign language and specialised course in accordance with Art. 19 of the Regulation on the state requirements for admission of students in higher education institutions in Bulgaria.

5.7. After successful passing of the exam, candidates that are foreign citizens shall obtain orders for enrolment in the programme of their choice pursuant to Art. 20 of the same Regulation, after presenting the certificate under Art. 19.

6.BRANCH “Prof. Dr. Ivan Mitev” – Vratsa

6.1. Instruction in the Branch “Prof. Dr. Ivan Mitev” – Vratsa shall be based on a cyclic system with theoretical and practical modules. The distribution of students by groups shall be performed by the inspector at the Academic Department of the branch.

6.2. Lectures for students from the programmes for “Nurse”, “Obstetrician”, and “Occupational Therapy” (Bachelor’s degree, full-time studies) shall take place in one lecturing class, whereas the practice classes, seminars and clinical practice shall take place in groups of up to 12 students. If there are 15 students in total, studies shall take place in one group.

6.3. If students from the group take a leave from their studies during the semester, the group shall continue to exist irrespective of the total number of students therein.

6.4.  Students may transfer from one group to another with the Director’s permission.

6.5. No combining of two or more groups and simultaneous lecturing by one lecturer shall be allowed.

7.MEDICAL COLLEGE “Yordanka Filaretova” – Sofia.

7.1. MC “Yordanka Filaretova” offers full-time studies.

7.2. The number of classes for the lecturing courses shall be determined by the Directional Council of the Medical College based on the thematic plans and programmes, whereas the number of groups shall be based on the number of students by programme and courses, with minimum number of 5 students per group, with the exception of the “massage therapist with impaired vision” programme where the minimum number of students per group may be three.

II. ACADEMIC CURRICULA

The Rector of Medical University – Sofia shall manage the overall activities related to the organisation of studies based on the academic curricula adopted by the Faculties or the Boards of Directors, which shall be approved by the Academic Council (AC) of MU-Sofia.

III. SCHEDULES OF ACADEMIC CLASSES AND EXAMINATION SESSIONS

  1. The schedules for classes and examination sessions shall be developed by the Academic Departments of the faculties in “Prof. Dr. Ivan Mitev” – Vratsa branch and Medical College “Y. Filaretova” – Sofia, in coordination with the Academic Department at the Rector’s Office of MU – Sofia.

2.1. The schedules for classes and examination sessions of the Faculty of Dental Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy and Faculty of Public Health must be coordinated with the Academic Department of the Faculty of Medicine with respect to the use of the auditoriums on the territory of the Medical-Biological Complex (MBC).

  1. The schedules for classes shall be announced by the Academic Department of the respective faculty, branch or college 10 days before the start of the semester.
  2. Students shall receive ongoing grades throughout the academic year.

3.1. Disciplines studied in the course of more than one semester shall be completed with an examination during the last semester (with no ongoing grade).

3.2. Forms of evaluation – written examinations, oral examinations, tests, papers.

  1. The tidiness and maintenance of the classrooms for students in University Hospitals shall be the obligation of the chief executive officers of these hospitals.
  2. The schedules for using the auditoriums and the classrooms shall be drafted and coordinated by the Academic Department of the Rector’s Office.
  3. Schedule of classes and examination sessions for academic year 2018/2019:

6.1. Winter semester from 10.09.2018 to 21.12.2018

6.1.1. Winter semester – instruction in English for 1st year students from 15.10.2018 to 01.02.2019.

6.1.2.Winter semester for preparatory academic year in CFLPES – after 01.10.2018.

6.1.3. January examination session from 03.01.2019 to 01.02.2019.

6.1.4. The resit examination session in February for students completing the semesters of their 5th year in the Faculty of Pharmacy and of their 3rd year in Medical College “Y. Filaretova” – Sofia shall take place from 04.02.2019 to 15.02.2019.

6.1.5. Students enrolled in the programme in Medicine shall be entitled to a resit examination session for their semester examinations with duration of two weeks before starting their pre-graduate internship.

6.1.6. The resit examination session for 4th year students who are to complete their semester studies in the programme of “Kinesitherapy” shall be in February 2019.

6.1.7. The resit examination session for students who are to complete their third year in the programmes for “Nurse”, “Obstetrician”, “Medical Assistant” and “Occupational Therapy” shall be from 01.07.2019 to 05.07.2019.

6.1.8. The additional session for students who are to complete their third year in the programmes for “Nurse”, “Obstetrician”, “Medical Assistant” and “Occupational Therapy” shall be from 08.07.2019 to 12.07. 2019.

6.2. Summer semester from 11.02.2019 to 23.05.2019

6.2.1. Summer semester for the programme in “Medicine” for fourth- and fifth-year students from 11.03.2019 to 31.07.2019.

         Summer semester for the programme in Medicine for fourth-year students from 11.03.2019.

6.2.2. June examination session from 03.06.2019 to 28.06.2017.

6.2.3. The session shall be extended for programmes with 5 or more examinations based on the academic curriculum or for programmes with a large number of student groups.

6.2.4. The examination dates shall be determined by the Deans, whereas the departments shall ensure the observation of the examination dates from the first until the last day of the examination session irrespective of any objective circumstances that might arise.

6.2.5. September resit examination session from 26.08.2019 to 05.09.2019.

  1. Schedule of classes and examination sessions for students enrolled in the Faculty of Public Health for academic year 2018/2019.

7.1. For full-time students in “Public Health and Health Management”, “Healthcare Administration”, “Obstetrician”, “Nurse”, “Kinesitherapy”, “Medical Assistant” and “Occupational Medicine and Working Capacity” (Bachelor’s degree, full-time study) – based on the general schedule.

7.2. Part-time students in “Public Health and Health Management” and “Healthcare Management” (Bachelor’s and Master’s degree);

  For the programmes in “Strategic Management of Pharmaceutical Activity”, “Occupational Medicine and Work Capacity” for Master’s degree:

7.2.1. WINTER SEMESTER                                                                               17.09.2018  – 21.12.2018

 JANUARY EXAMINATION SESSION                                                             03.01.2019  –   04.02.2019

The February resit examination session  for students

completing their semester studies shall be from                                  04.02.2019 –    08.02.2019.

7.2.2. SUMMER SEMESTER                                                                              11.02.2019 –    23.05.2019

JUNE EXAMINATION SESSION                                                                       27.05.2019 –    28.06.2019

September resit examination session                                                       02.09.2019 –    09.09.2019

ІV. SYSTEM FOR ACCUMULATION AND TRANSFER OF CREDITS

  1. Pursuant to Art. 44 of the Higher Education Act and in accordance with Regulation No 21 of 30.09.2004 of the Ministry of Education and Science, a credit system for evaluation has been introduced for all students from MU-Sofia.

1.1. Upon proposal from the Dean of the Faculty (the Director of the branch or college), following an Order by the Rector of MU-Sofia, specialised committees have been appointed for recognition of credits and periods of studies acquired from a different university or acquired based on the academic curriculum of a different programme, as well as for recognition of credits from similar disciplines from other programmes.

  1. Between the first and third year, students must gain 180 credits, 16.5 credits of which shall be gained from elective courses and other modules, participation in research and development programmes, participation in research sessions with reports and publications in Bulgarian and foreign journals.

2.1. Between the fourth and the sixth year (clinics), students must gain 150 credits, 5.0 credits of which shall be gained from elective courses and other modules, participation in research and development programmes, participations in research sessions with reports and publications in Bulgarian and foreign journals.

2.2. According to the academic curriculum for the programme in “Medicine”, during their studies students must accumulate a total number of 330 credits, 307.5 of which shall be from the mandatory courses and 22.5 of which shall be from elective courses and others, plus 88.6 credits from their internship before graduation and state examinations.

  1. The credit constitutes a numerical indicator of the student’s occupation. It shall be awarded to students with a positive grade that is no lower than satisfactory (3) for acquired knowledge and skills foreseen in the academic curriculum based on an examination or another form of evaluation. The topics of the elective courses as well as the credits from them shall be announced by the Dean’s Office and by the departments where students register for the elective courses.
  2. Each student shall attend the necessary number of courses for covering the necessary number of credits. Only courses covering the necessary credits for the year shall be written in the faculty’s General Book.

4.1. No transfer of credits from the elective modules to the next years of study shall be allowed.

4.2. Upon completion of the respective elective module (course), the head of this course shall present a report to the deputy dean for academic affairs for the successfully completed module (course) and a list of students and shall reflect their participation in the faculty’s General Book.

4.3. Elective modules (courses) and recognition of number of classes of the department will be acknowledged provided that there are no less than 10 students enrolled and registered in the faculty’s General Book after completion of the module (course).

4.4. The topics of the elective courses, classes, credits and the head of the course accompanied by the respective programmes shall be approved by the Department and Faculty Council and shall be published on the official website of the Faculty of Medicine. The departments my publish one topic per elective course in a given academic discipline or module.

4.5. Credits shall be awarded to students for participation in research and development activities, publications in Bulgarian and foreign journals and participation with reports presenting their own research in congresses and conferences.

  1. According to the announced programmes approved by the Faculty Council, 1 credit shall be awarded for 20 classes.

V.ONGOING CONTROL

  1. Organisation and implementation.

1.1. The ongoing control shall be a mandatory element of the academic work of the students. The forms of ongoing control applied for evaluating the students’ preparation and whether they have learned the material depend on the specifics of each faculty and the academic discipline, on the facilities and technical resources available and on the size of the student groups.

  1. Forms of ongoing control.

2.1. The planned forms of ongoing control shall be applied during regular classes through tests that include all checks for which students need preliminary preparation, on the main sections of the lectured material.

2.2. Planned ongoing control on the theoretical knowledge shall be applied by means of colloquium.

2.3. Planned ongoing control on the practical knowledge shall be applied by validation of records from practice classes attended and attestations (points) collected from clinical or other practical activities.

2.4. Unplanned forms of ongoing control shall include brief oral examination, review or development of a preparation or examination of patients.

  1. Organisation of the ongoing control

3.1. At the stage of development of the academic curriculum, the number and forms of ongoing control, their sequence, the volume of the classes that should be mastered and subject to control and the timeline for holding them by academic weeks shall be identified.

3.2. The planned forms of control (colloquiums) may not be more than two per semester for each individual discipline.

3.3. No more than three planned forms of control on the different disciplines may take place within one calendar week.

3.4. The plan for ongoing control shall be in line with the students’ time for studying.

3.5. The implementation of the schedule for ongoing control throughout the semester shall be mandatory for both students and instructors.

3.6. The grades from the ongoing control shall be written in the control file (workbook) of the student and shall be reflected in the final grade.

3.7. In departments requiring practical work, validation shall be given after completion of the minimum required practical work and not just based on attendance.

3.8. Class attendance must be reflected in the student’s file (not applicable to the Faculty of Public Health).

3.9. The departments teaching students based on the module system must reflect class attendance in the workbooks and the student file (not applicable to the Faculty of Public Health).

3.10. The heads of departments must ensure the development and precise application of the schedule for ongoing control.

3.11. The programmes for ongoing control shall be discussed by the Student Council and shall be coordinated with the Dean’s Offices before the start of the academic year. The faculty Deans shall be responsible for the overall implementation of the schedule for ongoing control.

3.12. The semester validations shall be performed by the departments and shall be based on the task completion in the academic curriculum and the programme adopted by the Department Council.

3.13. The heads of departments shall indicate in their syllabi for each respective discipline different sources for preparation, where at least one of them must be an officially published textbook.

VІ. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

  1. The faculty deans shall request from the heads of departments to develop and submit a programme for extracurricular activities for the students by the start of the academic year. The programme shall indicate the sources for preparation of the respective activities, the thematic courses for students in the respective discipline and working with the students from the study group.
  2. Course papers constitute extracurricular activities for the Faculty of Public Health, the Faculty of Pharmacy and the branch “Prof. Dr. Ivan Mitev” – Vratsa.
  3. For the branch “Prof. Dr. Ivan Mitev” – Vratsa and Medical College “Y. Filaretova” – Sofia, participation of lecturers in extracurricular activities and study groups shall be part of the criteria for evaluation of the lecturers’ work during their attestation. Administering a course paper does not constitute an extracurricular activity.

