site.btaBulgarians' Interest in Studies Abroad Resurges after Pandemic
This year interest in university education abroad is 21% higher than in 2021, according to data of the Global Education Project, BTA learned from education consultants Integral on Monday.
Enrollments in foreign universities are 13% more this autumn, and 20% of them are at universities in the top 100 QS World University Rankings for the students' chosen specialty.
The autumn edition of the Global Education Forum will be held in Sofia (October 1), Plovdiv (October 2), Burgas (October 3) and Varna (October 4). Thirty-six universities of 13 countries across the world will participate in it.
The Netherlands still is the most preferred destination for higher education, chosen by 63% of Bulgarians who want to study abroad. The past year saw a 12.6% increase in the number of Bulgarian students there.
The Netherlands attracts students with its wide range of options, especially for computer science and business/economics.
After Brexit, Germany (49%) and Austria (45%) have been consistently the second and third most preferred destinations, with the UK in fourth place (42%). A special stand at the forum will provide information about education in Germany and Austria. Representatives of the Austrian Education Agency will attend the event, as well as six Austrian universities with programmes in English or German, and Advantage Austria Sofia, the Austrian Embassy's Commercial Section.
Interest in studying in Belgium and Italy has doubled.
More than one third of Bulgarians interested in education abroad are considering earning a foreign diploma in Bulgaria - an option offered by the American University in Bulgaria or the New Bulgarian University's joint programme with the University of York.