Gibraltar is strictly speaking not a country. It is an overseas territory with political and administrative links to Britain. Surrounded on three sides by the Mediterranean Sea, the former Spanish colony of about 30,000 inhabitants is closed to Spain and Africa than it is to Britain.
It is so far removed from The UK that you won’t be wrong in calling it a different country. If you want to study in a university linked to the UK but in a location where the climate is sunnier than England, Gibraltar wouldn’t be a bad choice.
Cost of living in Gibraltar
The cost of living in Gibraltar can be on the high side for international students. This is largely because the currency is the Pound Sterling.
For students though, the cost of living can be mitigated by the fact that rent and other utilities are included as part of the fees you would have to pay to study in Gibraltar.
However, the cost of certain items are as follows
- Food in modest restaurant – £10.00
- Coke/Pepsi – £1..33/0.33 liter bottle
- Water – £0.92/1.5 liter bottle
- Milk – £1.18/liter
- Bread – £1.59/liter
- Rice – £1.59/kg
- Eggs – £1.60
- Beef – £6.50/kg
- Tomato – £2.50/kg
- Monthly pass – £32.00
- Taxi – £2.00/km
- Local transport – £1.20/one way ticket
- Basic utilities – £110.48/month
- Internet – £33.75/month
- Prepaid mobile tariff – £0.12/month
- 1 bedroom apartment – £1,075/month (city center)
- 1 bedroom apartment – £850/month (outside city center)
University of Gibraltar
The University of Gibraltar is the only university in the territory and was established in 2015. Study abroad students coming to Gibraltar would therefore not be confused as to which University to pick from many available choices.
An international student is coming to a very diverse environment in Gibraltar. Students who love traveling would simply adore it here. A short trip in a ferry would take you to Africa. While Spain and the rest of Europe are just across the border.
The University of Gibraltar has four faculties. All of them admit international students into the various faculties. These faculties are
- Faculty of Business
- Faculty of Health Science and Sports Science
- Faculty of Life and Earth Science
- Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality
These faculties are complemented by classes for English as a foreign language.
The admission requirements for any program depends on the course of study. Generally though, undergraduates applying to any program must possess the following
- Proof of English proficiency
- Five o’ level passes at the Grade C level in subjects related to the course of study
- Some undergraduate course require additional A-level grades in at least two subjects
Check here to see the complete entry requirements for all the faculties,
Visa and Immigration requirements
All non-European students wishing to study in Gibraltar must apply for a visa. As a British territory, the visa requirements are essentially the same as those for people intending to study in Britain.
The easiest way to get the specific visa requirements is to head over to the nearest British Embassy in your country.
European Union students do not need to apply for a student visa.
Getting accommodation in Gibraltar as a student
The university of Gibraltar would help international students in getting a place to stay even before they arrived Gibraltar.
Typically, all international students are accommodated in students dorms and also have the option of choosing student apartments. This is a good arrangement as new students would be spared the stress of looking for where to stay.
Also, since most international students are housed together in dorms, settling down and making new friends would be faster and easier.