Studying in Malta.
Why study abroad in Malta?
If studying on a small island in the Mediterranean appeals to you, then Malta has a lot to offer. Its only university, the University of Malta (UOM), traces its origins back to 1592 with its foundations as a university following in 1769.
Malta is a member of both the European Union and the Commonwealth, and enjoys close ties with the UK. It is a member of the European Higher Education Area.
Undergraduate courses for EU students are free.
Entry and Visa Regulations:
Malta is a member of the Schengen Area, but students from within the EU, EEA or Switzerland require a visa to study in Malta for more than three months. Students from elsewhere require a visa irrespective of the duration of their stay.
After arrival and registration at the university, all international students who stay for more than three months (i.e. 90 days) should apply for a residence document.
At the time of first arrival, students should be in possession of a return air ticket to their country of origin, or its value in cash/bank draft, together with a bank statement indicating that they have sufficient funds to cover at least one year’s tuition fees plus approximately €48 euro per day (€17,520 a year), which is calculated to be sufficient for one academic year’s accommodation and living expenses.
Maltese and English are the official languages of the country, but courses at the University of Malta are in English. Applicants who have completed their secondary education overseas are obliged to satisfy the university’s English Language requirement by presenting a Secure English Language Test result at the required levels (TOEFL 80, IELTS 5.5.0 or Cambridge Advanced Certificate for undergraduate study).
The University System:
The University of Malta provides tertiary education at diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate level. Most departments of the university offer courses in English.
It has some 11,500 students including over 600 international students from 71 different countries, following full-time or part-time degree and diploma courses. More than 3,000 students graduate in various disciplines annually.
The university has 14 faculties and a range of institutes and centres. Its libraries house a collection of nearly one million volumes.
The main campus is in the small harbour town of Msida, just outside the capital city of Valetta, where there is a second campus. There is a third on Malta’s sister-island, Gozo.
After selecting a course, applicants for undergraduate study may apply to courses throughout the year. However applicants are advised to send their application to the Admissions and Records Office as early as possible. Online application is available and should be made by July in the year of admission.
The University accepts GCE Advanced and Advanced Subsidiary Level certificates, the International Baccalaureate, the American Advanced Placement System and the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE).
Full-time undergraduate courses are free-of-charge to citizens of Malta and the EU. Maltese students enrolled in higher education in Malta are entitled to a stipend. Fees are charged in the case of higher courses and to students from non-EU states.
Malta offers a variety of accommodation options for students, located around and close to the university campus, to suit different needs and budgets. Students are free to choose the lodging which suits them best.
Students registered for studies with the University of Malta may opt to live at the university residence or the Hotel Kappara. Both properties are administered by the university.
Costs of Living
Malta has a comparatively low cost of living compared with the rest of the EU. Typical costs are as follows:
Accommodation – from €220 a month
Monthly transport – €26
A bottle of water – €0.94
Bread (500g loaf) – €0 92
Rice (1 kg) – €1 71
Coffee (cappuccino) – €1 64
Meal (university canteen) – €5
Meal off campus – €11
Bus – €1.50
Cinema – €7
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) – €5.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre) – €1.37
Imported Beer (0.33 litre) – €1.46
Pack of Cigarettes – €5.00
Working While Studying:
EU citizens (except for Croatia), member states of the European Economic Area (EEA) and citizens of Switzerland do not require employment licenses to work in Malta. Non-EU nationals are required to apply for an employment license if they wish to work in Malta. This is applied for by the employer, not the job seeker. The employer must be able to prove that no candidate from the EU, EEA, Switzerland nor a Maltese national is capable of fulfilling the vacancy.
Health and Safety:
Students from EU/EEA member states who are registered with the university are entitled to free treatment at Malta’s state-funded hospitals and health centres on production of an EHIC card. Students from non-EU/EEA member states are entitled to these services only in cases of emergency.
All non-EU/EEA international students are required to undertake medical health tests within 15 days of their arrival in Malta. This involves a chest x-ray.