University of Malta Intl. Exchange Program

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At the habor in Gzira, down the street from UoM
Busses at Valetta's main terminal
Valetta
A group of people posing for a picture.
A group of people posing for a picture.

About

The University of Malta (UoM), located in Msida, Malta, hosts foreign exchange students both through direct enrollment and through the European Erasmus program. All courses are conducted in English, and, as Malta's only university, students have option to choose from a wide catalog of courses.

Whether you want to improve your English, or to immerse yourself in a Mediterranean lifestyle on sunny Malta, an exchange program at the University of Malta may be just the fit for you.

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Reviews

85%
based on 2 reviews
  • Academics 8
  • Support 8.5
  • Fun 8
  • Housing 8
  • Safety 9
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Lucie
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fun and educational ('cause that's what everybody wants, right?)

I have had an amazing experience in Malta, learning from some of the best professors in my field of study (archaeology) and getting to explore the islands.
I do definitely advise prospective students to be prepared for a lot of chaos and limited communication with administration and staff, however. While I can't vouch for other programmes of study, for me the lack of organisation was minimal in what is overall a really great archaeology department, and it it was worth it.
I have met some amazing friends here and I would definitely recommend staying at the University Residence as, although it isn't your average halls, it is a great social space to hang out and meet new people (also there's a pool). Just be warned: when it comes to exam season it is very hard to stay focused and actually get work done!

What would you improve about this program?
Better administration at the University of Malta, specifically for supporting and guiding incoming students selecting courses
Jessie Beck
Jessie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Unique location; unforgettable study abroad experience!

I studied abroad at UoM for the 2008 - 2009 academic year via a direct exchange through my university (George Mason University). Initially, I was looking for a program that would allow me to take courses in my major (anthropology) at an English speaking university -- yet I still wanted to go off the beaten path. Malta was a great compromise -- though admittedly I hadn't even heard of the island before deciding to study abroad there! Overall, it was a great experience -- though not without its ups and downs -- but I have nothing but great things to say about the staff, support, and quality of my study abroad program.

ACADEMICS

Most of my courses were quite good, and I was able to take a lot of anthropology courses -- which were super interesting given that I was for once studying another culture while being in another culture. Class sizes were small (for my major at least), and over the course of a year, I got to know my professors and the other few anthropology students at UoM pretty well. It was very immersive.

However, some of the classes were hit or miss. I had one professor state "I just kind of make it up as I go," so I dropped that course!

Sometimes, professors would switch into Maltese (unintentionally) when teaching, but were usually pretty understanding when myself or one of the other students raised our hands to ask them to switch back to English (technically the language of instruction at the university).

Another thing to keep in mind is that given the way UoM is structured, it was sometimes difficult to take courses outside of my major. For example, I wanted to take a creative writing course but was told that that particular course was only open to English majors. Not a huge deal, but something to keep in mind if you're trying to plan out which credits to get done while abroad.

STUDENT LIFE

I ended up not staying at the University Residence with the rest of the foreign students (since Malta is so small, most local students continue to live with their families while in college, and well after, so there aren't any official student dorms). Instead, I got an apartment off campus with a couple of other foreign students. Again, the only local students living in apartments tend to be those commuting from Gozo, Malta's smaller island, and they tend to just stay in the Msida / Gzira area for the week, and go home on the weekends.

The university is about an hour walk / 20 minute bus ride from Valletta, the capitol, and from St. Paul / Paceville / St. Julien -- where most students go for a night out. Staying around the area was nice and super convenient for getting around, though I felt like I missed out on a lot of the socialization that those staying at the University Residence got to be a part of.

UoM / the Erasmus reps do organize social events for exchange students though. Definitely go and get to meet other students!

Also while I was there, the staff at UoM helped me set up a weekly volunteer job working with refugees at the Refugee Camp in Marsa through the Red Cross. It was fantastic to get to see a side of Malta I wouldn't have otherwise, and I'd highly recommend looking into a volunteer position if you're there for the full academic year. For just a semester, it might not be enough time.

RANDOM STUFF

Getting around Malta with just English was perfectly fine. Everyone speaks Maltese and English. Cost of living in Malta is super cheap. If you're looking for a more budget study abroad destination, Malta is it. At the same time, it is very, very, very small and can feel that way sometimes.

DON'T MISS

- Pastizzi (delicious and cheap snack!) and Ftira sandwiches.
- A visit to the blue grotto
- Wine bars in Valetta
- A night out in Paceville -- I especially loved the reggae bar!
- Getting to know your Maltese classmates :)
- Birgufest in Birgu / Vittoriosa.
- Carnival on Gozo
- Films at the cultural center in Valetta

What would you improve about this program?
More housing options beyond the university residence / help connecting with potential housemates before arrival.