The Bulgarian capital has seven thousand-years of history, being one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. It is lively and vibrant, but pleasantly surprising its visitors with the cozy atmosphere, unexpected for a megalopolis. Sofia is surrounded by three mountains, giving it a beautiful, proximate and easily accessible nature park which very few capital world cities can boast. Since ancient times the city and its surroundings have been famous for the abundance of hot and cold mineral springs which still continue to gush downtown, right next to yellow cobblestone boulevards, ancient Roman remains, charming boutiques, modern cafes, bars and restaurants and marvelous architecture inspired by the Vienna secession movement.
- Stable economy
- Languages proficiency
- Growing expectations for international mobility
- Number of outbound students increasing
Bulgaria had around 2% GDP growth in 2015 together with increasing economy investments.
It is common for students to obtain secondary education at language schools, which makes them well prepared to study abroad for further education.
According to a poll from the National Centre for the Study of Public Opinion from 2012, 63% of students said they planned to leave the country for foreign study or work. Half of Bulgaria’s prospective higher education students apply for courses abroad and one third of the parents are prepared to see their children leave.
The Head of the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad claims 30,000 Bulgarians are currently studying abroad and the number is projected to further increase.