Frequently Asked Questions about Malta


Q1 When do English Language courses usually start?

A1 English Language courses usually start every Monday and ending on Fridays. Therefore, a student may decide to come to Malta to Study English any time of the year. There are exceptions though to some long term courses or Exam preparation courses which have specific starting dates.

 

Q2 What is the difference between General English course and an Intensive Course:

A2 Each school varies, however, in most situations, the difference is the following:

  • General English consists of 20 lessons per week.
  • Intensive English consists of 30 lessons per week.

 

Q3 What is Business English course and for whom is it recommended?

A3 Business English course is aimed towards English used in an office environment. It is recommended for those who would like to use English for work or to those interested in starting their own business.

 

Q4 What kind of activities do schools offer?

A4 School activities vary in price, location and duration.

  • Free activities: school may organize free activities for students which usually are welcome parties, orientation walks
  • Activities with a cheap price: these include movie nights and cooking parties
  • Paid activities: These are divided in 2
    • After school activities : they can be tours at night or in the evening and are usually 3-4 hours long.
    • Full day activities : usually taking place during the weekend, students will have a full program and transport will also be provided.

 

Q5 Do I require a student VISA?

A5 If you are a non European travelling to Malta and staying more than 90 days, you would require a student VISA. For more information regarding how long you can stay in Malta without a VISA, click here; for information on the documentation required to obtain a student VISA in Malta, kindly click here.

 

Q6 What are the different types of accommodation in Malta?

A6 Accommodation for students and travellers in Malta is a vast topic, however we will focus on the most common ones:

  • Host Family: Stay with a host family and enjoy experiencing the life of a traditional Maltese family through dinners, watching TV, conversations.
  • School residences : Self catering apartments, forming part of the school’s property (can be in campus or separate buildings). These apartments will usually consist of 3 bedrooms, a common kitchen, living and bathroom where other students can interact and cook together.

 

Q7 What are average prices in Malta

A7 Malta has usually a lower cost of living compared to countries like UK, USA and Canada. For more details about specific prices, please click here.

 

Q8 How can I get around in Malta?

A8 In Malta there are no trains or subway stations. Getting around in Malta is usually done by one of these methods (in order or price):

  • Bus: the cheapest and most convenient way to get around in Malta. The main bus terminus is situated in Valletta, which acts as a main station. All buses start and end there.
  • Ferry: You can take the ferry to travel as follows:
    • Sliema to Valletta and vice versa
    • Valletta to Three cities and vice versa
    • Cirkewwa to Mgarr (to go to Gozo) and vice versa
    • Cirkewwa or Mgarr to Comino island
  • By taxi: White cabs can be found near hotels and in main tourist spots. Other cabs can be booked online or by phone.

For more information about specific prices, kindly click here.

 

Q9 Where should I hang out in my free time?

A9 The main tourist areas of Malta are Sliema and St. Julians. In Sliema one can enjoy shopping in various shops and shopping malls. In Sliema one can also find many cafeterias and restaurants.
In St. Julians, one can find the main clubs and nightlife.

 

Q10 What are the things which I should bring with me to Malta?

A10 For a detailed list, kindly visit the checklist page by clicking here.
Depending on your length of stay, we recommend you to bring at least the following:

  • All documents relating to your travel (passport, insurance, flight tickets etc)
  • Technology things (smart phone, camera, laptop/tablet) and their chargers
    • Please take note that Malta’s voltage is 240V. For more information please click here.
  • Any medicine which is essential to you.

 

Q11 What type of clothes should I bring in Malta? How is the weather in Malta?

A11 For a more detailed explanation about the weather in Malta, kindly click here.

  • Spring in Malta: In Spring, it is generally nice weather in Malta during spring with occasional rainy days and chilly nights. We recommend you bring long sleeved shirts as well as T shirts and maybe light jackets.
  • Summer in Malta: In Summer, Malta generally enjoys warm to hot weather. Shorter clothes and suncream is recommended!
  • Autumn in Malta: In Autumn, Malta still enjoys nice and sunny days. The first storm usually is around mid September and early October, so jackets, longer sleeved shirts and a light pullover is recommended.
  • Winter in Malta: In Malta, the temperature never went sub zero. However, wind especially blowing from the north may be quite chilly, so we recommend coats, thicker jackets, scarfs and gloves.

 

Q12 I would like to travel to other countries while in Malta. What do you recommend?

A12 Malta, being in the centre of the Mediterranean is located in the perfect location on the map to enjoy travelling to other countries and at very low prices. Low Cost airlines such as Ryanair, Easyjet and also the national Maltese airline Airmalta, offer good prices to all destinations in Europe with direct flights (in most cases) with prices varying from as low as €10.

 

Q13 I would like to have an internship experience in Malta.

A13 Kindly contact us for more information on internship opportunities and how you can help us.

 

Q14 Is Malta safe? Is there crime in Malta?

A14 In short, Malta is one of the safest countries in Europe and in the world. The crime rate is very low and definitely minimal compared to bigger cities such as London and New York. Walking alone in the streets at night still feels safe. However, we recommend to be cautious when frequenting nightlife districts such as Paceville and St. Julians at night as clubs are littered with potential drunk people. Kindly take care of your belongings at all times and never let your guard down, wherever you might be, not only in Malta.