Right in the centre of the Mediterranean lies the beautiful islands of Malta, altogether the islands inhabit over 400.000 people. As English is an official language of Malta along with Maltese this may be just the perfect place for your first study abroad experience
Studying abroad is not just about digging your head into books but also about getting to know another culture, explore different cuisine and meeting lots of new friends from all over the world. Exploring Malta is easy to do by public transport, by bus or boat it is possible to reach almost every part of the islands. The "Malta bus" is considered a tourist attraction of its own as it has a long tradition on the island.
The Educational System of Malta:
The Maltese educational system is very similar to the British one; Primary education of 6 years > Secondary education of 5 years. To enter higher education in Malta students need Matriculation examination certificate, this is equivalent to the British A-levels and is rewarded after the additional two years of study. These two years are carried out in sixth form college/junior College or another post-secondary education before applying for a university.
Since both Maltese and English are official languages in Malta the teaching in Maltese schools is also conducted in both languages. In higher education most courses are taught entirely in English. Popular elective languages among Maltese students are Italian and French.
Full-time undergraduate courses are free-of-charge to citizens of Malta and the European Union. Maltese students enrolled in higher education in Malta are entitled to a stipend. Fees are charged in the case of higher courses and to nationals from non-EU states. There are 600 international students studying at the university, comprising around 7% of the student population.
Application for student visas:
When applying for a student visa, you should provide all the necessary information and documents as the Maltese Embassy will not consider half complete applications.