Each year, thousands of students flock to Malta to study, but why? What makes this little island nation so special? For a start there's the southern Mediterranean climate. Mix this with an English-speaking population, the crystal clear blue sea, affordable prices, and lots to see and do, and you're starting to get the idea.
Why choose Malta?
1. The beautiful surroundings
One of the world’s smallest and most densely populated countries, Malta is a group of islands in the Mediterranean Sea to the south of Italy.
Large numbers of tourists visit each year, attracted by the beautiful beaches and lagoons, diverse watersports, vibrant nightlife, archaeological sites and picturesque harbour towns. Malta boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the historic capital city Valletta, the seven megalithic temples and the hypogeum (a prehistoric underground structure). Valletta is also preparing to take on the mantle of European Capital of Culture in 2018.
2. The Mediterranean climate
The climate is typically Mediterranean, with hot summers, warm and sporadically wet autumns, and short cool winters. This makes Malta an ideal destination both to study and to holiday.
3. All higher education programmes are taught in English
Malta has long been a Mecca for English-learners, the English-speaking population along with the low cost of living making it an attractive alternative to the UK, the Americas, and Oceania. More recently, the University of Malta has been attracting students from all over the world with its low costs and the fact that English is the language of instruction in all subjects.
4. It’s a safe, friendly country with a cost of living
Malta is renowned for being a safe, politically stable country, with very low crime, a relatively low cost of living and an excellent educational system based on the UK model. The Maltese people are also known for being very friendly and helpful.
Higher education institutions
The University is the highest teaching institution in Malta. It is a publicly funded university with around 11,000 students, including about 700 international students. The university’s main campus is in the harbour area of Msida, just to the west of Valletta and there’s also a smaller campus in Valletta and another on Gozo, the second largest of the Maltese islands. The university strives to offer courses that are relevant and timely in response to the needs of the country. There are 13 faculties, namely: Arts, Built Environment, Dental Surgery, Economics, Management and Accountancy, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Information and Communication Technology, Laws, Media and Knowledge Sciences, Medicine and Surgery, Science and Theology.
This public college has nine institutes in Malta, and a Gozo centre. The official teaching language is English and the college participates in the EU’s Erasmus exchange program and the Bologna Process for compatibility of higher education across Europe. As the names implies, the college offers courses in a plethora of subjects be it photography, fashion design, interior design, marketing, computer engineering, social care and car repair.
Want to become a chef, a hotel manager, a tour guide or open up your own travel agency? The Institute for Tourism Studies (ITS) in St Julian’s is the place to go if you want to pursue a career in the tourism and hospitality industry. This public institute also taches in English and is signed up to the Bologna process.
There are also a number of private colleges and universities in Malta, of which the latest addition is an international branch campus opened by the UK’s Middlesex University, in the Pembroke area (again, just to the north-west of Valletta). Welcoming its first students in September 2013, the campus is offering an initial selection of courses focusing on business, finance and ICT.