VІI. TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR CONDUCTING EXAMINATIONS

  1. The examination procedures shall be organised and conducted in line with the rules of procedure of MU-Sofia (Article 44(1) of the Higher Education Act) and the evaluation of students’ knowledge shall take place through examinations in accordance with Article 44(2) of the Higher Education Act.
  2. The types of examination procedures shall be as follows: January and June regular examination sessions, extended January and June sessions (for mothers, expecting mothers, students under dispensary treatment, students who have become ill during the regular session, etc.) and September resit examination session. Additional examination sessions shall be allowed by an order of the Rector of Medical University – Sofia based on a proposal by the Dean of the respective faculty/the Directors of the branch “Prof. Dr. Iv. Mitev” – Vratsa and Medical College “Y. Filaretova” – Sofia.

2.1. Attending an examination session shall be allowed after the students presents their student’s book with a validated semester at the respective Academic Department. The semester validation shall be recognised if it has been done no later than the start of the examination session.

2.2. Validation shall be based on the fulfilment of the student’s duties under the academic curriculum and the programme. The student shall have no more than three documented absences from classes and shall present evidence for work performed to compensate for the missed practice classes.

  1. Attendance of examination sessions for the “Medicine” programme for first- through third-year students and for all other programmes shall be done in groups based on a schedule approved by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.
  2. Attendance of an examination for students in Medicine after their third year shall be done after the end of the respective cycle, verified at the Dean’s Office by groups and on dates selected randomly.
  3. Students in Dental Medicine shall not be entitled to a probation examination in pre-clinic of dental disciplines and failure to pass such an exam shall result in suspension of the respective student for the academic year due to low grades.
  4. Students shall be allowed to sit for an exam only based on the examination protocols drafted by the Dean’s Offices.

6.1. A student may not sit for more than one examination on the same day.

6.2. Sitting for an exam more than once for the same discipline shall not be allowed during the regular, resit examination and additional sessions.

  1. Sitting for examinations for increasing the grade shall be allowed only once per discipline, after payment of the fee defined hereunder, only when the grade given, for which permission is requested to sit for an examination for increasing the grade, is different from poor (2).

7.1. Permission shall be granted based on the student’s written rejection of the grade given through an application to the deputy dean for academic affairs submitted no later than the next day after the examination.

7.2. Students studying under the module system in the branch in Vratsa, who have missed a cycle of lectures from the current semesters for valid reasons, can audition the same cycle of lectures during the next semester and after that they will be allowed to sit for an examination.

  1. Sitting for an examination for the purpose of increasing the grade from the state exam shall be allowed after payment of the fee defined hereunder, only once per discipline and following receipt of the student’s written rejection of the grade submitted to the Dean no later than the day after the date of the last examination from the regular session.

8.1. No second attempt for sitting for the state exam for the purpose of increasing the grade shall be allowed.

  1. The examinations shall also include a mandatory written section, which shall be stored for a period of no less than one year after the examination (Article 102 of the Rules of Organisation and Operation of MU-Sofia (ROOMUS) and Article 44(2) of the Higher Education Act (HEA).

9.1. If the written section of the exam is a test, it may not be a ground for admission to or exclusion from the next part of the exam for the respective discipline.

9.2. The written sections of the examinations may be challenged by the students by filing an application to the Dean of the respective faculty no later than 24 hours after the examination. Applications shall be reviewed based on a procedure approved by the Faculty Council.

9.3. Examinations for students enrolled in the Bachelor’s degree programmes for “Nurse”, “Obstetrician”, “Kinesitherapy” and “Medical Assistant” in the Faculty of Public Health must have a written section and an oral section.

  1. Practical and theoretical examinations must be held by a committee chaired by a habilitated person.

10.1. The composition of the state examination committees shall include a chair and no less than two more habilitated persons with a recognised degree.

10.2. The state practical and theoretical examinations for students enrolled in the professional Bachelor’s degree programmes of the Medical College shall be held by committees chaired by habilitated persons.

  1. Examination committees for end-of-semester and state examinations shall be appointed based on a random selection.
  2. The committees for end-of-semester examinations shall be appointed based on an order by the Deans of faculties/the directors of the branch in Vratsa and Medical College “Y. Filaretova” based on a proposal by the heads of the relevant departments.
  3. The committees for state examinations shall be appointed by the Rector of MU-Sofia based on a proposal by the Deans of faculties/the directors of the branch in Vratsa and Medical College “Y. Filaretova”.
  4. The grade from the exam shall be written in the examination protocol, the student’s book, the student’s file and the department journal immediately after the exam (not applicable for the Faculty of Public Health). In addition to the examination protocols, the grade shall be also written in the General Book on the same day or no later than 24 hours after the exam by a habilitated instructor who is a member of the examination committee.

14.1. Only for the Faculty of Public Health: The department journals and exercises shall be in electronic form. They shall be printed out at the end of semesters and signed by the lecturers.

14.2. The grade from an examination at the branch “Prof. Dr. Ivan Mitev” – Vratsa shall be written in the examination protocol and the student’s book immediately after the end of the exam. In addition to the examination protocols, the grade shall be also written in the General Book on the same day or no later than 24 hours after the exam by a habilitated instructor who is a member of the examination committee.

  1. If the grades from the examination cannot be written within 24 hours after the examination due to objective reasons, the grades from the examination shall be written during the next working week by a habilitated lecturer who is a member of the examination committee.
  2. All students at MU-Sofia shall be entitled to two attempts to sit for an examination per discipline – one attempt during the regular session and one attempt during the resit examination session.

 VIІI. STUDENT STANDING

  1. 1. Each student shall have their personal student’s book. The student’s book shall be an official document which shall be maintained in proper order and kept by the student until the end of their studies.

1.1. In the event of loss or theft of the student’s book, the student must communicate the case to the Dean’s Office within 24 hours and shall submit an announcement for an invalid student’s book to a daily newspaper.

1.2. A duplicate of the student’s book shall be issued upon fulfilment of the abovementioned conditions and payment of a fee of BGN 15 for the administrative service, defined by the Academic Council and included in an Order of the Rector.

1.3. In any case of damaging the integrity of the student’s book, replacement of the photograph in the student’s book, giving it to another student for the purpose of sitting for an examination, etc., the Dean/Director shall report to the Rector, proposing a resolution about the relevant student’s standing.

  1. Students whose winter semester has not been validated shall be subject to suspension and may re-enrol in the same year of study from the beginning of the next academic year after payment of the statutory fee.

2.1. These students shall have no right to attend classes and sit for examinations during the academic year in which they have been suspended.

2.2. Students whose summer semester has not been validated shall be subject to suspension and may re-enrol in the same year of study from the beginning of the summer semester of the next academic year after payment of the statutory fee.

2.2.1. These students shall have no right to attend the September session or additional resit examination sessions for the subjects from the regular June session, however, they shall be entitled to sit for examinations during the September session and the additional academic sessions only for subjects from the regular January session.

2.3. Students with a winter or a summer semester that has not been validated and who have retaken a year due to poor grades or due to a semester that was not validated during preceding academic years shall automatically lose their student standing and shall be dismissed from MU-Sofia.

2.4. Students studying under a cyclic system who have not validated a cycle or cycles shall retake the year of study during the next academic year and shall be entitled to sit for examinations only under the validated cycles.

2.5. With the exception of sixth-year students, students with a cycle or cycles that have not been validated, who have retaken years during previous academic years because of lack of validation of a semester or poor grades, shall automatically lose their student standing and shall be dismissed from MU-Sofia.

  1. Pregnant students and mothers of children aged up to 6 years, students under dispensary treatment as well as students who have become severely ill during the regular session (subject to presenting a sick leave sheet or a medical certificate no later than one day after the date of the last examination) shall be entitled to an extended examination session.

3.1. Students having serious family reasons shall also be entitled to an extended examination session, subject to provision of proper evidence no later than one day after the date of the last examination.

3.2. The extended examination session shall take place up to one week after the last date of the regular session.

3.3. Students studying under the cycle system shall be entitled to sit for an examination on the dates defined for the next cycles.

  1. Students shall be allowed to the September session and the additional resit examination sessions for all exams they have not taken.
  2. Students shall be entitled to sit for examinations during the regular January session, the regular June session and the September resit examination session. Any attendance of sessions outside the abovementioned ones shall be subject to a fee, the amount of which shall be defined in these rules of procedure.
  3. Additional examination sessions shall be allowed by an order of the Rector’s Office of MU – Sofia based on a proposal by the Dean of the respective faculty/the Directors of the branch “Prof. Dr. Iv. Mitev” – Vratsa and Medical College “Y. Filaretova” – Sofia.

6.1. Each attendance of an additional session as well as end-of-semester examinations for attempting a higher grade shall be subject to the following fees:

6.1.1.  BGN 60 per examination for Bulgarian students;

6.1.2.  BGN 90 per examination for foreign students.

6.2. End-of-semester examination committees shall be composed of no more than 2 habilitated persons and no more than 1 non-habilitated person.

6.3. For each additional examination date, the examination committee shall receive the following remuneration:

6.3.1. For end-of-semester examination of foreign students the following fees shall apply:

–   BGN 25 per habilitated person per student examined;

–   BGN 15 per non-habilitated person per student examined.

6.3.2. For end-of-semester examination of Bulgarian students the following fees shall apply:

–   BGN 15 per habilitated person per student examined;

–   BGN 10 per non-habilitated person per student examined.

6.4. The examination committees for state examinations during regular, resit examination or additional sessions on more than one discipline shall comprise of no more than 4 (four) habilitated persons. (plus one assistant professor for the Faculty of Dental Medicine – Decision of the Academic Council of 19.09.2017).

6.5. Each attendance of an additional session as well as state examination for attempting a higher grade shall be subject to the following fees:

– BGN 90 per state examination for Bulgarian students;

– BGN 120 per state examination for foreign students. 

6.6 For each additional examination date for a state exam of a Bulgarian student, habilitated instructors that are members of the examination committee shall be paid BGN 20 (BGN 5 for the assistant professor from the Faculty of Dental Medicine – Decision of the Academic Council of 19.09.2017).

 6.7. For a state examination of a foreign student during the regular, resit examination or additional session, remuneration of BGN 25 shall be paid to the habilitated instructors that are members of the examination committee

(BGN 5 to the assistant professor from the Faculty of Dental Medicine  – Decision of the Academic Council of 19.09.2017).

  1. Students at MU-Sofia shall fulfil all requirements under the approved academic curricula according to which they are instructed.
  2. Compensation for missed practice classes shall be only allowed for valid reasons evidenced by the respective document or recognised by the Dean at his/her discretion.

8.1. In case of up to two absences per discipline, permission for compensation shall be granted by the Head of the respective department.

8.2. In case of up to three absences per discipline, permission for compensation shall be granted by the deputy dean in Academic Affairs of the faculty based on a written application submitted to him/her no later than three days after the respective absence. If the absences are not consecutive, the applications for retaking the missed practice submitted after the last absence will not be respected and will not result in any consequences.

8.3. In case of more than three absences for a given discipline per student, however, no more than 1/3 of the total number of classes, the instructor shall notify the deputy dean for academic affairs of the respective faculty in writing through the head of the department. Based on the student’s written application, the Dean shall propose the resolution of the student’s standing to the Dean Council.

8.4. If the number of absences is more than 1/3 of the number of classes envisaged in the academic curriculum, the Dean shall propose the resolution of the student’s standing to the Rector based on a written application submitted by the student.

8.5. Subject to permission granted by the Dean’s Council, students may compensate for the missed practical classes by paying a fee of BGN 15 per academic hour, BGN 9 of which shall be paid to the lecturer.

8.6. Compensation for practice classes shall be allowed immediately after the absence or no later than the week before the last week of the semester.

8.7. Compensation for the practice class shall be controlled by the assistant professor managing the practice of the respective group to which the student is assigned, where ongoing control shall also be exercised by means of a brief oral exam.

8.8. The results from the ongoing control shall be written in the workbook or the control file of the student, together with the name of the assistant professor with whom the practice was compensated for.

  1. Students in medicine studying based on a cyclic system who have been absent three times can compensate for the absences with the permission of the deputy dean based on a written application submitted to him/her.

9.1. The heads of departments shall provide conditions for compensation of the cycles during weekends, night duties and during the period designed for preparation for examinations.

  1. Students from the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) enrolled in the programmes for “Obstetrician”, “Nurse” “Kinesitherapy” and “Medical Assistant” who have had up to 3 days of absence from clinical practice may compensate for their absences with a permission from the Head of the relevant department.

10.1. Students enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree programme for an “Obstetrician”, “Nurse”, “Medical Assistant” and “Kinesitherapy” of the Faculty of Public Health who have not validated their clinical practice in the respective hospital ward may not continue their practice and shall be put on academic suspension on the ground of non-validated semester.

