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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 3.0 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Campus Housing Number of Credits Offered: 12-16
Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Direct Enrollment
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Art and Visual Technology, Psychology, Religious Studies, Art History, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Honors, Government and International Policy, Global and Community Health, Communication, Criminology Law and Society, Economics, Environmental Policy, Anthropology, Foreign Languages, Global Affairs, History, Integrative Studies Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0 Click here for a definition of this term Course Equivalency Database: View Approved Courses
Program eligible for VA Benefits: No
Program Description:

University of Malta (Direct Enrollment)

Imsida, Malta

The University of Malta is the highest teaching institution in Malta and hosts a variety of disciplines, all taught in English since it's one of the country's official languages. The main campus is situated at Msida, a harbor town in the Central Region of Malta. The town enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry, sunny summers and short, cool winters. Malta is a small European island country located 50 miles south of Italy. Being only 122 square miles, it is one of the world's smallest and most densely populated countries. Malta is an island filled with history and culture and surrounded by the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean.

Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.​​

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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
    • For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
  • Students must have a minimum 3.00 GPA at the time of application and departure.
  • Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
  • Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.

Courses Available

All courses at University of Malta are taught in English.  Students cannot enroll in courses in the following areas of study: Medicine, Gerontology, Health Care, and Science.

Course Equivalency and Plan of Study

The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System (CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.

You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar is slightly different at Malta. Fall courses do not end until the beginning of February due to a scheduled examination period.  Therefore, students will are not able to attend Malta for the fall semester only or the calendar year. Students may only apply for spring semester only or the academic year.

Credit Conversion

Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at University of Malta. A full-time course load is 30 ECTS units. A typical course is worth 4-6 ECTS credits.

  • 2 ECTS = 1 Mason Credit.  This means a 4 ECTS course will transfer back as 2 Mason credits and a 6 ECTS course will transfer back as 3 Mason credits.

This will allow you to transfer between 12-16 credits back to Mason per semester.

Grade Conversion

When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. A passing grade for Malta is a C.

Global Understanding

Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.


University of Malta Grade Mason Grade
100-95% A+
80-94% A
75-79% B+
70-74% B
65-69% C+
55-64% C
<55% No Credit


Students are housed at the University Residence in Lija, located on extensive private grounds within walking distance of the center of this village. There is bus transportation available directly from the University Residence to the University of Malta at various times throughout the day. The University Residence offers a choice of accommodations and has its own swimming pool. 

Program Cost (Spring 2020):

$6,743 (Arts/Business)
$7,276 (Sciences)

  • Tuition and registration fees (Mason and Malta)
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance

Not Included:
  • Housing
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Personal spending

 Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.

Program Payments

As this is a Direct Enrollment Program, students will pay the Global Education Office (GEO) a Program Fee as they normally do in PatriotWeb. Students on GEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (application fee + deposit + final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $2500 must be received by April 18 (for Fall programs) or November 26 (for Spring programs) in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have the deposit deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by May 2 (for Fall programs) or December 17 (for Spring programs). This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid application fee and deposit. Students who are using financial aid may have the payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have started your application for this program in MasonAbroad.


GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Application Deadline:

Academic Year: Early April*
Spring: Early-Mid October*

*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).

Students are encouraged to submit their applications early as course enrollment is conducted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Visa Information

Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the Embassy of Malta's website for further information.

Application requirements:*

Application fee: $200 for Mason students.

Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.

Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.

Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.

*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.

Application instructions:

GEO Program Administrator

Name Chris Hicks
Phone 703-993-2154

Additional Resources

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2023 10/10/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.