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Discover the heart of the Mediterranean Sea on the largest of the Maltese Islands. With over 7,000 years of history and culture Malta is described as “one big open-air museum” because so much of its past is visible today. Visit the Megalithic Temples which are the oldest free-standing structures in the world, or let your imagination wander as you consider whether Malta could truly be the location of the mystical lost city of Atlantis. The Maltese have one of the highest standards of living in the Mediterranean, and the official languages are Maltese and English making conversations with locals both easy and interesting.

The university is located in Msida (pronounced im-seeda), on Malta, which is one of a group of islands and rocky islets that comprise the Republic of Malta. The island, with a population of about 400,000 and measuring about 17 by 10 miles, is in the center of the Mediterranean about 60 miles south of Sicily. The Maltese have one of the highest standards of living in the Mediterranean and an impressive record in health and education. The town enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry, sunny summers and short, cool winters.

Msida is a suburb of Valletta, the republic's capital city. Valletta is easily reached from the university by bus, affording convenient access to the capital's museums, palaces, hospital, theatres, libraries, botanical gardens and churches.

The islands have been inhabited since the dawn of civilization as the prehistoric constructions, older even than the Pyramids, attest. In fact the oldest prehistoric buildings in Europe are found in Malta. The occupation and settlement of Malta by modern humans began approximately 7,000 years ago, when the first Neolithic Farmers crossed the 50 mile-wide straits that separate the islands from Sicily.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester
ISEP Direct: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.

Chance of Placement
Chance of placement for US students is generally Limited.
Chance of placement on ISEP Direct is generally Excellent.
To increase your chance of placement on Exchange, ISEP recommends listing this site as your first choice. Also consider the ISEP Direct option, which has an Excellent chance of placement.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students

Program Dates
Academic Year: September - June
Semester 1: September - February
Semester 2: February - June

Please note students cannot leave the University of Malta before the final date of their exams. In the fall semester (SM1) these will take place between January and February and in the spring semester these will take place between May and June.

Information about ISEP Direct fees and deadlines.

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing, Meals and Insurance

Tuition, Housing and Insurance Only

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Tuition, Housing and Meals
Full Year 16-17: $23,450
Semester 1 16-17: $12,950
Semester 2 16-17: $12,950

Tuition and Housing Only
Full Year 16-17: $19,950
Semester 1 16-17: $11,300
Semester 2 16-17: $10,950

For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: June 1, 2016
SM2: October, 2016

Fast Facts
Msida, Malta (pop. 12,000)
Student Enrollment: 10,000
Language of instruction: English
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ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct:
Art History, Accountancy, Arabic, Archaeology, Architecture and Urban Design, Anthropology, Banking and Finance, Biology, Built Environment Studies, Chemistry, Chinese, Civil and Structural Engineering, Classics, Communication Studies , Computer Science, Conservation and Built Heritage, Construction and Property Management, Contemporary Mediterranean Studies, Criminology, Dance, Economics, Engineering (Computer, Electronic Systems, Industrial and Manufacturing, Industrial Electrical Power Conversion, Mechanical, Metallurgy and Materials, Systems and Control), English, Environmental Design, European Studies, Family Studies, French, Gender Studies, German, Geography, Greek, History, Information and Communication Technology, Insurance, International Relations, Italian, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Maltese, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Music Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Studies, Social Work , Sociology, Spanish and Latin American Studies, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure, Translation, Terminology and Interpreting Studies, Theatre Studies, Theology, Tourism, Youth and Community Studies

Please see the academic entities page for more information about specific faculties. Please be advised that students must have some course flexibility as not all courses are offered every semester. Due to internal restrictions, ISEP students may not take courses in the Faculties of Health Science or Medicine and Surgery.

Academic Notes
The University of Malta is a good site for liberal arts and science students who are very flexible in their course selection. Strong fields of study include Mediterranean studies and civilization, and Near Eastern studies.

The University of Malta’s academic calendar is organized on a full year basis; as a result, students studying at Malta for one semester should be aware that course availability may be limited requiring extra flexibility in course selection. ISEP students can find useful course information here.

There are two 15-week semesters per year. 14 weeks of the semester are devoted to teaching and one week is for private study, tests/assessments. Courses are full-time, unless otherwise noted.

