Bulgaria
NMO GENERAL INFORMATION
Bulgaria AMSB
LANGUAGE
REQUIRED LANGUAGE
Bulgarian
English
(GMT+02:00) Helsinki, Kyiv, Riga, Sofia, Tallinn, Vilnius
Bulgarian lev
SCOPE Active
SCORE Active
Bulgaria (AMSB) - Pleven
Bulgaria (AMSB) - Plovdiv
Bulgaria (AMSB) - Medical University of Sofia
Bulgaria (AMSB) - Stara Zagora
Bulgaria (AMSB) - Varna
Bulgaria (AMSB) - Medical Faculty of the Sofia University

130 SCOPE STUDENTS
25 SCORE STUDENTS
SCOPE EXCHANGE CONDITIONS
SCORE EXCHANGE CONDITIONS
https://www.facebook.com/AMSBulgaria-SCOPE-SCORE-784996698274624/
NEOs
Krasimira Velikova
Kristina Petrova
NOREs
Elena Ivanova
Teodora Delcheva
WELCOME NOTE
Welcome to the country of Roses, Yogurt, Sea and Mountains !
OVERVIEW
Bulgaria is a country situated in the heart of the Balkan peninsula. This country will fascinate you with its 1300 years history, breathtaking nature and welcoming people. 


HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
The healthcare system in Bulgaria is organised and managed by the Ministry of Health. The contributions to the healthcare system are managed by National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF). Healthcare contributions are paid by all persons working under the terms of employment contracts and self-employed persons and are deducted from the monthly remuneration paid by employers (for persons working under the terms of employment contracts), along with other payable social insurance contributions. Self-employed persons pay their healthcare contributions themselves. Outpatient care (excluding emergency care) services are provided by natural or legal persons on the basis of concluded contracts with the National Health Insurance Fund. All insured persons choose a general practitioner (GP) with whom they may consult as necessary. If the GP selected is not a specialist who has the necessary competence to treat a certain condition, the patient obtains a medical referral to be examined by a specialist on the basis of the issued referral against a fee equal to one percent of the stipulated monthly wage for the respective year. Women aged 60 years or over and men aged 63 years or over pay an examination fee in the amount of 2 BGN. In the case of hospitalisation that does not exceed 10 days per annum, 2 percent of the national minimum wage is paid per diem. Children up to 18 years of age, pregnant women, non-working family members, military staff and certain other categories of persons are exempt for the payment of applicable fees.
MEDICAL EDUCATION
There are 6 Medical Faculties in Bulgaria situated in the five biggest cities. To become a medical student, every person should pass entrance exams: Biology and Chemistry.
First three years are pre-clinical and after the 3rd year begins the clinical stage. After every year the students are obligated to do a clinical clerkship for at least 20 days in the summer months. During the 6th year students are doing their undergraduate clerkship and after that they have to pass state exams - Internal Medicine, Surgery, Hygiene, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology.
TRANSPORTATION

Airports in Bulgaria:
1. Sofia Airport
2. Bourgas Airport
3. Varna Airport
4. Plovdiv Airpoty

There is convenient transportation to each part of Bulgaria. The most preferrable way to travel around the country is by bus. The most cheapest - by train. Each city provides public transportation. You can have students' discount to use buses, trains etc if you bring ISIC card with you.

You can check the train schedules here : http://razpisanie.bdz.bg/site/search.jsp

SOCIAL PROGRAM
Our social program can be divided in two main groups - local and national. The local one is decided upon by the exchange officers of the local committee. It usually consists of events in the city and nearby like national food and drink party, hiking in Vitosha, discos, free walking tours etc. In the summer of 2018 the national social program will consist of 3 weekends which will include the 3 biggest cities - Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna. That way our incomings can see the best of the country.
MUST SEE

- Sunny Beach (beaches, waterparks, nightlife)
- Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Sofia
- Rila Monastery
- National Historical Museaum, Sofia
- Archeological Museum, Varna
- Cape Kaliakra (nature reserve)
- Seven Rila lakes (mountain)
- Old town of pLOVEdiv
- Tsarevets fortress, Veliko Tarnovo
- Etar Architectural-Ethnographic Complex, Gabrovo

- Panorama (Pleven)

- Krushuna waterfalls

CULTURAL DIFFERENCES

Bulgarian is a Southern Slavic language with about 12 million speakers in Bulgaria and also in Ukraine, Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Greece and Romania. Bulgarian is mutually intelligible with Macedonian, and fairly closely related to Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian and Slovene. Bulgarian was the first Slavic language to be written.


Bulgaria on the face of it is still a fairly formal society - initial greetings are therefore formal and reserved. Greetings consist of a firm handshake, direct eye contact and the appropriate greeting for the time of day. Address people with their titles (if you know them) or with Mr "Gospodin" / Mrs "Gospozha" followed by the surname. Only friends and family address each other with first names and possibly a hug. One should always wait for their Bulgarian counterparts to determine when it is appropriate to become this informal.

Nota Bene! Bulgarians have the opposite meaning for head shakes compared to Westeners. Side to side means YES, up and down means NO!

 

 

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