How to easily apply and secure Malta Student Visa


By Olushola Samuel

Malta is an island country located in the Southern Europe, 80km south of Italy. It is one of the smallest EU countries, with an area of only 316km2 and a population of 533,286 inhabitants. Still, Malta is a tourism magnet with its elegant capital Valletta, the idyllic island of Gozo, the medieval hilltop town of Mdina, palaces and castles, ancient ruins, cliffs, bays and beaches.

Malta became part of the European Union in 2004, and abolished its borders with the other Schengen member states three years later in 2007. Since then on, travelers can enter into Malta with a Schengen visa.

Fun fact about Malta: There are more Maltese people in Melbourne, Australia than there are in Malta.

Requirements for Admission into Maltese Universities

• Senior Secondary or high school leaving certificate

• Higher Secondary Marksheet and transcripts

• One year of successfully completed university education (any diploma or certificate program)

• Proof of English proficiency by submission of test scores of IELTS, TOEFL, etc.

• SOP and LORs are also required.

Requirements for Postgraduate Programs in Malta

• Provisional certificate from your previous academic institution from where you completed your bachelor’s degree.

• Bachelor’s degree

• Proof of English proficiency by submission of test scores of IELTS, TOEFL, etc.

• SOP and LORs are also required.

International students must have the following documents in order to obtain an invitation letter:

• An educational certificate with all studied topics and marks in it Passport as many as may be asked by application terms.

• Form of application

• Please keep in mind that all documents must be translated into Maltese.

The nominee is officially invited to Malta. This invitation must be presented to the Malta Embassy in order to obtain a visa.

Once your invitation has been granted, international students must prepare for all of the necessary requirements that may be demanded upon arrival. These types of documents are outlined below:

All students who arrive in Malta should bring the following documents:

• An educational certificate with all topics studied and grades

• Medical certification issued by an official public health service in the candidate’s home country

• AIDS test certificate issued by an official of the candidate’s home country’s public health service

• a copy of the birth announcement ten 4 x 6 cm pictures

• Maltin student visa with a national passport

• All documents must have a notarized English translation.

• Updated Resume

How to Get a Student Visa in Malta?

While there are some exceptions for EU citizens, non-EU nationals need to obtain a student visa, preferably a Schengen visa, to study in Malta. In order to apply for a student visa, you need to reach out to your nearest embassy or consulate to understand the process. Here are the key document essentials you must check before making your student visa application to study in Malta.

• Duly filled visa application form

• Valid passport

• Passport-sized photos must be from the previous six months and must fit the requirements specified by the embassy

• Offer letter from the university or you can also provide a student status letter

• Proof of travel insurance must be covering the duration of the study and make sure to get a certificate from the insurance company to put in your application.

• Proof of sufficient financial funds. It is suggested that you must have 30 EUR per day and calculate the same for the whole duration you are planning to study in Malta. Also, as proof of financial means, you can provide your bank statements, salary slips or travellers’ cheques with the necessary amount you need to stay in Malta.

• Proof of travel plans, i.e. how you will be travelling to Malta. Moreover, the Maltese Embassy has insisted that aspirants must pre-book their travel before applying for a student visa.

The visa application fee might vary by country so get in touch with your embassy to know about the fee for the Schengen visa or any other kind you are applying for as well as the payment method. The cost of study visa for Malta is usually €70.

Make sure you get extra photocopies of the above-mentioned documents that might need to be self-attested and enclosed with the application.

A self-addressed special envelope will be of help for the embassy to post back your passports as well as other documents once the decision has been made.

Cost of Living in Malta

When it comes to the cost of studying and living in Malta for Indian students, you can expect affordable expenses in both cases. Malta is home to private as well as state-run public universities which offer courses at economical tuition fees to international students.

For EU students and citizens of Malta, university education is free.

Non-EU students will be required to pay tuition fees. The actual tuition fee amount might differ as per course and university but on average, you can expect to pay around 2,000 EUR 

Further, accommodation expenses especially on-campus will require an additional amount. 

Top Universities in Malta for International Students

Following the pattern of the British education system, the universities in Malta offer a global standard education attracting a large number of students every year. Offering intensive and unique courses at both bachelor’s and master’s levels, the Maltese universities are renowned for inculcating research attitudes in students and training them for fast-changing opportunities. If you have set your mind to studying in Malta then here are some of the top universities where you can pursue higher education:

University of Malta

American University of Malta

Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST)

St Martin’s Institute of Higher Education

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in Malta

STC University

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