Varna Free University

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Coordinates: 43°15′28.2702″N 28°1′38.3448″E / 43.257852833°N 28.027318000°E / 43.257852833; 28.027318000

Varna Free University "Chernorizec Hrabar" (VFU)
Варненски Свободен Университет "Черноризец Храбър" (ВСУ)
Logo of varna free university
Motto Where your dreams begin...(От нас започва морето на вашите мечти)
Established 1991
President Prof., D.Sc. Anna Nedyalkova
Rector Prof. Galya Gercheva, PhD in Psychological Sciences
Location Varna, Bulgaria
Nickname VFU

Varna Free University „Chernorizets Hrabar“ (University Free of Varna) is the largest free university in Bulgaria based in the town of Varna. It is located near the resort of Golden Sands.

Created in 1991 by a resolution of the 37th National Assembly held on 21.07.1995 for obtaining a status of higher educational institution, Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar" is an educational brand which has earned not only the trust of its students but also that of its numerous academic partners worldwide.

The university is institutionally accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Agency at the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria, receiving the maximum period and assessment grade, 6 years and 9.20 (10 being the highest possible) respectively. Varna Free University is recertified under the international standard ISO 9001:2008 and has been granted certificates from UKAS (UK) and ANAB (USA) for the implementation of accepted international standards.

Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar" is the first and only university in Bulgaria certified with the signs DS Label, ECTS Label and HR by the European Executive Agency for Education and Culture at the European Commission of the European Union.


The sign ECTS Label is awarded to institutions which have shown excellent performance in the implementation of the European system of accumulation and transfer of credits (ECTS) used in the education-and-qualification degrees of "Bachelor" and "Master". Thus the institution assumes the image of an honest and reliable partner in European and international cooperation.

The sign DS Label is awarded to institutions which issue the European Diploma Supplement to all university graduates obtaining education-and-qualification degrees "Bachelor" and "Master" in accordance with the model developed by the European Commission, Council of Europe and UNESCO. It provides an opportunity for easier recognition of qualifications in case this is required to continue one’s education or by employers in different countries, i.e., it is a prerequisite for a successful career.

HR Excellence in Research Logo is awarded for excellence in the field of research. The sign stands for research freedom, professional responsibility in the selection of personnel, international recognition of their qualifications, public commitment and binding of research issues and projects with the business sector and the interests of local communities.

Varna Free University organizes regular, part-time and distance learning for all the education-and-qualification degrees set in the Law on Higher Education such as "Bachelor", "Master" and "Doctor". Being alma mater for more than 27,000 alumni, for over 20 years, one of the first private universities in Bulgaria follows its mission to be a socially responsible subject of the civil society oriented towards students and their careers.

During the period of their studies at Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar" students are given the unique opportunity to participate in a great number of diverse academic exchange programs, learning practices, internships and training courses. To its foreign students, the University offers numerous educational programs in English and Russian as well as an opportunity to realize student’s mobility by means of EU’s Erasmus program. We believe that the experience gained by participating in our programs is a priceless advantage for our alumni in their career development.

Every year Varna Free University offers new scholarship programs which are open not only to the students with the highest grades but also to the prominent acting and dancing talents and sportspersons.

Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar" has one of the most modern campuses in Bulgaria. The base is located only a few meters from the beach and in close proximity to "Golden Sands" resort; it extends over an area of 20+ thousand square meters. Originally designed and built with the purpose of being training and educational base, the campus combines the spirit of academic challenge with the modern style of living.

The territory of the academic town encompasses the following: an educational-administrative building, specialized and training centers, the Technological Institute, the Library Complex, the Centre for European Qualification, the Russian Center, the Career Center and the Medical Center with a spa complex, a restaurant, cafes, dormitories, parking lots, parks and beautiful leisure grounds.

Part of the campus is based as a university branch in the town of Smolyan. In the renovated academic complex the inhabitants of Rhodope region have the opportunity to receive quality European education carrying the brand of "Varna Free University".

Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar" creates an academic product which is competitive and internationally-convertible. It educates more than 12,000 students above 80 undergraduate (bachelor’s) and 20 graduate (master’s) programs and in 20 accredited research courses for PhD students. (

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