Malta is a Mediterranean gem waiting to be discovered

Sitting right in the heart of the southern Mediterranean is the sunny island of Malta. Prehistoric temples and medieval towns and churches, a grand fortressed capital city, a stunning harbour and busy entertainment district might just make Malta the perfect holiday destination. But Malta is so much more than a vacation island. Boasting a unique combination of culture and history, fun and relaxation, adventure and excitement, Malta is also the perfect place to study abroad at. In fact, it boasts some of the finest institutions of learning in the world.

Read on to discover what makes Malta the ideal place to live and learn.

  1. Malta has a history of high academic standards and achievements

Did you know that the University of Malta is one of the oldest in the world? Founded in 1592 the University of Malta offers students rich and diverse curricula. Throughout the years it has produced a number of names that have made significant contributions in various fields of knowledge. 

  1. Malta’s official languages are English and Maltese 

The majority of Maltese are bilingual and a little knowledge of English is all you need to get around the islands. In addition to this, the English language is the academic language of the island. Therefore all lectures are delivered in English.

  1. The climate is as welcoming as the people

Malta’s weather is also typically Mediterranean with mild winters and hot summers. Winter days have an average of 6 hours of sunshine whilst this doubles in summer! With pleasant weather all year round, it’s never too cold to spend time exploring the Maltese islands (Malta, Gozo and Comino), or enjoying outdoor activities. If it’s not swimming, it can be cycling, hiking or even horse-riding!

  1. Malta is a historical and cultural hub

Immerse yourself in the richness of Malta and Gozo’s history. Maltese culture carries the influences of Roman, Phoenician, Arab, Spanish, Italian and English cultures. Did you know that Malta is home to nine UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the capital city of Valletta, which was declared European Capital of Culture 2018? No other country in the world has as many historical sites per square mile! Quite simply, Malta is one massive outdoor museum.

  1. There's always something to do in Malta

Malta's distinctive geography makes it one massive playground. From hills to cliffs and the shoreline, the Maltese archipelago is a paradise for anyone who’s a fan of rock climbing, hiking, watersports, sailing, kayaking or just lying on the beach. However, the most exhilarating thing to do in Malta is to go diving. When you come to Malta you'll be able to join the ESN Scuba Squad and discover the complex underwater vistas, as well as the remnants of ancient shipwrecks littered throughout the Maltese waters, or maybe you'd like to join the ESN Surf Crew and try catching some Mediterranean waves!

  1. Malta is safe

The Maltese population’s character is typically Mediterranean – welcoming, friendly and helpful. Malta was named the world’s second safest country to live in the World Risk Report (UN)… twice! This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful. Make sure to take the necessary precautions as you would in your home country.

  1. Convenient transport and low cost of living

Getting around is cheap and quick: there’s no such thing as being too far from your destination! You can catch a bus, borrow a car, or take the ferry from Sliema to Valletta, or to the island of Gozo. Students enjoy a good quality of life during their stay on the island. What's better is that ESN Malta is offering all students and trainees suitable and affordable accommodation. During your time in Malta, you'll be staying in a comfortable and centrally located apartment. 

  1. Efficient health care

Did you know that Malta’s primary hospital – Mater Dei – is one of the largest medical buildings in Europe? The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) can be used by all EU nationals on temporary visits to Malta and can be obtained for free from your home country.

  1. Malta's economy is booming

Despite being a very laid-back country, Malta has a strong economy and is considered a leader in the igaming, blockchain, healthcare, and maritime industries among others! Interested in extending your stay in Malta? There are many full-time job opportunities waiting for you here. Malta is modern and competitive making it the ideal place for you to study and find work later.

Getting there

All major airlines fly to the island frequently, making it accessible from anywhere across Europe, Isreal, and North Africa. There is a ferry which connects Malta to Italy!