Make the next step in your professional development with Varna University of Management!

Detailed information about our Master’s Programmes and MBA, and the opportunities for acquiring two degrees - Bulgarian and British, can be found here.

At Varna University of Management we have simple and clear steps for application and admission of students. The future postgraduate students at VUM have high level of motivation, upper intermediate level of English language and good results from their undergraduate degree studies.

In the student admission process Varna University of Management strictly follows the rules and regulations of the Ministry of Education in Bulgaria.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Completed Bachelor’s degree of education

The Bachelor’s degree along with the academic transcript from an accredited university are required to confirm the eligibility of the applicant to study in a postgraduate programme. The required minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) from the Bachelor’s degree for enrollment in a postgraduate programme is 62% of the maximum grade. Lower results are reviewed only in case of at least 2 years of relevant working experience within the Hospitality industry for MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management programme or at least 5 years of relevant working experience for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme.

Pre-application is possible, when the prospect postgraduate student is expected to receive his/her Bachelor’s degree within a time frame corresponding to the deadlines for application and submission of documents.

English language proficiency

The English language proficiency level is proven by presenting an internationally recognized certificate with a minimum result equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (B2 in the European language framework). In case you do not have such certificate, you have to sit for an English language exam organized by VUM, which can take place on campus or online. The required result must be not less than 62%. If the level of English is insufficient, you can be enrolled in a preparatory English language semester at VUM or join additional language module, depending on the actual level of language proficiency.

For prospect students, whose native language is English (citizens of Great Britain, Ireland, USA, Australia, Canada /excluding Quebec/ and New Zealand) and have graduated High School studying in English, the English proficiency certificate is not mandatory.

 

High level of motivation

Motivation is the foundation of successful education and successful career development. As a leading business school in Eastern Europe, we are constantly developing our curriculum to make sure we offer the most up-to-date knowledge and train the right skills the industry needs for their managers and key executives.

Our programmes are also in synchronized with those of our strategic academic partner in the UK, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and meet the strict requirements not only of the Bulgarian but also of the British university education system. Our students should follow the same high standards in education and exams as their colleagues in the United Kingdom.

This requires VUM postgraduate students to possess and demonstrate high motivation to follow their career goals with the acquired knowledge and skills.

 

 

APPLICATION STEPS

Citizens of EU and EEA

For the initial application at Varna University of Management for the Master degree programmes, the following documents are required:

  1. Duly filled out Application forms - VUM Application form and CardiffMet Application form

  2. Copy of Bachelor’s degree or a document, confirming the year and semester of study (in cases of pre-application)

  3. Copy of Transcript of records from the Bachelor’s degree or academic results up until the moment of application (in cases of pre-application)

  4. Certificate for English proficiency (if available)

  5. 2 reference letters (references issued in English by a lecturer and/or employer, with contact details, stamp and signature of the referee)

  6. CV (in English language)

  7. Letter of motivation

  8. Copy of ID/Passport


All document should be scanned and sent to admissions@vum.bg.
If the documents in Step 1 meet the requirements at Varna University of Management, we will schedule an admission interview with you. The interview is conducted in English language on campus or online (it is obligatory for the candidate to use a webcam during the online interview).

At this stage you will have to sit for the VUM English language exam in case you haven’t provided a valid internationally recognized certificate of English language proficiency with a result equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or higher. The exam is conducted on campus or online.
Upon successful completion of Step 2 of the admission process, you will receive a letter for conditional acceptance at Varna University of Management along with an invoice for the fees required with terms and deadlines of payment.

Detailed information about the Tuition fees and the opportunities for applying for a scholarship you can find (LINK to https://vum.bg/tuition-fees/) here. .
Upon confirmation for conditional acceptance, you have to submit to the VUM Admission office duly certified and legalized hard copies of the following documents:

  1. Duly filled in, printed out and signed Application forms - VUM Application form and CardiffMet Application form

  2. Bachelor’s degree (original or notarized copy)

  3. Transcript of records from the Bachelor’s degree (original or notarized copy)

  4. Medical certificate, issued not earlier than 30 days prior the date on your application form

  5. Document for paid tuition and registration fees

  6. 4 passport size photos

When your documents per p. 2, 3 and 4 are issued outside of Bulgaria, those have to be legalized as per the requirements of the issuing country and legally translated into Bulgarian language. When the issuing country has no specific agreements with Bulgaria, the documents are certified in line with the generally accepted practice for legalization and translation.

