Education in Malta has quite high standards. As a result, numerous foreign individuals who are participating in Maltese residence and Citizenship programmes are opting to have their family educated in Malta.
Malta is a former British Colony country, hence influenced by the British educational system. Like Britain, school uniforms are compulsory in Malta with every school having its own distinctive uniform. Some schools, particularly private schools have a co-education with classes having both boys and girls. The majority of schools distinguish between gender. The majority of Maltese schools follow the British curriculum.
Malta Types of Schools
There are three types of schools in Malta:
State schools are funded by the Government. All children between 4-16 years old have the right to free education in all state schools. This right applies also to EU nationals.
Church schools are funded by the Catholic Church in Malta. These schools range from pre-primary till upper secondary education. Church schools distinguish between gender, having schools for boys and others for girls.
International and independent private schools provide education at a cost and are available to both Maltese citizens and foreign citizens alike.
All types of schools are regulated by the Ministry for Education.
English as one of Malta’s official languages, is favourable to foreigners interested in a Maltese education. Both English and Maltese are spoken on the schools’ premises.
Schools tend to favour one of the two languages. In state schools, the main language of instruction is Maltese, except for English lessons. Maltese tends to be the favoured language outside classes too. English on the other hand is preferred by church and private schools. Students will speak a mix of both English and Maltese outside class, depending on what language they speak at home.
Educational System Malta
The Maltese educational system is structured in four stages:
- pre-primary (ages three to five);
- primary (ages five to 11);
- secondary (ages 11 to 18); and
- tertiary education (18+).
Attending school is compulsory up to the age of 16.
Like primary and secondary education, tertiary education excels in Malta. There is one university in Malta – the University of Malta. This is one of the universities in the Mediterranean and is highly regarded. Currently in Gozo, there is no university in Gozo meaning that many Gozitans move to Malta to complete their studies. The University offers a wide range of full-time and part-time degrees as well as diploma courses. The primary language of instruction at the University is English.
Education at tertiary level is also funded by the Governmentand every student receive a monthly salary (stipend) together with a yearly allowance for academic-related expenses.
Around 11,000 students study at the University. Of these, around 700 are international students coming from 77 countries. Every year almost 3,000 students graduate in Malta.
Another instituation popular for tertiary education is the Malta College for Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST).
MCAST is a vocational education and training institution. This was set up in 2001, and throughout the years it expanded to a total number of 10 institutes located around Malta and Gozo.
Students can study a wide range of subjects, from agribusiness, to applied science,ALE art and design, building and construction, business and commerce, community service, electrical and electronics engineering, information and communication technology, mechanical engineering and maritime studies.
The college offers 170 full-time and over 300 part-time vocational courses ranging from certificates to degrees, preparing students for careers in different sectors of the economy of for higher education.
What makes it different to the University of Malta is that MCAST works closely with local businesses from various industries ensuring that students get hands-on experience as well as gain the necessary contacts and exposure to the sector they wish to work in whilst they study.