10.2. Students that are mothers of children of up to 6 years of age enrolled in one of the programmes for “Obstetrician”, “Nurse”, “Medical Assistant” and “Kinesitherapy” in the Faculty of Public Health shall be allowed to be absent for up to 30% of the course lectures only, since the practice classes and clinical practice are mandatory.

  1. Students from the branch in Vratsa and from Medical College – Sofia who have had up to three absences from academic practice may compensate for their absences with a permission from the respective Director based on an application submitted by them.
  2. Students absent for valid reasons, certified by the respective document, or whose reasons are accepted as valid at the Director’s discretion, shall compensate for the academic practice during weekends, during night duties and during the period designed for preparation for examinations.

12.1. Students from the branch in Vratsa and from Medical College – Sofia who have not validated their clinical practice at the respective hospital ward, with no valid reasons for that, may not continue their practice and shall be placed on academic suspension on the ground of their non-validated semester.

12.2. In case of a poor grade at a hospital ward, the student shall be entitled to retake the respective ongoing examination no later than one week after taking their first attempt.

12.3. In case of a second poor grade, the student shall compensate for the academic practice in the respective ward after the end of the semester.

12.4. In case of a third poor grade for academic practice, the student shall be put on academic suspension due to their poor grades and shall retake the semester they have missed due to poor grades in the next academic year.

12.5. After the resit session, pursuant to a proposal by the Dean of the respective faculty

/ the directors of the branch “Prof. Dr. Iv. Mitev – Vratsa” and Medical College “Y. Filaretova” – Sofia and pursuant to an order by the Rector, an additional session shall be announced.

  1. Students who have had medical grounds for failing to pass more than three examinations by the end of the resit examination session in September or by the end of the additional resit examination sessions, who, however, have submitted a written application to the Dean with the respective document certifying their medical grounds attached, shall take a leave on the ground of their illness.
  2. Students who are to complete their semesters studies, who have not taken all examinations after the resit examination session, can sit for examination during the additional sessions subject to a fee.
  3. Students who are to complete their semester studies, who have more than four exams they have not taken after the September and additional sessions, shall retake the academic year on the ground of their poor grades after payment of the full amount of the respective statutory fee, irrespective of any suspension due to non-validated semester or retaking semesters due to poor grades during the previous years.

15.1. Students who have retaken the academic year due to poor grades and who have not successfully passed the examinations for the academic year they have retaken shall automatically lose their student standing and shall be dismissed from MU-Sofia.

  1. Students from the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy and Faculty of Public Health who are to complete their required semesters for graduation and who have not taken all their exams shall retake the academic year on the ground of their poor grades after paying the full amount of the respective statutory fee, irrespective of the number of examinations they have not taken and irrespective of any suspensions due to non-validated semester or retaking semesters due to poor grades during the previous academic years.

16.1. Students who are to complete their required semesters for graduation, who have retaken the academic year due to poor grades and who have not successfully passed the exams for the academic year they have retaken, shall automatically lose their student standing and shall be dismissed from MU-Sofia.

  1. Students who are not completing their required semesters for graduation, who, however, have four or more examinations they have not taken after the September resit examination session, may sit for examination during the additional sessions subject to a fee. If they have four or more examinations they have not taken after the additional sessions, they shall automatically lose their student standing and shall be dismissed from MU-Sofia.

17.1. Students who have not successfully passed the examinations for their year of study even after the additional sessions, shall retake the year of study on the ground of poor grades after payment of the statutory fee and shall repeat the same year during the next academic year.

17.1.1. If these students have retaken a year due to poor grades or due to a semester that was not validated during previous academic years, they shall automatically lose their student standing and shall be dismissed from MU-Sofia. 

17.2 The management of the respective Faculty, Branch or College shall determine the number of examinations needed to retake the year of study.

17.3. Students, who are not completing their semesters required for graduation, who, however, have no more than two exams they have not taken after the resit examination session and the additional sessions, shall be placed on academic probation for the next year of study.

  1. For students enrolled in the Faculty of Pharmacy or the Faculty of Public Health, who are in their second or higher year of study, the number of examinations needed for starting their next year of study after being placed on probation shall be determined by the respective Faculty Council.
  2. Students in medicine studying under the cyclic system (excluding the ones completing their semesters required for graduation), who have two exams they have not taken after the resit examination session and the additional session, may enrol for the next year of study on probation after payment of the statutory fee, where the exams they have not taken shall be successfully passed by the end of the academic year on probation in line with the academic curriculum.

19.1. Students who have enrolled in their next year of study on probation shall be entitled to sit for examinations during the regular and resit examination session and during additional sessions subject to payment of fees.

19.2. Enrolment for each subsequent year of study on probation shall be only allowed if the student has failed to take no more than two examinations from the previous academic year, provided that both examinations are on different disciplines for each enrolment after placement on probation.

19.3. Students from the Faculty of Medicine who have enrolled after placement on probation must accumulate the necessary credits during the next academic year.

  1. Retaking a year due to poor grades or suspension due to non-validated semester shall be only allowed once to students in the course of their studies, with the exception of students who are completing their semesters required for graduation.
  2. Students enrolled in year of study after placement on probation who have not successfully passed their probation examinations or any one of them, may retake the year of study in which the respective discipline is taken based on the academic curriculum, after payment of the full amount of the statutory fee.

21.1. Foreign students enrolled under Decree No. 103/ 31.05.93 of the Council of Ministers and Decree No. 228 of 20.05.97 of the Council of Ministers, who have enrolled in the next year of study after placement on probation, shall lose their entitlement to a scholarship if they fail to pass their probation examinations or any one of them during their year on probation and may retake the year of study in which the respective discipline is taken based on the academic curriculum in the next academic year after payment of the full amount of the statutory fee for foreign citizens.

21.2. Students in Medicine who have enrolled in their second or third year of study after placement on probation shall successfully pass their probation examinations during the academic year on probation. If these students do not successfully pass their probation examinations, they may retake the year of study in which the respective discipline is taken based on the academic curriculum in the next academic year, after payment of the full amount of the statutory fee.

21.3. Students who have not successfully passed their probation examinations under the preclinical disciplines from the first or second year of study, may retake the year of study when the respective discipline is studied based on the academic curriculum in the next academic year on the ground of poor grades after payment of the full amount of the respective statutory fee.

21.4. Students enrolled in the “Medicine” programme may not continue to their third year of study if they have not taken all their examinations from the first year of study. They may enrol in their third year of study on probation if they have one exam from the second year they have not taken.

21.5. Students enrolled in the “Medicine” programme may not continue to their fourth year of study before they have successfully passed all their examinations from the first and second year of study.

  1. Students who have not taken more than two exams from the current academic year may retake the same year of study in the next academic year on the ground of poor grades after payment of the full amount of the statutory fee, in which case they can audition the classes in the disciplines of the exams they have not taken.

22.1. Students from Medical College – Sofia who have retaken the year of study due to exams they have not taken shall audition the classes in the disciplines of the exams they have not taken.

22.2. Students from the Faculty of Public Health enrolled in the programmes for “Nurse”, “Obstetrician”, “Medical Assistant” and “Kinesitherapy” shall also fulfil their obligations related to the clinical practice during the academic year in which they are retaking the year of study.

22.3. Students from Medical College-Sofia and the branch in Vratsa shall also fulfil their obligations related to the academic practice during the academic year in which they are retaking the year of study.

  1. Pregnant students and mothers of children of up to six years of age may take a leave for up to two years for each child. They are entitled to a lighter regime of studies until their child turns six.

23.1. For Medical College-Sofia, pregnant students and mothers with children of up to six years of age shall be entitled to miss up to one third of the lectures after submitting an application to the Director with the respective documentation attached.

23.2. Each academic unit of MU-Sofia shall decide on the nature of the lighter regime of studies based on the specifics of the studies.

  1. Students shall be entitled to take a leave during their studies on the following grounds: medical reasons, pregnancy and maternity leave, family or social reasons and financial grounds.

24.1. Students who have taken a leave due to medical, family or social grounds, whose semester and cycles for the academic year have been validated, shall be entitled to sit for exams in line with the academic curriculum.

24.2. In case of serious and continuous illness, the Rector of MU-Sofia may allow a leave for up to three academic years without the right to sit for exams.

24.3. Taking a leave due to financial, social or family grounds shall be allowed only once in the course of studies after having completed at least one academic year, for a period of one academic year, in which case the student shall preserve their standing.

  1. Enrolled first-year students shall not be not entitled to a leave due to financial, social or family grounds during their first academic year.
  2. Bulgarian students who have lost their student standing due to dismissal from MU-Sofia may recover their student rights up to 5 years after the date of their dismissal either by successfully passing the admission examinations or by paying the fee for paid studies for Bulgarian students defined for the respective academic year.

26.1. After expiration of the five-year period after dismissal, students may recover their student rights only after successfully passing the admission exams.

  1. Students who have recovered their student rights shall fulfil all their obligations under the effective academic curriculum for the time in the disciplines in which they have not successfully passed their exams.
  2. The student standing of part-time students in the Faculty of Public Health shall be settled in line with the present Rules of Procedure.
  3. Within one week after the end of the resit examination session in September and the additional sessions, students must visit the Dean’s Office of the respective faculty for clarification of their student standing.

29.1. Failure to do so will result in resolving their student standing in line with the present Rules of Procedure, without the need of the student’s attendance or notification to the student that has failed to visit.

  1. Student enrolment at the beginning of the semester shall take place as follows:

30.1. Students who have passed all their exams shall enrol in the respective year of study within one week after the start of the academic year.

30.2. For students who have sat for examinations during additional sessions, the course of study shall be determined up to one week after the end of the last additional session.

30.3. Students who have taken exams during and extended session or additional sessions shall enrol in the respective year of study within one week after the end of the last session.

30.4. Students who have not met the deadlines for enrolment shall retake their last year of study in which they have been enrolled over the past academic year after payment of the respective tuition fee.

  1. All students enrolled in MU-Sofia shall pay the full amount of the respective statutory tuition fee. The full amount of the respective statutory tuition fee for the semester or for the year shall be paid by all students retaking a semester or a year of study, as well as by students recovering their student rights.

31.1. All students who have transferred from other medical universities in Bulgaria and abroad shall also pay the full amount of the statutory tuition fee.

31.2. The amount of the respective statutory tuition fee is not based on the number of classes or the disciplines studied throughout the semester or the academic year.

31.3. The statutory tuition fee may not be changed, except for changes made under the statutory procedure.

31.4. The full amount of the statutory tuition fee for each semester shall be paid within one month from the start of the semester. The fee shall be considered paid only after the amount has been received to the account of the respective academic unit of MU-Sofia.

31.5. Students who have paid the full amount of the respective tuition fee shall be entitled to enrol in MU-Sofia or in the respective year of study in MU-Sofia only after the fee has been received to the bank account of the respective academic unit of MU-Sofia.

31.6. The tuition fee for the semester shall be paid in full in one instalment. No partial payment of the tuition fee for the semester shall be allowed.

31.7. Students who have not paid the respective tuition fee in full or by the deadline defined in these Rules of Procedure shall automatically lose their standing and shall be dismissed from MU-Sofia by an order of the Rector, in which case they shall lose their student rights.

31.8. For sixth-year students in “Medicine” the date of commencement of the pre-graduation internship shall be considered the beginning of the summer semester.

  1. Foreign transfer students who shall take additional classes in the disciplines they have not studied, shall also pay an additional tuition fee for the additional disciplines they need to study, in addition to the full amount of the statutory tuition fee.

32.1. The tuition fee for additional classes for one discipline shall be calculated by dividing the respective tuition fee for the semester by the number of disciplines instructed during the semester in which the additional discipline is studied. If more than one additional discipline is studied within one semester, the calculated additional fee for one discipline shall be multiplied by the number of additional disciplines studied during the same semester.

32.2. If the additional studies in a discipline shall continue for more than one semester, the additional fee due shall be calculated based on the method described in the preceding subsection 32.1., where each semester shall be calculated separately.

32.3. The academic departments shall calculate the amount of the additional fee for each foreign student who has transferred to an academic unit and shall draft a report to the Dean (Director) ordering payment for the additional studies.

32.4. Payment for the additional studies shall take place no later than one week after the deadline for payment of the statutory tuition fee. Students who fail to pay for their additional studies within the set deadlines shall automatically lose their standing and shall be dismissed from the university.

  1. The Rector of MU-Sofia shall make the final decision on all matters related to student admission, dismissal or transfer (Article 32(1)(4) of the Higher Education Act).

33.1. The student standing shall be decided with an order of the Rector of MU-Sofia based on a report of the Dean of the respective faculty or of the Director of the branch in Vratsa or Medical College – Sofia.

