Graduate programs in Malta
There are a number of institutions in Malta that provide graduate programs. Graduate education in Malta works on the English model of Master of Arts/Master of Science and many of the graduate courses offered are geared towards the needs of the local area, so for example the security, culture or arts of the Mediterranean.
Malta is a small island, but it still has various institutions (both public and private) that offer graduate programs to international students. Most of these institutions are found on Valletta, on the coast of Malta Island (the other inhabited islands of Malta are Gozo and Comino.)
Most institutions run graduate programs across various subjects, although some are more specialist – focusing for example on tourism, technology or arts.
There are hundreds of international students following courses in Malta, many of whom are there in part to improve their English language skills.
Immigration and visas in Malta
International postgraduate students from within the EU are free to study and work in Malta, however after 90 days you must apply for an e residence document.
If you are from outside the EU you will be required to obtain a visa, which can be done at the Maltese, Austrian, Italian or Spanish embassy in your home country.
All universities in Malta have an international office that you can contact in order to discuss the exact nature of your visa and application requirements. You may also be required to undergo an English language test.
Life in Malta
Life in Malta has retained its traditionally Maltese flavour, whilst still offering great opportunities for international students – the social and nightlife is lively, the locals are known for their friendliness, the island is extremely safe, and to add to this it is one of the cheapest places that you can study as an international student. It is for these reasons that Malta has become such a popular destination for those looking to expand their university experience overseas over the last few years.
Working in Malta
International students from the EU should be able to work whilst studying in Malta without much trouble, but are much more likely to find work (for example in hospitality) during the summer than in the winter.
Working in Malta after graduation should also be fairly painless for students from within the EU, although for those from elsewhere it will be more difficult – you may have to find a company to sponsor you. Areas that are most likely to employ graduates from outside Europe include IT and translation services.
Students in Malta have various options when choosing accommodation. These are likely to include:
– University owned accommodation, which will be off-campus but administered by your university, offering a greater level of independence. Some of these options may even include such amenities as outdoor pools.
– Homestays, which involve living with a family in their home. This option can provide all the comforts of home, as well as allowing you to fully immerse yourself into the country’s culture and practice your language skills.
Malta’s climate is similar to that found across the southern Mediterranean, including in south Italy and Greece. Summers are typically hot and dry, and winters are short and cool. The weather is generally quite stable, although the wind can be strong.
There are numerous easily accessible bus routes in Malta and Gozo, including express routes (marked with an X) that run to and from the airport. Buses run from early in the morning to around 11pm.
The currency of Malta is the Euro.
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