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 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 of Malta is located in the town of Msida, a suburb of Valletta, the capital city of the Republic of Malta. Established in 1592, the University of Malta is one of the oldest universities in Europe, and is Malta’s only university. The present campus opened in 1968 to provide more modern facilities, and the university seeks to carry out academic research and provide a vibrant higher education setting in the arts, sciences and humanities. Although Maltese is also an official language of the island, the language of instruction at the university is English.

Please note that the Fall semester runs from late September to early February, while the Spring semester runs mid-February to late June. If the Fall semester dates are incompatible with your home university’s academic calendar, students should instead consider a Full Year or Spring semester program at the University of Malta. If you would like to still participate in the Fall semester, please consult with your ISEP Student Services Officer directly.

ISEP students immerse themselves in Maltese culture by taking university classes with local students and living in the university's student residence. The university has an active student body, and ISEP students can participate in sports teams, cultural activities and student groups. The university also has a "buddy system" to connect ISEP students with local students and help adjust to life in Malta! 


ISEP students studying at the University of Malta will live in a twin room in a shared student apartment at the Campus Hub Residence, a newly-built residence located right next to the main university campus. Rooms are double-occupancy. 


ISEP Exchange students receive a monthly meal stipend that may be used to purchase groceries and prepare meals, purchase meals at cafeterias and for occasional restaurant meals.

ISEP Direct students do not receive meal benefits and will be expected to use their own funds for meals.  

Campus Hub has a variety of retail outlets, food outlets, restaurants and cafes. Students also have access to shared communal kitchens in their accomodation. All ISEP students will be expected to budget for their meals accordingly, and can ask their ISEP Student Services Officer for tips, as well as check out ISEP's resources for Budgeting for Study Abroad. 

Course Description

The University of Malta offers a diverse range of subjects, including business, archaeology, classics, foreign languages, social sciences and arts. All courses are taught in English, however the university also offers optional introductory Maltese language courses included for ISEP students.

A normal course load is 24–30 ECTS (generally equivalent to 12-15 US credits). 

The courses available for visiting students can be found at this link


Website for Course Availability

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University of Malta

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Fields of Study

  • Agriculture

  • Architecture

  • Area Studies:

    Chinese Studies European Studies French Studies German Studies Italian Studies Latin American and Caribbean Studies Latin American Studies Women’s Studies

  • Business:

    Accounting Business Management Economics Finance Insurance Marketing

  • Communication:

    Digital Communication and Media Mass Communication/Media Studies Public Relations

  • Computer and Information Sciences:

    Artificial Intelligence Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Informatics

  • Construction Trades

  • Education:

    Early Childhood Education Elementary Education Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

  • Engineering:

    Civil Engineering Computer Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering Environmental Engineering Industrial Engineering Mechanical Engineering Metallurgical Engineering Systems Engineering

  • English Language and Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature Chinese Language and Literature Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Italian Language and Literature Linguistics Modern Greek Language and Literature Spanish Language and Literature

  • History:

    Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology Ancient Studies/Civilizations European History History, Other

  • Human Services:

    Public Administration Social Work

  • International/Global Studies

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Law/Criminal Justice:

    Criminology International Law Legal Studies

  • Library and Information Science

  • Mathematics


  • Natural Resources/Conservation

    Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies:

    Philosophy Religious Studies Theological Studies

  • Physical Sciences:

    Chemistry Geology/Earth Science Physics

  • Psychology

  • Social Sciences: Recommended!

    Anthropology Geography Political Science and Government Sociology

  • Sports Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts: Recommended!

    Art History Art Studies Dance Digital Arts Drama and Theatre Arts Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Industrial and Product Design Music Performance Music Theory and Composition Studio Arts

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 79
  • IELTS Score: 6.5
  • LPR accepted as alternate to TOEFL or IELTS
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

Students cannot leave the University of Malta before the final date of their semester exams. Fall semester exams take place from mid-January to early February and spring semester exams take place in the month of June. It is not possible to take exams early or remotely. Leaving early may result in a failing exam grade and/or forfeit of credit.

Students will officially register for courses after arrival in Malta. Students will need to get in contact with the academic department administrator at the University of Malta in advance of departure to confirm that the courses desired are available, and obtain permission to register. Students may contact the host coordinator at Malta for assistance with this after ISEP confirmation. 

In the Maltese academic system, 1 ECTS = 0.5 U.S. credits, so a 6 credit course in Malta is equivalent to a 3 credit course in the U.S. While Malta’s minimum enrollment is 8 ECTS, students should register for 24 – 30 ECTS to be considered full-time. Students must also check with their home university how ECTS are converted and how many courses they need to register for. 

Malta’s academic calendar is organized on a full year basis, so students studying abroad for only one semester should be aware that course availability may be limited, requiring extra flexibility in course selection. Students are also encouraged to have additional courses in mind in case of scheduling conflicts.

The faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine & Surgery are closed to ISEP students. 

Semester & Prices

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