The Republic of Malta, one of the smallest countries in the world, is located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. It consists of a group of islands named Malta, Gozo and Comino which are home to compact cities with few people and at the same time large harbors and many beautiful sights. The capital city of Valletta represents Malta perfectly– exotic beaches, unique cultural heritage and extravagant nightlife. But what makes this small country a big deal?
As a part of the European Union and a population of around 450,000 people you would probably never believe that this country is more than a tourist destination. Don’t be fooled, as Malta has built a decent economy with a good GDP and many successful sectors. Even more, the island country holds a low unemployment rate, ranks as the 15th most democratic country in the world and offers a remarkable educational system.
That’s right, higher education in Malta exists and it is becoming increasingly popular among students. The University of Malta, one of the three public institutions in the country, claims to welcome around 800 international students annually. Cooperations and joint degree programs with other universities bring even more young people to the wonderful city of Msida, the home of the institute. There are several Master’s courses in both traditional and modern fields of study including Engineering, Information Technology and Humanities, delivered entirely in English. In addition, if you are truly interested in the country, you might also consider a program with the Maltese language, literature and history involved! Did you know that Malta was once a part of the British Empire?
Are you already asking yourself what you will need to apply? Here is what you should consider:
Fees vary and are usually different for every course. Some universities might also charge an annual enrolment fee or even additional payment. Expect to pay a minimum of €1000 to a maximum of €5000 every year. Note that tuition fees also depend on the type of your institution – private or public.
Luckily, there is a great deal of scholarships available thanks to the increasing popularity of Maltese higher education. For example, you can search for the Endeavour Scholarship Scheme (for postgraduate studies exclusively) which supports international students who are interested in taking on a Master’s in Malta. There are also several other funding options available so make sure you look for every opportunity to reduce your expenses.
Still not impressed? Enthusiastic more about your free time than your studies? You will not be disappointed to live in this country – a dream destination of many.
The weather in Malta is perfect for people who enjoy a warm climate all year long. Summer temperatures rarely drop below 30°C, ideal for going to one of the many beautiful beaches, experiencing a boat tour or practicing water sports. As for the winter, you will probably have to forget about this season due to the small chance of seeing snow or having cold weather. During this period, you can explore your city and its attractions or even travel across the country together with your list with UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will not be disappointed, as you will see numerous temples, Bronze Age structures, architectural masterpieces and amazing religious sites.
Of course, at some point you would have to go home which will either be a private apartment or a room provided by your university (university residence).
Private apartment rentals are always a good idea but a more expensive one. You might encounter a price higher than €700 per month for a 1 bedroom room in the center of your city. Utilities are sometimes not included and might cost you an additional €100.
If these numbers are too high for you, there is university residence available. Here is what you will have access to – a swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts and even free Wi-Fi! All of this, plus a low price of around €10 per day, is definitely something you should think about.
When considering what and where to eat, you will always have a number of choices. Cooking is the cheaper option with many markets around your area. A full bag with groceries will cost you around €20 including vegetables, a loaf of bread, chicken meat and milk. Restaurants, on the other hand, are quite expensive. You might encounter some inexpensive places with regular meals costing the mind-blowing €12! Still, Maltese food can be quite tasty, as traditional dishes usually include a great deal of seafood, fresh vegetables, and of course – pasta. Be sure to try out Lampuki Pie (fish pie), Rabbit Stew and Timpana (pasta pie). Don’t forget your glass of wine!
As for transportation, the bus will be your best choice. A ticket is worth around €2 and you can also consider a weekly or a monthly pass. Maritime transport is also available.