Citizens of the European Union (EU)

All students citizens of Bulgaria or another country member of the European Union do not require visa to apply and enroll in a degree course at Varna University of management (VUM).


Citizens of countries not members of the EU but part of the Schengen Area or visa holders of Schengen visas

Bulgaria has visa-free regime for holders of Schengen passports or of Schengen visas. They have the right to enter and reside in the Republic of Bulgaria for a period of no more than three months in any six-month period from the date of the first entry, without needing to have a Bulgarian short-stay visa.


Citizens of Russian Federation, Ukraine, Moldova, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Georgia

are subject to visa facilitation or in other words go through a very simple visa application procedure which only requires an international passport and a certificate of enrollment from the host university, academy, institute, college or school or student cards or certificates of the courses to be attended.


Citizens of countries outside the European Union

A long stay visa type D is required for all prospect students citizens of countries out of the European Union, Schengen Area and not a subject of visa facilitation (see previous sections). The visa could be for up to 6 months or for up to 1 year. The period of the visa depends on the purpose of stay in Bulgaria if it is an undergraduate or a postgraduate course of study or a science research or trainee students.

In order to obtain long-stay permission the person is required to demonstrate, they:

  • Have accommodation;
  • Have health insurance,
  • Have sufficient subsistence means – sufficient funds to cover their daily expenses equal to at least the minimum national wage for the period of stay;
  • Have no previous convictions certificate;
  • are successfully admitted by an accredited Bulgarian University (higher school);
  • are approved by the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth of Bulgaria;

For detailed information on visa requirements for studying in Bulgaria, please visit the official website of  Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria



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