image/svg+xml Map of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) Map of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) A blank map of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and countries fully surrounded by the EHEA. Every country has an id which is its ISO-3116-1-ALPHA2 code in lower case. Members of the EU have a class="eu", all EHEA countries have a class="europe", non-EHEA countries have a class="nonehea". Image based on https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Blank_map_of_Europe_(with_disputed_regions).svg by Júlio "Tintazul" Reis and Marian "maix" Sigler. Made by Colin Tück, EQAR, 2017 Released under CreativeCommons Attribution ShareAlike (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/).
  • Governmental membership
    Bulgaria has been a Governmental Member of EQAR since February 2008.

    Read more: all Governmental Members of EQAR

  • General information on higher education

    Higher education in Bulgaria is provided through colleges, universities, specialised higher education institutions (i.e. in the fields of economics, technical or military studies, etc.) and academies.

  • National external quality assurance requirements

    External quality assurance of higher education in Bulgaria relates to institutional and programme accreditation and evaluation. Institutional and programme accreditation procedures is carried out on a ten-grade evaluation scale.  

    • Institutional and programme evaluation
      If the score obtained during the institutional accreditation procedure is below 4, the accreditation shall be denied. For scores between 4 and 5, the higher education institution may be allowed to offer instruction at Bachelor level in the relevant professional area or specialty related to regulated professions. For accreditation scores between 5 and 10 the higher institution may offer instruction at Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level (pursuant to Article 80, Paragraph 2. Higher Education Act, 61/2011).

  • Cross-border quality assurance

    In Bulgaria higher education institutions may choose a suitable EQAR-registered agency.

    • Eligibility requirements for foreign agencies: registration on EQAR (Higher Education Act, Art. 79a) 

    • Conditions for the agencies’ work (e.g. criteria to be used): the foreign agency will have to use the same criteria and mark-based system as the national agency, NEAA.

    • Recognition of reviews carried out by foreign agencies: accreditation is given by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (NEAA) based on the results of the assessment.

    Read more: countries where higher education institutions may choose a suitable EQAR-registered agency

  • European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes

    In Bulgaria the European Approach is available to higher education institutions.

    Read more: countries where the European Approach is available to higher education institutions

Registered agencies operating in Bulgaria