Malta

Malta is a spectacular island located in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean sea and is the perfect place to study English all year round. Its Mediterranean climate, gorgeous bays and tranquil villages make it a haven of serenity. Malta also boasts of a rich cultural history, bars, shops and restaurants galore along with a buzzing nightlife.

English is one of the two official languages on the island, due to two centuries of being under British rule. Malta’s most-read paper is the English-language Malta Times, and the Maltese even drive on the left. If you’re looking for sea, sand and sun as well as top-notch English lessons, Malta is the place for you!

EC English Language Centre

Our partner school, EC, is located in the heart of St Julian’s, a charming tourist resort built around a small bay, just a short walk from the bus station. It’s the perfect location to study English in a beautiful Mediterranean setting.

Accreditation: FELTOM and ISO 9001

School facilities include:

  • 16 modern classrooms with interactive whiteboards
  • Dedicated 30+ student lounge
  • Free WiFi access throughout the centre
  • Excellent library facilities
  • Self-study room with computers for student use
  • In-school café serving all kinds of hot and cold food
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Sliema Beach Club membership (summer only)

VIP service – The Orange Carpet Experience

EC welcomes you with their orange carpet

  • Before your arrival: access to the online EC platform to prepare for your stay
  • A warm welcome upon your arrival at the airport or station
  • A warm welcome at the residence or host family
  • A welcome activity on Sunday to get acquainted to the other students
  • On the first day of lessons: a VIP reception at the school with presentation of all members of the EC team

You’re now ready to learn!

English language courses: the basics

  • Lesson length: 45 minutes
  • Class size: average 10 students (12 maximum)
  • Schedule: morning and/or afternoon lessons
  • Placement test: written test before departure, speaking assessment on the first day of lessons
  • Level required: from beginner level (A1) to advanced level (C2)
  • Certificate of completion at the end of the stay
  • Open access to the online EC platform up to 12 weeks after your stay
  • Individual tutorate
  • Personalised training plan
  • Regular progress tests (oral test every week, written test every 6 weeks) based on the Oxford Online Placement Test

20 general English lessons per week

4 lessons a day will give you a practical understanding of the English language and will help you on your way to fluency. See your confidence improve as EC trains you in all four communication skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Language level: beginner to advanced

30 general English lessons per week

The ideal course to get your English where you want it to be, progressing fast. Includes the above General English classes, and also allows you to personalise your course by taking an additional 10 lessons per week across a wide selection of electives (see the choices below):

  • Write Now
  • Media Studies
  • The Language of Music
  • Film Studies
  • Global Citizenship
  • Comparative Culture & Communication
  • Basic English Writing
  • Academic Techniques in Practice (writing assignments, taking notes and preparing presentations)
  • Get Talking

Language level: beginner to advanced

30 general English lessons per week

Duration: 1 to 10 weeks

This programme offers 20 lessons of General English combined with 10 lessons of Business English. This course will empower you with the language, knowledge and skills to confidently deal with a variety of business issues.

Business Skills:

  • Expressing personal opinions
  • Making suggestions
  • Presenting case studies
  • Problem solving

Business Focus – 10 tailored lessons:

  • Negotiating contracts
  • Management and HR
  • Branding and promotional strategies
  • Project management
  • Business ethics and CSR

Specific business techniques such as Business English on the phone and interview skills are also covered.

Language level: lower intermediate to advanced

EC Teaching Method

EC follows a ‘Communicative Method’ syllabus, which works to develop all four English language skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening. Special attention is paid to speakinggrammarvocabulary and pronunciation.

To give an engaging and relevant framework to learning these skills, each lesson will focus on a specific topic, which will vary from current affairs to everyday issues. Your professional and friendly teachers will select topics that create interest, discussion and debate in the class, allowing you to develop your confidence both in speaking and listening throughout your stay, in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere.

The teaching materials EC uses are specially designed by the school and realia such as newspapers, videos and other materials is also used.

As well as taking an active part in classroom discussions – the best way to improve your fluency – you will work on your language skills in small groups, pairs or individually on tasks and projects. EC’s teachers work to create a welcoming environment with mutual support among students – so you’ll feel at home while your English improves!

