End of October: The International Office issues the call for applications for the following academic year. If you are eligible to apply will receive the information by email. The call will also be uploaded on Newspoint.
Mid-November: An information meeting is held to explain the application procedures.
30 November: Closing date of applications. Late applications will not be accepted.
End of January: By the end of January you will be notified whether they were selected, placed on the reserve list or not selected.
February: The selected students will be nominated at the host Universities and will receive instructions on the application process.
The University of Malta participates in student exchange programmes worldwide.
Bishop’s University, Quebec
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
St. Thomas University, New Brunswick
Trent University, Ontario
University of Guelph, Ontario
University of Prince Edward Island
Akita International University
Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka - students applying to this University will have to postpone their studies for a year. A scholarship is given by Kansai Gaidai University to the successful candidate. (This usually covers the cost of stay in Japan.)
Yokohama National University, Yokohama
Clarion University, Pennsylvania
Gardner-Webb University, North Carolina
George Mason University, Virginia
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina
Oakland University, Michigan
Pittsburg State University
You are strongly advised to consult the programme of studies available at the partner universities before choosing the preferred placements. It is important to ensure that the course programme matches the programme of studies you are following at the University of Malta. It is important to seek advice from the Dean/Director/Academic Advisor.
Documents to submit
The documents should be handed to Monique Mallia, International Office, Room 107, Administration Building, University of Malta.
Well in advance of you departure, you need to consult with you Head of department/Dean/Director with regards to the study-units you will be following abroad, so that the credits taken at the host University can be transferred to your programme of studies at UM.
Documents to submit prior to your departure
The learning agreement must be signed by the Dean/Director, HoD’s, Faculty Officer and the coordinator at the IO. You must then send a signed scanned copy to the host University for their signature. A copy of the Learning agreement signed by both ends should then be sent to the International Office by not later than the 30 May.
Make sure that you secure accommodation prior to departure and start looking into these arrangements as soon as possible. Accommodation arrangements need to be made directly by the students. Most of the Universities offer their own accommodation.
We strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with rules and regulations of the accommodation being rented prior to entering into a long term lease. It is also important to ask for a contract and a receipt for any deposits paid.
Health insurance is compulsory for students participating in exchange programmes. For most Universities, you have to buy their respective policy and also show evidence of immunisation against measles, mumps, rubella, and hepatitis B. You have to check and confirm with your host institution that you have the required health coverage and immunizations, prior to your departure.
Familiarise yourself with the country
Take time to prepare for your stay abroad period, read up and get to know the country you will be living in. If you think you might experience medical or psycho-social difficulties, speak to your medical practitioner or counselor and ensure that the University you will be visiting has structures providing for medical and counseling assistance.
The International Office also encourages you to leave a contact number of a family or other close relative or friend in Malta that we may contact in case of an emergency.
If you need to make changes to any study-units from the originally proposed learning agreement, while you are at their host University, you are required to fill in the Changes in Learning Agreement Form as early possible and send the signed form to Monique Mallia.
You have to be in touch with an academic advisor from the University of Malta, and obtain approval, prior to making these changes.
It is important to check your University of Malta e-mail regularly. This is the only address we will use to contact you with updates throughout the year.
Remember to notify the Maltese Embassy or High Commission in the country where you are staying and provide them with your contact details. They might need to get in touch with you in the case of an emergency.
Make sure you familiarise yourself well with the location you are staying in and keep safety as the number 1 factor at all times. Try not to travel on your own and through areas which may be designated as less safe. Keep valuables locked and only allow people you already know to visit the place where you are residing. Keep a friend notified regarding your whereabouts and keep contact numbers handy in case of an emergency.
Dealing with culture shock
Living in an environment which is culturally different from what you are used to at home is exciting, but it can also be disorientating and may make you feel emotionally and even physically unwell at times. This experience is called 'culture shock'. Feelings of culture shock are experienced by many people as they get used to living in a new cultural environment. Some typical causes of culture shock are differences in: personal freedom, privacy, accommodation, relationships between people, the way people dress and act in public, and learning and teaching styles.
Being able to share experiences with friends can help you cope with culture shock so for health reasons make sure you spend at least some time socialising, even if you are very busy with your studies. Your host university can help you find out about social activities during your time abroad where you can have fun and meet like-minded people. If you think you are experiencing culture shock ask for help. Most universities have qualified staff who will be able to help you and further information is usually available through the International.
The results published by the host University will be transferred to your transcript. The study-units need to match the learning agreement and the changes to the learning agreement.