  1. In case of any breach of the Rules of Procedure of MU-Sofia or of the moral and ethic codes of conduct, students will be sanctioned in line with the terms and conditions of the Rules of Procedure of MU-Sofia and the Higher Education Act, based on an order by the Rector of MU-Sofia.

34.1. For cheating using supporting equipment students shall be suspended from MU-Sofia for a period of one academic year.

34.2. Students who have not paid their rent at the student dormitories as well as the ones who have caused material damages on the academic facilities shall not be allowed to enrol in the respective semester until they pay the amounts due no later than seven business days after the beginning of the semester.

34.3 Students who have not paid the amounts due within the deadline under the preceding subsection 36.2 shall be suspended from MU-Sofia for a period of one academic year.

  1. Students from MU-Sofia who have falsified educational documents or who have presented documents with false data shall be dismissed from MU-Sofia in accordance with the terms and conditions of article 67 and article 74(2) of the Higher Education Act, they shall lose their student rights and may not recover them for a period of five academic years.

 ІХ. TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR STUDENT ADMISSION AND TRANSFER

  1. Admission of Bulgarian citizens for students in MU-Sofia

1.1. Admission of Bulgarian citizens for students in MU-Sofia shall take place in line with Article 19(1)(1) of the Rules of Organisation and Operation of Medical University – Sofia, Article 3(1) of the Regulation on the state requirements for student admission in higher education institutions in the Republic of Bulgaria and Article 9(3)(6), Article 21(2)(3) and Article 68 of the Higher Education Act.

1.2. Bulgarian citizens may only be instructed in Bulgarian.

1.3. Bulgarian students who have been admitted and study in Medical University – Sofia for consideration under Art. 21(2) of the Higher Education Act may become state-sponsored students only after a second attempt for passing the admission examinations during the next admission campaign, successfully pass the admission examination and obtain a score that ranks them for state-sponsored studies.

  1. Admission of foreign citizens from third countries (countries outside the EU and EEA)

2.1. Foreign citizens from third countries shall be admitted for students in MU-Sofia in line with the provisions of Section IV. Admission of foreign students in higher education institutions in the Republic of Bulgaria from the Regulation on the state requirements for student admission in higher education institutions in the Republic of Bulgaria.

2.2. Documents shall be submitted in person or through an authorised representative with a power of attorney translated in Bulgarian and certified based on the applicable procedure.

2.3. Foreign citizens from third countries may study either in Bulgarian or English language after successfully passing an examination in English language, biology and chemistry.

2.4. Applicants who are willing to start their studies from the first year and who have received a type D visa may enrol in a pre-announced course in biology and chemistry in English language and may sit for an examination in English language, biology and chemistry on the dates determined by the Rules of Procedure. 

2.5. Applicants who have submitted their documents after 01.09.2019, after obtaining a Certificate from the Ministry of Education and Science and a type D visa shall enrol for a preparatory academic year in CFLPES in English or Bulgarian language depending on their choice.

  1. Admission of citizens from EU and EEA member states

3.1. Citizens from EU and EEA member states shall be admitted based on the terms and conditions valid for Bulgarian citizens under Article 68(7) of the Higher Education Act by passing admission exams in biology and chemistry in Bulgarian and ranking based on their scores on the same grounds as Bulgarian citizens. Studies shall only take place in Bulgarian and the tuition fee shall be as follows:

– state-sponsored studies – BGN 900.

– paid studies under Art. 21(2) of the Higher Education Act for Bulgarian citizens – BGN 6790.50.

The tuition fees are regulated in Decision No. 286/ 26.04.2018 of the Council of Ministers for academic year 2018/ 2019.

The admission fees for students under paid studies under Art. 21(2) of the Higher Education Act have been approved by the Academic Council on 26.06.2018.

3.2. Citizens from EU and EEA member states who apply to MU-Sofia for studies in English language for the programmes in “Medicine”, “Dental Medicine” and “Pharmacy” shall be admitted for paid studies under Art. 21(2) of the Higher Education Act after sitting for the admission examinations in English language, biology and chemistry in English and based on their ranking, depending on the vacant places for the respective professional area and programme.

The tuition fee shall be determined by Decision of the Academic Council of MU-Sofia and shall be approved with a Decree or Decision of the Council of Ministers for the respective academic year. For academic year 2018/ 2019, the tuition fee for the programmes in Medicine and Dental Medicine shall be EUR 8000, which has been calculated as follows:

 (BGN 693   х   8.50 = BGN 5890.50 + BGN 900 = BGN 6790.50 = EUR 3471.93 (BNB’s currency exchange rate)

Tuition fee for studies in English language –       BGN 8856.14 = EUR 4528.07 (BNB’s currency exchange rate)

                                                                                                     Total: EUR 8000 / BGN 15646.64 /

The fee for the programme in Pharmacy shall be calculated as follows:

(BGN 693   х   8.50 = BGN 5890.50 + BGN 900 = BGN 6790. 50 = EUR 3471.93 (BNB’s currency exchange rate)

Tuition fee for studies in English language –      BGN 4944.48 = EUR 2528.07 (BNB’s currency exchange rate)

                                                                                                                EUR 6000 / BGN 11734.98 /

The fee shall be paid in two instalments at the beginning of each semester in the equivalent amount in leva.

Any currency exchange rates differences and bank costs shall be covered by the student.

3.3. The admission examination shall be a combined one and shall comprise of the following elements:

            – English language – a scientific text (1-1.5 pages) with 10 possible answers, where the applicant shall demonstrate the skill reading comprehension. Duration: 30 min.;

            – Examination in Biology in English (15 test questions).

            Duration: 45 min.

              – Examination in Chemistry in English (15 test questions). Duration: 45 min.

              The total duration of the examination shall be 2 hours.

            Note: If one or two of the examination components is not successfully passed, the entire exam shall be considered not successfully passed.

            The results from the written examinations shall be final and shall not be subject to review.

3.4. After passing the combined examination in English language, Biology and Chemistry in English, EU and EEA applicants shall be ranked according to their scores for the respective programmes based on the number of students to be enrolled predetermined by the Academic Council of MU-Sofia and subject to the capacity of each professional field of study.

3.5. Applicants who have not successfully passed the examinations or who have not been ranked may enrol for a preparatory academic year in CFLPES with instruction in English or Bulgarian language.

3.6. Applicants who are foreign citizens and who are enrolled for a preparatory academic year in CFLPES (with instruction in Bulgarian or in English language) shall sit for examinations in English (Bulgarian) language, biology and chemistry (in English or Bulgarian, respectively) and shall obtain a certificate for completed foreign language and specialised course in accordance with Art. 19 of the Regulation on the state requirements for admission of students in higher education institutions in the Republic of Bulgaria.

3.7. Applicants who have passed the combined examination (in Bulgarian or English language) who have been admitted and who are foreign citizens shall be issued orders for enrolment in the programme of their choice on the ground of Art. 20 of the Regulation on the state requirements for admission of students in higher education institutions in the Republic of Bulgaria after presenting the certificate under Art. 19.

3.8. Examinations in English (Bulgarian) language held in CFLPES after completion of the preparatory academic year shall be equivalent to the admission examinations in English (Bulgarian) language, Biology and Chemistry (in English or Bulgarian, respectively), which are held in summer, and shall be in line with the published Academic Manual for preparation of foreign citizens for the respective academic year. 

  1. Transfer of Bulgarian students in MU-Sofia from another medical university in the Republic of Bulgaria

4.1. Bulgarian state-sponsored students enrolled in another medical university in Bulgaria may apply for transfer to MU-Sofia after successful completion of their first year with a grade point average of no less than very good 5.00 by submitting an application for transfer based on a template, an official transcript and copy of their higher education diploma to the Rector of MU-Sofia no later than 20.08.2019.

4.2. All documents and transcripts submitted shall be sent with a list and a cover letter to the Deans of Faculty for an opinion and determination of the year of study in which the respective transfer student can be admitted.

4.3. In case of an affirmative opinion from the Dean, an Order for enrolment of the student in the respective year of study shall be issued.

4.4. State-sponsored students must present an order for withdrawal from the higher education institution where they studied to the Academic Department of the Rector’s Office within two weeks.

4.5. Transferring students who have not presented an order for withdrawal within this period will be dismissed from MU-Sofia.

4.6. Bulgarian students under paid studies under Art. 21(2) of the Higher Education Act from another medical university in Bulgaria may apply for transfer to MU-Sofia if they have successfully completed their first year with a grade point average of no less than very good 5.00 by submitting an application for transfer based on a template, an official transcript and copy of their higher education diploma to the Rector of MU-Sofia no later than 20.08.2019.

4.7. The official transcript of transferring students under paid studies shall be sent to the Dean of the respective faculty for opinion and determination of the year of study. Based on the Dean’s opinion, the Rector of MU-Sofia shall issue an order for enrolment in the year of study determined by the Dean for paid studies.

  1. Transfer of Bulgarian citizens from foreign medical universities to MU-Sofia

5.1. Bulgarian citizens who have successfully passed the admission exam in Medical University – Sofia in the year, in which they are willing to transfer to MU-Sofia may apply for transfer from foreign medical universities to MU-Sofia. 

5.2. Depending on the result from the admission exams, they may be admitted for full-time studies (state fellowship) or for paid studies for Bulgarian citizens under Art. 21(2) of the Higher Education Act.

5.3. Upon admission to MU-Sofia, they shall submit an official transcript from the foreign medical university they are willing to transfer from. The official transcript shall be sent to the respective Dean or Director for opinion and determination of the year of study and eventual exams, classes or practices the transferring student needs to take, under the conditions defined by the respective faculty, branch or college. 

  1. Transfer of students from one programme to another within MU-Sofia

6.1. Transfer of Bulgarian students from one programme to another within MU-Sofia shall be allowed by exception only after a successfully completed academic year with a grade point average of no less than very good 5.00.

6.2. Students willing to transfer from one programme to another shall submit an application to the Rector’s Office of MU-Sofia by 20 August 2019 after obtaining the preliminary approval from the Deans of the respective faculties.

6.3. If the transfer is allowed, the Dean of the accepting faculty shall determine the year of study based on the academic curriculum of the programme. The Rector of MU-Sofia shall issue an order for enrolment of the student in the programme, to which they are willing to transfer.

6.4. After the transfer, the student will retain their student standing as a full-time state-sponsored student or a student admitted in paid form of study for Bulgarian citizens under Art. 21(2) of the Higher Education Act.

6.5. Transfer of Bulgarian students from other higher medical institutions in Bulgaria and abroad shall take place before the start of the academic year.

6.6. All transferred students from Bulgarian or foreign higher medical institutions shall present an official transcript upon submission of their documents for admission to MU-Sofia.

6.7. Official transcripts presented after submission of the documents for admission to MU-Sofia shall not be accepted, shall not be reviewed and will not be considered.

6.8. The Deans/Directors of the academic units of MU-Sofia must make a cross-check of the authenticity of the official transcripts presented.

  1. Students who have graduated Dental Medicine, who have enrolled for acquiring a second Master’s degree in the Faculty of Medicine, shall pay a tuition fee amounting to the fee defined for Bulgarian citizens admitted in paid form of study under Art. 21(2) of the Higher Education Act. The period of their studies for acquiring a second Master’s degree in medicine shall be no less than six years.
  2. Students who have graduated Medicine, who have enrolled for acquiring a second Master’s degree in the Faculty of Dental Medicine, shall pay a tuition fee amounting to the fee defined for Bulgarian citizens admitted in paid form of study under Art. 21(2) of the Higher Education Act. The period of their studies for acquiring a second Master’s degree in dental medicine shall be no less than six years.
  3. Students who have graduated Pharmacy, who have enrolled for acquiring a second Master’s degree in the Faculty of Medicine or the Faculty of Dental Medicine, shall pay a tuition fee amounting to the fee defined for Bulgarian citizens admitted in paid form of study under Art. 21(2) of the Higher Education Act. The period of their studies for acquiring a second Master’s degree shall be no less than six years.
  1. Transfer of foreign students to Medical University – Sofia from another medical university (MU) in the Republic of Bulgaria or abroad:

10.1.    Foreign students that are citizens of EU or EEA member states or of third countries, who are willing to transfer to MU-Sofia from another MU in Bulgaria after they have successfully completed an academic year, shall submit an application form, an official transcript, copy of their identity card or passport by 20.08.2019.

10.2. All documents and official transcripts received shall be sent with a cover letter and a list to the Deans of Faculties for an opinion and determination of the year of study.

