With over 21,000 students, Sofia University is one of the most popular universities in Bulgaria, consistently ranking as the top University in the country. Located in the major city of Sofia, in the west of Bulgaria, the University has a range of high-quality facilities and offers courses over 16 different faculties, including Theology, Law and Journalism. Sofia University is placed within the top 4% of the best universities in the world and consists of three different departments, which are Language Learning, Information and In-service Training of Teachers and the Sports Department.
The main building of Sofia University is called the Rectorate, which contains old and grand lecture halls and is itself an impressive piece of architecture and symbol of Bulgarian history, along with the beautiful Faculties of Chemistry and Biology. In addition to academic buildings, the university contains the Sofia University Museum, the Museum of Mineralogy, Petrology, and Ores and Minerals and the Museum of Palaeontology and Historical Geology. There is even a botanical garden, which students and visitors are free to explore, an impressive library, printing press and house, and a radio and TV station run by the students of Sofia University. As well as academic purpose, the university has a high level of research activity, which is a required part of the teaching process, and this has created the greatest Bulgarian scholars of scientific research and some of the best minds in the country.
The nearest metro station to Sofia University is St. Kliment Ohridski, which visitors can access by the subway system from throughout the city. The nearest airport, Sofia International, is less than 10 kilometres away and takes 20 minutes to travel to by car. There is also a central bus terminal and train station in the city, which has transport links to the university.
To be the primary academic institute of Bulgaria, Sofia University was founded in 1888, with only 49 students and three faculties in History and Philology, Maths and Physics and Law. By the early 20th Century, there were nearly 1,400 male and female students at the University, and a new edifice was constructed in 1924. There are even a group of mountains named after the institute in the middle of Antarctica, The Sofia University Mountains, which honour the academic contribution to Antarctic exploration.