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Malta’s ELT student numbers jump by 14%

2018-04-02T12:44:25+02:00 April 2nd, 2018|

  • After a couple of sluggish years, English language schools in Malta saw substantial growth in 2017 with a 13.6% increase in enrolments and a nearly 7% jump in student weeks
  • Much of this growth was driven by Italy, which remains far and away the largest sending market for Maltese providers, but Brazil and Poland registered notable gains as well
  • In addition, the junior market continues to be an important segment for Malta with more than half of all students under the age of 18 in 2017

English Language Teaching (ELT) schools in Malta hosted more than 87,000 international students in 2017 according to Malta’s National Statistics Office (NSO), representing the first year of significant growth after a marginal increase last year and a slight decline in 2015. The year-over-year growth registered in 2017 was 13.6%, much more robust than 2016’s uptick of only 1.6% over 2015.

Malta’s international ELT students represented close to 4% of Malta’s total tourists in 2017. Women made up 60% of their numbers.

General English courses were by far the most popular choice in Malta in 2017, accounting for nearly three quarters (71.5%) of ELT enrolments. Intensive English courses enrolled another 16.5% of the total international ELT student population.

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