The Medical University Pleven, one of the five medical universities in Bulgaria, and the MU Pleven school of medicine was founded in 1974 in order to expand the horizons, the size and the reputation of the city hospital, founded in 1865. Nowadays, it comprises a preclinical department, a hospital institute with more than 1000 beds, and clinics for every big medical field, as well as diverse specialized clinics and research facilities with modern diagnosis and therapy equipment. The MU Pleven school of medicine and the hospital combine tradition and modern possibilities, teaching and therapy facilities. These are efficiently put to use for patient treatment, student training, doctor training, postgraduate student training and research.

The MU Pleven school of medicine has every necessary department for medical higher education, including theoretical, preclinical and clinical departments. Up to now, more than 6,000 Bulgarian and international students have graduated at this university. Italians make up the biggest group of international student at the university. Other international students come from Germany, Spain Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine, Moldavia, Greece, Turkey, Nigeria, Albania, Cyprus, Congo, Algeria, the USA, Japan, the United Kingdom and France.