A foundation course at the University of Malta’s International School for Foundation Studies is a one-year, pre-tertiary study programme specifically tailored for students wishing to enroll for an undergraduate study course but do not meet the necessary direct entry requirements. Students who complete the study programme successfully are then guaranteed a place in a number of undergraduate degree courses in the humanities and social sciences at the University of Malta.
The study programmes are designed to bridge the gap between a high school learning environment and the demands of an undergraduate course. 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 the humanities and the social sciences in a learner-centred environment designed to promote the learner’s autonomy through task-based learning, interactive learning, self-access, and small-group contact time for learning support. The programme is also designed to introduce learners to a thriving multicultural community of students and promotes a learning environment that is diverse and inclusive.
The humanities study programme will provide learning in the core academic English language skills, a modern foreign language, history, introductory courses to philosophy and the social sciences, 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 59, 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 a qualifying interview and/or a written test.
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 2020.
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 5,000
Total Tuition Fees: Eur 5,000
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.
Last Updated: 9 July 2020
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.