 10.3. In case of an approval from the Dean of the relevant faculty, the following procedure shall be followed:

10.3.1. In case of transfer from a Medical University in Bulgaria with regular student rights, an order for enrolment in the respective year of study determined by the Dean of the relevant faculty shall be issued by the start of the academic year.

10.3.2. In case of transfer from a Medical University in Bulgaria, where the student has lost their rights, applicants shall sit for the combined examination in English language, biology and chemistry on the predetermined dates.

10.3.3. In case of transfer from a Medical University abroad applicants shall sit for the combined examination in English language, biology and chemistry in English on the predetermined dates.  (They may be enrolled in an organised course in Biology and Chemistry in English on the predetermined dates if they are willing to.)

10.3.4. After successful passing of the combined examination in English language, biology and chemistry in English, an order for enrolment to the year of study determined by the Dean of the respective faculty shall be issued before the start of the academic year.

  1. After the start of the academic year no documents for transfer shall be accepted or reviewed and no transfer of students from other higher medical institutions in Bulgaria and abroad shall take place.
  1. Transfer of foreign students from one programme to another within Medical University – Sofia

12.1. Transfer of foreign students from one programme to another within MU-Sofia shall be allowed by exception only after a successfully completed academic year.

12.2. Transfer of foreign students from one programme to another within MU-Sofia shall be allowed by the Rector of MU-Sofia in coordination with the Deans of the two faculties.

12.3. If the transfer is allowed, the Dean of the accepting faculty shall determine the year of study based on the academic curriculum of the programme. The Rector of MU-Sofia shall issue an order for enrolment of the foreign student in the programme, to which they are willing to transfer.

  1. Supplementary conditions for transferred foreign students

13.1. Transferred foreign students shall pay the full amount of the statutory tuition fee for foreign citizens for instruction into Bulgarian or English for the respective year. If there are examinations that have not been taken by the transferred foreign student, they shall pay an additional fee of BGN 120 outside the statutory tuition fee for each examination they have not taken.

13.2. If there are disciplines not studied by the transferred foreign student or disciplines studied, the number of classes for which have not been recognised, the student shall also pay an additional fee in addition to the statutory tuition fee. The tuition fee for additional classes for one discipline shall be calculated by dividing the respective tuition fee for the semester by the number of disciplines instructed during the semester in which the respective additional discipline is studied.

  1. Foreign students that have voluntarily withdrawn from Medical University – Sofia and who have continued their studies in another medical university in the Republic of Bulgaria may enrol in MU-Sofia again in the same programme they have withdrawn from, if their semester has been validated and after payment of the respective statutory fee.

14.1. In these cases, foreign students, after payment of the statutory tuition fee for the respective academic year, shall be entitled to sit for the exams they have not taken during the September resit examination session and during an additional session for a fee and upon obtaining permission with an order by the Rector. Their student standing shall be determined based on the exams taken and recognised, however, no later than 1 month before the start of the semester.

14.2. If the student fails to present themselves, settle their financial matters or a similar case after an issued order for enrolment, the respective Dean shall propose to the Rector of MU-Sofia to resolve the student standing in line with the provisions of these Rules, on the ground of Article 44(1)(9) of the Rules of Organisation and Operation of MU-Sofia and Article 32(1)(4) of the Higher Education Act.

14.3. In case of dismissal of students who have not attended any lectures, 80% of the semester tuition fee paid shall be reimbursed. 20% of the tuition fee paid will be kept for documentation processing.

  1. 15. Admission of persons with double citizenship in Bulgaria and in a country that is not an EU member state (third country).

15.1. Persons with double citizenship, one of which is in Bulgaria and the other one in a third country, who have, however, completed their high school education in the Republic of Bulgaria, irrespective of their other citizenship, shall be enrolled based on the terms and conditions valid for Bulgarian citizens.

15.2. Persons with double citizenship, one of which is in Bulgaria, who have completed their high school education in a third third country, shall be admitted based on the terms and conditions for third country citizens and shall pay 50% of the fee determined for foreign citizens.

15.3. Persons with double citizenship, one of which is in Bulgaria and the other one of which is in a third country, who enrol for a preparatory academic year in Bulgarian or English in CFLPES at MU-Sofia, shall pay the full tuition fee for their foreign language studies irrespective of their double citizenship.

  1. In case of transfer from another foreign medical university and in case of a change in the programme, students may be enrolled in an upper year of study, if they have successfully passed the exams on two thirds of the disciplines studied according to the academic curriculum. Their studies in this case shall be based on an individual academic curriculum approved by the Dean and in accordance with the unified state requirements for the respective programme.
  2. Transferred students shall take equivalence exams during the sessions in line with the academic curriculum after meeting all requirements and upon receiving an official validation.
  3. Disciplines listed in the presented official transcript shall be recognised if the number of classes corresponds to the unified state requirements for the respective programme.
  4. Students who have presented an official transcript with false content, a forged or falsified transcript shall be dismissed from MU-Sofia for a period of five years in accordance with Art. 67 and Art. 74(2) of the Higher Education Act.
  5. Transferring Bulgarian and foreign students from another higher medical institution in Bulgaria or abroad may be admitted for the “dental medicine” programme if they enrol by their fourth year of study inclusive.
  6. The transfer of all students to the “Dental Medicine” programme shall take place by the start of the semester.
  7. The transfer of all students to the “Pharmacy” programme shall take place no later than 30 October of the respective academic year.

X.PRACTICAL TRAININGS

  1. Practical trainings in medicine, dental medicine and pharmacy shall take place in line with the academic curricula.

1.1. Clinical practical trainings for students from the Faculty of Public Health enrolled in the programmes for a “Nurse”, “Obstetrician”, “Kinesitherapy” and “Medical Assistant” shall take place in line with the academic curricula.

1.1.1 The clinical practical training for the programmes for a “Nurse”, “Obstetrician” and “Medical Assistant” shall be organised and held in accordance with the adopted Rules for organisation and holding of clinical practice.

1.1.2 Students from the Faculty of Public Health enrolled in the programmes for a “Nurse”, “Obstetrician”, “Kinesitherapy” and “Medical Assistant” must record the activities performed during the clinical practice in the “Student’s Log-Book”.

1.1.3 The clinical practice for students from the Faculty of Public Health enrolled in the programmes for a “Nurse”, “Obstetrician”, “Kinesitherapy” and “Medical Assistant” shall be validated and evaluated by a designated instructor for the respective academic facility.

1.1.4. The designated instructor for the respective academic facility may grant permission for compensation for up to two absences from clinical practice. Decisions for compensation for more than two absences from clinical practice shall be taken by the Department Council.

  1. Students in “Medicine” shall have summer practical training after the second, fourth and sixth semester for fifteen calendar days, in line with the approved “Programme for summer practical trainings”.
  2. Students in “Dental Medicine” shall have two pre-clinical practical trainings, each of 30 calendar days, after the second and the fourth semester, plus two clinical practical trainings, each of 30 calendar days, after the sixth and the eighth semester.
  3. Students in “Pharmacy” shall have summer practical training in pharmaceutical botany – 6 days after the fourth semester, and a practical training in pharmacognosy – 6 days after the sixth semester.

4.1. Practical trainings shall be mandatory for all students.

4.2. Summer practical training of Bulgarian students shall be recognised after the second semester for graduates of a medical college and for students holding a document certifying that they work as a medical orderly, nurse, clinical laboratory assistant or assistant pharmacist. The same applies to foreign students in line with decision of the Academic Council of MU-Sofia dated 05.06.1996.

4.3. Students enrolled in the programme in “Kinesitherapy” in the Faculty of Public Health shall carry out summer practical training after their second, fourth and sixth semester, with total duration of 120 hours (or 20 working days).

4.4. Failure to validate the summer practical training for the “Kinesitherapy” programme at the Faculty of Public Health shall be considered equivalent for failure to validate the summer semester with all the restrictions arising therefrom within the meaning of these rules of procedure.

  1. Foreign students shall have their summer practical training only in the country they are studying in.

5.1. Foreign students in “Medicine” and “Dental Medicine” may also have their summer pre-clinical practical trainings in another country that is a member state of the EU or EEA.

  1. Students’ practical trainings for the different programmes in the Medical College shall take place on specific days every week, from the first through the fifth semester, based on an approved programme for their practical training.
  2. The branch “Prof. Dr. Ivan Mitev” – Vratsa shall hold its practical training in modules.

 XІ. STUDENTS’ PRE-GRADUATE INTERNSHIP AND STATE EXAMINATIONS

  1. Students’ pre-graduate internship aims to provide them with high-level professional training in the field of the programme they are enrolled in, to improve the practical knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout their studies for the purpose of gaining practical and theoretical experience in the independent resolution of organisational, preventive, diagnostic and other professional tasks.
  2. The deputy deans for academic affairs shall control the entire work related to the organisation and implementation of pre-graduate internships for the different disciplines and facilities.

2.1. The professional and training activities for students shall be managed by habilitated persons appointed with an order of the respective head of department after coordination with the deputy dean for academic affairs of the faculty.

2.2. By exception, the professional specialisation of students may be also managed by tutors holding a PhD degree or by tutors with a “doctoral” degree with long-term experience.

  1. Students’ rights and obligations regarding pre-graduate internship

3.1. The management of the respective unit during the pre-graduate internship shall provide students with suitable conditions for working and taking breaks, as well as with personal protective equipment and other equipment related to occupational safety.

3.2. Students shall observe the academic plan and programme and the Regulation for the internal rules of internship facilities and the Higher Education Act.

3.3. Students shall observe the working hours of the respective facility where they have been assigned, they shall work off the mandatory requirements as foreseen in the academic curricula, they shall fulfil all orders from their managers, they shall implement the programme reflected in the “Intern’s Book”, which they shall present before sitting for a state exam.

3.4. Any student who has failed to implement the academic plan and the programme for the pre-graduate internship will not be allowed to sit for a state exam. This student shall suspend their studies or will be dismissed from MU-Sofia.

3.5. By exception, students may be allowed to sit for a state exam with the permission of by the deputy deans for academic affairs on the ground of sick leave, pregnancy or maternity leave, with the obligation to compensate for the days they have missed.

  1. 4. Based on decision of the Academic Council, dated 30.03.1992, due to the lack of regulation on the status of interns, the latter shall be considered students in their fourth year (or, respectively, in their fifth year) and they shall receive scholarships based on the general terms, according to their grades from the previous year.

4.1. Interns who have interrupted their pre-graduate internship for some reason shall not be entitled to scholarship during the period of the interruption.

4.2. After enrolment, based on a decision by the Dean’s Council, scholarship may only be granted to interns who have interrupted their internship due to a sick leave, pregnancy or maternity leave or on serious family grounds acknowledged as such by the Dean based on an application with justification submitted to the dean by the intern.

  1. Foreign students shall not be not allowed to have their pre-graduate internship abroad.
  2. Pre-graduate internship of students in “Medicine” programme

6.1. Students in Medicine shall start their pre-graduate internship after they have successfully passed their exams for the semester.

6.2. The pre-graduate internship shall be with total duration of 356 calendar days distributed as follows:

6.2.1. Internal diseases – 56 calendar days

6.2.2. Surgery – 55 calendar days

6.2.3. Obstetrics and gynaecology – 55 calendar days

6.2.4. Paediatrics – 55 calendar days

6.2.5. Hygiene, infectious diseases, epidemiology and social medicine – 40 calendar days

6.2.6. General medicine – 20 calendar days

6.2.7. Emergency medicine – 25 calendar days

6.2.8. A total number of 50 calendar days shall be assigned for theoretical training and for the state exams.

6.2.9. Students instructed in English, who need additional pre-graduate internship in disciplines they have selected, will be trained outside the pre-graduate internship based on the academic curriculum. This training shall be charged in addition to them.

6.3. Pre-graduate internship for students in “Medicine” shall take place in the treatment and diagnostic and prevention facilities of MU-Sofia or in hospitals approved by the faculty management.

6.4. The distribution of the internship groups in the respective disciplines by lecturing classes shall be approved with a decision of the Faculty Council and shall take place based on a schedule developed by the Dean’s Office academic departments as follows:

Total number of internship groups – 46, distributed into 4 lecturing classes of 12 groups.

6.4.1. The distribution by facilities shall be done by the persons in charge of academic affairs in the respective departments, who shall also perform the final verification of the internship in the “Book of pre-graduate internship”, based on a schedule for the respective disciplines drafted by the dean’s office in advance.

6.4.2.  Students shall sit for a state exam with their student’s book and the “Book of pre-graduate internship”.

6.4.3. No individual pre-graduate internship or simultaneous pre-graduate internship in two disciplines shall be allowed.

