Q: What if my language certificate has expired?
A: The language certificate requirement is introduced because of the need to guarantee that students will not have any problems with their learning. The program is a part-time-distance-learning one and students’ main job will be to read and learn from English textbooks and research articles. If you feel you can cope with that, an expired language certificate like TOEFL etc. will not disqualify you.
Q: What if I have a bachelor’s or a master’s diploma from a university outside UK but my education was in English?
A: As long as this fact is documented in your university diploma, it is a valid proof of language proficiency.
Q: What if I have questions which are not strictly academic but concern rather administrative issues, e.g. application details, tuition fees, payment schedule, etc.?
A: Since your questions concern administrative issues, it is quite logical that the people who are qualified to answer them are the university and the faculty administrators, isn’t it? In this case you should look for the person who could answer your inquiries at click me (for the Faculty of Philosophy administration) and at click me (for SU administration).
Q: What if I have a university diploma from a foreign university which is not yet legalized?
Q: When is the official start date for this program?
A: The academic year at Sofia University starts on October 1st but for the first-year students in the MA programs this usually happens on October 10th or 12th.
Q: How long does it take to complete this Master’s program?
A: The program is a 3-semester one, i.e. a year and a half.
Q: What is the number of students typically admitted to this program?
A: No more than 20-23 students.
Q: How is the academic year organized?
A: The academic year is divided into two terms/semesters. The Fall term starts on October 1st and ends in the middle of January the next year, followed by the Winter exam session which is one month. The Spring term/semester starts in the middle of February and ends in the middle of June, followed by the Summer exam session which is one month, too. There is a Make-up exam session in the last week of August and the first week of September.
Q: What is the work-load of the students?
A: Students have to read and learn the learning materials that are presented to them in the electronic platform the university uses for organizing educational content. These materials are in English. Each term/semester there are 5 courses and a new theme is opened each week in each course. Students have one week to read the materials and learn them. Each theme ends with a short quiz or some other homework. These quizzes are done distantly, i.e. students do not need to be physically present at the university. The final exams are done in person in computer halls of the university.
It looks deceivingly easy but from the experience we've amassed we know that this is a difficult schedule having in mind that students are adults who have jobs, families and numerous other obligations. One has to be very good at organizing their time and to keep their motivation high to continue studying while taking care of their daily routines.