South-West University “Neofit Rilski” was founded in 1976 in Blagoevgrad. With a history of over 40 years, the University has gained a reputation as a leader in the sphere of science and education in Bulgaria and on the Balkans.
At present, it is recognized as one of the forefronts of classical/comprehensive universities in South-Eastern Europe. The University is accredited with maximum assessment grade by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency, which guarantees the quality of the educational service in 80 Bachelor’s and Master’s programs after secondary education, 121 Master’s programs after completion of higher education and 88 Doctoral programs.
The training is conducted in 30 professional areas in the fields of the humanities, technical, management, social, pedagogical, legal and economic sciences, the arts, health care, public health and sports, security and defence, etc. According to this criterion, the university holds a top position in the country ranking.
Currently, over 11,500 students, of whom more than 500 foreign students from over 20 countries around the world, are receiving training in different areas of education and science at SWU “Neofit Rilski”. The Erasmus + mobility option is especially attractive for the students. On the basis of signed bilateral agreements, they can choose from over 150 universities in Europe and other countries worldwide. This allows the students to study abroad for at least one semester and put into practice the knowledge acquired in foreign scientific and educational institutions.
South-West University possesses a library with a rich collection of over 200,000 volumes of scientific literature and access to various international online databases. The University offers accommodation for its students in two renovated dormitories. There is a university canteen where students can have both lunch and dinner. The University possesses one of the most modern sports facilities in Bulgaria such as a multifunctional indoor sports complex, a centre for functional research, physiotherapy laboratories, a sports-recreation centre, stadiums, outdoor and indoor sports grounds and facilities.
The graduates of South-West University go on to pursue successful careers in different spheres of social, educational, cultural and political life in Bulgaria and worldwide.