6.4.4. After completion of the entire pre-graduate internship, a resit examination session shall be scheduled in line with the academic curriculum. Students shall be allowed to attend the resit examination session regardless of the number of failed examinations.

  1. Pre-graduate internship of students in “Dental Medicine” programme

7.1. The internship shall be integrated with in-class activities for the departments of Prosthetic Dentistry, General Maxillofacial Surgery, Conservative Dentistry, Paediatric Dental Medicine, Orthodontics, Parodontology and Oral Diagnostics and Imaging and shall be 1 hour per day.

7.2. The total number of academic hours shall be 1 014 hours, 14 hours of which shall be lectures and 1 000 hours of which shall be practical training.

7.3. Students’ practical training shall be conducted in pairs of two students per one working equipment.

7.4. Department tutors shall have a seminar with interns 1 hour per week.

7.5. In-class activity of department assistants shall be 1 academic hour per day for practical work (including 1 academic hour per week for a seminar).

7.6. The internship may not start if there are semester exams that have not been passed.

7.7. The total duration of pre-graduate internship shall be six months – from 10.09.2018 to 08.03.2019.

7.8.    STATE EXAMS:

7.8.1. Regular session – 11 March – 19 April 2019

7.8.2. Resit examination session – 22 April – 23 May 2019

7.8.3. First additional session – 03 June – 06 June 2019

7.8.4. Second additional session – 14 October – 15 November 2019

7.9: According to Decision of the Academic Council of 22.11.2016, pre-graduate internship of students from the Faculty of Dental Medicine instructed in English shall be paid as follows:

7.9.1. Fee for attending physicians – average monthly remuneration of BGN 220.

7.9.2. Fee for assistant professor – BGN 15 per academic hour. The maximum number of academic hours per month that can be paid is 20 academic hours per assistant professor for each of the 6 departments participating in the internship.

7.9.3. Fee for a habilitated person – BGN 25 for each habilitated person evaluating the intern’s integrated patient. The total amount of BGN 150 shall be paid for each student after successful validation from all habilitated persons.

  1. Pre-graduate internship of students in “Pharmacy” programme

8.1. The total duration of pre-graduate internship of students from the “Pharmacy” programme shall be six months. 

8.2. The pre-graduate internship shall be held in an open or hospital drugstore pursuant to an order by the Dean.

8.3. The commencement of pre-graduate internship shall be upon successful passing of all end-of-semester examinations.

8.4. The statutory tuition fee shall be paid before the start of the pre-graduate internship.

8.5. Students who have not paid the statutory tuition fee shall not be allowed to do the internship.

8.6. The distribution of students by facilities shall be performed by the person in charge of the internship in the Faculty of Pharmacy.

8.7. Upon completion of the internship, students shall attend colloquiums in pharmaceutical chemistry and analysis, phamacognosy, pharmacology and toxicology, technology of medicinal products and biopharmaceutics and pharmaceutical legislation.

8.8. If they are willing to do so, students may defend a thesis if their grade point average from the academic disciplines included in the state exam is no less than Good (4.00) and no less than Very Good (5.00) in the discipline, on which they will develop their thesis.

8.9.1. Regular session                                                               15.10.2018 – 16.11.2018      

8.9.2. Resit examination session                                           26.11.2018 – 14.12.2018

8.9.3. Additional session                                                          07.01.2019 – 18.01.2019

  1. Pre-graduate internship for students from the Faculty of Public Health
  • Students studying “Healthcare Management” for a Bachelor’s degree, part-time study, in the Faculty of Public Health (FPH), shall enrol in an internship from 02.2019 to 27.05.2019.
  • Students studying “Healthcare Management” for a Bachelor’s degree, part-time study, in the Faculty of Public Health (FPH), shall enrol in a pre-graduate internship from 15.10.2018 to 23.11.2018.
  • Students enrolled in the “Nurse”, “Obstetrician” and “Medical Assistant” Bachelor’s degree programmes, full-time study, at the Faculty of Public Health, shall start their pre-graduate internship after successfully passing the end-of-semester examinations for the summer semester of their third year.

9.3.1. The total duration of the internship shall be 1600 astronomical hours (2133 academic hours).

9.3.2. Students enrolled in the “Kinesitherapy” programme shall start their pre-graduate internship from 11.02.2019 to 23.05.2019 after successfully passing their end-of-semester examinations.

9.3.3. The pre-graduate internship for students enrolled in the “Kinesitherapy” Bachelor’s degree programme – full-time study shall be with total duration of 600 astronomical hours.

9.4.  State exams for Bachelor degree full-time students studying for a “Nurse”, “Obstetrician”, “Medical Assistant”, “Kinesitherapy” or students enrolled in the “Healthcare Management” and “Public Health and Health Management” programmes, full-time and part-time study:

9.4.1. Regular examination session                                          27.05.2019 – 28.06.2019

9.4.2. September resit examination session                            02.09.2019 – 09.09.2019

9.5.   State exams for full-time students enrolled in the Bachelor’s degree programme in “Healthcare Management”:

9.5.1. Regular examination session                                           03.01.2019 – 04.02.2019

9.5.2. September resit examination session                            02.09.2019 – 09.09.2019

9.5.3. Students who have completed their semesters for graduation from the “Public Health and Health Management” programme full-time and part-time study shall be entitled to a resit examination session and an additional session within the eighth semester before the state examination session.

9.6. For the programmes in “Public Health and Health Management”, “Healthcare Management”, “Strategic Management of Pharmaceutical Operations” and “Occupational Medicine and Working Capacity” for a graduate degree after a Bachelor’s degree and for a Master’s degree:

9.6.1. Submission of applications for development of thesis papers – from 11.02.2019 to 19.02.2019. 9.6.2. Submission of completed thesis papers by 17.05. 2019 for the June examination session.

9.6.3. Defence of thesis papers from 17.06.2019 to 21.06.2019.

9.6.4. Submission of applications for development of thesis papers – from 17.06.2019 to 21.06.2019. 9.6.5. Submission of completed thesis papers from 09.09.2019 to 13.09.2019 for the September examination session

9.6.6. Defence of thesis papers from 24.09.2019 to 04.10.2019.

9.6.7. Submission of applications for development of thesis papers – from 24.09.2019 to 30.09.2019.

9.6.8. Submission of completed thesis papers by 13.12.2019 for the January examination session 9.6.9. Defence of thesis papers – February 2020.

  1. Pre-graduate internship in the branch “Prof. Dr. Ivan Mitev” – Vratsa of MU-Sofia

10.1. The purpose of the pre-graduate internship is to provide students with high level professional practice in the studied degree, to improve the practical knowledge and skills they have gained in the course of their studies, to develop a working discipline in them, to prepare students for decision-making in the implementation of their professional obligations.

10.2. The deputy director in practical training shall control the overall organisation and implementation of the pre-graduate internship. The professional academic activity of the students shall be managed by assistant professors and practical training tutors, appointed by an order of the Director of the branch. Supervisors from the academic practice facilities shall also participate in the training, who shall be defined by the senior nurse/obstetrician with a Bachelor’s degree.

10.3. The pre-graduate internship of students shall take place in academic facilities based on a signed contract for training.

10.4. The internship may not start if there are end-of-semester exams that have not been passed.

10.5. The distribution of the internship groups from the respective programmes shall be done based on the academic curriculum by an order of the branch Director and the distribution by facilities shall be done by the managers in academic and practical affairs (assistant professors and practical training tutors) in the respective department, after a preliminary schedule has been drafted in three copies.

10.6. No pre-graduate internships abroad shall be allowed for foreign students.

10.7. The total duration of pre-graduate internship of students enrolled in the programmes for “Nurse” and “Obstetrician” shall be 1600 astronomical hours (2133 academic hours) and shall take place after successfully passed end-of-semester examinations for the summer semester of the third year of study.

10.8. Students’ rights and obligations regarding pre-graduate internship:

10.8.1. During the pre-graduate internship students shall be provided with working conditions, breaks, personal and group protective equipment, provided by the management of the respective unit, based on the occupational safety requirements.

10.8.2. Students shall observe the Higher Education Act, the academic plan and the Regulation for the internal rules of internship facilities.

10.8.3. Students shall observe the working hours of the respective facility where they have been assigned, they shall compensate for the mandatory requirements as foreseen in the academic curricula, they shall fulfil all orders from their managers, they shall keep an “Intern’s diary”, which they shall present before sitting for the respective exam or state exam.

10.8.4. Any student who has failed to implement the academic plan and the course paper assigned for the pre-graduate internship will not be allowed to sit for a state exam. This student shall suspend their studies pursuant to an Order by the Rector or by a person authorised by him or her, based on a proposal by the branch Director. Exceptions shall be only allowed in case of a sick leave, pregnancy or maternity leave with the permission of the Director and with the obligation to work off the days they have missed.

10.9. Control and evaluation of the pre-graduate internship.

10.9.1. Upon completion of the pre-graduate internship in a given ward, an ongoing examination shall be held by a committee of two members chaired by a habilitated person.

10.9.2. The ongoing exam shall include practical work, case studies with theoretical justification and drafting a report on topics defined in advance in the academic curriculum.

10.9.3. In case of a poor grade on the ongoing exam from the pre-graduate internship, students shall be entitled to resit for the exam by the end of the semester. In case of a second poor grade, the student shall repeat the internship in the respective ward after the end of the semester.

10.9.4. In case of poor grades in more than two wards, the student shall re-enrol in the same internship and shall and retake the entire pre-graduate internship at the end of the semester.

10.9.5. Retaking the pre-graduate internship on the ground of poor grades may be only organised within the academic semesters by an order of the Director.

10.10. Students who have not validated their pre-graduate internship due to medical or family grounds, pregnancy or maternity, shall be entitled to complete the necessary number of classes under the academic curriculum, however, they shall do so no later than 3 years after the validation of their semester.

10.11. Within the pre-graduate internship for each semester, the intern shall develop a course paper on the topics defined in the academic plan. The manager in academic and practical affairs shall check and evaluate the course paper and shall draft a report to the committee responsible for the credit system in the branch “Prof. Dr. Ivan Mitev” in Vratsa. Based on this report, a certificate reflecting the credit assessment shall be issued.

  1. Pre-graduate internship for students from Medical College “Yordanka Filaretova” – Sofia.

11.1. The total duration of the pre-graduate internship for students from all academic programmes in Medical College “Y. Filaretova” – Sofia shall be 800 academic hours, distributed into 15 academic weeks of the sixth semester.

11.2 In case of recovering student rights that have been lost due to failure to take state exams, students from the Medical College (MC) shall retake the entire pre-graduate internship.

  1. The practical training (PT) and pre-graduate internship for students from Medical College “Yordanka Filaretova” – Sofia shall take place in academic facilities based on a signed contract for training with General Hospitals for Active Treatment (GHAT) and other specialised establishments.
  2. The clinical practice and pre-graduate internship of students from the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) enrolled in the programmes for a “Nurse”, “Obstetrician”, “Medical Assistant” and “Kinesitherapy” shall be carried out in clinical facilities based on a signed contract for training with accredited hospitals.
  3. The state examination committees shall be appointed pursuant to a proposal by the faculty Dean (the college or branch Director) and shall be approved by an order of the Rector of MU-Sofia.
  4. Students in “Medicine” who have not validated their pre-graduate internship due to medical or family grounds, as well as mothers and pregnant women, shall take a leave for one academic year (period) and shall be entitled to complete the necessary academic curricula in the course of the next academic year, however no later than 3 years after the validation of their semester.

15.1. Students in “Medicine” who have not validated their pre-graduate internship shall be suspended on the ground of no validation of the pre-graduate internship for one academic year (period) and shall enrol in the pre-graduate internship during the next academic year, however, no later than three years after the validation of their semester.

  1. Sixth-year students in “Medicine” shall be entitled to an additional session for their state exam by the end of November.
  2. Students, who have exams they have not taken after the last state exam resit session shall be placed on suspension on the ground of not taking their examinations and shall be entitled to sit for the exams in the course of the sessions in the next course in the respective internship following their suspension, however, no more than 3 times and no later than one year after that.
  3. Pregnant students, mothers of children aged up to 6, students with serious medical conditions or those with family grounds may submit an application for postponing the state exams they need to take in the course of the sessions of the next years after the postponement, however, no later than 3 years after that. If the respective state exams are not taken within the three-year period, they shall lose their student standing.

 

XIІ. STATUS OF THE DEPUTY DEANS FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS. STUDENTS’ OFFICE

  1. Organising, carrying out and controlling the academic affairs

1.1. The deputy deans for academic affairs (AA) shall organise, manage and control all operations and the working disciplines of all employees from the academic sector and the students’ offices in fulfilment of their professional duties.

