Dynamic Education

You are about to engage in the greatest intellectual adventure you could possibly imagine joining Varna University of Management, Bulgaria. You will find that we are a university for the 21st century. We educate tomorrow’s business visionaries.

Varna University of Management is proud to welcome students from over 40 countries. VUM strives to achieve dynamic studies in a multicultural environment through promoting difference, creativity and freedom of expression. To boost the creativity and develop their different point of view, VUM offers rich number of opportunities for field trips and for exchange (one or two semesters) at Universities from various points of the world. Students’ social life is quite dynamic: events; dance club, sports clubs; football club part of Bulgaria’s third football division – semi-professional.

Our different point of view on education meets the needs of today’s dynamic employers and even more dynamic employees. Our exciting methods of teaching, developing your entrepreneurial skills and innovative thinking combined with specialized internships per your career interests guarantee you will become VUM:
VISIONARY for your long-term strategic thinking
UNIQUE for your creativity boosted by our international environment and orientation
MANAGERIAL for the business-oriented knowledge we will share with you.


VUM’s bachelor’s programmes lasts three to four academic years or from 6 to 8 semesters.
The academic year commences with several induction days, held during the last week of September in the current calendar year. The academic year always ends in May.
The starting year is the so called fresher’s first year. It is held into the three campuses of VUM (Varna, Dobrich or Sofia) and might be started into English, Bulgarian or Russian language.
Each student has the possibility to graduate with a double degree diploma, no matter the language of education they have selected during the starting year. This is achieved by introducing enhanced learning of English language for the students starting their academic year in Bulgarian or Russian language. VUM suggests an option to do each of the courses during their first semester entirely in Bulgarian/Russian language, by adding additional hours for English classes. Throughout the second semester, students have the opportunity to work on English exercises and case studies in order to get familiarised with the specific business terminology.
Two options have arisen for all students (in English/Bulgarian/Russian programmes), who successfully completed their starting year:
to enrol at a summer English for obtaining higher level of English (for those who had started their academic year in Bulgarian or Russian language)
to go for an internship, for the ones who have studied entirely in English.


The second year of education, is named as well as the Core Academic Year. All VUM students have the option to choose whether to continue their education in Bulgaria or choose an option for mobility and go abroad for 1 or 2 semesters time.
The students who decided to obtain double degree diploma continue their education entirely in English. The ones who decided to graduate with Bulgarian degree diploma continue their education in Bulgarian.
VUM students, who prefer to do their two semesters in Bulgaria will continue with their studies in the selected Bulgarian campus from the first academic year in Varna, Dobrich or Sofia.
Those who decided to gain some international experience should choose and apply for the partner university they would like to go to. There are 2 options for mobility:
Erasmus+ mobility for one or two semesters in European university
A duration of minimum of 90 days and maximum of 12 months is required for all Erasmus+ student mobility. The programme provides financial support for students to study and train abroad, which means, that students who decided to apply for that mobility do not need to pay additionally for the semester/s abroad, however they still need to fully cover VUM tuition and registration fee. Only VUM full-time students can apply for mobility for studies or placements.
Student mobility for studies in 3 continents – Asia, South America or Africa
The duration of those intercontinental students’ mobility varies in between of minimum of 90 days and maximum of 12 months. Based on VUM partnership contract students may apply for additional scholarships and grants, that might help them with the living costs at the selected destination. VUM students can participate in mobility for studies at one of VUM academic partner universities available on VUM.BG website and at the International Cooperation Office.
At the end of the second academic year, two options have arisen for all students (in English/Bulgarian programmes):
to enrol at a summer English for obtaining higher level of English (for those who studied their academic year in Bulgarian)
to go for an internship, for those who have studied entirely in English.


Student opportunities steadily grows during the third academic year. Each student has the possibility to select one of the following options:
To continue his/her studies at VUM – Varna, Dobrich or Sofia in order to obtain in the fourth year a Bulgarian Academic Bachelor Degree. In case, students decide to graduate after the fourth academic year, they still receive at the end of the current one a British Bachelor Degree, issued by Cardiff Metropolitan University
To go for an industry placement with duration of 8 up to 12 months’ time
To do a fast track for his/her studies and graduate at the end of the third year with double degree diploma – a Bulgarian Professional Bachelor Degree and a Bachelor Degree from Cardiff Metropolitan.
To transfer to partners’ institution and obtain double degree diploma. Options for transferring of VUM students to academic partners’ institutions find here.
For those students who decided to continue for a fourth academic year, there are the following options:
– to enrol at a summer English for obtaining higher level of English (for those who studied their academic year in Bulgarian)
– to go for an internship.


The fourth year is the final year for VUM undergraduate students. During that year students have the possibility to choose from the following options:
To finish their studies at VUM in order to obtain a Bulgarian Academic Bachelor Degree
For the ones who had done 8-12 months’ internship to continue their studies at VUM and graduate with a British Bachelor degree, issued by Cardiff Metropolitan University and a Bulgarian Academic Degree, issued by Varna University of Management
To transfer to partners’ institution and obtain double degree diploma. Options for transferring of VUM students to academic partners’ institutions find here.
After the completion of your Bachelor’s Degree studies you have a number of opportunities. You may choose to have a flying start to your career or you may decide to move on with a Master’s Degree. Find more about Master’s degree programmes here.
Whatever you choose, we will support you along the way and help you be well prepared for your next step.