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Find, in this article, an overview of the Maltese higher education system and some tips to guide you through registration procedures.

Malta is known for being the world's smallest archipelago, but it holds a strong reputation in terms of quality education. Indeed, Malta has been attracting many foreign students over the years thanks to the level of its higher education system. Indeed, 54% of local students are able to land their first permanent contract on completing their higher studies. So if you have already obtained your baccalaureate, why not set out for a new adventure in this historically rich country where you can enjoy a relaxed lifestyle and a peaceful environment along with your studies?

Higher education system

Malta has a single university, that is the University of Malta. Regardless of what you might be expecting, this university hosts around 11,000 new students every year, including some 650 foreign students coming from 77 different countries. The university provides both full-time and part-time courses. The country also hosts several private schools and specialized colleges from which you can choose according to your field of studies.

The University of Malta consists of 13 faculties, namely arts, law, management-economy and accounts, education, theology, architecture and construction, engineering, information and communication technology, dental surgery, medicine, health sciences, media and knowledge sciences and sciences. It also hosts the branches of the British Italian Institute, the International Institute of Baroque Studies and the International Environmental Institute.

Besides 1 to 2 years study programs which will allow you obtain a certificate or diploma, you can also register for the following courses:

  • a bachelor (3 to 5 years of studies depending on the program chosen)
  • a masters (1 to 2 additional years of study)
  • a PhD (a longer course which will involve the presentation of a thesis)


Going to study in Malta requires appropriate planning although procedures are rather simple for European Union nationals. For instance, European Union nationals do not need a visa to travel to Malta. They can simply produce a valid passport. However, they must request for a resident permit if they intend to make a more than three months stay in Malta, which will probably be the case if you will be studying there.

To apply for this document which is valid for 5 years, you have to produce the following:

  • a university application letter
  • proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in Malta
  • health insurance
  • a duly filled and signed resident permit application form 

Different conditions apply to non-European Union nationals according to their home country and agreements between their country and Malta regarding the circulation of students if any. You are therefore advised to inquire directly with the University of Malta before proceeding.


Remember that the University of Malta is open to foreigners holding a baccalaureate or its equivalent. Before registering, you can seek information via the following:

International & EU Office
University of Malta
Msida MSD 2080


International Admissions Office
University of Malta
Mside MSD2080
Tel: 356 2340 2225


Ms Angele Patiniott
Erasmus Officer
International & EU Office
Room 107 Administration Building
University of Malta
Msida MSD2080


Besides traveling and accommodation fees, university fees vary according to the courses and the length of the program. These generally start as from 250 euros per year and can reach up to 1,200 euros.

 Useful links: – Study in Malta Forum 
Government of Malta – University of Malta
University of Malta – Prospective students
University of Malta – FAQ
University of Malta – Application for a resident permit
Government of Malta – Education Department – List of higher education institutions

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