Orientation sessions

Reaching out to us:

 

The International Office provides support to international foundation, degree, exchange and visiting students at all levels of study.  

In order to respect social distancing rules and limit contagion risks we shall mostly communicate through online means via telephone, google meet and zoom and email.  

Students who wish to have face-to-face support are kindly asked to request an appointment so that a suitable meeting location is identified. 

In view of restrictions limiting the number of persons gathering in indoor spaces, we have cancelled the orientation sessions that are normally held at the start of each semester and enlisted all the relevant information below.  Whilst this cannot replace the value of human interaction and encounter we trust that this information is helpful as you start your journey at the University of Malta. 


Below you will find information about services which will help you to settle when you arrive in Malta.

 There are a number of ways you can travel in Malta. Public buses are known as ‘Tal-Linja’.  They cover all of Malta and Gozo.  Students may apply for the Tallinja card for reduced fares. We also suggest that you download the Tallinja App from your mobile app store. 

Private taxi services are also easily accessible and offer competitive rates.  Most can be booked via apps that you can download onto your phone.  We recommend that students book in advance or plan their return when going out to ensure that they are not left stranded in unfamiliar places. 



e-Residence Permit:

Make sure that your documentation is up-to-date before arriving in Malta.  When in Malta, all full time degree students, and visiting non-EU, and UK students are to apply for their e-residence permit.  EU Visiting students on a full year mobility, are also advised to apply for their permit

Please be aware that attending lectures is compulsory.  If you miss lectures because you are either sick, travelling or any other reason,  you must contact your lecturer to inform them about your absence.  Attendance is tied to your e-Residence Permit and this can be revoked if your attendance is not in line with the required levels. Checks are frequently conducted. 


Opening a Local Bank Account: 

Degree students, staying for more than 6 months, may be eligible to open a bank account with a local bank


 

UM email Account:

It is important that new students activate their UM email account - @um.edu.mt.  UM correspondence and notices will be sent to this account. You may set the UM account to forward received messages to another email account of your choice. 


Academic Calendar:

Take note of the Academic Calendar 2020/21 and have it bookmarked for quick reference. Check your faculty’s website for each semester’s timetable, and  for any information contact your respective coordinator


Student Hours:

Should you need to contact any administrative staff, please do so by email or telephone to check if the office is receiving students. Familiarise yourself with your respective administrative offices' student hours. Due to Covid-19 please respect social distancing rules and do not visit offices without prior appointments.


Student Regulations:

Do familiarise yourself with the student regulations to meet the faculties’ expectations regarding student conduct, procedures and forms. Visiting Erasmus and exchange students are to refer to the International Office website or coordinator. 

Please be aware that attending lectures is compulsory.  If you miss lectures because you are either sick, travelling or any other reason,  you must contact your lecturer to inform them about your absence.  Attendance will be taken for every class. 

If you are a visiting student it is of utmost importance to read the Visiting Student Guidelines and refer to them regularly.

 

Foundation and Degree Students - Enrolment and Registration: 
Once you have activated your account, there are now two steps you need to follow.

Firstly, enrol at the International Admissions Office - Room 103. You need to present your original certificates to the International Admissions Office between the 19th to the 26th October. Those arriving at a later date may present their original documents as soon as they arrive in Malta. You may visit the office during office hours: 

8.00-12.30 

13.30-17.00

Make sure you have the Acceptance Letter with you and your original certificates for verification. 


Secondly, once the Admissions Office sends you a link to your @um.edu.mt account your next step is to enrol online. To do this you need to activate your UM email account.  Degree students may register their study-units with their respective departments online through the eSIMS portal. 


If you are a Foundation student or a  degree student following online lectures from your home country, please send notarised/certified true copies of your qualifications by post to:

Ms Daniela Camilleri

International Admissions Office

Room 104, Administration Building 

University of Malta

Msida 

MSD 2080

The documents should be received by the 26 October 2020.

Covid-19 Advice and Guidelines:

The University of Malta documented a set of guidelines and advice to mitigate, as much as possible, against the transmission of COVID-19. You will also find information about methods of teaching and learning.  It is of utmost importance that you read these guidelines and follow them rigorously. 

