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/).
  • Membership in EQAR
    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 (technical universities) 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

  • Further information

Registered agencies operating in Bulgaria