The Republic of Malta is an island country located in Southern Europe in the Mediterranean Sea. Its capital is Valletta, which is the smallest capital of any country in the European Union by area. With a population that is less than 450,000 and a land area that is just 316 km2, it is one of the tiniest and most densely populated countries in the world.
Malta lies 80 km south of Italy, 284 km east of Tunisia and 333 km north of Libya, and speaks Maltese as its only national language and English as its official language. With its warm climate, historical and architectural monuments and a lot of recreational centers, Malta is a popular tourist destination.
Its strategic location in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea had helped it build up a long and busy history as it has been ruled by a number of empires including the Romans, Greeks, Phoenicians, Normans, Spaniards, Carthaginians, Arabs, French and the British. Some historic monuments that can be found in the country include three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and seven megalithic temples which are among the oldest free-standing structures in the world.
WHY CHOOSE MALTA
Malta has a history of academic excellence and its degrees are recognized worldwide. Its location in the center of the Mediterranean provides easy access to and from Europe, Africa and the Middle East. With English as its official language, the Maltese system of education is very similar to that of the British; 6 years of primary education and 5 years of secondary education, before applying for higher education in a university. International students must learn Maltese.
The cost of living and studying in Malta is relatively cheap compared to studying in other European countries and the environment is very friendly also.
Additionally, most faculties in Maltese universities have doctorates from reputable universities such as Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh and other renowned universities worldwide. Prospective students have the opportunity to pursue academic prospects related to Diplomacy, Economics, History, Marine, Archeology and Environmental Study. A range of traditional and innovative courses are comprehensively studied in Maltese universities.
Malta is a very interesting country to study in, providing exciting experiences in folklore, Maritime, Archeology as well as leisure and an opportunity to blend oneself in a rich history.
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SOME HIGH RANKING INSTITUTIONS IN MALTA AND THEIR RANKS ON WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKING
Here is a list of the top ranking universities in Malta and their ranking among world universities
- UNIVERSITY OF MALTA (UM)
Country rank – 1
World rank – 1110
The University of Malta was established in 1592 as a non-profit public higher institution and has a branch campus in Gozo. It is located in the small town of Msida which has a population range of 2,500-10,000. The university is a coeducational (male and female gender) higher institution and has a student population range of 8,000-10,000 students.
Programs and courses that lead to officially recognized degrees such as pre-
Bachelor’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees are available in the university.
- MALTA COLLEGE OF ARTS, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Country Rank – 2
World Rank – 6822
Established in 2001, Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) is located in the little town of Paolo (population between 2,500 and 10,000). It is a public higher institution that has been officially accredited by the Ministry of Education, Malta and offers courses that lead to recognized education degrees.
The university also provides a number of academic, non-academic and administrative services to students, including a library.
- INSTITUTE OF TOURISM STUDIES
Country Rank – 3
World Rank – 8976
Located in the small town of St. Julian’s, the Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) was founded in 1987 and is officially recognized by the country’s Ministry of Education. The ITS has a campus in Qala and offers courses and programs that lead to officially recognized education degrees.
In addition, the ITS provides a number of academic, non-academic and administrative facilities and services to students.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested international applicants are required to obtain a copy of the Full-Time Courses Application of their institution of interest at any of the universities’ campuses or visit the institutions’ website.
International students are required to present the following:
- Photocopy of passport
- Photocopy of all relevant certificates
- Consent form
- Application fee
- Tuition fee
After admission has been granted, international students are expected to begin visa processing before they can study in Malta, except students from within the EU, the US and some other countries. Some important documents that are necessary before a visa can be granted include:
- A completed visa application form
- Valid travel documents
- Two passport-size photographs
- A valid return ticket
- Proof of access to finance to cover tuition and living expenses
- Letter of admission from a Maltese institution of interest
- Proof of medical insurance
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS
There are quite a number of higher educational institutions in Malta. Among these, the popular centers for higher learning are the University of Malta (UM), Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) and the Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS).
The academic year for University of Malta begins in October 2017. Prospective undergraduates are expected to visit the institution’s website regularly for updates.
For the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST), the academic year starts July 24th,2017 and students who wish to study in the university are expected to submit their applications 4th August, 2017. Application for admission into the Institute of Tourism Studies begins Monday, 17th July and ends Friday, 4th August 2017.
It should be noted that failure to submit before these deadlines will result in cancellation of such applications.
Studying in Malta can be a beautiful experience for an international student who is in search of quality education. Malta has a high number of English-speaking students and a rich history.
Furthermore, the Maltese government makes huge funds available yearly in form of grants, and regulates the education system to ensure quality education is not compromised.