Malta, officially known as the Republic of Malta is a small Southern European island country in the Mediterranean and an EU (European Union) member state. It consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino and is one of the smallest nations in the world. Its capital Valetta, is the smallest national capital in the European Union. A republic nation, Malta’s official language is Maltese although English is its second official language. Located in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, this island nation has been inhabited since 5000BC which is reflected in the different historical and cultural influences the country has to offer.Its strategic location puts it within close distance with major European cities like Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Istanbul and Athens
The Maltese are known to be warm and welcoming and religion plays a fairly important role in their daily life.The climate in Malta is Mediterranean with hot summers and mild winters. Although Malta is known for its stunning beaches, beautiful cathedrals and an overall top tourist destination, it is also known for its higher education institutions and respected ancient seats of learning, some tracing back to as early as the 1500s. Some of the prominent industries in the country are Healthcare, Oil, Mining and Tourism.
WHY STUDY IN MALTA ?
- The University of Malta is one of the oldest universities in the world outside of Britain offering a diverse and rich curriculum for students especially in the area of Performing Arts (Music, Dance and Drama) which is quite renowned in Europe because of their esteemed faculty and guest instructors. Many foreign universities, especially several UK universities, also have their campuses on the island with the educational system at par with the UK’s higher education curriculum and standards. This means that students can earn a degree from a UK university at much less the cost because the cost of studying at their Malta campus is less than the cost of studying at the University’s UK campus.
- The tuition fees at Maltese universities are some of the lowest in Europe and EU member states which makes study abroad options at Malta an attractive choice for international students. The University of Malta itself has more than 11,000 students, of which around 600 are international students from more than 90 countries. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020, with 14 faculties, 18 institutes over 4 campuses, it ranks in the top 800 universities in the world.More than 3,000 students graduate in various disciplines annually.
- Malta is one of the most affordable and economical countries to live and study compared to other English-speaking countries. Accommodation, Food, Travel are also affordable with several discounts available to international students living in Malta for over 3 months.Part-time jobs are easily available for students as businesses are mostly Tourism-centric.
- Several scholarships are available for international students from the Universities, the Federal Government and non-government bodies.
- Some of the courses offered at the Maltese universities at different levels of study include Business Studies, Education, Humanities, Languages, Technology and many more.
- Most of the 400,000 inhabitants of the island nation are bilingual which makes it easy for international students to communicate with the locals.International students are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English by undertaking IELTS, PTE or TOEFL. For some courses, international students are required to appear for GRE and GMAT.
- Malta is considered as one of the safest countries in the world with one of the lowest crime rates in Europe.