Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar” is the largest private university in Bulgaria. It is an established academic center that combines the training of Bulgarian and foreign students in priority areas for the country and creates an internationally convertible and competitive scientific and academic product. It teaches over 5000 students in more than 60 bachelor’s and master’s programmes and 29 Ph.D. programmes.
The high accreditation assessment of the university is in response to the efforts for continuous improvement of the quality of education and the adaptation of the curricula and training of the students to be suitable for the dynamic conditions in the labor market. It guarantees the high quality of the academic product and the strategic development of the research activity. The high accreditation assessment, the prestigious labels of the European Commission for the quality of the educational process, the implementation of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, and excellence in research are proof that Varna Free University is competitive in the European and global educational space.
VFU “Chernorizets Hrabar” is among the first three Bulgarian universities to sign “Magna Charter 2020” – for academic freedom and independence.
Prospective foreign students can receive all necessary information and assistance about accommodation from the Office of the Edugain Overseas of the university before their arrival.
Students can stay in comfortable hotel rooms in the University hostel as well as on the “Chaika” campus. Prices for accommodation on the VFU campus depend on the category of the room. There is a medical complex on the university campus. VFU’s university medical complex provides quality healthcare to both students and lecturers. Its diagnostic and balneological sectors have fully equipped doctor’s consulting rooms, a dentist’s surgery, an apparatus testing room, a pharmacy, and rooms for physiotherapy, water treatment, fitness, remedial exercises, etc.
Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar” has well established accessible environment for undisturbed passage by students with special needs, either independently or with a companion to:
Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar” enrolls disabled people with reduced working capacity as students under relieved procedures and conditions. In regard to the level of disability and at the applicants’ request the entrance examination can be conducted in a separate hall. The students with special needs get personal methodological assistance during their studies – additional consultations, opportunities to sit for an examination outside the regular schedule, etc.
The use of ECTS for lifelong learning enhances the transparency of learning programmes and achievements not only when it comes to the main higher education degrees (bachelor, master, or doctorate) but for all types of learning activities provided or learning outcomes recognized by higher education institutions. The fact that all learning achievements are documented and awarded a corresponding number of ECTS credits makes it possible for learners to have this learning recognized with a view to achieving a qualification when these learning outcomes satisfy the requirements of the qualification.
When using ECTS for continuing education, the same principles for credit allocation, award, transfer, and accumulation apply. As for credits allocated to components that are part of programs, credits allocated to continuing education are based on the workload typically needed to achieve the expected learning outcomes. Credits awarded for continuing education may be recognized and accumulated towards a qualification or not, depending on the desire of the learner and/or the requirements for the award of the qualification. Some learners may only be interested in following a particular educational component without wishing to obtain the qualification.
The recognition of non-formal and informal learning should be automatically followed by the award of the number of ECTS credits attached to the corresponding part of the formal programme. The number of credits awarded should be the same as the credits allocated to formal educational components with comparable learning outcomes. As with formal education, the award of credit is preceded by an assessment to verify the achievement of learning outcomes. The assessment criteria and associated methods should be constructed so as to measure the achievement of the required learning outcomes at the appropriate level, without reference to specific learning activities.
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