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 Maltese and English, although most people speak English. The islands enjoy a pleasantly warm and sunny climate all year round with hot summers.
The Republic of Malta is made up of three main Islands Malta, Gozo and Comino. In the first two years of the programme students will be taught mainly at the Gozo campus. From an early stage students will gain experience in the local community through attachments with general practices where they can learn about the clinical context of their medical knowledge.
In the third, fourth and fifth year students will spend time on the wards and clinics in the Gozo General Hospital and also the Mater Dei Hospital (Malta) and other relevant clinical facilities in primary and secondary care where they will be introduced to clinical medicine. Students’ knowledge and clinical skills will be enhanced by working alongside clinical teams both in the hospital and also within community placements. Students will regularly return to the main medical campus on Gozo for teaching weeks and assessments.
Students enjoy peace of mind when it comes to personal safety as the islands offer a safe environment for both locals and visitors. Crime rates are comparatively lower than those in most other first-world countries - according to OSAC Diplomatic Bureau of Security 2015.
Up-to-date- safety statistics can be found here
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. Malta is easily accessible from most European hubs including London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Istanbul and Paris
There is a frequent ferry service that carries passengers between Malta and Gozo. Students must also allow for travel time from the ferry port to their final destination which is mainly by bus.
There are bus services from each ferry terminal to all areas of the Islands. Local students often arrange mini bus hire to and from Malta and post on Facebook spare places which can be taken up by other students.