FAQ

FAQ

What programs and courses do you offer?

We offer a variety of programs in Culinary Arts and Pastry, all of which are listed here.

For information on specialized culinary courses, be sure to follow our Facebook page.

How do I apply?

You can apply online through our website.

If you have any questions before applying, feel free to contact our admissions office at info@hrcacademy.com.

What is the application deadline?

You can apply online and the full application process for EU students lasts about 2-4 weeks total. We advise you to apply no longer than a month before the starting date.

Students from outside the EU require around a 3-5 months time (depending on the country and VISA requirements) frame for the entire process. You can apply 6 months to 1 year in advance of your preferred enrollment date. Our degree programs typically start in September and March of each year.


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What are the tuition fees and refund policies?

Tuition Fees

Each program uses a different pricing policy. We'll be happy to explain to you the instalment plan options during your admission process.

Application Fee - due when booking the admissions interview slot:

  • €50*

Enrollment Fees (All Programs) - due up to 2 weeks upon receiving the acceptance letter:

  • Students from EU - €150*
  • Students from Non European countries - €1650*

Equipment Fees - due no later than 2 weeks before the semester starts:

  • All culinary programs - €600
  • Pastry&Bakery Program - €450

Tuition Fees per semester - due no later than 2 weeks before the semester starts:

  • Culinary Arts - €2800**/€3400***
  • Professional Chef's Certificate - €2800**/€3400***
  • Food Preparation Certificate - €3000
  • Cold&Hot Kitchen - €1800
  • Pastry&Bakery - €1400

*Non refundable

**Local Students

***International Students

HRC Academy reserves the right to review and modify the fees and Terms and Conditions of each year at any time and without prior notice. To maintain the standards expected from the institution, the fees are reviewed annually.

Refund Policies

The following Refund Policies apply to STUDENTS from outside the EU:

1. If the Bulgarian embassy does not grant visa D to the student, the HRC Culinary Academy will refund all fees except for the non-refundable Application fee (€50) and Enrollment fee (€1650).

2. If the student decides to terminate their studies prior to the start of the semester, HRC Culinary Academy will provide a refund of the full amount of the paid tuition fees, except the Application fee (€50) and Enrollment fee (€1650).

3. If the student decides to terminate their studies after the start of the semester, HRC Culinary Academy will not provide a refund of any paid tuition fees.

4. If the student decides to terminate their studies at HRC Culinary Academy for any reason, their Bulgarian visa D will be automatically cancelled.

All applicable refunds will be processed within one month of the Student’s notice of termination.

The following refund policies apply to STUDENTS from the EU:

1. If the student decides to terminate their studies prior to the start of the semester, HRC Culinary Academy will provide a refund of the full amount of the paid tuition fees, except the Application fee (€50) and Enrollment fee (€150).

2.  If the student decides to terminate their studies after the start of the semester, HRC Culinary Academy will not provide a refund of any paid tuition fees.

All applicable refunds will be processed within one month of the Student’s notice of termination.

Last rev. March 2024

Is financial aid or scholarships available?

The most talented students enjoy scholarships during their education. The amount of the scholarship can reach up to 2,000 EUR! You can find more information about the scholarship opportunities here.

Do you offer online courses?

No. We focus on in-person training to provide the maximum hands-on experience and personalized instruction.

What is the duration of the programs?

Our programs range from 7 weeks to 2.5 years, depending on the course of study.

Our longest program is The Culinary Arts program and lasts up to 2.5 years depending on the professional development of the student. The whole program contains two internships abroad. There are a very detailed module description and duration explanation under each program. Please click on this link to see more.

What career opportunities are available after graduation?

With a solid culinary education and a good understanding of the English language, you will be able to work anywhere in the world as a chef. You will be able to build the career that you have always wanted and you should thank yourself for that! Finishing our program is not an easy job!

Our diploma is officially recognised and accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF).

After receiving your diploma you can choose for yourself: continue your career at hotels and resorts, fine restaurants or perhaps even a cruise liner sailing the world. Maybe you possess the heart and spirit of a true entrepreneur and would like to start your own business? Give us a shout, we'll gladly give you some tips, advice and evaluate your business model. Currently, the job outlook in the HoReCa industry is very strong worldwide.

Throughout your journey of different experiences, you will develop more skills, gain more knowledge and eventually become an Executive Chef. However, you must be realistic; this does not happen overnight. The HRC Culinary Academy provides you with culinary fundamentals and helps you with personal development; the rest is up to you.

Do you provide job placement assistance?

Yes, we have a dedicated career services team to help with job placement and internships!

All of our graduates are supported by the Career Office throughout their career advancement, even long after they have graduated. A full 100% of our graduates have a job secured within a few months of graduation!

What are the class sizes?

Class sizes are kept small, not more than 28 students per shift during lab classes, to ensure personalized instruction.

Who are the instructors?

Our instructors are experienced professionals with backgrounds in the culinary and hospitality industry. You can check out some of them here or meet them in person during our open days events.

What facilities do you have?

Our facilities include state-of-the-art kitchens, a demo theater, a student-run restaurant, and more. You can learn more here.

Do you offer housing for students?

Yes, we provide housing at our very own student campus in front of the Academy. You have the option of single and double rooms. Facilities include a student lounge, shared kitchens, laundry room and much more exciting cool stuff!

What is student life like at HRC Culinary Academy?

Student life is vibrant with various activities and events. Students spend a lot of time in the kitchen labs but still have the time for a part-time job or to enjoy beautiful Sofia. They can also socialize with students from other universities at our campus hotel.

What languages are the courses taught in?

All our courses are taught in English.

Can international students apply?

Yes, we welcome international students and provide support throughout the application process. You can learn more about the admission requirements here or contact our team at info@hrcacademy.com

Do you provide student visas for international students?

Yes, we assist international students in obtaining the necessary visas for their studies.

You can find more information about the admission process for students outside the European Union here.

What is the process for transferring credits from another institution?

Credit transfers are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please provide transcripts and course details for assessment or contact our team at info@hrcacademy.com

Can I visit the campus before applying?

Yes, of course, we encourage you to do so! We love meeting people and showing them around! We'll have a cup of coffee or tea and get you acquainted with our facilities, work and we'll have you meet some of the current students. We look forward to meeting you at our school to see us in action. We will explain to you our teaching methods and answer all your questions.

Please prior to your visit give us a buzz to set up an appointment, so we can make sure that you are given the required attention.

How do I schedule a tour of the campus?

You can schedule a tour by contacting our admissions office at info@hrcacademy.com

Are there internship opportunities during the program?

Yes, our Culinary Arts program includes two mandatory paid internships abroad.

What should I do if I have additional questions not covered here?

If you have additional questions, please contact us directly at info@hrcacademy.com

What should I do after I submit my application?

Job well done! Sit down, relax and give some time to our admission team to get back to you!
After we have received your online application form, a confirmation letter with instructions will be emailed to you. (please, check your Spam inbox to make sure you will not miss it). Read it carefully, open all the links and feel free to contact us first. When so, you could inform us about your high secondary school grades - what percentage of the maximum in your country they are. We will then give you further instructions.  At that stage, we will probably require your registration fee and a copy of your high school diploma, preferably scanned and sent via e-mail.

Do you have partnerships with industry professionals or companies?

Yes, we have numerous partnerships with leading industry professionals and companies to enhance our programs.

What sets HRC Culinary Academy apart from other culinary schools?

Our academy stands out due to our hands-on training, experienced instructors, and strong industry connections. You can learn more about the HRC advantage here.

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