New Bulgarian University

Sofia, Bulgaria
The mission of New Bulgarian University is to be an autonomous liberal education institution dedicated to the advancement of university education by offering accessible and affordable opportunities for interdisciplinary and specialized education and research of high quality. Bringing its academic potential to the service of society, the University prepares its graduates for the challenges of modern democratic life cultivating critical and creative thinking, sensitivity to cultural difference, and problem-solving.



New Bulgarian University was established on 18 September 1991 with a resolution by Bulgarian Parliament. The National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency, which reviews Bulgaria’s higher education teaching, granted NBU maximum accreditation in three consecutive accreditations in 2001, 2006 and 2012. Since 2004, NBU is an accredited partner of the Open University UK.


New Bulgarian University pioneered the introduction in Bulgaria of a credit system, Professional Bachelor’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s programs, distance and continuing education. The list of NBU Honorary Doctors and Honorary Professors include individuals of international renown such as Richard Rorty, Vera Mutafchieva, Julia Kristeva, Jean-Pierre Vernant, Milcho Leviev, Robert Young, Raina Kabaivanska, Lord Ralf Darendorf, Terry Eagleton, Geert Hofstede, Daniel Libeskind, Ennio Morricone etc.

NBU prepares graduates for opportunities in the business and professional world in the following subject areas:

  • Human Sciences and Humanities;
  • Natural Sciences and Modern Technologies;
  • Arts.


Career counseling is the process of gaining knowledge, experience, values, attitudes and skills in pursuit of professional excellence. The meaning of “the right career” depends on its influence on one’s confidence in their professional qualities, the desire for life-long development and the improvement of the quality of life.

Career counseling, oriented towards career development, includes assessment procedures and discussions, aimed at gaining information, as well as counseling and planning.

Bachelor's programmes

Social Sciences (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)


Library services

The two buildings of NBU are connected by the Library compound, which consists of a ground floor and two floors above it. The ground floor is given over to the Cloakroom, Xerox Copy Center, the Loan Desk, Minolta Technology Center, The Blue Chair Hall.

Medical services

Comprehensive dental care:

  • free dental exams, consultations and treatment plans
  • X-rays
  • cleaning and polishing
  • teeth whitening
  • tooth decay treatment
  • root canal therapy
  • esthetic dental crowns, bridges and dentures
  • personal oral hygiene instructions

Student Life

Campus life

The university campus consists of two buildings (Building 1 and Building 2) housing the Aula, Library, University Theater, NBU Museum, UniArt Gallery, Medical Center with a First-Aid Room and a Dental Office, Sports Center, coffee shops, a restaurant and a Bulgarian Posts branch surrounded by trees and with large open green spaces.

NBU has more than 100 halls, computer labs, language and simultaneous interpreting labs, a Mock Courtroom, an Arts Center with practice rooms and studios for students of music, fine arts, design and architecture with a total capacity of 2,500 seats.

Sports facilities

  • An outdoor mini football pitch with sports facilities for volleyball, badminton and handball. Edel Grass system play surface. Lighting.
  • Outdoor gym


  • In 2012, NBU was awarded a third maximum six-year accreditation by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency.
  • In 2006, NBU earned a second maximum accreditation (6 years) from the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency.
  • On 5 July 2001, the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency granted accreditation to NBU for the maximum term of 6 years.