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Universities for Expats in Malta

Submitted: November 2013

After making the decision to pursue a higher education, many prospective students are left with the difficult task of selecting which university to attend. In Malta, however, this process is made much easier because of the limited options available.

There are two main options for prospective students, the University of Malta and the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST). The University of Malta is the country’s main higher education provider offering degree programmes in a wide spectrum of subjects. Please refer to the following link to find your desired course:


MCAST is the leading institution with regards to vocational education and training. This institution offers a range of certificate, diploma, and bachelor’s degree programmes ranging from mechanical engineering to information technology.  Please refer to the following link for an overview of the various institutes under this college:


In addition to these institutions, there are various other private higher education institutions that offer many specialised programmes. You can download a list of accredited institutions at the following link:


The general entry requirements include passes in the Matriculation Certificate (MATSEC) and the Secondary Education Certificate (SEC). Depending on your chosen programme of study, you would need to have qualifications in specific areas of study. For example if your child wishes to study medicine, they would need to have passed chemistry and pure mathematics in their MATSEC examinations. For a list of these specific requirements at the University of Malta, please refer to the following link below:


If you or your child did not study in Malta and obtain the MATSEC and SEC qualifications, your qualifications would need to be assessed by the Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre in order to ensure that the entry requirements are met before your university application is submitted. Please refer to the following link below for the application form and the supporting documents required by this organisation:


Please note that if English is not your native language, you may need a proficiency certificate as English is the main language of instruction at many of these institutions. You can attend one of the many certified English language schools in Malta in order to gain your certification.

For a helpful overview of the admission requirements for MCAST for foreign students, please refer to the following link:


The cost of sending your child to university often causes much anxiety. Fortunately, if you are a resident of Malta or an EU national, you are entitled to receive a free education. Non-EU nationals however will have to pay annual fees. At MCAST these fees average €6,000 to €7,000 annually. The University of Malta fees however range from around €7,000 to €11,000 annually. These fees vary depending on the chosen course of study. For a complete breakdown of tuition fees at the University of Malta, please refer to the following link:


The costs associated with going to university such as accommodation, study materials, meals and transport can be expensive. The University of Malta suggests that you would need about €900 per month to cover all living costs. If you need accommodation in order to attend the University of Malta, you can consider the University Residence (https://universityresidence.com/location/lija/) or Hotel Kappara (https://hotelkappara.com/ for affordable student accommodation.

Please be advised that if you are not an EU national, you would require a visa to study in Malta. Please refer to the following link for the documents that you are required to submit in order to obtain your visa:




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