For the essential information about studying in Malta and applying for higher education programmes, visit the following websites:
- Population: 434,403 (2016)
- Capital: Valletta
- Geographical size: 316 km2
- GDP: € 9.898 billion (2016)
- Official EU language(s): Maltese, English
- Currency: Euro
- Student visas and immigration
- Scholarships and financial support
- 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
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.
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.
For the essential information about studying in Malta and applying for higher education programmes, visit the Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE) website.
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Here are the questions and answers for Malta, from the Maltese National Agency, Education Malta
I am interested in studying in Malta, and would like some more information.
You may consult our website. You can find information about studying in Malta as well as insight into what life is like on the island. The website will be constantly updated with news and information about Education Institutions and available study programmes.
How can I get admission?
Admission is obtainable by meeting the requirements of the course that you wish to apply for. Courses are delivered in English language, thus a minimum MQF Level 3 English is required. You can find more details here.
How can I apply for a full scholarship for an undergraduate degree programme?
Scholarship Programmes in Malta are offered from time to time by the respective Accredited Educational Institutions in Malta, as well the Scholarships Unit within the Ministry of Education and Employment. When a scholarship scheme is launched, information about application and deadlines is published on this website. The information will also be posted in the scholarships section of our website. Our website also features a full list of links to accredited educational institutions in Malta. These are grouped by area of study, which will enable you to find constantly updated information about current and upcoming study programmes offered by the respective institution.
Do you have any marine study programmes?
How do I apply for a Master’s degree in medicine?
A Master’s degree in medicine is offered by the University of Malta's Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Follow this link in order to download the admission and progression requirements as well as the application details.
What will be the career scope be like if I were to study a Master’s degree in Computer Science?
A Master’s degree in Computer Science will open the door to numerous opportunities, especially in today's hi-tech society. You would be able to eventually pass on your knowledge to future generations through teaching, give support to big firms and companies or form part of a team (or leading one!) involved in creating innovative software. These are only a few examples of what your career scope could be following a study programme in Computer Science. I invite you to consult the ICT category on our website, where you may find links to all certified education institutions that provide training on Computer Science.
How do I apply for a Master’s Degree in Philosophy?
Master’s Degrees in Philosophy is offered by more than one institution in Malta. You can find more information here – just select your preferred route of studies and follow the application process accordingly.
How do I apply for a full scholarship program In marketing at Master's level?
First of all you need to identify the institution through which you would like to pursue your studies. Then you may be able to ask the selected institution for a scholarship programme scheme. Local institutions do establish partnerships with international schools and create attractive opportunities to students who would like to obtain scholarships. More information is available on our website.
What are the requirements for aspiring Nigerians, wanting to come and study in Malta?
Course requirements vary from one course to another. What is really essential, is a sound background of the English language at MQF level 3 minimum; as courses are delivered in English, as are relevant qualifications related to the course of study that you may wish to pursue. Entry visa requirements to settle in the country also need to be met. You can follow this link for detailed information.