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ISEP University of Malta

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Msida, Greater Valletta, Malta




3.0 GPA, junior standing

Application Due:

Exchange: 1/30 for Fall, Year 8/15 for Spring
Direct: rolling through 10 days before deadline posted on ISEP webpage

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

Through the University of Iowa’s membership in ISEP, the International Student Exchange Program, UI students have the opportunity to study for a semester or academic year at the University of Malta. Students on ISEP have access to the courses, services, and activities of the host university the same as any local student. An ISEP coordinator facilitates housing arrangements and assists with registration. ISEP students enroll in classes from the regular curriculum for local degree-seeking students.

Direct enrollment at a host institution abroad means adjusting to a new and different academic system and will require resourcefulness and a good measure of self-directedness in your studies. Fields of particular interest at Malta are history, music, anthropology, archeology, Mediterranean civilizations.

The program fee for study on ISEP Exchange is based on 12 s.h. of your regular UI tuition. ISEP Direct was developed as an affordable alternative at sites where spaces generated by outgoing Exchange students are not sufficient to accommodate the demand for incoming exchange. The ISEP Direct fee varies by host institution and local living costs; not all members offer the option.

UI students earn transfer credit on the ISEP program.

Program Dates

The academic calendar at the University of Malta runs September - January and February - June.

For More Information

Visit the ISEP webpage here. Hover your cursor over the bar For U.S. Students. Go to Malta and click on the name of the university. Also be mindful of the section on Sites Available, which changes over time.
Once you have explored, proceed no further until you have met with the ISEP advisor in the UI Study Abroad office. Meet to discuss the ISEP process and receive instructions for application.


Malta is in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, directly south of Italy. This particular location has afforded it significance since antiquity (Phoenicians, Romans, vandals and byzantines), through Arab and Norman periods in the Middle ages, into the 16th century as home-base to the Knights of Malta’s european line of defense against the Ottoman empire, later a pawn in Napoleon’s thrust into Egypt, next, voluntary member of the British empire and finally, theater of war in both World Wars.

Malta Island in the largest of the three major islands constituting the Maltese archipelago. The capital of Valletta, colloquially known as Il-Belt (or The City), is built on a finger thrusting into a large inlet on the east-central coast of the island. Valetta strictly speaking refers to the historic walled citadel, built in the 16th Century under the rule of the Knights Hospitaller – much of the subsequent baroque architectural character remains to this day.

The University of Malta is located in the larger urban agglomeration of Greater Valletta, in the bustling harbor town of Msida.

Maltese (Malti) is the language spoken on the islands though English is the official language. A great majority of the classes at the university are taught in English.

Travel Arrangements

Students make their own travel arrangements to arrive on campus by a designated date. Specific information will be provided in post-acceptance materials from ISEP. An Institutional Information Sheet will provide detailed information for travel, contacts in the international office, details about housing and other nuts and bolts.


Students must be flexible in their choice of classes, ready to be self-directed in their studies; a 3.0 GPA and junior standing are preferred.

Program Cost Sheet

Please contact Study Abroad for a current cost sheet that outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program. The cost sheet will include fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as estimated out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
After Confirmation of Participation is signed Administrative fee: $400
ISEP Placement fee: $390 ($490 for dual placement)
Portion of program fee: As determined by the program contract with ISEP
After Program Start Date Administrative fee: $400
ISEP Placement fee: $390 ($490 for dual placement)
Portion of program fee: As determined by the program contract with ISEP

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Application Deadline

Spring Semester: 8/15. For best chances of placement on Exchange, students should have met with the ISEP adviser in May prior to the end of the semester, or during the summer.

Fall Semester and Academic Year: 1/30. For best chances of placement on Exchange, students should have met with the ISEP adviser in December prior to the end of the semester.

Any supplemental materials are due to the study abroad office one week later.

The on-campus application deadline for fall or year is January 30. For best chances of placement on Exchange, students should have met with the ISEP adviser in December prior to the end of the semester. Deadline for spring semester placement is August 15. Students should have met with the ISEP adviser in May prior to the end of the semester, or during the summer.


Deadlines for ISEP Direct vary by site and are posted on the ISEP webpage. On-campus deadline is 10 days earlier.

How to Apply

Click here for UI's online study abroad application. On the application page, you need to choose your desired session. Then choose the program "International Student Exchange Program" from the drop down menu. Do NOT choose "International Student Exchange Direct" even if that's what you want. Once confirmed from ISEP, Study Abroad will manually put you in the appropriate section.

Note, students must fill out two applications. In addition to UI's online study abroad application, you will also be required to fill out ISEP's application. BEFORE applying to ISEP, students MUST make an appointment with the study abroad advisor for this program. Students will not be allowed to apply unless they are first nominated by the University of Iowa. Please call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.


Orientation Information

A Country Handbook, found at Placed Students on the ISEP webpage, provides practical information for living in Malta.

Once confirmed by your host university, you will receive a Participant Placement Acceptance packet from ISEP covering all aspects of your placement. You will also later receive a welcome mailing from Malta with important academic and arrival information.

All UI students attend a general TIPS orientation for students studying abroad. Additional individualized meetings address specific topics, as well as billing and credit procedures at Iowa.

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343