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English in Malta & Gozo - IELS

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Why study English in Malta?

  • Ages 16+ (17+ from June 17 to September 6)
  • Magnificent background, island natural resources
  • From 1 week
  • Recently refurbished school on the seafront
  • Standard or intensive English course
  • Cambridge exam preparation
  • Homestay or residence accommodation

Destination

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. Malta's most-read paper is the English-language Malta Times, and the Maltese drive on the left. 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. The 2nd island in area, located in the North-West is Gozo: it offers a more relaxed lifestyle and the cost of living is cheaper than in Malta. Ir-Habat, Gozo's largest city is home to the Maltese Prime Minister.

IELS English School in Malta (ages 16+)

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

IELS English School in Gozo (ages 18+)

Founded in 1985, our partner school, IELS on the Gozo island, is located in the town of Ghajnsielem, a short walk from the harbour of Mgarr and the ferry terminal for Malta. Beaches and walking routes along the cliffs are easily accessible.

IELS Gozo is FELTOM and ALTO accredited.

School facilities include:

  • 8 modern classrooms with SmartBoards
  • Supermarket next door
  • Free WiFi access throughout the centre
  • Cybercafe
  • Disabled access

Activities and events during your stay

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

Some of the many activities available in Gozo include:

  • Welcome Party
  • Welcome tour
  • Boat or bicycle rides
  • Museums or historical tours
  • Theatre, concerts and opera
  • Cinema outing
  • Bowling
  • Scuba diving
  • Beach afternoon
  • Hiking
  • Quad tours
  • Kayaking
  • Jeep safari
  • Excursions to Malta Island (around €30), Sicily (around €130), etc

Courses

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

Courses on offer

  • General English: 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

  • Intensive English: 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

  • Exam Preparation Courses (Malta only)

    • Cambridge ESOL: 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.

Accommodation

Homestay (Malta & Gozo - Ages 16+)

Shared room, shared bathroom and half board.

Travel time to IELS:

  • Malta: host families live 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.
  • Gozo: host families live maximum 45 minutes away by public transport. Most families live in the neighbouring districts and towns.

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

"Howard Hotel & Residence" (Malta - Ages 18+)

This recently refurbished residence (2 years) belongs to our partner school.

Day's Inn Residence available at extra cost (see Dates & Prices tab)

Features:

  • Shared room
  • Private bathroom
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Travel time to IELS: about 15 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 whole building
  • Fully equipped kitchen with free access from 10.00 to 22.00
  • Conditioned air
  • Television lounge
  • Coin laundry facilities available on-site
  • Rooms are cleaned once per day, towels changed twice per week and sheets once per week

Optional Extras:

  • Single room
  • Studio

Residence « Migiarro » (Gozo - Ages 18+)

Features:

  • Double or triple room in a shared flat
  • Bathroom in each flat
  • Lounge in each flat dans chaque appartement
  • Self-catering
  • Residence located just above the school

Services and facilities available

  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Free WiFi access in the whole building
  • Fully equipped kitchen in each flat
  • Conditioned air (for a fee)
  • Coin laundry facilities available on-site
  • Towels are changed three times per week and sheets once per week

Optional Extras:

  • Single room
  • Choice of roommate

Prices & Dates 2019

Dates 2019

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 (01 to 07/01 in Gozo), 19/03, 19/04, 01/05, 07/06, 15/08, 13/12, 25/12, 01/12/2020

Exam Prep Course Dates (Malta only):

Cambridge FCE:

  • 28/01 (6 weeks - exam on 16/03)
  • 13/05 (6 weeks - exam on 23/06)
  • 15/07 (6 weeks - exam on 23/08)
  • 04/11 (6 weeks - exam on 04/12)

Cambridge CAE:

  • 04/02 (6 weeks - exam on 17/03)
  • 13/05 (6 weeks - exam on 23/06)
  • 15/07 (6 weeks - exam on 24/08)
  • 04/11 (6 weeks - exam on 04/12)

Cambridge CPE:

  • 28/01 (6 weeks - exam on 10/03)
  • 06/05 (6 weeks - exam on 14/06)
  • 28/10 (6 weeks - exam on 06/12)

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

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

Prices 2019

This programme contains classes Accommodation included Meal included 24h support
Booking prices -

Includes all taxes and enrolment fees

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Malte - Standard/Intensive course (20L&30L/week) & accommodation, shared room
Duration20L Host family20L Residence30L Host family30L Residence
1 week560 €540 €650 €630 €
2 weeks940 €900 €1,120 €1,080 €
3 weeks1,360 €1,300 €1,630 €1,570 €
4 weeks1,780 €1,700 €2,140 €2,060 €
6 weeks2,620 €2,500 €3,160 €3,040 €
8 weeks3,325 €3,110 €4,125 €3,910 €
12 weeks4,940 €4,615 €6,140 €5,815 €
16 weeks6,545 €6,110 €8,145 €7,710 €
18 weeks7,370 €6,885 €9,170 €8,685 €
20 weeks8,170 €7,630 €10,170 €9,630 €
24 weeks9,415 €8,770 €12,175 €11,530 €
32 weeks12,530 €11,665 €16,210 €15,345 €
36 weeks14,100 €13,125 €18,240 €17,265 €
Extra week390 €360 €435 €405 €
Malta - Exam preparation & accommodation in a host family, double room, single room
DurationCambridge FCE/CAE/CPE
6 weeks3,015 €
Malta - Course extra - per week
Peak season - 17/06-06/09 (if less than 8 weeks)70 €
Malta - Accommodation extras - per week
Type of accommodationHost familyResidence
Shared room - Peak season (28/04-29/09)55 €135 €
Day's Inn extra-25 €
Single room - Off-peak season60 €115 €
Single room - Peak season145 €245 €
Special diet50 €50 €
Malta - Transfer from Malta International Airport
Outward journey40 €
Return journey60 €
Booking prices -

Includes all taxes and enrolment fees

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Gozo - Standard/Intensive course (20L&30L/week) & accommodation, shared room
Duration20L Residence20L Host family30L Residence30L Host family
1 week475 €530 €565 €620 €
2 weeks770 €880 €950 €1,060 €
3 weeks1,105 €1,270 €1,375 €1,540 €
4 weeks1,440 €1,660 €1,800 €2,020 €
6 weeks2,110 €2,440 €2,650 €2,980 €
8 weeks2,630 €3,125 €3,390 €3,795 €
12 weeks3,895 €4,640 €5,035 €5,780 €
16 weeks5,150 €6,145 €6,670 €7,665 €
18 weeks5,805 €6,920 €7,515 €8,630 €
20 weeks6,430 €7,670 €8,330 €9,570 €
24 weeks7,570 €9,055 €9,970 €11,455 €
32 weeks10,065 €12,050 €13,265 €15,250 €
36 weeks11,325 €13,560 €14,925 €17,160 €
Extra week310 €370 €360 €425 €
Gozo - Accommodation extras - per week
Type of accommodationHost familyResidence
Shared room - Peak season (17/06-08/09)55 €135 €
Single room - Off-peak season60 €70 €
Single room - Peak season160 €205 €
Special diet50 €-
Gozo - Transfer from Malta International Airport
Outward journey60 €
Return journey90 €

Prices include:

  • Your chosen course
  • Homestay or residence accommodation
  • If homestay, shared room, shared bathroom, half board
  • If residence, shared room, shared bathroom
  • 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

Practical Information

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 2019 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.

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