1.2. The deputy deans for academic affairs shall interact with the departments in relation to the organisation and the course of the academic year, the examination sessions, etc.

1.3. The deputy deans for academic affairs shall ensure the organisation of the academic process.

1.4. The deputy deans for academic affairs shall manage the expert committee on academic affairs.

1.5. The deputy deans for academic affairs shall communicate with the Dean and all heads of departments, the management of university hospitals, course leaders, the “Academic” department of the Rector’s Office and the bodies of the Student Council.

1.6. The deputy deans for academic affairs shall control the organisation and performance of ongoing academic events with students and within the post-graduate studies.

1.7. The deputy deans for academic affairs shall organise promotional events.

1.8. The deputy deans for academic affairs shall participate in the drafting of Ordinances, Regulations, etc. of MU-Sofia.

1.9. The deputy deans for academic affairs shall also control the semester and state examinations in line with the requirements of the  Rules of Organisation and Operation of Medical University – Sofia and the Rules for Preparation and Holding the Academic Year.

  1. Administrative services to students:

2.1. Enrolment of newly admitted and current students in the respective years of study.

2.2. Daily review and resolution on the students’ applications submitted to the dean’s office.

2.3. Validation of semesters and overall validation of the academic year in the main book and the students’ books based on the established terms.

2.4. Drafting a report to the Dean’s Council on resolving student standing and other issues related to the academic affairs.

2.5. Issuing certificates, references and protocols from exams.

2.6. Issuing official transcripts, diplomas and European annexes to the diplomas.

2.7. Each student shall be entitled to one official transcript free of charge per academic year. For each subsequent official transcript, the student shall pay the fee for this administrative service determined in the respective unit. 

 

XIІI. STATUS OF COURSE LEADERS

  1. Course leaders shall be the persons directly in charge of the overall activity of the students in the respective year of study.

1.1. Course leaders shall decide independently or put for resolution to the Dean on matters related to the grades, discipline and normal course of the academic process among the students in the respective year of study. They shall be governed by the Higher Education Act and the present Rules of Procedure in their everyday activities.

  1. Course leaders shall be appointed by the Faculty Dean (the college or branch Director) or pursuant to a proposal of the Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs for one academic year. They shall be released according to the terms of their appointment.
  2. Rights and obligations of the course leaders:

3.1. Course leaders, in cooperation with the Student Council, shall define students in charge of the groups.

3.1.1. for the Faculty of Medicine, they shall appoint one person in charge for 4 student groups.

3.2. Course leaders shall maintain constant contact with the heads of departments tutoring the students from the respective year of study.

3.3. Course leaders shall maintain contact with the bodies of the Student Council through the students representatives therein from the respective year of study or another year of study and through the persons in charge of the groups.

3.4. Course leaders shall represent the students’ interest before upper administrative bodies.

3.5. Course leaders shall propose measures related to the necessary conditions for the normal academic process to the Deputy Dean.

3.6. Course leaders shall control the development of the plan for ongoing control and shall monitor its implementation;

3.7. Course leaders shall inform the students from the respective year of study about all instructions by the Dean’s Office and the Rector’s Office or any changes in the academic schedule in due time.

  1. The coordinators of the programmes for “Nurse”, “Obstetrician”, “Occupational Therapy” and “Medical Assistant” in the branch “Prof. Dr. Ivan Mitev” – Vratsa shall coordinate and organise the practical training and pre-graduate internship at the training facilities, they shall develop schedules for the practical training activities and participate in the development of the Individual Assignment Plans together with the heads of departments, which shall be approved by the branch Director. They shall be appointed by the Director for a period of one year.

 ХІV. STATUS OF THE HEAD OF PROGRAMME AT THE MEDICAL COLLEGE

  1. The heads of programmes shall coordinate the overall activity within the programme and shall be in charge of fulfilling the tasks related to the organisation and holding of the academic process within the programme. They shall organise and control the practical training and pre-graduate internship in clinical and other facilities. They shall be appointed by the Director for a period of one year.
  1. STATUS OF STUDENT DEMONSTRATORS
  2. Student demonstrators actively support the assistant professors in the practical exercises in anatomy, pathological anatomy and other disciplines, by demonstrating specific processes and manipulations necessary for acquiring practical skills and knowledge.
  3. Those selected for student demonstrators shall be students who have manifested significant interest in the discipline and who have acquired excellent theoretical knowledge and practical skills, which is confirmed by an excellent grade on the exams and who have submitted an application to the head of department by 1 October. 2017.

2.1. Applications shall be considered during the first department council and newly admitted demonstrators are required to receive attestation from their assistant professors.

  1. Demonstrators shall be re-appointed each year after their assistant professor has given an evaluation of their work during the department council.
  2. The minimum number of academic hours worked for the month shall be determined by the respective department based on the number of classes.
  3. Payment for the work, which shall not exceed 6 hours per week, shall be made in line with the statutory documents.

5.1. Additional hours worked above the defined maximum shall not be paid.

  1. Student demonstrators shall attend the academic classes based on the curriculum for the respective year of study and they can participate in up to 2 exercises per academic discipline per semester after presenting a certificate from the dean’s office validated by the head of the respective department.

 ХVІ. WORKLOAD NORMS FOR LECTURERS IN MU-SOFIA FOR ONE ACADEMIC YEAR

  1. In-class activity of lecturers in MU-Sofia shall include lectures, exercises and student examinations, classes with internship groups, elective classes (modules), supervising graduate students, scientific advising to PhD students and training of specialising students.

1.1. No more than 80 academic hours for scientific advising to full-time and part-time PhD students, irrespective of the number of research advisers of the PhD student.

For an activity related to the studies of PhD students (lecturing, facilitating seminars, practical activities, etc.), academic hours shall be accounted for with a 30% increase.

1.2. Tutoring specialising students as follows: Scientific advising – 40 academic hours; Colloquium – 1 hour per examined specialising student; State exam – 8 hours per day for 2 days (for each member of the State Examination Committee).

  1. Extracurricular activities shall include consultations, supervising students’ research workshops, development and supervision of a course paper.
  2. The in-class activity of lecturers that are not habilitated shall be:

3.1. For clinical and clinical-diagnostic department                          220 academic hours

3.2. For non-clinical department                                                          360 academic hours;

3.3. For the Centre For Foreign Languages, Physical Education And Sports:

3.3.1. in-class activity of tutors by language                            550 academic hours;

3.3.2. in-class activity of sports tutors                 600 academic hours, including:

3.3.2.1. up to 120 academic hours for training and competition activities with the representing teams;

3.3.2.2. up to 60 academic hours for out-of-class training in summer sports

3.3.2.3.  60 academic hours for out-of-class training in winter sports.

3.4. For academic staff in practical training in Medical College     600 academic hours;

3.5. For academic staff in practical training in at the FPH and the branch in Vratsa    600 academic hours;

3.6. For the “Anatomy” department (assuming a 6-hour working day)                    270 academic hours

3.7. For the department carrying out the pre-graduate internship – three hours per day for each group of interns.

3.8. The minimum mandatory in-class activity of lecturers that are not habilitated for the purpose of requesting new positions shall coincide with the activity mentioned in 3.1 to 3.5 inclusive.

  1. The in-class activity of habilitated lecturers shall be:

4.1. 50% of the one of lecturers that are not habilitated.

4.2. The minimum mandatory in-class activity of lectures for habilitated instructors for the purpose of requesting new habilitations shall be 15 academic hours.

  1. The total academic workload shall be assigned and reported based on the approved academic plans, the principles and criteria for determination of academic workload and the norms of academic workload that have been accepted by the Academic Council. At least 2/3 of the academic workload of each instructor shall come from in-class activities.

5.1. The heads of departments shall present a list of in-class workload by names (lectures, exercises, examinations) of full-time and part-time tutors to the academic department of the faculty at the end of each semester (cycle).

5.2. The heads of departments shall present a summarised report for their annual academic workload by names within one month after the end of the academic year.

  1. Academic hours above the limit and academic hours for part-time tutors of instructors in MU-Sofia shall be only assigned if there is no possibility to complete the respective academic plans and programmes with specialist instructors from the respective department.

6.1. Additional remuneration for hours above the limit shall be only made after all instructors from the department, including those absent with the consent of the department council or due to specialisation abroad or in Bulgaria, have fulfilled their academic workload defined for non-habilitated or, respectively, habilitated lecturers.

6.2. In case of exceeding the mandatory average in-class activity mentioned in point 3 and 4, the Faculty Council may select a part-time instructor for a period of 1 academic year pursuant to a proposal by the department. The in-class activity of part-time instructors may not exceed the average one for habilitated or non-habilitated instructors in the department.

6.3. Part-time instructors from the paediatric surgery clinics, clinics in toxicology, burns and plastic surgery of Pirogov, the National Cardiology Hospital (NCH) and the oncohaematological clinic
at University General Hospital for Active Treatment “Tsaritsa Yoanna” and primary care physicians  shall receive remuneration for the academic classes assigned to them based on the curriculum based on the reports presented by the respective heads of departments.

6.4. Assignment of instruction based on the academic curriculum

6.4.1. Instruction in Bulgarian – for full-time instructors at a given department of the Faculty of Medicine, who are assigned topical instruction of Bulgarian students based on a curriculum at another department of the Faculty of Medicine, the classes held will be counted toward their individual in-class workload at the department in which they are employed. The assignment of academic activities shall take place based on a report by the Head of Department after holding a Department Council and approval by the Dean’s and Faculty Council. The academic classes worked for teaching Bulgarian students will be accounted for based on a report by the head of the department assigning the academic activity after the end of each semester and/or cycle.

6.4.2. Instruction in English –  for full-time instructors at a given department of the Faculty of Medicine, who are assigned topical instruction in English based on the academic curriculum at another department of the Faculty of Medicine, the academic activity shall be assigned by means of a report by the head of department and after holding a Department Council and approval by the Dean’s and Faculty Council. Remuneration for the academic hours worked shall be based on the report of the head of the department assigning the academic activity.

  1. Payment of remuneration for academic lecturing from instructors in the clinical departments of the Faculty of Medicine (FM), based in hospitals that are joint-stock companies (EAD) and university hospitals, for which there are contracts signed for using them as training facilities of MU-Sofia, may be performed in line with the supplementary employment contracts signed for instruction and research and development activities on the ground of Article 73 of the Medical Establishments Act.

7.1. The management of the dean’s office and the faculty of the FM, in coordination with the Rector’s Office of MU-Sofia, shall determine the number of persons necessary for research and lecturing activities and shall also specify the number of academic hours by departments for the lecturing staff in line with the academic plan and programmes for the respective academic year.

7.2. Payment of remuneration for lecturing done by clinical research and lecturing staff of the FM under a supplementary employment contract shall be done from the funds for working salaries based on the budget of MU-Sofia for the respective year.

  1. In case of completion of the predetermined in-class workload by the research and lecturing staff of the department, indicated in point 3 and 4, additional remuneration shall be paid for the academic hours worked above the limit, where the remuneration shall be no less than the one determined with the decision of the Academic Council of 08.01.2016:

8.1. For non-habilitated persons: no less than BGN 11 for each academic hour worked.

  • For habilitated persons: no less than BGN 13 for each academic hour worked.

8.3. For staff instructors in practical training at the branch “Prof. Dr. Ivan Mitev – Vratsa” – no less than BGN 5 for each academic hour worked.

8.4. Full-time lecturers shall have priority for taking the academic workload before inviting part-time lecturers.

8.5. The method of payment of mandatory and extra academic hours for the respective academic year has been regulated in Art. 47 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (in force as of 01.01.2018).

8.6. The academic classes worked for tutoring English language to foreign students shall be entitled to additional remuneration based on the Decisions of the Academic Council of 16.03.2010, 30.11.2010, 14.06.2011, 26.05.2015 and 25.07.2017 as follows:

8.5.1. BGN 30 per academic hour per practice class;

8.5.2. BGN 70 per academic hour per lecture by habilitated persons;

8.5.3. BGN 45 per academic hour per lecture by non-habilitated persons;

8.5.4. BGN 30 per academic hour for a practice class in the “Bulgarian language” discipline for instructors on general employment agreement at MU-Sofia;

8.5.4.1 BGN 20 per academic hour for a practice class in the “Sports” discipline for instructors on general employment agreement at MU-Sofia;

8.5.4.2 BGN 15 per academic hour for a practice class in the disciplines “Bulgarian language” and “Sports” for external part-time instructors.

