International Education

O'Dowd Hall, Room 328
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2889

Office hours
Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

In-person and virtual advising hours
Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. - noon and 1 - 4 p.m.

Walk-in advising hours
Mon - Thurs: 1 - 3 p.m.

Alex Zimmerman, Director
(248) 370-2843

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University of Malta, Malta

The program for visiting students at the University of Malta offers students the opportunity to register for a variety of classes from different subject areas, from arts-based subjects like anthropology, history, languages and media, to science-based classes, like computer engineering, information computing systems, mechanical engineering, etc. Visiting students may register for classes from different schools (Faculties) within the university and from different years, subject to availability of study-units and approval of the host department.

The University of Malta has an educational excellence spanning over 400 years. All teaching at the University of Malta is in English. The University of Malta provides a multi-cultural environment with students from around 80 countries, and is situated in a central location in Malta. Malta is an island endowed with sun, clear blue seas and a unique history. Choosing the University of Malta as a study abroad destination, is opting to experience the best of both worlds: studying at an internationally renowned University, on an island of infinite treasures.

Prospective visiting students are requested to visit the website which explains the application procedure and other important information about studying at the University of Malta.

Now accepting applications for Winter semester 2022 (Feb. 1 - June 30, 2022). Application deadlines are November 1 for Winter semester; June 1 for the Academic Year.

For more information contact:
Alex Zimmerman, Program Director, Director of International Education

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Where you will Be

The University of Malta is situated in Msida. Msida is harbour town in Malta, and it is located just west of Valletta on the northeast coast of Malta. Msida is centrally located, and an important town for all travelers, since many of the country’s bus routes pass through it. The closest beach (Sliema) is within 10 minutes distance by transport. Restaurants and entrainment places are also found in Sliema and in nearby St. Julians.

Students studying at the University of Malta may opt to stay at the University Residence, which has a free shuttle bus service to the University of Malta. The University Residence has specific students’ accommodation packages and also has a swimming pool. The University Residence is situated in Lija, which is a small village in central Malta, with a population of around 3,000 people. It forms part of the Three Villages, together with Balzan and Attard. All these three have large country residences that witnessed great historical events. Lija is well-known for its spectacular fireworks displays.

What you will do and learn
What you will do

On Orientation day all visiting students are introduced to the various students’ associations, including the University Students’ Council and the Erasmus Student Network. These students’ associations organize various on and off campus activities for students, including trips to Gozo. Visiting students will also be explained on how to join as members to the University of Malta Sports Club, so as to participate in sport activities. Visiting students are also encouraged to participate in the University of Malta open week, where they share information on their country and culture with the visitors.

Visiting students are also encouraged to take part in the information session prepared for outgoing exchange local students, where they promote their University and country as study abroad destinations. During holidays and over breaks visiting students normally take the opportunity to travel to nearby destinations, since Malta’s national airport has excellent intercontinental connections. The island’s strategic location can serve as an ideal departure point for destinations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

What you will learn

Visiting students studying at the University of Malta would normally be advised on the classes and on the number of credits (ECTS) they need to register for by the academic advisers at their home University. Visiting students may register for a minimum of 8 ECTS and a maximum 30 ECTS per semester. The University of Malta has various subjects areas open for visiting students, which can be viewed here. Visiting students are advised to have extra classes in mind in case of any clashes in the lecture schedule.

For those students who do not have the English language as their mother tongue, the English Language Proficiency Requirement is needed.

Visiting students have the opportunity to enroll for DegreePlus classes. The areas covered by DegreePlus include Voluntary Work, Entrepreneurship, Sport, Culture and Heritage, International Relations, Languages, Music, Creative and Performing Arts and many more. DegreePlus classes will be shown on one’s transcript, they carry no Grades or ECTS, but students will obtain a DegreePlus Certificate on successful completion of the course. More information on DegreePlus.

  • Visiting students are normally advised to have a 2.75 GPA or above average, however each student’s application will be seen on a case by case basis. 
  • A Medical health form would need to be submitted with the application for visiting students.
  • United States citizens do not require a visa to enter Malta. All international students who stay for more than 3 months (ie 90 days) should apply for an e-residence document, kindly refer to the e residence document page.
  • Visiting students are required to fill in the student card and registration card, received in their acceptance package, and bring these with them filled in on orientation day. Instructions on filling these will be listed in the student’s acceptance package. 
  • In line with the Maltese Legislation, the University of Malta requires all NON-EU International students to undertake medical health tests within 15 days of their arrival in Malta . Reference is made to L.N. 29 of 2008, Conditions of Admission of Third Country Nationals for the purposes of Studies Regulations 2008
  • Application deadlines are follows:
    • Students applying for the First Semester or Full Academic Year (Commencing in October): 1st June
    • Students applying for the Second Semester (Commencing in February): 1st November
    • For more information on the application procedure, students are advised to visit the website for visiting students.
  • The University of Malta program runs from the end of September/beginning of October until June/July. Students may opt to study for one semester or one academic year. Normally students from the USA would opt either for the full academic year or the 2nd Semester (Feb-June).
  • In cases where the student wishes to withdraw from the program, the program coordinator, Marlene Debono, would need to be informed.
Housing, Food and Technology

Visiting students may opt to stay at the University Residence. Information on meal plans can be found on the University Residence’s dining website.

Transportation in Malta is provided by the Malta Public Transport. Students can apply for a Student Saver Card and access even better value bus travel. The application of the saver card is FREE of charge. The Student Saver Card can be used in Malta only. For travel in Gozo, the student would need to produce the relevant Malta ID card.

About Exchange

OU exchange programs offer students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of a foreign country and to study with students from their host country at an OU partner institution. Exchange programs increase understanding and tolerance of other cultures, develop independence and confidence, improve language skills, and broaden social horizons.

Host institution exchange coordinators welcome students to the university campus and environs with an orientation. Participants live in student housing with other university students. Students pay OU tuition and get OU credit for classes taken while abroad and are eligible for OU scholarships and OU financial aid.

Exchange programs run a semester or full year, although the academic calendar at some of our partner institutions varies substantially from OU’s. Some programs offer summer classes. Many exchange programs expect students to be able to converse in the language of the host country. Most exchange students become fluent in the language of the host country within a few months.


University of Malta

Number of credits: 12 or more per semester (OU Tuition based on number of credits)
Monthly Living Costs (housing, meals, wi fi, and incidentals): $1,254.67 per month
Airfare (estimate): $1,500
Local transportation: $200
Books and supplies: $200
Visa: Required for more than 90 days, called the E Resident Document. Cost $30.20.