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Malta

Higher education in Malta

  • Number of higher education institutions: 6
  • Number of students in higher education: 12,200 (2012, Euromonitor International from national statistics/UNESCO)
  • Number of international students in higher education: 590 (2012, UNESCO)
  • Language of instruction: Most higher education programmes in Malta are taught in the English language
  • Typical tuition fees: Tuition fees for students from the European Union (EU): Students on undergraduate full-time courses at the University of Malta or other state institutions do not pay any fees; for tuition fees at a postgraduate level at the University of Malta consult the university’s website. Information is also available concerning tuition fees for non-EU students.
  • Average length of a full-time higher education programme in Malta:
    • Bachelor’s degree programme: 3-4 years
    • Master’s degree programme: 2-3 years
    • Doctorate/PhD: 3-6 years

Quick facts

  • Population: 434,403 (2016)
  • Capital: Valletta
  • Geographical size: 316 km2
  • GDP: € 9.898 billion (2016)
  • Official EU language(s): Maltese, English
  • Currency: Euro

Overview

At the heart of the Mediterranean, Malta is a unique environment where many cultures meet. With over 7000 years of history, the Maltese Archipelago has experienced all the major civilisations that have inhabited the Mediterranean basin. Because of these multicultural influences, it is easy to settle into the local lifestyle.

Malta has a long tradition of education, dating back to the 16th century, when the University of Malta was established to cater for the education of the Knights Hospitallers. Its medical school was one of the most advanced in Europe at the time.

Today, the University of Malta, which is state-funded but retains an autonomous status, has 14 faculties and caters for students from over 80 countries.

The Malta College of Art, Science and Technology (MCAST) is a state institution bringing educational experience closer to the industrial sector in fields such as the creative arts and digital media, engineering, aviation and maritime. The Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) works closely with the tourism sector and offers programmes for all aspects of the industry.

A number of renowned international universities are also coming to Malta. The University of Middlesex, University of London and Barts, and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry all have, or will soon have, a presence in Malta.

English – official language of Malta

Malta is a hub for ‘English as a Foreign Language’ schools in the Mediterranean. English is an official language of the islands, and is widely spoken here.

Culture and settling in

Besides Malta’s excellent educational facilities, you can also enjoy its Mediterranean lifestyle.

Rich in culture and heritage, Malta is renowned for its beautiful sea and splendid beaches to be enjoyed during the long bathing season from late April until October. Short distances mean that you are never too far from sport, sightseeing or culture.

The local cuisine is a blend of Mediterranean tastes. Numerous restaurants and cafes around the islands make dining out an experience in itself.

The islands of Gozo and Comino are generally greener and quieter than Malta and provide an idyllic retreat.

Good connections

Located at the centre of the Mediterranean basin, Malta is well connected by air and sea to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. All major European airports are connected with Malta International Airport and travelling does not exceed three hours of flight.