Malta is a multi-lingual country with English as the prevailing language, and so it’s a great place for international students. It’s a safe, friendly and supportive country in the centre of the Mediterranean, consisting of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. The islands have been a tourist hotspot for many years due to the beautiful sandy beaches and their offering of a wealth of different outdoor activities ranging from scuba diving to horse-riding and paragliding. The islands are also rich in history and culture with prehistoric temples believed to be older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. Getting around the islands is easy by public transport, bus or boat. The Malta bus is actually considered a tourist attraction in its own right.
Malta has several concerts and events throughout the year, such as the three-month summer festival, as well as an up-and-coming nightlife scene, with venues attracting talented DJs from all over the world, so students have plenty to do. Food fanatics will love Malta and their cuisine inspired from food from countries all over the world.
Location: Southern Europe, South of Sicily (Italy) in the Mediterranean Sea
Climate: Mediterranean; mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers
Time Zone: Central European Time (UTC+1)
Official Language: Maltese, English
Capital City: Valletta
Dialling Code: 356
Top Universities in Malta
- University of Malta
- Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology
- European Institute of Education
- Institute of Tourism Malta
The Education System in Malta
Similar to the British educational system, the Maltese one begins with 6 years of Primary education and then 5 years of Secondary education. In order to get into Higher education, students need their Matriculation examination certificate, the equivalent to the British A-levels, which is awarded after an additional two years of study which can be carried out at a sixth form or junior college.
Unless you are a student from a country that is part of the Schengen convention, who will need a visa issued from their home country, no visa is needed to come to Malta. It will be wise, however, to contact your nearest Maltese embassy or consulate for up-to-date, detailed information about your requirements before moving to Malta. When you arrive in Malta, make sure you have documentation to prove you have enough funds to pay you tuition and support yourself throughout your stay in Malta.