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Kappara, Malta

Program Description

The Malta Experience is one of JMU's longest running short-term international programs. During the four week program, students from the College of Integrated Science and Engineering (CISE) disciplines (Engineering, ISAT, Geography, and Computer Science) and the Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (IdLS) programs explore the unique geographical, environmental, cultural, economic, and political issues that have and continue to shape Malta. In the required ISAT 480: Sustainable Societies course, students will explore the island to investigate the relationships between technology, economy, history, and culture and the implication of these factors for personal and societal sustainability. A cultural and historic learning program includes excursions to awe inspiring geographic features, prehistoric megaliths, medieval dungeons, Renaissance cathedrals, and Baroque palaces. Disciplinary field work project courses provide the opportunity for students to study and suggest solutions to important technological and societal issues under the guidance of Maltese mentors and JMU faculty. 

Students will be housed in apartment-style flats in a quiet neighborhood that is conveniently located near the University of Malta campus, public transportation, grocery stores, and restaurants, immersing students in the Maltese environment and lifestyle.

Location Description

Malta is an island nation in the Mediterranean Sea that is archipelago comprised of three main islands - Malta, Gozo, and Comino. Malta is one of the smallest and most densely populated countries in the world and is a member of the European Union (EU). Its central location in the Mediterranean Sea and unique geographical features has historically made Malta a strategic location for naval powers in the region. Following a prehistoric period of megalithic temple construction, the island nation has been occupied by the Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, Normans, Sicilians, Spanish, the Knights of St. John, French, and the British. All of these occupations have contributed to the unique, vibrant, and varied cultures and language (Maltese) of the islands.

Malta is a popular tourist destination due to its mild climate and numerous recreational opportunities, including hiking, scuba diving, boating, fishing, and swimming. It is home to numerous architectural and historic monuments that date from pre-history to modern times, including three UNESCO world heritage sites. The breathtaking cliffs and natural beauty of the islands has made it a frequent movie filming location. The cuisine of the island is as varied as its past and is significantly influenced by its location in the Mediterranean region and the unique village Fiestas are a culinary and social spectacle to behold. No matter your interests, Malta is guaranteed to have something that will interest and excite!


Justin Henriques | | Engineering

Shannon Conley | | ISAT


Students will be accommodated in a furnished apartment that features numerous open spaces, two outdoor swimming pools, and internet access. Students will be placed in shared rooms with two per room. The housing facility is conveniently located within walking distance of the University of Malta campus, public transportation, grocery stores, shopping, and entertainment areas.

Students will be responsible for spending their own money on groceries and at restaurants for most meals. Approximately six meals per week will be provided as part of the program during required excursions and outings.

Additional Items to Consider

Malta is a member of the European Union (EU). Students must possess a valid passport prior to traveling to Malta. Visas or background checks are not required for US passport holders, however immunizations may be required.

COVID-19 Location Information:

Each country has different requirements upon entry with regard to COVID-19. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on what is required for the country (or countries) that are part of this program. Please note that this changes often, so we encourage you to check back frequently.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.25.

Students must be declared Engineering, ISAT, Geography, Computer Science, or IdLS majors to participate.

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay
  • Interview with Program Director may be required

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Applications Closed.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


ISAT 480: Sustainable Societies (3 credits)

ISAT 480: International Studies (Malta) (3 credits)

ENGR 498: Advanced Projects in Engineering: Engineering Projects in Malta (3 credits)

GEOG 491: International Studies: Geography of Malta (3 credits)

IDLS 391: Study Abroad: Malta 2022 Field Placements (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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