Once prepared, the documents should be sent to the Admission office of Varna University of Management at the following address:

Varna University of Management
Admission Office
13A Oborishte Str.
Varna 9000 Bulgaria
It is required the Admission office at VUM to receive information on your date and time of arrival to Bulgaria and VUM, at least 5 days in advance.

Upon arrival, you have to confirm with the Admission office at VUM the submission of all of the required documents.

NON-EU Applicants

For the initial application at Varna University of Management for the Master degree programmes, the following documents are required:

  1. Duly filled out Application forms - VUM Application form and CardiffMet Application form
  2. Copy of Bachelor’s degree or a document, confirming the year and semester of study (in cases of pre-application)

  3. Copy of Transcript of records from the Bachelor’s degree or academic results up until the moment of application (in cases of pre-application)

  4. Certificate for English proficiency (if available)

  5. 2 reference letters (references issued in English by a lecturer and/or employer, with contact details, stamp and signature of the referee)

  6. CV (in English language)

  7. Letter of motivation

  8. Passport copy

All document should be scanned and sent to admissions@vum.bg.

When submitting the above mentioned documents, we will inform you of vacancies available in your selected specialty for the upcoming admission. As the whole application process (including visa application) takes time, we strongly recommend students to apply as early as possible
If the documents in Step 1 meet the requirements at Varna University of Management, we will schedule an admission interview with you. The interview is conducted in English language on campus or online (it is obligatory for the candidate to use a webcam during the online interview).

At this stage you will have to sit for the VUM English language exam in case you haven’t provided a valid internationally recognized certificate of English language proficiency with a result equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or higher. The exam is conducted on campus or online.
Upon successful completion of Step 2 of the admission process, you will receive a letter for conditional acceptance at Varna University of Management along with an invoice for the fees required with terms and deadlines of payment.

Detailed information about the Tuition fees and the opportunities for applying for a scholarship you can find here..
Upon confirmation for conditional acceptance, you have to submit to the VUM Admission Office duly certified and legalized hard copies of the following documents:

  1. Duly filled in, printed out and signed Application forms - VUM Application form and CardiffMet Application form

  2. Bachelor’s degree (original or notarized copy)

  3. Transcript of records from the Bachelor’s degree (original or notarized copy)

  4. Medical certificate, issued not earlier than 30 days prior the date on your application form

  5. 4 passport size photos

In cases when documents 2, 3 and 4 are not issued by Bulgarian authorities and are not in Bulgarian language, then those same documents need to be legalized as per the requirements of the issuing country and legally translated into Bulgarian. When the issuing country has no specific agreements with Bulgaria, the documents are certified in line with the generally accepted practice for legalization and translation.

Documents issued by the authorities of a foreign state, which is under the Hague Convention, should have an apostille stamp from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (list of the countries under the Hague Convention can be found here, in accordance to the legal obligations for certification. Certified in this way, the documents do not need further legalization and attestation.

For states that have bilateral legal aid agreements with the Republic of Bulgaria, documents issued by the foreign state must bear the stamp of the respective authorized institution as per the bilateral agreement. The thus issued document is recognized by the Bulgarian institutions and it only needs its Bulgarian translation which shall be certified.

In case the country of citizenship of the student is not a party in The Hague Convention or does not have an agreement for bilateral legal aid with the Republic of Bulgaria, then documents per p. 2, 3 and 4 should be translated into Bulgarian and legalized respectively by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the respective country. Then the documents should be certified by the Consular services of the nearest Bulgarian Embassy servicing for the respective country.

Once prepared, the documents should be sent to the Admission office of Varna University of Management at the following address:

Varna University of Management
Admission Office
13A Oborishte Str.
Varna 9000 Bulgaria
Once the documents are received in the office, Varna University of Management prepares and sends them to the Ministry of Education (MOE) in Bulgaria for evaluation and issuance of an Approval Letter, which is then used for the student Visa D application. Once received in a hard copy by the student, he/she submits it to the Bulgarian embassy (Consulate) servicing for the respective country, together with the rest of the requirement documents for application and issuance for a student Visa D. The approved applicants, who have received their Visa D are then officially registered as regular students of Varna University of Management.
It is required the Admission office at VUM to receive information on your date and time of arrival to Bulgaria and VUM, at least 5 days in advance.

Upon arrival, you have to confirm with the Admission office at VUM the submission of all of the required documents.