Malta

The Maltese nation is located in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean 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. If you’re looking for something more active, Malta also boasts a rich and lengthy history, bars, shops and restaurants galore and buzzing nightlife.

English is one of the two official languages of the archipelago, stemming from two centuries of British rule. If you’re looking for sea, sand and sun as well as top-notch English lessons, Malta is the place for you!

Malta is an archipelago constituted of 8 islands, 4 of which are inhabited. The island of Malta is the largest and most famous one and is home to the capital city of Valletta.

Founded in 1985, our partner school, IELS, is located in Sliema, a charming tourist resort built around a small bay, 5 km from Valletta and 30 minutes’ drive from the airport. The school is located a stone’s throw from the promenade which leads to the restaurants, bars, cafes and clubs of St Julian’s (a 15-minute walk).

IELS Malta is FELTOM and ALTO accredited.

School facilities include:

  • 95 modern classrooms with SmartBoards
  • Cafe/cafeteria next door
  • Student lounge
  • Free WiFi access throughout the centre
  • Excellent library facilities
  • Vending machines
  • Cybercafe
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Disabled access

English language courses: the basics

  • Lesson length: 45 minutes
  • Class size: maximum 10 students in Gozo, 12 in Makta
  • Schedule: morning and/or afternoon lessons
  • Placement test: first day of lessons
  • Certificate of completion at the end of your stay
  • Regular progress tests
  • Qualified native English teachers

20 lessons per week

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

Language level: beginner to advanced

30 lessons per week

The ideal course to get your English where you want it to be, fast. Includes the above General English classes plus 10 extra afternoon classes to broaden your vocabulary and practise your speaking.

Language level: beginner to advanced

30 lessons per week

Session length: 6 weeks at specific start dates (see “Prices and Dates”).

This programme is designed for those wishing to take Cambridge exams. Your teachers will guide and monitor you to make sure that you progress at the correct rate to succeed in your exam, giving you the specific vocabulary and grammar and study plan you need. They will meet with you individually to assess your language proficiency and goals.

Language level:

  • FCE: Intermediate (B2)
  • CAE: Pre Advanced (C1)
  • Proficiency: Advanced (C2)

This program includes the General English course as well as 10 exam preparation lessons in the afternoon. If you wish to attend university in an English-speaking country, preparing for the exam is the first step to success. Sample papers will help you learn how to effectively answer questions and learn the techniques you need to sit the exam with confidence. You will also need to dedicate some time in the evening for homework.

As an IELS student, you will enjoy a varied calendar of social and leisure activities every week, in the afternoon or during the evening. Attendance is optional. Many of these activities are free of charge, however, some may require a fee. All activities are subject to change without notice and may be offered seasonally.

Some of the many activities available in Malta include:

  • Welcome Party
  • Welcome tour (Valletta, Mdina etc, around €15)
  • Salsa night (€4)
  • Cinema outing (€3)
  • Karting (€15)
  • Theatre
  • Laser tag
  • Bowling
  • Scuba diving
  • Museums or historical tours
  • Harbour cruise
  • Excursions to Gozo Island (around €30), Sicily (around €130), etc

Shared room, shared bathroom and half board

Travel time to IELS: maximum 30 minutes away by public transport. Most families live in St Julian’s, Sliema, Sweiqi, San Gwann, Msida, Ta/Xbiex, Naxxar, Lija, Balzan and Attard.

Practical information:

  • Bed linens 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 Extras:

  • Single room
  • Special diet
  • WiFi

This modern residence belongs to our partner school and is located only 5 minutes from the school on foot

Features:

  • Shared room
  • Private bathroom
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Travel time to IELS: 5 minutes walk
  • Located in Sliema, 5 minutes walk from the beach and sea side, bus stop, cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops
  • Deposit (about €60) to be paid on arrival and refunded at the end of your stay providing your room is clean and tidy with no damage

Services and facilities available

  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Free WiFi access in the common rooms
  • Fully equipped kitchen with free access from 7.00 to 22.00
  • Conditioned air
  • Television lounge
  • Coin laundry facilities available on-site
  • Lift
  • Bar
  • Rooms are cleaned once per day, towels changed twice per week and sheets once per week

Optional Extras:

  • Single room
  • WIFI in the room (15€ per week to be paid on premises)
  • Studio (with fridge, kitchen, microwaves and oven)
  • Breakfast
  • Half-board

Travel

Arrivals: Saturday or Sunday

**Departures: Saturday or Sunday

Please note: Stays last 8 days and 7 nights (from Saturday to Saturday or Sunday to Sunday).

