Why Gastronomy and Culinary Arts at VUM?

The culinary programs at VUM are the only ones in Eastern Europe that allow acquisition of higher education in the field of hospitality and culinary arts, combining theoretical and practical training.

✔️The language of instruction is English and students complete their education with two degrees. Upon successful graduation and meeting the requirements of our strategic academic partner Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK, along with their Bulgarian degree from VUM, they are awarded a British Degree BA(Hons) Culinary Arts Management.

✔️Students acquire important theoretical knowledge in accounting, pricing, marketing, business communications, human resources management and more, studying more specialized modules such as culinary arts technology, innovation and creativity in gastronomy and culinary arts, international F&B management, special event management as well. Their practical training takes place in the professional environment of the

✔️Culinary Arts Institute at VUM under the guidance of international team of Chef instructors with extensive practical experience in premium-class restaurants in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America.
In the course of their studies, students undertake practical internships of up to 12 months. Thanks to the extensive and sophisticated network of active international partners of VUM, our students get the opportunity to work with some of the best chefs in the world, to gain valuable experience into high-classed restaurants and to work in "Michelin" starred ones. Thus, they get a real opportunity to create contacts, gain skills and experience in a real environment and lay the foundations for their future successful realization.

Important information

The courses are taught entirely in English. Classes are small and encourage crosscultural dialogue and personal connections. As a leading business school in Eastern Europe, VUM has the exceptional privilege to educate students from start to graduation in programs leading to Cardiff Metropolitan University’s British degree. And this is without the usual requirement for students to spend a year in the UK.

Place of study


Language of instruction


Beginning of the learning process

October / February

Duration of training

3 years (6 semesters)

Scholarships, fees and student loans
Detailed information on scholarship opportunities, semester tuition fees and student loans
Admission Requirements
We at VUM offer short and clear steps for admission of candidates. The main requirements for students are high motivation, good results from the high school diploma and a good level of English language proficiency.
In the process of admission Varna University of Management (VUM) strictly follows the rules and regulations of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria.


The program is made in a regular form of training. The classes are held from Monday to Saturday, combining lectures and intensive practical training in the modern kitchens of the Institute of Culinary Arts at VUM according to a pre-approved schedule.

Year One
(Students follow 70 credits of core modules)
Year Two
(Students follow 60 credits of core modules and 10 credits of elective modules)
Year Three
(Students follow 50 credits of core modules and 10 credits of elective modules)
  • Fundamentals of the Kitchen and Culinary Arts (10 ECTS)
  • Human resource management (5 ECTS)
  • Innovation and Creativity in Hospitality and Culinary Arts (10 ECTS)
  • Food Safety and Hygiene (5 ECTS)
  • Introduction to hospitality and tourism (10 ECTS)
  • Strategic management in the hospitality (10 ECTS)
  • Introduction to Accounting (5 ECTS)
  • Food Cost and Pricing (5 ECTS)
  • International F&B management (10 ECTS)
  • Introduction to Management (5 ECTS)
  • Kitchen Skills Laboratory 2: Event Management and Implementation (5 ECTS)
  • Conferences, exhibitions and corporate events (10 ECTS)
  • English (5 ECTS)
  • English (5 ECTS)
  • Diploma project (10 ECTS)
  • Commodities and Nutrition (5 ECTS)
  • Entrepreneurship and project management (5 ECTS)
  • Diploma seminar
  • Kitchen Skills Laboratory 1: Basic Culinary Skills (5 ECTS)
  • F&B Operations Management (5 ECTS)
  • Information Technologies (5 ECTS)
  • Research and Statistics (5 ECTS)
  • Marketing and Business Environment (10 ECTS)
  • Second foreign language (5 ECTS)
  • Second foreign language (5 ECTS)
  • Internship II/ Culinary Internship Placement 2 (10 ECTS)
  • Internship I / Culinary Internship Placement 1 (10 ECTS)


Career development

✔️There are many benefits of studying in Gastronomy and Culinary Arts Program and the most significant one is the numerous career opportunities, both in Bulgaria and abroad.

✔️An important advantage of studying in the Culinary Arts Institute at VUM is the opportunity our students to join the teams of some of the best restaurants in the world. We believe that working with world-famous and recognized chefs in Michelin-starred restaurants is the best way not only for professional growth but also for creating useful business contacts.

✔️VUM`s graduates find successful realization within all the sectors of the hospitality and tourism industry. By completing the Hospitality and Culinary Arts Programme they are practically prepared for professional and career development as executive chefs, sous chefs, chefs de partie, pastry chefs, restaurant managers, F&B managers, sommeliers, business consultants and entrepreneurs in the fields of gastronomy and culinary arts and more.

✔️At VUM we prepare our students for the highly competitive global labour market and provide them with practical advice and expertise. VUM maintains excellent contacts with business partners in Bulgaria, Europe, the USA, and more, thanks to which our graduates have the opportunity to spend up their practical training and to successfully start their career in various partner institutions and organizations all over the world.



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