Why and how to enroll your child in a Bulgarian school?
  • Education in Bulgaria is compulsory for children up to 16 years and free of charge in municipal and state schools
  • Face-to-face education is much more effective and quality
  • Meeting other children creates new friendships and diverse experiences
  • The child will have a dynamic daily regimen, and I as a parent will have more time
  • The child will learn a new language
  • The child will be part of a European education system and will receive a diploma recognised throughout the European Union
  • The child will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extracurricular cultural and sports activities
What is important to know about the Bulgarian education system?
  • The school year starts on September 15 and ends between May 24 and June 30.
  • There is one compulsory preschool year for children aged 5/6 and children in first grade are 6/7 years old.
  • The training is divided into four stages (mainly up to the 4th grade, lower secondary up to the 7th, first high school stage – up to the 10th and second high school stage – up to the 12th), each of which ends with an exam
  • The training is conducted in Bulgarian, and from the initial stage is actively studied and a foreign language
  • There are general and vocational high schools with a variety of language and practical profiles.
How to enroll a number of refugees from Ukraine in the Bulgarian educational system

Completion of an application for admission


To apply, you must be registered for temporary or international protection.

It can also be completed on the spot  in the Regional Department of Education (RDE). These are the local education authorities. There are such in all 28 regional cities in Bulgaria: Sofia, Plovdiv, Burgas, Varna, Stara Zagora, Dobrich and others.

Where are the Regional Departments of Education (RDE)?



Submission of an application to RDE


This can be done on site or by email. However, it is better to go to the place to explain to the experts there in more detail about the educational path of the child.

Within seven days after submitting the application, the child will be referred to a specific school according to your address, the child’s profile and the capabilities of the education system. You will receive the information on the spot at the RDE, by phone or email (be sure to specify this with the experts – it is important to fill in the correct contact details).


School enrolment


If the child does not have a diploma for completed class from Ukraine:

  • It will be enrolled by age in the respective class, if it is up to the 4th grade;
  • A school committee appointed by the principal will determine his class after an interview with the child and with you. In this case, the child will have to take exams for the previous class from the one in which he enrolled, after enrollment within the school year.


If your child has a diploma for completed class from Ukraine, it will be enrolled after recognition

  1. For classes from the first to the sixth this is done by the school principal.
  2. For classes from the seventh to the 12th, you need to submit an application again to the regional department of education.
Health requirements for the child

For the safety of children at school, Bulgarian health authorities require mandatory vaccinations from all students.


Health documents will be required by the school principal when you go to enroll your child after referral from the regional government.

  • In the European Union, there are very strict rules for the approval of vaccines. All licensed vaccines in Bulgaria are approved by the European Medicines Agency.
  • Vaccines in Bulgaria protect children from 11 particularly dangerous infectious diseases: tuberculosis, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, hib, pneumococcal infections, measles, mumps and rubella.


Documents on the vaccination status of the child


Look for vaccination documents from Ukraine

If you do not carry your child’s vaccination documents, try contacting your family doctor in Ukraine. It can send you electronically the necessary documents.

If you do not have a relationship with your family doctor, you can seek help from another medical person in Ukraine or from the embassy.

If you can’t get the documents from Ukraine, don’t worry. Bulgarian health authorities have prepared a short and safe vaccination cycle that is administered to children without data on previous vaccines.


Go to a doctor to prepare an individual vaccination plan for the child

If the child has a GP in Bulgaria, he will review the vaccination documents, if you have any, and will prepare an individual vaccination plan.

If you do not have a GP, this will be done by doctors in the Regional Health Inspectorate. These are the health authorities on the ground.


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