This foundation course, one-year pre-tertiary study programme is specifically tailored if you wish to enrol for an undergraduate study course in the humanities but do not 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 the humanities and the social sciences. The course is designed to have a learner-centred environment, intended to promote your autonomy through task-based learning, interactive learning, self-access, and small-group contact time for learning support. You will be provided with core academic English language skills, a modern foreign language, history, introductory courses to philosophy and social sciences, psychology, communications and critical thinking skills. After successful completion of the course, you will be guaranteed a place in a number of undergraduate degree courses in the humanities and social sciences at the University of Malta.
(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:
• Have acquired fundamental concepts in the study of the humanities and the social sciences. • Be able to carry out research and critical thought. • Be fluent in your oral and reading faculties in the English language. • Have a general understanding of some of the Humanities subjects. • Be able to learn independently and organise your time effectively.
If you would like to study a course offered by the department of the Humanities, then this is the ideal preparatory and compensatory course to meet your required needs.
Upon successfully completing this course, you will be eligible to enrol within a course of your choice offered by the Humanities department, provided that the pre-requisites are met.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2022/3.
Last Updated: 11 May 2022
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