Doctoral admission requirements for citizens of countries not members of EU

Doctoral admission requirements at Technical University of Gabrovo

(for citizens of countries which are not members of the European Union)


Applicants willing to follow postgraduate studies at Technical University of Gabrovo shall submit the following set of documents:

  1. CV;
  2. Letter of application indicating the subject/major they are willing to be trained in;
  3. Authenticated copy of Master’s degree diploma;
  4. Validated transcript of subjects covered in the master degree course;
  5. Authenticated copy of Bachelor degree diploma;
  6. Validated transcript of subjects covered in the bachelor degree course;
  7. Health certificate;
  8. List of publications if any;
  9. Copy of passport or ID.

Documents 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 shall be authenticated (with an Apostil stamp on them - for the countries, which have signed the 1961 Hague’s Convention) (or legalized by the Bulgarian Embassy, situated in the country, where the documents have been issued – if the country is not listed among the countries, which have signed the 1961 Hague’s Convention) and translated into Bulgarian. Technical University of Gabrovo shall carry out a thorough check of all submitted documents for the purpose of verifying their authenticity.

The steps, which need to be followed during any enrolment here, are shown below.

First Step:Confirmation and Recognition of Master Degree Diploma

In order to be enrolled as a Doctoral student, every candidate must have obtained a Master Degree Diploma first. Technical University of Gabrovo must confirm and recognize each Master DegreeDiploma as well as check the recognition of the University(which has issued that diploma) by the respective Educational System. In order to start the above mentioned procedure the University needs the set of application documents shown above. Furthermore, the Master Degree training period and all the subjects as well as the workload of academic hours passed by the prospective doctoral student must be compared to the Curriculum of the closest Master Degree course taught here. The confirmation procedure usually takes about 2 months. The fee forthe procedure is 100 BGN (about 60 EUR), which must be paid before thestart of the procedure. As soon as we get everything confirmed, we willbe able to start with the approval procedure.

Second step: Approval Procedure

The Technical University of Gabrovo sends the application documents of the admitted students as well as a document confirming the recognition of the candidate’s Master Degree diploma to the Ministry of Education and Science, following the procedure for issuing long-term (D-type) visas, in accordance with the legislation in the Republic of Bulgaria. The Ministry of Education and Science issues Admission Certificates only for the prospective students, who have been admitted for study. The Admission Certificate is valid only for the academic year for which it has been issued and therefore the candidate must apply for Bulgarian visa as soon as she/he gets it. The Technical University of Gabrovo sends the Admission Certificate personally to the address of the applicant given in the Application Form.

Third Step: Doctoral Enrolment

First option: The candidate to be enrolled as a full-time Doctoral student. The respected Faculty inspects the application documents of the candidate as well as the admission letter, issued by the Ministry of Education and Science and takes decision of his/her enrolment at Technical University of Gabrovo. The annual tuition fee for full-time training in Bulgarian language is 3000 Euro while the annual tuition fee for full-time training in English language is 3500 Euro. The training period is 3 years.

Second option: the candidate to be enrolled as a part-time Doctoral student. The enrolment procedure is the same as the one for full-time Doctoral students. The annual tuition fee for part-time training in Bulgarian or English language is 2000 Euro. The training period is 4 years.

Fourth Step: Training

With the support of the Department and the Supervisor an Individual Curriculum will be prepared. The subjects, which need to be covered by the Doctoral student
during his/her training period, will be shown in the Curriculum. For the full-time and part-time Doctoral students the 3 year training period must be concluded. The Dissertation DefenceProcedure must be paid by the candidate. It will cost about 1800 BGN (1000 EUR), depending on the status of the reviewers (Associate Professors or full Professors).


Additional Information:


The University offers accommodation at student hostels to all Doctoral students who would like to stay there. The rent is between 45 and 50 EUR per month. The cost of living is between 100 and 150 EUR per month.


Applied Mechanics

Materials Science andTechnology of Mechanical Engineering Materials

Construction Mechanics and Material Resistance

Machine Studies and Elements

Theory of Mechanisms, Machines and Automatic Lines

Hydraulic and Pneumatic Drives

Mechanical Engineering Technologies

Material Cutting and Cutting Tools

Machine Tools and Systems

Machines and Equipment for Light Industry

Lighting Equipment and Light Sources

Electrical Mechanics

Power Engineering and Electrical Equipment

Metrology and Metrology Equipment

Precision and Instrument Engineering

Industrial Heat Technologies

Communication Networks and Systems

Technology of Textile Materials


Quantum Electronics and Optoelectronics

Integration of Electronics (by branches and research trends)

Industrial Electronics

Automation and Computer Science Elements and Devices

Computer Systems and Networks

Computer Aided Design in Engineering(by branches)

Computerized Systems for Information Processing and Control (by branches)