8.5.5. BGN 15 per academic hour per practice class in the preparatory academic year in CFLPES;

8.5.6. BGN 50 per academic hour for theoretical pre-graduate study of trainee doctors.

  1. For research and lecturing staff, excluding the one under point 7, the academic hours worked above the norm within the statutory working hours shall be paid as remuneration above the basic working salary within the funds available for working salaries, i.e. as an element of the gross working salary of the respective lecturer.

9.1. Full-time lecturers shall have priority for working those academic hours over inviting part-time lecturers.

  1. If the academic classes are worked outside the statutory working hours, the work done shall be paid as academic workload above the norm in line with Article 7, section II of the Labour Code.
  2. In line with Article 4 of Decree of the Council of Ministers No 14/1998 and the Internal Rules on the Working Salary, the Management of MU-Sofia may define a higher average monthly gross salary per person from the staff for the structural units funded by the budget of MU – Sofia. These shall be proven by a report (quarterly) for excessive income to the budget, provided that all obligations and supplies to creditors and external suppliers have been paid.
  3. The management of dean’s offices, pursuant to a decision by the Faculty Council, may introduce additional financial incentives for scientific accomplishments from the faculty’s own funds.

12.1. The criteria for receiving these additional incentives for scientific accomplishments shall be developed and defined by the faculty councils and the remuneration shall be paid after the end of the academic year pursuant to a decision by the Faculty Dean.

  1. By 15 October, each department shall submit a written analysis and proposals for the academic workload to the Dean.

13.1. Classes missed due to official holidays shall be recognised as fulfilment of the academic activity that is subject to remuneration.

  1. The total academic workload shall be reduced for the duration of utilisation of the rights under Article 55(2) of the Higher Education Act permitted by the FC, for courses in foreign languages, specialisations abroad, writing textbooks, development of teaching tools and academic films, maternity leave or a sick leave for more than one month, when these coincide with the students’ semester studies. Excess academic hours worked to compensate for the absent lecturer shall be subject to remuneration.
  2. In-class and research work performed shall be registered by departments, sections and wards. The head of department, section or ward shall check the regularity of the in-class and academic activity reporting every month.

15.1. The heads of the clinical departments shall report to the Faculty Council and shall ensure even distribution of the academic workload among the instructors in the respective disciplines.

15.2. The heads of the clinical departments shall present a topical distribution of the lectures and practical classes by facilities to the Academic Department of the respective Faculty at the beginning of each cycle (including pre-graduate internship).

15.3. Academic workload from exams shall be reported at the end of each academic year. An official document for the individual activity performed is the annual report for academic work of the Head of the department, section or ward.

  1. In-class activity from examinations shall be reported based on the following scheme:

16.1. End-of-semester exams for the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Public Health, the branch in Vratsa and Medical College:

16.1.1. practical and theoretical, held by lecturers that are not habilitated – 0.3 academic hours per student.

16.1.2. instructors in practical classes participating in examinations of interns shall receive remuneration amounting to the one defined for non-habilitated instructors.

16.1.3. practical and theoretical, held by habilitated lecturers – 0.75 academic hours per student for each member of the examination committee.

16.1.4. for the Faculty of Pharmacy – 0.3 academic hours for colloquium of an intern.

16.1.5. The examination hours worked by the instructors from the departments of the Faculty of Medicine shall be calculated based on the number of students examined plus 10 % – the estimated number of students for the resit examination session.

16.1.6. End-of-semester examination committees shall be composed of no more than 2 habilitated persons and no more than 1 non-habilitated person.

16.2.   State exams for the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Public Health, the branch in Vratsa and Medical College:

16.2.1. Habilitated lecturers – 1 academic hour per student for each committee member

16.2.2. No more than 30 academic hours in total for student advising on a thesis paper, with maximum three graduates per habilitated person and no more than two per chief assistant professor.

16.2.3. 40 academic hours for student advising on a thesis paper for the Faculty of Public Health.

16.2.4. 10 academic hours for writing a review of a thesis – for the Faculty of Public Health

16.2.5. For defence of thesis: habilitated lecturers – 1.5 academic hours per student for each committee member.

16.3. Admission of PhD students:

16.3.1. examination in the field of study – 1.5 academic hours per examined student for each member of the examination committee;

16.3.2. examination in a foreign language – 0.5 academic hours per examined student for each member of the examination committee;

16.4. For examinations based on an individual academic plan:

16.4.1. examination in the field of study – 1.5 academic hours per examined student for each member of the examination committee;

16.4.2. additional examination (in a foreign language, computer skills or other field of study) – 1 academic hours per examined student for each member of the examination committee.

  1. Remuneration to instructors engaged on holding end-of-semester examinations with the students instructed in English shall be as follows:

17.1. For habilitated instructors from the committee, no more than two –  BGN 15 per one attempt per examined student during the regular sessions.

17.2. For non-habilitated instructors from the committee, no more than one –  BGN 10 per one attempt per examined student during the regular sessions.

 ХVІІ. POSTGRADUATE STUDY

  1. The Department of Postgraduate Study and University-Hospital Coordination (PGS and UHC) at the Rector’s Office of MU-Sofia shall register specialising students studying for acquiring a specialisation in the field of healthcare.
  2. The terms and conditions for admission and studies for acquiring a specialisation in the healthcare system and its funding have been defined in Regulation No. 1 of 22.01.2015 of the Ministry of Health.
  3. Admission of specialising students in non-clinical programmes shall take place following a competition based on documents according to the terms set out in the instruction of the Rector of MU-Sofia.
  4. The vacancies for specialising students in non-clinical programmes shall be determined based on an order by the Rector or by a person authorised by them pursuant to a proposal by the heads of the respective faculties, departments and national centres dealing with the issues of public health.
  5. Lecturing for acquiring a non-clinical specialisation shall take place based on an order of the Rector of MU-Sofia.
  6. Specialising students sitting for a state exam for specialisation shall pay the fee determined by decision of the Academic Council.
  7. The Postgraduate Study and the University-Hospital Coordination departments at the Rector’s Office of MU-Sofia shall organise, hold, coordinate and control the continuous medical studies of Bachelor students and professional Bachelor students from the “Healthcare” department by drafting and approving a schedule with thematic courses and individual trainings each year, submitted to the medical establishments in Bulgaria and published on the website of MU-Varna.
  8. Students who have completed different forms of continuous medical training shall receive a certificate with a credit evaluation.
  9. The Postgraduate Study and the University-Hospital Coordination departments at the Rector’s Office of MU-Sofia shall organise, register and coordinate the studies in highly specialised medical activities.
  10. Instruction shall be performed by the research and lecturing staff in university hospitals based on unified academic curricula and shall end with a practical and theoretical exam. Students who have successfully passed the exam shall receive a certificate for competence in the highly specialised medical activity.
  11. Medical University-Sofia shall sign contracts with the respective professional organisations for joint activity in the organisation, holding and control on the continuous medical training based on the Health Act.
  12. The faculties of MU-Sofia shall organise and hold the continuous medical training for doctors, doctors in dental medicine, pharmacists and non-medical specialists in the healthcare system.
  13. The “Courses and Individual Study” sector to the Faculty of Medicine shall organise, register and coordinate the study stages of specialising students that are held within the departments and clinical facilities of the Faculty of Medicine.

13.1. Specialising students willing to pursue part of their studies in departments and clinical facilities at the Faculty of Medicine – Sofia, may do so under the following conditions:

13.1.1 Each specialising student shall fill in a Template 5 form which shall be signed and approved either by the head of department or by the head of studies. The form shall be presented to the “Courses and Individual Studies” sector and then a referral card of the approved specialising student shall be issued. After presenting an official document for completing the studies, the specialising student shall be issued a certificate for the completed studies.

13.1.2. Foreign specialising students enrolled in different universities shall pay the cost for the training in the department or facility of FM-Sofia in line with the fees of MU-Sofia for foreign specialising students.

13.1.3 Each specialising student shall pay the price for the studies defined by the statutory documents and orders currently in force.

  1. In-class workload in the main and thematic (author’s) courses with groups of minimum 5 students:

14.1. the respective number of classes for the department – lectures and practical classes foreseen in the academic curriculum for the respective year of study, declared during the previous calendar year;

14.2. the academic workload of habilitated and non-habilitated lecturers shall be assigned and reported separately for each lecturer and in total for the department or the clinical centre for the respective period.

  1. In-class workload for individual studies of specialising students outside the department shall be carried out in groups of no less than 3 and no more than 7 students and shall include:

15.1. Individual training for mastering certain methods, techniques and approaches with average duration of 10 days – 2 academic classes per day per student in the department (respectively for the lecturer holding the training).

15.2. Individual training for acquiring work experience in the programme (internship in a facility regulated by the Ministry of Health) – 0.5 academic classes per day for a student in the department.

15.3. For the Faculty of Dental Medicine – 19 academic hours per week clinical activity for assistant professors and 7 academic hours of lectures and seminars per week for habilitated persons.

15.4. Instruction to specialising students shall be based on the individual curriculum for each student and for each calendar year, which shall include the theoretical and individual training and clarification of cases and problems that have arisen in the course of work.

  1. Individual studies

16.1. Internship – facility for specialising students in the programme for the respective discipline.

16.2. Paid studies on certain topics, instrumental methods and techniques proposed by the departments and published in the book of schedule for the year. Its duration shall be determined by the head of the training unit. The minimum number of participants on a certain date is three participants. Each working day shall include 2 classes of practical activities.

16.3. Free studies sponsored by the state shall be carried out on certain topics defined by the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Health and others, published in the book of schedule for the year. Their duration shall be determined by the Head of the studies and shall be in line with the schedule for the year. The minimum number of participants on a certain date is three participants. Each working day shall include 6 classes of practical activities. A certificate signed by the Head of department shall be issued for the individual studies.

  1. Main course

17.1. It shall be carried out based on the approved programme for specialisation and have duration of one or two months, equivalent to 22 or 44 working days on average. Each working day shall normally include 2 classes of lectures and 4 classes of practice (a total number of 6 classes). One class is 45 minutes.

  1. Thematic (author’s) course

18.1. It shall be carried out based on a programme set in advance. Each working day shall include 6 classes, consisting of lectures and practice at the discretion of the leading tutor. At least 5 participants must attend to register a training as a course. Students below this minimum shall be transferred to individual study. A list and programme of the course signed by the course Head of the course and having the department stamp shall be submitted to the “Courses and Individual Studies” sector.

18.1.1. for courses with duration of up to three days – after 1:00 pm on the first day or no later than noon on the third day;

18.1.2. for five- and ten-day courses – by the third day after the start of studies.

  1. For the training of specialising students enrolled according to the terms of Regulation No 15 of 02.07.2008 for acquiring a degree in “General Medicine” from the general practitioners, one week shall consist of 40 academic classes within the meaning of this regulation.
  2. The Postgraduate Study and the University-Hospital Coordination department shall propose and approve a fee for entitlement to participate in the courses and individual studies for continuous training and highly specialised activities of BGN 30.00, whereas for Bachelors and professional Bachelors from the “Healthcare” department the fee shall amount to BGN 15.00.
  3. The research and lecturing staff shall pay the fees for continuous training and training in highly specialised medical activities approved by the Academic Council.

21.1. The research and lecturing staff from the clinical departments of the Faculty of Medicine at MU-Sofia shall use 50% discount of the fees for continuous training and studies for acquiring competence under highly specialised medical activities.

22.2. The discount shall not apply to the initial fee for the right to participate in the studies.

  1. The plan-schedule of courses and individual studies for postgraduate qualification of university medical and non-medical staff shall be published on the web site of the Faculty of Medicine.

ХVІІІ. OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS

  1. The official holidays based on the Labour Code are 01.01 – New Year, 03.03 – National Holiday – Day of Bulgaria’s Liberation from Ottoman Rule, 01.05 – Labour Day, 06.05 – St. George’s Day, 24.05 – Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day, 06.09 – Unification Day, 22.09 – Independence Day, 01.11 – Revival Leader’s Day, 08.12 – Student’s Holiday, 24, 25 and 26.12 – Christmas Eve, Christmas and Easter – three days.
  2. Holidays of MU-Sofia based on decisions of the Academic Council shall be the Holiday of MU-Sofia and the Student Scientific Session – a day free of classes, announced by an order of the Rector based on a proposal from the Association of Medical Students after coordination with the Students’ Council at MU-Sofia.

2.1. A non-attendance day may be granted in the event of participation in a research session based on a list approved by the Dean or Director of the respective unit.

2.2. The days announced for official promotion for awarding diplomas of the respective unit may be announced as non-attendance day