A popular student destination
Malta has more than 40 academic institutions on the islands and more than 81,000 overseas students. This is no surprise when you consider Malta’s Mediterranean climate, picturesque landscapes, warm seas, welcoming and friendly people, and opportunities for a wide range of activities, all in an English language-speaking setting.
Friends from around the world
As well as an outstanding education in a supportive and inspiring environment, a large part of your experience will come from the friends and people you meet during your studies. You will come across students from different parts of the world and can enjoy learning new experiences from each other, as well as building your professional global network.
Students in Gozo
Experience life as a Barts and The London Student in Malta
You make your own experience while at university but we are here to make that time as enjoyable as it can be. We want to provide our students with the total Queen Mary University of London experience, but within the beautiful setting of Gozo and Malta. Your student experience both in and out of the classroom is important to us.
Students on the islands will experience student life as a Barts and The London student right from the start, all the way through to becoming a foundation level doctor. It is no secret that Barts students like to ‘work hard, play hard’, a philosophy that has been with the School for many years now. Studying medicine is certainly demanding and intensive; however, there is still time for students to enjoy the wide range of activities and clubs that the islands have to offer, ranging from trekking in the mountains to water sports and nightlife.
A wonderful Mediterranean location
With over 300 days of sunshine a year, outdoor activities are very popular. Students can enjoy climbing, trekking, racket sports, golf, swimming, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, diving, horse-riding and paragliding. Other activities include: playing music or listening to music at the various concerts, open air theatre, arts and film, nightlife – bars, restaurants, clubs etc.
Xlendi Bay - Gozo
A safe living environment
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.
Things to do on Gozo:
Diving and sports
Gozo’s rugged landscape and spectacular coastline are perfect for time spent away from the textbooks. If you like diving or want to try then whilst you are a student is the best time to start, as Gozo is one of Europe’s top diving destinations with a large range of shore as well as boat dives. Other sports are also popular in Gozo - football is big, as is swimming, water polo, sailing...any water sport in fact. Most of the main sports clubs are based in and around Victoria.
Gozo also boasts a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ġgantija Temples, which is the oldest sophisticated stone buildings on earth dating back over 5500 years. And the fortified town of the Citadel that towers over in Rabat (Victoria), combines Medieval layout with the buildings of the Knights of St John on a site inhabited since the Bronze Age.
Festivals and the arts
Gozo also runs a Festival Mediterranea with cultural and artistic events over two months of the year, including opera, music concerts and art exhibitions. The Victoria International Arts Festival in summer combines artistes and ensembles from all over the world. There are also free events at Gaulitana Festival of Music over Easter. And if that isn’t enough fun and entertainment, Gozo also holds 5 days of carnival activities at the beginning of the year.
The capital Victoria has libraries, bus services, shops, restaurants, cafes, bars. In Victoria's main street, one can find all kinds of shops, two shopping centres, pharmacies, banks, the Police Headquarters, the Bishop's Chancery, as well as La Stella and Leone Band Clubs who own the Astra and Aurora opera theatres respectively. Victoria also has a sports centre, cinema, football pitch and numerous churches.
There are five clubs on Gozo there are also some bars and cafés in the tourist villages of Marsalforn and Xlendi. In winter, when only a few tourists come to Gozo, the Maltese like to meet up in Victoria (Rabat), the capital of Gozo. There are many bars and cafes serving food and drinks and music in the evenings all year round in Victoria.
Visiting Malta will of course be a popular option for students on weekends and evenings. For information about Malta please visit www.visitmalta.com
Game of Thrones Arch – Malta
Gozo Channel offers a comprehensive ferry service for foot passengers and car passengers as well as cargo vehicles. The trip takes about 20 minutes and ferries run every 30 minutes. Additionally, there are private taxi boats available between Gozo and Malta’s main cities Sliema and Valletta.
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.
Ferry coming into Gozo
*National Statistics Office - Malta. Data recorded in 2012