The National Sports Academy (NSA) is a specialized higher education institution in the Bulgarian university system with more than 70 years of history. NSA is the only university fully specialized in sports science in Bulgaria and one of the few sports universities in Europe. The higher school has achieved highest score of the accreditation by the National Agency for Evaluation and Accreditation of the Republic of Bulgaria and holds the leading position in the ranking system of university structures in the field of sports education.
The Sports Academy was founded in 1942 to meet the need for PE teachers in the dynamically developing Bulgarian state and its goals of creating a generation of healthy and energetic young people. In the course of the years and with the accumulation of educational and research experience there appeared a need for even closer cooperation between on one hand sports and sports education and science, on the other hand.
On this basis, study programs and curricula are gradually developed that have been united in three faculties:
The Academy organizes educational programs in the field of sports and sports-related activities at Bachelor, Master and Doctor’s degree. Scientific activities are carried out by the Center for scientific and applied activities in sport and at the main research units in the structure of the Academy – the departments. Since the first degree of their studies students have access to scientific equipment and research activities. They are enabled to participate in teams for project activities, as well as for inclusion in the clubs of the academy which cover 42 sports, develop active athletes and work with children and youth. Dormitories, recreation and nutrition places, a medical care center and a service for career guidance and counseling are available to NSA students.