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Credits: Katarina Stankovic
Capital: Sofia
Population: 6,916,548
Language(s): Bulgarian
Currency: Bulgarian lev (лв./BGN)
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Learn how to participate in national and European Parliament elections while studying abroad as a citizen from Bulgaria. Check out the table below for document requirements, registration procedures, and useful links.

  • Voting is not mandatory
  • Minimum age required to vote: 18

How can I vote from abroad?

by proxy

This voting mode is not available.


This voting mode is not available.

by post

This voting mode is not available.

from the embassy

This voting mode is available.

  • Upfront registration required
  • Required documents:
    • Bulgarian ID 
    • a declaration form, declaration that the voter has not exercises their voting right anywhere else and will not vote elsewhere in the same elections 

    More info at this link.

  • Digital request allowed

European Parliament elections

Bulgarian citizens have the right to vote in the European elections only if they reside in Bulgaria or in another EU Member State by voting in person in consular representations or in polling stations formed under conditions and procedures determined by the Central Electoral Commission.

  • Upfront registration required
  • Registration deadline:
  • Minimum age required to vote in the EU elections: 18

Cost of living

a room in a 3 bedrooms shared flat in the city centre 288лв./month
a meal 10лв.
a cappuccino 2.36лв.

These are average costs of living for Bulgaria. Costs can differ accross cities and locations. For more details, you can check numbeo website.


Rank Value
Rainbow Index 37 19.74

Rainbow Europe, 2021.

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Rainbow Europe

Rainbow Europe by ILGA-Europe illustrates the legal and policy situation of LGBTI people in Europe. It ranks all 49 European countries on a scale between 0% (gross violations of human rights, discrimination) and 100% (respect of human rights, full equality), on the basis of laws and policies that have a direct impact on the LGBTI people’s human rights in under 6 categories: equality and non-discrimination; family; hate crime and hate speech; legal gender recognition and bodily integrity; civil society space; and asylum.


The is the European platform about inclusion and support services offered by higher education institutions, national agencies, and ministries for education to international students. In its current version, the platform aims to provide to students with disabilities all the information they need to study abroad.

Quality of life

Rank Value
Human Development Index 56 0.816
World Press Freedom Index 112 37.29

HDI, 2019.
WPFI, 2021.

Human Development Index

The Human Development Index (HDI) is a statistic composite index of life expectancy, education, and per capita income indicators, which are used to rank countries into four tiers of human development. A country scores a higher HDI when the lifespan is higher, the education level is higher, and the gross national income GNI (PPP) per capita is higher.

World Press Freedom Index

The World Press Freedom Index is an important advocacy tool based on the principle of emulation between states, published every year by Reporters Without Borders. It is a snapshot of the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country.

ESN sections supporting international students

  • ESN - New Bulgarian University
  • ESN Plovdiv
  • ESN Sofia University
  • ESN Svishtov
  • ESN UR
  • ESN Varna
  • ESN Veliko Tarnovo

Higher education institutions

  • Visshe Uchilishte po Menidzhmant (Varna)
  • Varna Free University (Varna)
  • Medical University of Varna (Varna)
  • Ikonomicheski Universitet - Varna (Varna)
  • Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy (Varna)
  • Technical University of Varna (Varna)
  • South-West University Neofit Rilski (Blagoevgrad)
  • American University in Bulgaria (Blagoevgrad)
  • International Business School (Botevgrad)
  • Burgaski Svoboden Universitet (Burgas)
  • Prof Dr Asen Zlatarov University (Bourgas)
  • Technical University - Gabrovo (Gabrovo)
  • University of Medicine - Pleven (Pleven)
  • Vishe Voennovazdushno Uchilishte "Georgi Benkovski" (Dolna Mitropolia)
  • Agraren Universitet - Plovdiv (Plovdiv)
  • Meditcinsky Universitet-Plovdiv (Plovdiv)
  • Plovdivski Universitet Paisiy Hilendarski (Plovdiv)
  • University of Food Technologies (Plovdiv)
  • Akademiya za Muzikalno, Tantzovo i Izobrazitelno Izkustvo "Prof. Asen Diamandiev" - Plovdiv (Plovdiv)
  • Vu po Agrobiznes i Razvitie Na Regionite - Plovdiv (Plovdiv)
  • Vusi (Plovdiv)
  • University of Ruse Angel Kanchev (Ruse)
  • Shumenski Universitet Episkop Konstantin Preslavski (Shumen)
  • New Bulgarian University (Sofia)
  • University of National and World Economy (Sofia)
  • Universitet po Architektura Stroitelstvo i Geodezija (Sofia)
  • Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski (Sofia)
  • Nazionalna Hudojestvena Akademia (Sofia)
  • Minno-Geolozhki Universitet St Ivanrilski (Sofia)
  • Medical University Sofia (Sofia)
  • University of Forestry (Sofia)
  • National Academy of Music"Prof. Pancho Vladigerov" (Sofia)
  • Technical University of Sofia (Sofia)
  • Natsionalna Sportna Akademiya Vassil Levski (Sofia)
  • Natzionalna Akademiya za Teatralno i Filmovo Izkustvo (Natfiz) (Sofia)
  • Chimikotechnologitchen i Metalurgitchen Universitet (Sofia)
  • Visshe Stroitelno Uchilishte Lyuben Karavelov (Sofia)
  • Higher School of Transport "Todor Kableshkov"-Sofia (Sofia)
  • Universitet po Bibliotekoznanie i Informacionni Tehnologii (Sofia)
  • College of Management, Trade and Marketing (Sofia)
  • Vishe Uchilishte po Telekomunikatsi i Poshti (Sofia)
  • Higher Institute of Insurance and Finance (Sofia)
  • Academy of the Ministry of Interior Bulgaria (Sofia)
  • Agricultural Academy (Sofia)
  • National Defence College "G. S. Rakovski" (Sofia)
  • Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Sofia)
  • Teatralen Kolej "Lyuben Grois" (Sofia)
  • Institut po Otbrana (Sofia)
  • Trakiyski Universitet (Stara Zagora)
  • D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics (Svishtov)
  • Vasil Levski National Military University (Veliko Tarnovo)
  • Velikotarnovski Universitet Sv Sv Kiril i Metodiy (Veliko Tarnovo)

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