Malta is suprisingly a popular choice for students from the UK. But why wouldn’t you come to stufy in Malta? It is a fantastic island full of fabulous scenery, exciting beach resorts and beautiful historic cities. It also offers amazing weather being at towards the eastern end of the Mediterranean between Italy and the North African coast. This means summers are hot and sunny and perfect for making the most of the glorious white sandy beaches and rocky coves and of course the warm turquoise waters.
It is also a wonderful place to visit out of season during the autumn and winter as the weather is still sunny and warm (and actually very comfortable for sightseeing – even more so than in the summer) and the crowds have gone home leaving the island more peaceful and less busy.
However the autumn and winter are not boring on Malta – there are lots of local festivals and events to keep you busy. Some of the most fun to visit are the local food festivals offering the best of Maltese wine and local specialities including incredible seafood. Other events are more cultural with theatre, opera, classical concerts and art exhibitions in places such as Valletta and St Julian’s. If sport is more you thing then there are local sailing regattas, an international sailing race, a vintage car rally and plenty of running challenges.
Malta also offers student an excellent range of academic courses and most are taught in English making it a top choice for students from the UK as well as across Europe.
The main university is the University of Malta based in Msida in the west of Valletta with campuses on Gozo and in Valletta itself. It only has 11,000 students but around 1,000 of those are usually international students. The other institutions are Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology based in Paola and the Institue of Tourism Studies in St Julians. Student accommodation is widely available in Malta and reasonably priced as many of the holiday rental flats can be rented by students out of the main summer season.
So if you fancy being a bit more adventurous and studying overseas but being taught in English, getting a great degree and enjoying island life in the sunshine then head to Malta.