Malta, located off the coast of Italy, currently has three public institutions providing tertiary studies, these being the University of Malta, the Institute of Tourism Studies, and MCAST. As well as these state-run establishments, the country’s private tertiary educational system has been on the rise in the last decade, and now this sector has grown quite large with 6 of them currently operating. Additionally, there are religious institutions that provide higher education but can’t be considered universities as they don’t offer at least a Bachelor’s. More information can be found on the government’s website: https://education.gov.mt/en/education/Pages/Higher-Education.aspx.
Education in Malta Is similar to that of the UK. Primary and secondary education is followed by Sixth Form, or College, which then leads to University. Once a pupil reaches the latter, their studies are broken into three cycles, following the Bologna model: Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD.
Under the Education Act of 1988, the government of Malta is obligated to offer free university education to eligible residents who possess the required qualifications for entry. As for international students, they are separated into two categories, much like in the United Kingdom, however with different reasons. Students from the European Union or the EEA area pay no tuition fees for most public courses. Students from outside this region pay depending on the course that they are taking, but generally between 10 and 25 thousand Euros.
Information for international students
Most people studying in Malta live in student cities, that is, cities with a high percentage of students living in it. As to budgeting, students should plan on spending around 250 Euros a month on student accommodation or 500-700 Euros on a flat/room. Added up with additional expenses, a monthly budget of 400-600 Euros should suffice for the average student. It is easy to spend more as the country offers many opportunities for sightseeing and traveling.