Malta officially known as the Republic of Malta (Maltese: Repubblika ta' Malta), is a Southern European island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. It lies 80 km (50 mi) south of Italy, 284 km (176 mi) east of Tunisia, and 333 km (207 mi) north of Libya. With a population of about 475,000 over an area of 316 km2 (122 sq mi), Malta is the world's tenth smallest and fifth most densely populated country. Its capital is Valletta, which is the smallest national capital in the European Union by area at 0.8 km². The official languages are Maltese and English, with Maltese officially recognised as the national language and the only Semitic language in the European Union. Malta has been inhabited since approximately 5900 BC. Its location in the centre of the Mediterranean has historically given it great strategic importance as a naval base.
There are many appealing aspects of studying abroad, no matter where you choose to go, but Malta has some truly unique features that recommend it over other destinations.
Malta has a Mediterranean climate according to the Köppen climate classification with very mild winters and warm to hot summers. The average yearly temperature is around 23 °C (73 °F) during the day and 16 °C (61 °F) at night (one of the warmest temperature averages in Europe). In the coldest month – January – the typical maximum temperature ranges from 12 to 20 °C (54 to 68 °F) during the day and the minimum from 6 to 12 °C (43 to 54 °F) at night.
The University of Malta and the Malta College of Arts Science and Technology (MCAST) are the publicly-funded educational institutions providing higher education courses. The Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) provides a Higher Diploma in Management Studies which is equivalent to the first year of a Bachelor’s degree. Students completing this diploma may register into the second year of the Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Studies at the University of Malta.