The foundation course in Business Studies is a one-year, pre-tertiary study programme specifically tailored to enrol you in an undergraduate study and to meet the necessary direct entry requirements. The programme presents a comprehensive introduction to discipline-specific academic English language skills and terminology, study skills, and the fundamental concepts in the study of accounts and economics in a learner-centred environment designed to promote your autonomy through task-based learning, interactive learning, self-access, and small-group contact time for learning support. The programme is also designed to introduce you to a thriving multicultural community of students and promotes a learning environment that is diverse and inclusive. The Business Studies study programme will provide learning in the core academic English language skills, accounts, economics, psychology, communications, research and critical thinking skills.
(a) present a secondary and/or high school certificate issued abroad and who studied within an educational system that is not comparable to the Maltese educational system (in terms of curriculum, years of study, etc.) and
(b) are in possession of one of the following qualifications in English at the required level:
(i) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-Based Test (iBT) with an overall score of 61, and a minimum score of 17 in the reading and writing components or (ii) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall band score of 5.5, with a reading and writing score of at least 5.0 or (iii) Cambridge First Certificate at grade C or better or (iv) any other equivalent qualification approved by the Admissions Board and
(c) are in possession of qualifications allowing access to an undergraduate course in the selected discipline in the country where such qualifications originate, but
(d) are deemed to require further study to be admitted to undergraduate degree courses at the University of Malta.
At the discretion of the Board, applicants shall be required to pass an interview and/or a written test.
Applicants who are deemed ineligible to join the Course may be allowed by the Board to enrol as students in the Foundation Commencement Programme which is detailed in Appendix I to the regulations for the Course.
EU, non-EU and Maltese dual citizens who previously studied abroad and then join higher secondary schools in Malta for more than one year shall not be admitted to the Course.
The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2022.
For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.
UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.
Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.
After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.
Total Tuition Fees: Eur 6,600
Total Tuition Fees: Eur 6,600
By the end of the course, you will:
• Be eligible to enrol in an undergraduate course in Business Studies. • Be fluent in your English oral and speaking faculties. • Have a basic understanding of Business principles. • Be able to carry out independent research and critical thought. • Be provided with basic and general knowledge in areas such as accounts, economics, psychology, and communications.
The study programme is designed to bridge your gap between a high school learning environment and the demands of an undergraduate course, preparing you for a future career in Business.
As a certificate holder, you will be eligible to enrol in an undergraduate course in Business Studies at the University of Malta.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2022/3.
Last Updated: 11 May 2022
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication. The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints. Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice. Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.