Malta is made up of a group of islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. The island of Gozo is home to the Ggantija temple, the world’s oldest freestanding structure. Because of its strategic location, Malta has been occupied by the Phoenicians, Arabs, Romans, the Knights of St. John, the French and the British, all of whom have left their mark on the islands.
Malta became a British colony in 1814 and went on to achieve independence in 1964. Mediterranean culture is dominant in Malta, but 150 years of British rule left their mark. English is still an official language, the Maltese drive on the left side of the road and enjoy a nice English breakfast. The most popular daily newspaper is the Malta Times which is published in English.
Malta has something for everyone: Mediterranean climate, crystal-clear waters, an abundance of history, pretty villages, colorful feasts and celebrations. Malta also offers wonderful cafes and restaurants, a lively nightlife, a wide range of shops and, of course, English classes.
St Paul’s Bay was once a small fisherman’s village; today it’s the most beautiful seaside resort town in Malta, with an enjoyable promenade alongside the beach. The temperature is ideal all year long and there are numerous aquatic activities available nearby.
Our partner school is recognized as one of the best private schools in Malta for the instruction of English. There are three establishments, in St Julian's, St Martin's College and Chiswick House School. The school welcomes youth from the all over the world, uniting them with English as a common language. The learning environment has been adapted to motivate students: all classrooms have been equipped with air conditioning, assuring a level of comfort ideal for learning. The on-site academic supervisors are always present to help with any concerns, for example if the courses are too difficult or too easy or if the student needs help with lessons.
Outside of class, there are counselors who assure that the programme runs smoothly 24/7. They are in charge of waking the students up in the morning, supervising activities and looking after the students at night.
Courses are taught by qualified and experienced teachers and are based on four key points of language instruction: reading, writing, conversation and oral comprehension. The placement test, taken upon arrival, ensures that each student is placed in a group adapted to his or her level. The programme includes 20 lessons (45 minutes each for a total of 15 hours) per week, from Monday to Friday.
Classes take place in the morning, with a mid-morning break to assure that the students can concentrate throughout their courses. All academic materials are included and distributed on the first day of class. Classes are international and made up of no more than 15 students per class, assuring the oral participation of each student. Students receive a certificate on the last day of the programme, showing their level and the progress that they made.
After morning courses, lunch is served between 12:30 and 1:30 and afternoon activities focus on discovering the island. The students will visit the white-sand beaches, tour the island, visit an aquarium, explore the aquatic amusement park and go bowling or shopping. Evening activities include barbeques, karaoke nights, beach games and other recreational fun. All activities are monitored by on-site supervisors.
One week includes five half-days of activities as well as three evenings. For a stay of a minimum two weeks, a full excursion day is included.
Here is an example activity programme for one week:
- Boat cruise from the port
- Cinema night
- Splash & Fun Water Park
- Visit to an artisan village
- Shopping in Baystreet
- Visit to Mdina, the Silent City
- Water games
- Boat cruise to the Blue Lagoon
We offer participants the choice of a homestay or a residence.
Our host families are carefully chosen by the school staff. They are all native English speakers and offer the best possible conditions for the students to practice their English in an authentic and friendly environment.
Accommodation is generally in a double room (sometimes triple), with full-board.
Each student has: - A bed - A desk or table for studying (in the bedroom or sitting room) - A wardrobe
Bedding and towels are provided and changed once a week. You should bring your own beach towel. Washing is done once a week.
Residence - (Canifor Hotel and Sunscrest Hotel - in summer only)
Students also have the choice of a residnce, in Qawra on the northern coast of the island.
Accommodation is offered in rooms with two beds with full-board. A continental breakfast is offered in the mornings, a sandwich or hot meal is served at lunchtime and a buffet is available in the evening. Bottles of water are free with every meal, nevertheless it is very hot during the summer in Malta and it would be useful to have some pocket money in order to buy fresh drinks. All rooms have a desk, wardrobe, television and air conditioning. Bedding and towels are provided and changed once a week.
The accommodation is cleaned daily. Students should bring their own beach towels. The hotels have a relaxation area, an IT suite and an outdoor pool. Monitors also stay on site.
A private bus shuttle transports students everyday from the residence to the school, as well as to the activities. The journey lasts around 30 minutes.
Please note: A refundable deposit of €50 is required on arrival.
Prices & Dates
Stays are from Saturday to Saturday or Sunday to Sunday, for a minimum duration of 1 week.
- Easter: from 12th April to 4th May 2014 (homestay only)
- Summer: from 14th June to 31st August 2014
- October half-term: from 4th October to 2nd November 2014 (homestay only).
The school closes on: 8th April, 1st May, 15th August and 8th September.
- 20 English lessons per week (45 minutes each - total 15 hours)
- Accommodation chosen in a shared room with full-board
- Academic materials
- Administrative and enrollment fees
- Activity programme organized by the school (afternoons, evenings and weekends)
- 24-hour supervision by our qualified counselors
- Supervised transportation from the school to the residence
- Transportation to and from the international airport in Malta
Prices do not include:
- The flight
- Personal expenses (pocket money) on-site
- Arrival airport - International airport of Malta (MLA)
- A (free) transfer is offered from the airport to your accommodation
If you wish, we offer return flights from Brussels, Paris, or Marseille. Please make a note of this in your booking form.
If you wish to book your own flights, try to arrive the Sunday before the start of your course and leave the Saturday following the end of your course.
Do you need a Visa for this programme? For more information please consult our page Visa Information.
Do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or email if you require any further information