A popular tourist destination that is treasured for the spectacular beauty of its beaches, Malta is one of the world’s smallest and most densely populated countries. It comprises an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea to the south of Italy, with the three largest islands – Malta Island, Gozo and Comino –inhabited with a total resident population of only around 420,000. Valletta, Malta's tiny capital, is built on a peninsula that is only 1km by 600m on the north-east coast of Malta Island.
Most of the colleges and universities in Malta are clustered around Valletta. Malta attracts more than 600 full-time international students and about 500 exchange and transfer students every year, from about 80 different countries. Partnerships and links with education institutions all over the world are maintained by the government. Well-regarded degrees are awarded through full-time or part-time study programmes in subjects that include Arts, Economics, Management, Science and Technology, Health Sciences, Education, Engineering, Law among others.
Malta warmly welcomes international students who satisfy all entry requirements and security clearance, and a student visa is readily obtained on application through the established procedure.
Students from within the EU, the US and a number of other countries do not require a visa to study in Malta for less than three months. Visa requirements for students who wish to undertake longer durations of study include:
All international students planning to study in Malta for more than three months must apply for and obtain an e-residence document, in lieu of the old identity card system. This application also asks for many of the same documents and supporting materials as required for the visa. You can apply for this document after arrival in the country.