An island nation in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta has a long history dating back to around 5900 BC. In the past, Malta has been an important naval base, due to its location. The majority of the colleges and universities are located around Valletta. Institutions offer a wide variety of courses, so any international student will find something of interest!
Malta is one of the sunniest nations in the world, and benefits from over 300 days of sunshine a year. Partner this with the fact that you can explore all of the three islands of Malta due to their size, and you have a perfect environment for a wonderful higher education experience. A member of the European Union since 2004, the country enjoys close ties with other European countries.
There are both public and private institutions in Malta, some offer traditional courses, and others are specialist and offer courses such as tourism. Some of the most prestigious universities are the University of Malta, Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST). The university system is similar to that of other European countries, as is the academic year.
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Malta has three official languages; Maltese, Maltese Sign Language and English. Another common language you will hear is Italian, which is spoken and understood by 66% of the population.
Courses in Malta are offered in either Maltese or English, but institutions such as the University of Malta offer courses only in English. If you choose to study in a non-native language, you may have to provide evidence of your language proficiency. If you do not meet the required standards, it common for your university to offer language courses to help you improve.
Even if you study in English, you should still make an effort to learn as much Maltese or Italian as possible. Communicating with the locals and other students is a perfect way to practice. Not only will this make your everyday life more enjoyable, it is also a skill that looks great on your CV/resume!
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