Study in Malta

Updated 2020-05-05 15:24

Malta enjoys a strong reputation regarding quality education. Indeed, Malta has been attracting many international students over the years thanks to the level of its higher education system. Whether you're looking to study abroad temporarily or to obtain another degree, why not set out on a new adventure? Malta is a historically rich country where you can enjoy a relaxed lifestyle and a peaceful environment while you study.

The higher education system in Malta

The University of Malta is the highest teaching institution in Malta. The university hosts around 11,500 new students every year, including some 1,000 international students coming from more than 90 different countries. The Erasmus programme is top-rated in Malta.

The university provides both full-time and part-time courses. The country also hosts several private schools and specialised colleges from which you can choose according to your field of studies.

The University of Malta consists of 14 faculties, including Arts, Built Environment, Dental Surgery, Economics, Management & Accountancy, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Information & Communication Technology, Law, Media & Knowledge Sciences, Medicine & Surgery, Science & Technology, and Social Wellbeing & Theology.

There are three campuses: the main campus is centrally located in Msida, the Valletta campus hosts the International Collaborative Programme (among other events and groups, and the Gozo campus offers part-time evening degree and diploma courses.

Procedures to study in Malta

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 a residence permit if they intend to stay for more than three months in Malta, which will probably be the case if you will be studying there.

A detailed outline of requirements for both EU/EEA Nationals and Non-EU/EEA Nationals to procure an e-Residence document can be found on the University of Malta website here.

It is advised that all Non-EU/EEA Nationals inquire with the nearest Maltese embassy to ensure all requirements are met prior to departure. You can also review the list of the University of Malta's partner universities for an international exchange programme.

As of 1 April 2017, certain Non-EU/EEA national students coming to study in Malta have new residency application requirements. Students coming to study in Malta on level 3 or lower (as per the Qualifications Framework) can extend their right to remain in Malta by obtaining a national visa from the Central Visa Unit. This is a change from the previous residence permit application submitted to Identity Malta. These students will only need a residence permit to stay for more than one year in Malta.

These changes do not apply to students engaged in higher education ' those students must still apply for a residence permit for the duration of their studies in Malta.

Registration at the University of Malta

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

International & EU Office
University of Malta
Msida MSD2080


Fees for the University of Malta

Besides travelling and accommodation fees, university fees vary according to the courses and the length of the program. These will vary based on your programme and whether or not you're an EU/EEA National.

Useful links:

Government of Malta - University of Malta
University of Malta - Prospective students
University of Malta - FAQ
Central Visa Unit
Government of Malta - Education Department - List of higher education institutions

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