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Meeting new people, making memories, learning about and discovering new cultures — we can’t argue about how fun being an international student in Malta can be.

However, at times, it can be challenging too. Especially when navigating and getting used to different systems, such as education systems you’re not familiar with. 

However, understanding the structure, requirements, and processes is an essential part of a successful journey in Malta. 

Plus, gaining a deeper understanding of the Maltese education system, admission procedures, language considerations, and all financial and administrative aspects can help you make the most of your experience on the island.

This is why in this blog, we’ll give you valuable insights and guidance to help you navigate the education system in Malta, with a particular focus on the University of Malta. 

Enrollment requirements for other universities in Malta might vary, so we advise you to consult their official websites for specific information about their entry process. 

Understanding the Maltese Education System

The Maltese education system consists of primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. 

As an international student, you’ll come in contact with the latter. We’ll focus on all you need to know for admission to the University of Malta, the country’s highest-ranking institution. 

Admission 

To enter most of the courses at the University of Malta — both as an undergraduate and a postgraduate student — you’ll need to present a set of documents for your enrollment. 

Please note that admission procedures can change over time and vary from course to course. We advise you to contact the university’s help desk if you’re in doubt about something.  

Undergraduate admission requirements: 

  • Senior Secondary or high school leaving certificate 
  • Higher Secondary certificate (such as a Matriculation Certificate) 
  • Where required, one year of completed university education (Some courses prepare you for your undergraduate course via a Foundation Studies course)
  • Proof of English proficiency (such as IELTS or TOEFL) – as most courses will be in English. 

Postgraduate admission requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree (as per course requirements)
  • Proof of English proficiency

You can find more information on the University of Malta FAQ, including more details about the recognition and comparability of overseas qualifications. 

With all the necessary documents, admission requirements for international students in Malta are straightforward. 

To obtain the letter of admission, i.e., the official document confirming an applicant’s admission to a higher educational institution, you will need an academic certificate with detailed subjects and marks, a passport, and a completed application form. 

Once you receive this letter, you can present it to your local Malta Embassy to obtain a student visa, mostly if you’re a non-EU national. If you plan on travelling around Europe while you’re here, we suggest applying for a Schengen visa, as this will allow you to visit EU countries hassle-free. 

Please note that while you’ll need copies of your documents for the application process, you must present the original versions upon arrival to Malta in September/October. So be sure to pack them with you!

For more information on what you’ll need, please consult the International Admissions page on the University of Malta page. 

Financial Considerations and Scholarships

When considering studying in Malta as an international student, you need to consider the financial aspects of your education. 

Tuition fees in Malta vary depending on the chosen institution and program of study. 

You’ll also need to consider living expenses in your budget planning, such as accommodation, food, transportation, and healthcare.

You can also apply for scholarships and grants specifically designed for international students.

The cost of living in Malta is quite student-budget friendly. There are plenty of affordable food and drink outlets, supermarkets, and retail options. Public transport is efficient, cheap, and runs all around the island. 

To get a better idea, look at this breakdown of expenses on Numbeo

Accommodation

As an international student in Malta, you’ll need to find a central and comfortable place to stay that allows you to rest and yet offers opportunities to socialise and meet new people. 

Campus Hub provides a comprehensive solution for students, offering comfortable living spaces, convenient amenities, shops, and restaurants. 

Choosing Campus Hub can enhance your student experience by providing a vibrant community and a supportive environment. Embrace the opportunity to study in Malta, and let Campus Hub be your home away from home.For more information about Campus Hub accommodation and facilities, contact us directly via our contact form, email us at info@campushubmalta.com, or +356 23167700.