Students looking at Malta to further their studies will find that the country has a well-rounded education system covering all levels, from primary to post-graduate level. Other than specific language courses, the higher levels are offered solely in English and the sector already hosts a sizeable percentage of foreign students.
Within every level, there are both public and private schools, with the former providing free education for all students up to post-secondary level. Private schools providing their services against fees comprise both independent schools and international schools, with the latter catering mainly for foreign residents.
Tertiary, as well as further and higher education, are currently provided by three public education institutions, namely the University of Malta, the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST), and the Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS), as well as a good number of private education institutions. A list of these institutions may be viewed here.
The qualifications provided by all education institutions in Malta follow the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF) as set by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) in line with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). This means that all qualifications garnered through these institutions are internationally recognised. Also in line with European guidelines, the course work is measured in ECTS .