Transport

  • Arrival Airport: Malta International Airport

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

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

Visa Information

You might need a visa for this course. For more information please visit our Visa Information page.

Do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you require any additional information.


Dates & Prices 2021

Dates 2021

Course start dates Most courses start every Monday year-round (exceptions are outlined below.) On Bank Holiday Mondays, lessons start on Tuesdays.

Bank holidays and holidays (No lessons will take place on these dates and they will not be rescheduled or refunded) : 01/01, 10/02, 19/03, 31/03, 02/04, 01/05, 07/06, 29/06, 08/09, 21/09, 08/12, 13/12

Exam Prep Course Dates (Malta only):

Cambridge FCE :

  • 01/02 – 12/03 (exam on the 12/03)
  • 26/04 – 04/06 (exam on the 05/06)
  • 19/07 – 27/08 (exam on the 26/08)
  • 25/10 – 03/12 (exam on the 04/12)

Cambridge FCE :

  • 08/02 – 19/03 (exam on the 20/03)
  • 10/05 – 18/06 (exam on the19/06)
  • 19/07 – 27/08 (exam on the 27/08)
  • 25/10 – 03/12 (exam on the 04/12)

Cambridge CAE :

  • 04/05 – 12/06 (6 weeks – exam on the 10/06)
  • 20/07 – 28/08 (6 weeks – exam on the 28/08)
  • 26/10 – 04/12 (6 weeks – exam on the 02/12)

Cambridge CPE :

  • 25/01 – 05/03 (exam on the 06/03)
  • 03/05 – 11/06 (exam on the 11/06)
  • 25/10 – 03/12 (exam on the 02/12)

(Exam dates are subject to change at the local centre’s discretion. For more information, visit the Cambridge exam website).

Note: according to the dates, an extra week accommodation can be booked to take the exam (not included in the price)

Prices 2021

Includes all taxes and enrolment fees

WPCS 42.0.1

Standard / Intensive Course (20L & 30L / week) & accommodation, shared room
Duration20L Homestay20L Res, SC30L Family30L Res, SC
1 week 575 530 670 625
2 weeks 975 880 1.165 1.070
3 weeks 1.420 1.275 1.705 1.560
4 weeks 1.855 1.665 2.235 2.045
6 weeks 2.730 2.440 3.300 3.010
8 weeks 3.425 3.100 4.305 3.980
12 weeks 5.090 4.595 6.410 5.915
16 weeks 6.740 6.085 8.500 7.845
20 weeks 8.315 7.495 10.515 9.695
24 weeks 9.590 8.605 12.590 11.605
32 weeks 12.760 11.445 16.760 15.445
36 weeks 14.355 12.880 18.855 17.380
Additional week 400 360 450 410
Exam preparation & family accommodation, double room, half board
DurationCambridge FCE / CAE / CPE
6 weeks 1.830
Course supplement - per week
High season - 14/06-03/09 (1-7 weeks) 70
Accommodation supplements - per week
Housing typeHomestayResidence (Day's Inn)
Shared room - High season (30/05 - 19/09) 65 100
Single room - Low season 65 125
Single room - High season (30/05 - 19/09) 175 255
Specific diet 50-
Day's Inn studio supplement- 30
Half board supplement (1-7 weeks)- 150
Malta Airport Transfer
One way ticket 40
Round trip 60

Prices include:

  • Your chosen course
  • Homestay or residence accommodation
  • If homestay, shared room, shared bathroom, half board
  • If residence, shared room, shared bathroom, self catering
  • Course materials
  • All taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to/from Malta and airport transfers
  • If residence, all meals
  • Deposit on arrival, where applicable
  • Cambridge exam fees, where applicable
  • Visa fees
  • Optional insurance