Malta is an archipelago located in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast away from the hustle and bustle of the world. Known for its ancient forts, temples, and heritage sites, Malta over the last decade has also become a preferred study abroad destination for international students.

Like all European countries, Malta offers excellent education programs, high standards of living, and world-class education. This article will discuss in detail why you should also add Malta to your list of preferred study abroad destinations.

Malta in a Nutshell

Official languageMaltese, English, Italian
Population (2021)516,100
Popular UniversitiesThe University of Malta, American University of Malta, Malta College of Arts

Why should you Study in Malta?

Though Malta is a small archipelago, it ranks no less than the other European giants when it comes to the standard of living or employment opportunities. Here are some of the major reasons why you should add Malta to your list of preferred study abroad destinations.

1.       Malta has some of the world’s best ranked universities when it comes to professional courses & arts. For instance, the Malta College of Arts is one such prominent institution.

2.       5th best healthcare system in the world.

3.       High performing job market & significant career prospects.

4.       Stable economy & competitive salary scales.

5.       Affordable education and cost of living.

6.       Work while studying.

7.       One year tax holiday for postgraduates entering a job in Malta and an impressive two years for PhD graduates.

8.       Support for start-ups.

According to a survey conducted by macro trends, immigration to Malta has increased at the rate of 30% between 2010 and 2015. This clearly shows how Malta is becoming a preferred international location for studies & migration.


Graduate & Post Graduation Opportunities in Malta

Malta offers both degree & postgraduate programs for international students. The popular degree & postgraduate courses in Malta include Arts, Science and Technology, Health Sciences, Economics, Management, Education, Engineering, and Law. Though Malta is positioning itself as an educational hub, most courses offered in Malta are relevant and up to date with the needs of the country.

Graduate courses in Malta run for three years and postgraduate programs take three years. Apart from graduate and postgraduate programs, Malta also provides Vocational and professional training. Different institutes teach full-time students or part-time students who also hold a job and require specialized training.

Eligibility to Study in Malta for International Students

Compared to the major European study abroad destinations like Germany & Poland, securing admission in Malta is easy. Here is a list of major admission essentials you must have while making your application to study in Malta:

For Undergraduate Programs

·   Senior secondary or high school leaving certificate

·   Higher secondary Marksheet and transcripts

·   One year of successfully completed university education (any diploma or certificate program)

·   Proof of English proficiency by submission of test scores of IELTS, TOEFL, etc.

·   SOP and LORs are also required.

For Postgraduate Programs in Malta

  • Provisional certificate from your previous academic institution from where you completed your bachelor’s degree.
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Proof of English proficiency by submission of test scores of IELTS, TOEFL, etc.

How to Get a Student Visa in Malta?

Malta being a country in the European Union, there are some exceptions for EU citizens. But for students outside the EU, need to obtain a student visa, preferably a Schengen visa, to study in Malta. Before you can apply for a student visa from Malta, you must apply to the desired university and Malta and obtain an acceptance letter from the university.

Here are the key document essentials you must check before making your student visa application to study in Malta:

1.       Duly filled visa application form

2.       A valid passport

3.       Passport-sized photos which must be from the previous six months and must fit the requirements specified by the embassy

4.       Acceptance letter from the university or you can also provide a student status letter

5.       Proof of travel insurance must be covering your duration of the study and make sure to get a certificate from the insurance company to put in your application.

6.       Proof of sufficient financial funds: It is suggested that you must have 30 EUR per day and calculate the same for the whole duration you are planning to study in Malta. Also, as proof of financial means, you can provide your bank statements, salary slips or travellers’ cheques with the necessary amount you need to stay in Malta.

7.       Proof of travel plans, i.e. how you will be travelling to Malta. Moreover, the Maltese Embassy has insisted that aspirants must pre-book their travel before applying for a student visa.

8.       Make sure you get extra photocopies of the above-mentioned documents that might need to be self-attested and enclosed with the application.

9.       A self-addressed special envelope will be of help for the embassy to post back your passports as well as other documents once the decision has been made.

What is the cost of living in Malta?

While college education is free only for the citizens of Malta and students from the EU, Indian students will have to pay tuition fees there. The actual tuition fee amount might differ as per course and university but on average, you can expect to pay around 2,000 EUR.  On average you’d need around 2,000 to 2,500 Euros monthly to survive in Malta apart from your college expenses.

We hope that you found this article helpful. For more information on migrating to Malta feel free to contact us.