Students will be asked to get in contact with their departmental administrator well in advance of their departure to confirm that they are allowed to take the classes they wish to register for. Prospective students should also be in constant contact with their home University on the classes they would be approved to register for at the University of Malta, in order to ascertain that the classes chosen are appropriate to their academic level. Students are also encouraged to have additional classes in mind in case of scheduling conflicts.


Transcripts are issued approximately 10 weeks after the assessments. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations. Seniors who intend to graduate within six months of the end of their program in Malta should note this when considering Malta as a potential destination.

Language Notes
Language Requirements: English is the second official language of the country and is the language of instruction at the University of Malta. Students from countries where English is not the language of instruction must complete an ISEP Language Proficency Report as part of the application process. A minimum B2 level is required, however, students studying in the English department may be required to demonstrate a C1 level.

Special Academic Conditions
ISEP Exchange: Junior level standing is strongly preferred. Students applying on ISEP Exchange should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, as placement is highly typically competitive.

ISEP Direct: Sophomores and students with a GPA of 2.75 or higher are welcome to apply on ISEP Direct.

Hints for Researching Courses
From the University of Malta web site:

1. Go to Courses
2. Choose Area of Study: select your field of interest – note that some courses may be listed under multiple areas of study (i.e. Christianity is listed under Theology and Religion Studies)
3. Show Course Information for: select year
4. Choose Study Level: select undergraduate
5. Choose Attendance Mode: select full-time
6. Click the Find button
7. A list of Bachelor of Arts programs within the selected area of study will appear. Click through different programs that might offer classes of interest.
8. To search for classes offered within a specific Bachelor of Arts program, click on the title of the program
9. On the Overview Description page, scroll down until you see ‘Click here to access the Programme of Study for (…) applicable from 2013/4.' Click on the given link
10. On the Programme Description page you can read about the different course offerings

Housing and Meals
ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct students are housed in shared apartments in a university residence hall off-campus. Free transportation is provided from housing to the campus. A stipend is provided to cover meals for all ISEP Exchange students, and for ISEP Direct students who select the benefit package which includes meals.

Married student housing can be arranged.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, and science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at 250 euros.

An Orientation Day is held for international students prior to the commencement of each semester. On Orientation Day international students are introduced to different sectors of the University of Malta, and are guided through their registration process. Moreover, students are introduced to various aspects of life in Malta. International Students are also given a tour of the University of Malta on this day. All International Students are requested to attend orientation day.

The University of Malta has several departments to ensure International Student welfare. In addition to the International Office, the Office of Counselling Services, University Chaplaincy and Student Government (KSU) offer opportunities for students to get involved and adjust to life in Malta. Students will find that they are well supported on campus!

Airport pickup is available if the student notifies the host coordinator sufficiently in advance.

Student Activities
The University of Malta has several student organizations and faculty associations. These societies are an integral part of university life: they represent students and provide services which enhance campus life. When students become involved in non-academic interests at University they develop a network of friends besides broadening their outlook to life.

Students may also participate in courses offered through the Degree Plus program in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Sport, Culture and Heritage, Development Education, Languages, Music, Creative and Performing Arts and many more. A small fee is associated in the participation in these courses (approx. 15 euros). These courses are not credit bearing, but students receive a certificate upon completion. More information is available here.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Students may volunteer through the Degree Plus program run in conjuction with the University Chaplaincy. Students who complete the semester are awarded a certificate at the end, but volunteer work is not credit bearing. Past volunteer work has included working with children, persons with special needs and refugees. More information is available here.

Established in 1592, the University of Malta is the oldest university outside the United Kingdom and is Malta’s only university. The present campus, opened in 1968, has recently been greatly extended to include theater-type lecture rooms, language and computer laboratories. The sports complex includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool and separate diving pool, a football ground, tennis courts, and a track. There are some 11,000 students including over 650 international students from 77 different countries, following full-time or part-time degree and diploma courses, many of them run on the modular or credit system.

The University of Malta is the highest teaching institution in Malta. It is publicly funded and is open to all those who have the requisite qualifications. English is the language of instruction at the University of Malta.

What Past Students have to Say

"I chose the University of Malta for a Mediterranean experience in English. Malta is known for the sun, its history, and its friendly demeanour, all of which I could experience in this country without learning a new language. The University of Malta is a wonderful place, full of hospitable people who are eager to accept those who come from a different culture. I have been able to make friends who come from all over the world and take courses that I could never have taken at home. I love hearing about history and the opinions of people who have been raised so differently for me.” -Bridget, Roanoke College