This year the Mediterranean island nation is the epicentre of the most important cultural activities in Europe.
Studying abroad can be difficult for students who feel nervous about living in unfamiliar surroundings for an extended period of time. For students who might not be comfortable in a wholly alien environment, Malta is a wonderful destination. Not only is it an English-speaking country (Maltese and English are the nation’s official languages), students and expatriates from all over the world live on the island, making it highly diverse and welcoming. English-speaking students are able to communicate with the locals easily and navigate the island efficiently.
1. Students can work while they study
Non-EU students enrolled in a higher education course for more than 90 days will also be allowed to work 20 hours a week, and international graduates will be able to extend their stay in Malta for six months after graduation to look for work.
2. Country member of the European Union
Since 2004, Malta has been part of the European Union and has the largest number of English speakers outside of Britain and Ireland. Its strategic position in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea puts the island just a few hours away from important European cities such as Rome, Milan, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Istanbul and Athens. When studying in Malta you can travel freely through the 28 European Union states at extremely low prices.
3. One of the most peaceful and safest places in the world
Malta is one of the safest countries in the world. Its inhabitants and residents are very friendly, respectful and well educated people in most cases. The crime rate on the island is one of the lowest in Europe, and besides that it has also been listed as one of the places where natural disasters are less likely to occur.
4. Extremely economical cost of living
Unlike other English-speaking countries, Malta is one of the cheapest to live and study. Prices for accommodation and food are affordable and students get special deals in restaurants, gyms and are able to take part in different activities. Public transport also offers special rates for those who are enrolled in academic programmes of a minimum duration of 3 months.
5. High-quality education
Malta has a large influx of students from all over the world with thanks to the quality of its programmes and the presence of international educational institutions. Malta is called the “hidden gem of the Mediterranean,” because it is surrounded by interesting geographical locations such as Sicily and Alexandria, as well as the fact that it is beautiful in and of itself. In addition, it is a great place to study that is set apart from the rest of the world due to its natural landscape, beautiful lakes, and ocean front views. Malta is a relatively peaceful country surrounded by beauty and there is a wide variety of career choices students may choose to focus on. The electronics field and computer technology is becoming a very popular major, as is the field of Education, Engineering, and Medicine. Whatever the preference a student wants to focus on, they will find many options with an education from the University of Malta. Some students decide to take up permanent residence in Malta once they complete their educational requirements. There are many reasons for this, one of which is the free health care and other factors that attract many to make Malta their permanent home. Whether you just want to study there or live there for good, Malta has a lot to offer which will be the kind of educational experience you will not soon forget.
6. Breathtaking places and landscapes
With a privileged location in the Mediterranean sea, Malta has medieval cities and landscapes that have attracted the attention of dozens of filmmakers. ‘Murder on the orient express’, ‘Gladiator’, ‘Troy’, ‘Agora’ and ‘Popeye the sailor man’ are some of the films that have been shot on the island. Even one of the most viewed series in the world: ‘Game of Thrones’, chose it as the setting for one of its first episodes. There are hundreds of places to visit, festivals, and other activities that can be found in Malta, Gozo and Comino.
7. Perfect climate
Malta is privileged with approximately 300 days of sunny weather a year. Unlike other European countries, the island does not experience very low temperatures during winter. January and February are the coldest months of the year with temperatures between 10 °C and 15 °C during the day.
9. Students from all over the world
The fact that Malta is the only English-speaking country in the European Union outside of the United Kingdom and Ireland, gives it popularity all over the world, especially in the student communities looking for opportunities to study English or pursue higher education programmes.
10. European Capital of Culture
Malta has been chosen to be the European Capital of Culture for 2018. This title set the scene for hundreds of international activities and events. Its capital Valletta, will receive different types of artistic performances, such as a biennial of contemporary art, music festivals and film shows.