MyUM App:

Registered students may download the MyUM App, where you can easily access services from your phone. Some of its most important features include an interactive campus map linked with Google Maps. 


Student Organizations:

Student organisations are a vital part of campus life. The main point of reference is the Student Council (Kunsill Studenti Universitarji - KSU).  They will assist students with any student-related matters. They are also the umbrella organisation for all other student associations. The KSU International Officer Matthias Caruana can be contacted via email at international@ksu.org.mt

 


Despite the unusual circumstances that we are in, the university strives to continue offering its support to ensure you are well assisted throughout your journey.


The International Office: 

The International Office is the first point of contact for international students. Due to the current situation of Covid-19 we are trying to limit student visits as much as possible. However do not hesitate to contact us if you need support from the International Office. The Student Guidelines for seeking assistance from the International Office are some basic guidelines to assist students in accessing the best possible service from the International Office when experiencing trying circumstances.

 Do like and follow the International Office Facebook page.


The Health and Wellness Centre:

The Health and Wellness Centre offers services aimed at enhancing the wellness of students. The Counselling Services is situated at, and is one of the services offered, at the Health & Wellness Centre. The services are free of charge and fully confidential. Students who wish to make use of this service can either contact the Counselling Service directly or speak to their respective coordinator at the International Office who will refer them to the Intake Officer for an appointment. Several other services are available to students at the Health and Wellness Center. 


Access Disability Support Unit (ADSU):

If you need any special arrangements you may contact ADSU for more information.
 

Health Facilities:

There are a number of private and public health facilities across the island that you may use should the need arise. In the Health and Support Services we have provided telephone numbers and information to assist you. 

The emergency contact number in Malta is 112 which gives you access to ambulance services, fire and police services.


The University Chaplaincy:

The University Chaplaincy offers spiritual support and pastoral care to staff and students of all faiths and none. Furthermore, if you are interested in a voluntary work experience, the Chaplaincy offers various opportunities. 

 
The Libraries: 

Covid-19 guidelines and regulations are in place at the Main Library and all its branches. Online facilities are available for journals, articles and publications.  You need to be a registered student to access these online. 

The Main Library:  
During this academic year, from 1 October to 15 June, the Main Library will open:

Monday to Friday from 07:00 to 20:00

Saturday from 09:00 to 12:15

Branch Libraries:

Please note that the opening hours of University’s branch libraries may vary. 

The Library Card:

All students are required to apply for a library card and advised to ensure they collect this once it has been issued. The Library Card is considered as the UM student Card and may be requested as an identification document during exams. Please visit the circulation desk to apply. 

 

Sports Facilities: 

Sports Facilities are available to all students upon request.To get to know more contact the Sports Manager
 

Public Holidays:

Please note that during the Public Holidays and weekends the University of Malta and the Administrative Offices at UM (except for the library) are closed.

IT Services: 

The IT Services Department assists students with all their IT-related queries. They also have designated study areas for students who want to study on campus.   

 

 

Languages:

If you are interested in learning basic Maltese to communicate with locals, the Maltese Department offers Maltese study-units for beginners: MAL0011 and MAL0012.  

Students who would like to improve their language skills, can follow additional study-units from the Institute of Linguistics - LIN1063 and LIN1065; and the Centre of English Language Proficiency (CELP) - ENG1061.  

Malta University Language School is a residential school owned and validated by the University of Malta. The Language School offers a number of courses in English suited for visiting students. 


Degree Plus: 

Explore the extra-curricular activities offered by Degree Plus. The areas covered by DegreePlus include voluntary work, entrepreneurship, sport, culture and heritage, languages, music, creative and performing arts and many more.

Liberal Arts Programme:

The Programme in the Liberal Arts and Sciences offers a broad range of ‘stand alone’ study-units in areas such as archaeology, history, literature, culture, conservation, philosophy, economics, public policy, migration, music, biology, medicine, earth systems, marketing, art, astronomy, sociology, politics, winemaking, chemistry, architecture, law, photography, and more.



https://www.um.edu.mt/international/students/orientationsessions