As an EC student, you will enjoy a varied calendar of social and leisure activities every week, in the afternoon or during the evening. You are very welcome to participate in all of these activities, though attendance is not mandatory. Many of these activities are free of charge, but some may charge a fee. All activities are subject to change depending on the period of the year. Activity timetable can be consulted on the online EC platform.

Some of the many activities available include:

  • Welcome Event and drink
  • Restaurant outings
  • Visits of museums and historical sites
  • Bowling
  • Yoga classes
  • Local excursions

Single room, shared bathroom and half board

Travel time to our partner school: 10 to 30 minutes on foot or by public transport

Possibility to share the same room for 2 people travelling together

Practical information:

  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Laundry: your host family will let you use their laundry facilities once a week or let you know their laundry day

Optional Extra:

  • Private bathroom

Flatshare accommodation is a great way to meet other EC students from all over the world.

Features:

  • Single or shared room
  • Shared bathroom
  • Self-catering (no meals provided)
  • Travel time to our partner school: 5 to 30 minutes walk or by public transport
  • Located in St Julian’s or Swieqi
  • A security deposit (around €100) may be requested on arrival, to be refunded by EC at the end of your stay providing your room is clean and tidy with no damage incured

Possibility of a one-bedroom studio for up to 2 people

Facilities and services:

  • Bed linen provided on arrival
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Common room
  • Coin laundry facilities available on-site
  • Weekly cleaning of common areas and student rooms; please note that outside of this service, students are responsible for cleaning the kitchen and common areas

Optional extras:

  • Private bathroom
  • Single room
  • Air conditioning (€5 per day, to pay on site)

Travel

Arrival days: Saturday or Sunday
Departure days
: Saturday or Sunday

Arrival airport:

  • Malta International Airport (MLA)

Airport transfers available on request (fees apply, see Dates & Prices)

Please note: do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course.


Dates & Prices 2021

Dates 2021

Course start dates: most courses start every Monday, all year long, year-round unless otherwise stated below. If Monday is a bank holiday, then courses start on Tuesday.

Bank holidays and holidays: 10/02, 19/03, 31/03, 02/04, 07/06, 29/06, 08/09, 21/09, 08/12, 13/12

Prices 2021

Includes all taxes and enrolment fees

WPCS 42.0.1

Course and accommodation in shared apartment, shared room, self catering
Duration20 lessons30 lessons
1 week 470 585
2 weeks 865 1.095
3 weeks 1.255 1.600
4 weeks 1.645 2.105
6 weeks 2.430 3.120
8 weeks 3.215 4.135
12 weeks 4.075 5.225
16 weeks 4.485 5.025
18 weeks 5.955 6.675
20 weeks 6.690 7.500
24 weeks 7.425 8.325
32 weeks 8.535 9.495
36 weeks 11.275 12.555
Exam Prep course - accommodation in shared apartment, shared room, self catering
DurationCambridge 30LIELTS/TOEFL 30L
4 weeks 2.105 2.105
8 weeks 4.135 4.135
10 weeks 5.225 5.225
12 weeks 6.165 5.025
High season supplement course
14/06-24/09Per week
Only 1 to 12 weeks courses 20
Accommodation supplements (per week)
Type of accommodationLow seasonHigh Season*
Homestay, shared room, half board 30 75
Homestay, single room, half board 100 220
Shared Apartment, shared room, no meals- 70
Shared Apartment, single room, no meals 105 230
Special diet (vegan, intolerance...) 45 45
*High season accommodation 13/06 - 27/09
Transfer - By way
Malta International Airport (MLA) 30

Prices include:

  • The chosen course
  • Accommodation in a shared apartment, shared room, self catering (no meals included)
  • Teaching materials and books
  • Unlimited Internet access
  • Language activities and workshops
  • The Welcome Event
  • Access to the school’s e-learning site up to 12 weeks after the end of the course
  • All school taxes and administration fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to and from Malta and transfers
  • Half-board extra (for homestay accommodation only)
  • Transport on site
  • Security deposit if applicable (to be paid on site)
  • Optional insurances