Apart from being a well-established business and touristic centre, Malta attracts students from all over the world. It offers numerous opportunities across different levels of education: from English language courses to highly reputable programmes in tertiary education.
This article presents an analysis of these various educational opportunities that Malta can offer. We will additionally outline the advantages of studying English in Malta and give a brief overview of the local education system. Finally, we will also examine how filing under Malta Individual Investor Programme can facilitate access to education in Malta and in the EU.
Studying English language in Malta
Being a member of the Commonwealth of Nations since 1964, Malta is an ideal place for studying and practising English, reaching high quality educational standards, at a variety of language schools and with the ability to practise the language on a day to day basis. English is one of the official languages in Malta which is an important factor for students seeking to improve their language skills.
Apart from educational opportunities, students can also benefit from extra-curricular activities by exploring the cultural and historical heritage of Malta and Gozo, including ancient cathedrals, museums, castles and palaces.
The success of English language programmes in Malta can be measured in numbers. According to official statistics 87,190 foreign students studied English in Malta in 2017. This amount is 13.9% higher than in 2016. As for the geographical distribution, in 2017 most of the students came from Italy and Germany. The number of students from Russia and Ukraine amounted to 4,818 and 782 respectively.
Source: National Statistics Office
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Higher education programmes in Malta
Apart from English language courses, Malta offers highly ranked and interesting programmes in higher education. As a starting point, prospective students can prepare and sit for TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge certificate examinations at the required level . These certificates are officially recognised not only by the University of Malta but also in other English-speaking countries.
Founded in 1769 the University of Malta proposes a wide range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Successful graduates obtain EU recognised diplomas with an option to pursue further studies or to find a job in any EU country.
Non-EU /Non-EEA applicants need to pay a fee which varies depending on the chosen programme/course. In certain cases, it can amount to more than 10, 000 Eur per academic year. Maltese citizens are exempted from tuition fees. If you want to secure your children’s future, an ideal solution is to become a Maltese citizen through the Individual Investor Programme (IIP). It is important to indicate that Maltese residence by itself does not entitle the main applicant and the dependants to free of charge studies at the University.
In recent years other reputable institutions in the field of tertiary education have initiated programmes in Malta in various sectors such as tourism. Information technology, business and medicine.
The Education & School system in Malta
The Maltese educational system comprises 4 levels:
- Pre-primary (ages three to five);
- Primary (ages five to eleven);
- Secondary (ages eleven to eighteen); and
- Tertiary education (post-secondary education like college/university).
Up to the age of 16 it is mandatory to attend schools in Malta. The Maltese school system includes 3 types of schools:
- State schools;
- Church schools; and
- Independent schools.
State schools are free of charge for citizens, but parents have to pay for stationery school items and school uniforms. Non-Eu/non-EEA national are required to pay school fees. It is important to note that minor children of a Malta Residence and Visa Programme (MRVP) applicant are not entitled to study free of charge unless the main applicant also obtains a work permit and actually works in Malta. In that case the children would be entitled to free primary and secondary education.
Church schools do not normally charge fees but parents are expected to pay an annual donation to the school and provide their children with school supplies and uniforms.
If parents opt for independent schools, they are required to pay all the expenses, including all relevant school fees, stationery, books and other school materials.
The combination of high educational standards with a mild Mediterranean climate, rich cultural heritage and the ability to practise English on an everyday basis makes Malta a very popular destination for those desiring to study English as a foreign language. Furthermore, those who successfully pass English language exams at the required level can continue their studies in the University of Malta or at any University of their choice in most English-speaking countries provided other matriculation requirements are met.
Malta offers a wide range of programmes in the field of higher education that give excellent career opportunities in the future, including the possibility to work or study further in the EU.
Tuition fees are very reasonable and additionally, those who filed under Maltese Individual Investor Programme can benefit from an exemption on these fees. Successful applicants who obtain Maltese citizenship enjoy privileges which include VISA-free travel to more than 180 countries and the right to reside, study and work in any EU member state country. The applicant who decides to file under this programme is required to be represented by an accredited agent. Nexia BT is accredited to represent applicants under Malta Individual Investor Programme.