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Student life

If you decide to study with us in Malta, you’ll live and work in a wonderful Mediterranean location with plenty of things to see and do. Malta is a welcoming and safe country, full of variety. Living here will truly be an unforgettable experience.

Malta’s academic community

As you’d expect from a nation with a 7,000-year old history, Malta has a solid academic tradition and an impressive scholarly community considering the islands’ size. You’ll join fellow international students and study medicine in a welcoming, supportive, intellectual environment.

Your global network

You won’t just learn a lot from our world-class teaching and curriculum – your fellow students will also add to your education. You’ll be part of a cohort of brilliant, talented students from around the world, with a range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Your fellow students will also form your first global professional network.

Study medicine in the Med

We want you to have the best possible experience as a Barts and The London Malta student. You’ll be working hard but we also want to make sure that your leisure time is also rewarding and enjoyable.

Malta is justifiably popular with holidaymakers: the water is warm for most of the year, so you have plenty of time to enjoy some of the finest scuba diving in the world and the incredible sandy beaches of Ramla and San Blas. You can trek in the hills, mountain bike, go clubbing or visit a spa.

Living in Malta from a QMUL student

Gozo: your home in Malta

You will be based in Gozo, the second largest of the three islands that make up the Republic of Malta. You’ll be taught initially in the Gozo General Hospital, in Gozo’s capital, Victoria (known in Maltese as ‘Ir-Rabat’).

Victoria has all you’d expect from a capital: shopping centres, libraries, restaurants – as well as the odd red postbox, left over from British colonial rule.

Students in Gozo

Ever wanted to go to a Dothraki wedding?

Gozo might be familiar to you already. It’s a popular film location and Game of Thrones was filmed here: Daenerys and Khal Drogo were married in front of the breathtaking Azure Window. You’ll wait a while to hear that ‘Winter is coming’, though: the island’s mild weather and 300 days of sunshine a year mean that you can enjoy life outdoors almost all year round.

Diving: the experience of a lifetime

Gozo is also home to some of the best diving in the Mediterranean, whatever your level of experience: the calm, warm water, spectacular underwater landscape – preserved wrecks, submerged caves and marine life – and excellent visibility combine to give you the experience of a lifetime.

Xlendi Bay - Gozo

An island of variety

Gozo is famous for its stunning coastline: its cliffs, caves, beaches and bays provide the perfect background for outdoor life on the island. As a result, there are some great sporting opportunities: windsurfing, sailing, football, the list is almost endless. Living in Victoria, you’ll also be close to the island’s main sports clubs.

Gozo is also an island of culture: it hosts several festivals, including the Victoria International Arts Festival, carnivals and fiestas.

‘The most beautiful nightclub in the world’

As for nightlife, Victoria has plenty of cafés and bars as well as the most ‘beautiful nightclub in the world’ (according to the Miami Herald): La Grotta (‘The Cave’) with its cliff-top outdoor dancefloor has an indoors that’s just as spectacular: a natural cave with three bars. It plays host to DJs like Paul Oakenfold, Magda, Tiesto and is – unsurprisingly – very popular in the summer.

Historic heritage

Malta can boast three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Gozo’s Neolithic Ġgantija Temples are some of the oldest buildings on earth, dating back over 5,500 years. The Citadel that towers over Victoria is a Medieval fortress, partly rebuilt by the Knights of St John during their 250-year rule of Malta.

Medical Knight-life

Thanks to the Knights, Malta not only has its unmistakable cross, but also a place in medical history: the Knights of St John were a Medieval ‘hospitaller’ order and the most advanced medics of their day, skilled in complex surgical techniques and aware of the importance of hygiene. Their Sacra Infermeria in Valletta (the capital of the main island, Malta) was the leading European hospital of its time.

Game of Thrones Arch – Malta

Your parents won’t need to worry about whether you’ll eat well…

As you’d expect from a Mediterranean island, local food really is something to write home about. There’s a thriving food culture on Gozo: you’ll find the freshest local ingredients, not to mention just-landed seafood and artisanal Gozitan ice-cream.

A welcoming, safe nation

Malta, as you’d expect from a holiday destination, is a friendly, tolerant place. It’s a safe environment for locals and visitors alike. Crime rates are comparatively lower than those in most other first-world countries.*

Malta is part of the European Union (EU) and the Maltese currency is the Euro. The cost of living on the islands is low in comparison with other European countries.

Getting around

Travelling around the Maltese islands is very easy: the 24 hour ferry from Gozo to the main island of Malta takes about 20 minutes and ferries run every 30 minutes in the day time. You can also hire private taxi boats available between Gozo and Malta’s main cities Sliema and Valletta. Gozo is a compact island – you’re never more than half-an-hour away from a port.

There are also good bus services from each ferry terminal to all areas of the Islands. Travel can often be a communal experience: local students often arrange mini-bus hire around the islands, posting any spare places on Facebook.

Where we are

The Maltese islands are situated in Europe's Mediterranean Sea about 100km off the coast of Italy with a population of just under half a million. The official languages of Malta are English and Maltese, although most people speak English. The islands enjoy a pleasantly warm and sunny climate all year round with hot summers.

Ferry coming into Gozo

Further information

For more information about the programmes, please contact the admissions team.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8478
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*National Statistics Office - Malta.

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