The National Sports Academy (NSA) is a university institution of more than 80 years specialized in sports education and research. The higher school is accredited by the National Agency for Evaluation and Accreditation of the Republic of Bulgaria and holds the leading position in the specific area of sports sciences.
The Academy offers educational programs in the field of sport and sport – related qualifications at Bachelor, Master and PhD qualification degrees. Research activities are concentrated in the Center for scientific and applied activities in sport. Students are enabled to participate in teams for project research activities, as well as to become members of the academic sport clubs representing 42 kinds of sports, build active athlete qualities and practice coaching with children and youth.
Dormitories, recreation and social areas, a medical care center and a service for career guidance and counseling are available to NSA students and staff.
All educational aspects in NSA are in compliance with the criteria of the Bologna process ranking NSA among European universities with transparent and comprehensible qualifications, easy recognition of diplomas on the labor market and in continuing education, good student mobility and opportunity of combining national and international expertise of education and research.
The National Sports Academy has an extremely attractive infrastructure for studying, sport practices and socialization. The main campus is located at the foot of the mountain Vitosha (a national park and favorite outdoor sport area for the citizens of Sofia). The swimming pool is located in the city center. Several courses within the study programs (water sports and winter sport disciplines) are conducted in the academic campuses at the seaside and in high altitude environments.
FACULTY OF SPORT
The Faculty of Sport provides education for sport specialists in the field of competitive sports and games. The training in the programs of this faculty is conducted by university lecturers, athletes with high achievements and specialists in sports research. Students choose from 83 sports to acquire their professional coaching qualification. Very popular are also the courses in sports management and history, leisure time sports and practical courses.
FACULTY OF PEDAGOGY
The Faculty of Pedagogy has been the core of the National Sports Academy since its establishing in 1942 (then Higher Institute for Physical Culture). During all this long period of time the Faculty of Pedagogy (Physical Education) proves its important role in the system of education in Bulgaria. Following its academic scope with its traditional and modern programs the Faculty plays the role of a national scientific center in the field of school physical education, sport and recreation.
FACULTY OF PUBLIC HEALTH, HEALTH CARE AND TOURISM
The focus of the faculty is the program of Physiotherapy with a growing number of national and international students. Following the significance of the profession worldwide the study program in physiotherapy combines the major knowledge areas with practical training from the very beginning of studies. Students get used to work with specialists from hospitals and medical centers and are best placed on the labor marked after graduation from the academic institution. Physiotherapy is appropriately related to health prevention and leisure time movement culture.