Student Life in Malta
The island of Malta is situated in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, just south of Italy and north of Libya. This strategic position makes the Islands easily accessible from almost anywhere, with regular, direct flights to many major European and North African countries as well as daily connections to Dubai which facilitates travel to and from the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The two official languages in Malta are English and Maltese with both languages taught and used extensively, making communication and social interaction easy for any English speaker. The Maltese Islands can be described as one big open-air museum with a history spanning 7,000 years and much of the historic architecture and artefacts still very visible today.
LSC Malta’s modern and well appointed campus is located in the shadow of the majestic city of Valletta. Valletta is Malta’s capital city and is a living, working city, the administrative and commercial heart of the Island. The city is busy by day, yet retains a timeless atmosphere. The grid of narrow streets boasts some of Europe’s finest art works, churches and palaces. Walking around Valletta one encounters an intriguing historical site around every corner. Narrow side streets are full of tiny, quaint, shops and cafés, while Valletta’s main streets are lined with larger international branded shops for fashion, music, jewellery and much more.
Buses are the main form of public transportation and are efficient and inexpensive. Malta’s main transport hub is located a few metres away from the LSC Malta campus and connections to all parts of the Island are frequent and efficient. Night bus services also run to the major towns and villages from the cultural and entertainment areas, especially in summer and on weekends.
The restaurant scene is a mix of speciality restaurants including many eateries that offer or specialise in local fare, serving their own versions of local specialities. Practically all tastes in international cuisine are catered for when dining out, including the ubiquitous fast food chains. Maltese cuisine is the result of a long blending between the Islanders and the many cultures which settled in the Maltese Islands over the centuries.
A wealth of smaller shops hidden away around every corner and offering an old age charm are still very present in Malta. Extensive shopping malls are completely absent, although some smaller malls are present in various towns. The shopping centres of Valletta and Sliema abounds with a variety of shops offering European high street and designer brands. Markets are also very popular with a weekly Sunday market in Valletta. Most markets sell everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to collectibles and clothes.
Leisure and Sport
Malta has a number of both sandy and rocky beaches which provide a great place to relax after some hours in the classroom. The clear blue waters of the Mediterranean are irresistible during the hot summer months. Alternatively you may like to burn up some energy and try water skiing, windsurfing or paragliding. Being an island with miles of coastline and fantastic weather for many months of the year, diving and other water sports are very popular. Malta can also offer students a chance to participate in other outdoor activities such as tennis, horse-riding or golf.
For those who are curious to find out more about Malta, a walk through the narrow winding streets of Malta’s oldest villages can offer an insight into the Maltese lifestyle. Alternatively, cycling through the countryside with its honey coloured rubble walls and rambling paths, provides an enjoyable experience of peace and tranquillity away from the noise and bustle of the towns and villages.
Nightlife on the Islands is always bustling. Malta enjoys an effervescent calendar of cultural events with major music concerts held all summer long as well as a thriving year-round clubbing scene. Classical music is very popular on the Islands and recitals take place regularly in the Baroque churches scattered over the Island. Regular orchestral, soloist concerts and operas take place in some stunning historic venues. Theatre is also a lively and well-represented part of the local cultural scene.