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International Interns are advised that the University of Malta does not provide any financial or in-kind contributions.  The interns must have sufficient financial resources in order to organise their trip to Malta and to finance their stay in Malta including but not limited to: accommodation, transport, academic materials and any other living expenses required during their stay.  The students are also responsible to make arrangements to have the necessary insurance cover in place; either through their home institutions or through their own arrangements. 

During the internship, the intern agrees to abide by the regulations of the University of Malta and agrees to respect the necessary conditions, set out in the specific Internship Agreement. The conditions can include any specific conditions laid out by the Supervisor (the UM academic or administrative member of staff in charge of the intern). 

Language of tuition at the University of Malta is English and therefore it is recommended that students / researchers undertaking internships have adequate level of English Language proficiency to be able to successfully undertake the internship.  Recommended English Language level is B2 and higher, as per Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The Applicable Law for Internship Agreements undertaken at the University of Malta is Maltese Law, since, according to International Law, the law of the country where the contract shall be executed shall prevail.   No other foreign legislation can be accepted.

The intern must have a Travel and Health Insurance which covers the duration of the intern’s stay in Malta and covers expenses for personal belongings, specific medical intervention, repatriation and adequate cover for the internship at the University of Malta which includes civil liability. 

If the intern is from an EU member country, the intern must have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).  The EHIC provides cover for the first 90 days, therefore it is still important to have necessary travel and health insurance to cover services not included under the EHIC.  

In addition to the above-mentioned documents, prospective interns from Non-EU countries must also provide a letter from their Home Institution / Employer confirming the intern’s relationship with the organisation.  In case of students, details to be included are those pertaining to the course registered and duration of studies.  

Prospective interns from Non-EU countries have the responsibility to obtain the necessary Visa clearance in order to enter Malta and undertake the internship. Further Information can be accessed through the following link:

All EU/EEA and all non-EU nationals are also requested to familiarise themselves with the E-residence requirements as laid out in the following link
During the internship period at the University of Malta, the interns are subject to the conditions of the Internship Agreement and the rules and policies of the University of Malta and its subsequent amendments.   
The International Office will assist with filling the necessary internship documents when these are presented by the prospective intern (usually the home university or sending agency provides the documents) and will also assist with the drawing up of Internship Agreements when documents are not provided by the Home Institution (template available in Annex 1 of this document). The documents will be prepared and reviewed with the Legal Office and the necessary feedback will be provided to supervisors, to relay to prospective interns. The UM affirms the importance of having an Internship Agreement in place for every intern hosted, which outlines the obligations of both parties.  The agreement must be in place before the start of the internship.

During their Internship, interns are not registered on Student Information Management System (SIMS) but may apply for a Library Card (at the Library’s discretion) and for an IT services user account.  No ECTS credits are awarded by the University of Malta for Internships.   

The University of Malta reserves the right to terminate traineeship agreements in cases where the interns do not comply with the terms of the internship, in cases of misconduct and/or in cases where the conditions of the agreement cannot be fulfilled by either party.

Last Updated: 19 September 2017

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