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London metropolitan university

Why should I study at London Metropolitan University?

It is a forward looking university providing a diverse variety of degrees and an expanding international network of academic partners and opportunities.

Will students be awarded the same degree as in the UK?

Yes, the programs conducted at Sofia Metropolitan College are identical to the programs at London Metropolitan University and the degree is always awarded by London Metropolitan University.

Will students in Bulgaria study under the same programme structure as the students in London?

Yes, the programe will be identical and the academic content will be developed and monitored by London Metropolitan University.

Will London Metropolitan University faculty be involved in the academic training offered by Sofia Met?

London Metropolitan University faculty will be giving a number of guest lectures on selected topics of relevance to the different degree.

Will the graduation ceremony be held in Bulgaria?

Yes, graduation ceremonies will be held in Bulgaria at Admiral Campus, Golden Sands and will be attended by senior administrators and academics from London Metropolitan University.

Is London Metropolitan University recognised in Bulgaria?

As a UK institution, London Metropolitan University awards internationally recognised degrees.

Can I transfer to London to complete part of the degree studies?

All work completed in Bulgaria or online will be detailed in a transcript and all credits are transferable.

Will students be able to combine studies in Bulgaria and in England by transferring from one institution to the other?

Yes, subject to meeting UK student visa regulations.

I currently study at another university. Can I transfer and obtain a degree from London Metropolitan?

Yes, all work completed at another Further and Higher Education Institution will be assessed on a module by module basis and transfer credits will be awarded.

Sofia Metropolitan College

What scholarships are there and how do you apply?

For the purpose of following its values for widening access to education Sofia Metropolitan College will support talented students who cannot fully afford the fees. The details of the scholarship program are to be announced in a special section of the website.

Will the London Metropolitan Degree improve my employment prospects?

A degree awarded by a UK state university is very highly regarded by employers worldwide and it will certainly improve the employment opportunities of graduates.

Will I have an opportunity to be an exchange student if I study at Sofia Metropolitan College?

Yes, this is possible. Each case will be assessed on its own merits.

How long does it take for me to receive a decision on my application?

Our Admission Office will make a decision within maximum a week of receipt of your application form. Please, ensure that you complete all relevant sections on the application form with accurate and comprehensive information as this will speed up the decision making. We will contact you in writing to notify you of the decision.

Where do I send my supporting documents?

Please send the documents either through the post to our office in Sofia
(address is on the website) or via an email to info@sofiametropolitancollege.com.

What is the difference between a conditional and an unconditional offer?

An unconditional offer is a definite offer of a place on the course you have applied for based on your existing qualifications and/or experience. If you receive an unconditional offer, you have already met all our entry criteria for the course and will not need to fulfill any further conditions. A conditional offer is an offer that is subject to you achieving specified criteria, which will be outlined in the offer letter you receive. For instance, your offer may be subject to you passing your current course with certain grades or be dependent on you passing English language exams or providing suitable references. Once you have met all the conditions we have specified in full, your offer will be made unconditional.

What happens after I have been accepted? Will I receive a letter from London Metropolitan University?

Once you have been accepted you will receive an unconditional offer letter from London Metropolitan University. About a month before your course starts, you’ll receive a joining pack in the post. This will provide all the information you need to commence London Metropolitan University courses.

Is everything included in the price such as exam application form, books?

The fee covers all the additional costs including the exams, books and all the other services offered to the students.

How many hours a week will I be in timetabled teaching?

Our undergraduate degree courses operate on a modular basis, with 30-credit core and 15-credit optional modules where available. The academic year consists of two 14-week semesters and each 30-credit module lasts for a year. Students take four modules per semester, amounting to 120 credits per year. Students will have one lecture per week for each module. Lectures usually consist of two to three hours in the morning or the afternoon, or between 6 and 9pm in the evening.

Are all the lessons in English?

All the lessons, the exams and the complete communication will be delivered in English only.

Will Sofia Metropolitan College provide campus-based tuition in the future?

The lessons will be delivered face-to-face or in a form of hybrid learning at Sofia campus or Admiral Campus.

FURTHER SUPPORT

What help can I get if I have difficulty with the work once I start my course?

The Student Liaison Team provides advice and assistance to students who experience challenges – whether personal or professional – to help you get the support you need to succeed in your studies.

They can provide information and advice relating to academic and personal support available in your local area. They also provide coaching & mentoring to help you get back on track to achieve your goals.

What’s on offer here that will provide opportunities for you to develop your employability skills? Are there any connections with local employers?

Every undergraduate student automatically participates in a one month long work placement each academic year. The College has good employer contacts, and supervises and documents an appropriate student experience on placements. The College observes that many alumni are offered employment by companies where they completed a work placement.

I have further questions – how can I find out more information?

You may send your queries by our contact email info@sofiametropolitancollege.com or visit us at our office in Sofia. You can also follow us on all our social media channels and attend our webinars.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Where can I find help for international students?

International Office is specifically set to deal with all queries related to students arriving outside Bulgaria.

Will accommodation be available?

Please get in touch via email and we will be happy to discuss further accommodation support. However, bear in mind that most classes are online and we can be flexible.

LIBRARY

Is there a physical library that I can attend?

Both our Sofia campus and our Admiral campus offer all the core course books that London Metropolitan University requires plus additional reading materials that students can borrow or use at the premises of the campuses.

What types of e-resources does the collection of the College contain?

Sofia Metropolitan College offers IT support for both staff and students through the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). The College’s VLE is based on Google Workplace for Education and it serves both as a depository for lecture notes, attendance records and documents, and as a supported interactive learner forum.

Can I access the e-resources from home?

All the e-learning resources can be accessed from by home.

Are there any other free online resources available?

Students can successfully access appropriate learning resources including texts, journals, periodicals, databases, video-and audiotapes, online resources, relevant reference materials, and manuals of effective research and writing. The College has developed a link library academic online resources including reference materials, hypertext libraries online, government references, news and newspapers, search engines and online journals.