This small southern European country is best known as a popular tourist destination not choose to study in Malta?
One of the world’s smallest and most densely populated countries, Malta is a group of islands in the Mediterranean Sea to the south of Italy. The three largest of these – Malta Island, Gozo, and Comino – are inhabited, with a total resident population of roughly 420,000.
Many people this visit each year, attracted by the beautiful beaches and lagoons, diverse water sports, vibrant nightlife, archaeological sites, and picturesque harbor towns. Malta boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the historic capital city Valletta, the seven megalithic temples and the hypogeum (a prehistoric underground structure). Valletta is also preparing to take on the mantle of European Capital of Culture in 2018.
Higher education was introduced in Malta and influenced by the British education system, of which they once were an integral part. In 1996, computers were introduced, creating great change in the university environment and opening many doors to careers in fields such as computer information systems, technology, and advanced programming. As foreign education consultants, SFWWC recommends Indian students to study in Malta and expand their careers.
Why Study In Malta?
- ✓Completely English-Speaking nation
- ✓Wide range of career opportunities
- ✓Easy admission & visa process
- ✓Exchange semester or internship abroad
- ✓Pay in Euros & Earn in Euros Around 1200 Euro during study per month
- ✓Access to all 26 Schengen countries
- ✓Moderate living costs (250Euros/month)
- ✓Top tourist destination & post-study work options.
Society and Culture
A rich pattern of traditions, beliefs, and practices run through Maltese society and culture. The culture has evolved over time from adapting and assimilating diverse influences including Semitic, Latin European, French, and the British colonial legacy. The Latin European heritage predominates due to its ongoing influence over eight centuries and the fact that Malta shares the religious beliefs, traditions, and ceremonies of its Sicilian and Italian neighbors.
The arts have always played a significant role in the Maltese culture. Cultural events occur frequently. Theater and music are extremely popular. Maltese food is traditionally the Mediterranean, using fresh, seasonal, and locally available produce and seafood. Today, an eclectic mix of dishes drawn from other cuisines, especially those of Sicily and Southern Italy, infuses traditional Maltese cuisine.
Since the mid-1980s, the island has transformed itself into a freight transshipment point, a financial center, and a tourist destination. With only sparse areas of fertile land, economic benefits from agriculture are limited. Tourism (service sector) provides a major financial boost to the economy. The internationally oriented banking sector has expanded rapidly in recent years. Malta is a full member of the EU. The currency is the Euro.
Living Conditions and Cost of Living
The cost of living in Malta is considerably lower than in many other European countries. The average cost of living per month is around €600 including accommodation €250, food €200, books/stationery €50, and other €100 (transport, entertainment, laundry, telephone). Naturally, the cost per individual will vary according to the type of accommodation and the student’s own personal budget. A range of accommodation ranging from staying with a family to renting/sharing a flat exists for international students.
There are three levels of education: primary, secondary, and tertiary (including higher and vocational training). The education system is based on the British system. In primary and secondary, students can go to state, private/religious schools, or international schools. More than half of Maltese students progress to higher education.
There is one public university, Malta University (MU), which was established some 400 years ago. It is recognized internationally and has 11 faculties of learning. MU was also the initial key provider of vocational training. Currently, there are over 800 international students at the university. As nearly all courses are taught in English, evidence of English-language proficiency may be required. MU is located in Valletta.
The private sector is made up of providers offering Bridging courses for BSC Nurses to be a recognized nurse in the European Union, business programs, IT programs, and tourism-oriented programs. These providers forge close relationships with Malta’s top companies and organizations which in turn place graduates who have received highly specialized training.
Information Specific to International Students
Studying in Malta can be a wonderful combination of education and tourism, given Malta’s long history, the convergence of different cultures and traditions, love of the arts, mild climatic conditions, central Mediterranean location, and generally less expensive living costs.
University course tuition fees range from €7,500–€24,000 per year depending on the level and type of course. Fees for vocational training depending on the course level. Generally, fees range from €5000–€7,000 per year.
After entry and with proof of acceptance into a recognized institution/course of study plus other documents, students must apply for a uniform residence permit. EU regulations apply to students from EU countries wishing to study in Malta.
International students from non-EU countries must take out health coverage. Under Maltese law, these students must also undergo medical health tests within 15 days of arrival in Malta. Only when the relevant authority issues a medical health clearance certificate will acceptance of enrollment be confirmed. Students are eligible to work 20 hr per week in Malta while they studying and full time after completion of Course.