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Malta is an awesome summer destination for learning English. An archipelago made up of 3 islands located in southern Europe between Sicily and Tunisia it's got sun and beaches galore. This excellent program is run by one of Malta's leading independent language schools - with the director always available. That means, no chain school and 100% accountability.
The program combines English lessons in the mornings with activities (sporting, cultural, water-based) and excursions in the afternoons and evenings. There are even option water-sports options available including sailing and windsurfing. You don't have to be an expert, beginners are welcome too. - you just have to be able to swim!
The school is located in the Qwara neighbourhood, part of the seaside area of St Paul's Bay. During Spring and Autumn the courses take place in St Paul's Bay. Im summer they move closer to the beach. 

1. Junior Programme 11-15 years

  • 20 English lessons/week (upgrade to 30 possible)
  • Residence or homestay accommodation, shared room, full-board 
  • Books
  • Evaluation Test
  • Certificate
  • Activities daily + excursions
  • Sports Options sports: Windsurfing, sailing, water sports (a mix)
  • Airport transfers (from/to)
  • Supervision

 2. Young Adult Programme (year round) 16-17 

  • 20 English lessons/week (upgrade to 30 possible)
  • Residence or homestay accommodation, shared room, half-board 
  • Books
  • Evaluation Test
  • Certificate
  • Activities + excursions (3 afternoon, + 1 full day)
  • Sports Options sports: Windsurfing, sailing, water sports (a mix)
  • Airport transfers (from/to)
  • Limited supervision

The Young Adult programme is essentially an adult programme with activities. Classes are held in the adult school with adult students 16+. The only difference here is that the activities are held with students of similar ages. 
A curfew is recommended by the school but it is not generally enforced. The young adults are essentially free to do as they please.
Do not send your young adult on this programme if you expect supervision. 

English Courses

You'll get 20 lessons per week (about 15 hours) of English. Classes are taught by qualified, experienced language teachers, whose mother tongue is English.

Activities

This is the fun part. Most days there is something on. It could be an afternoon or morning at the beach, shopping in Valetta and evening on a boat or perhaps an introduction to a water sport. If you would like more choice or want something specific, then in place of the activity is a water sport option. And then, if that's all too organised, don't worry, some afternoons you'll have some free time to yourself.

Excursions

Excursions around the islands are organised during the week. You'll head to the old capital Mdina as well as to the islands of Gozo or Comino (with its amazing lagoon) depending on the week.

Activities & excursions at Easter & Autumn

Even if generally it's almost warm enough to go to the beach at this time, water sports are not available during these periods. Instead the school organises trips and activities based around multitude of natural tourist, cultural and historical sites around Malta (different bays, grottos, museums, bird sanctuaries, the aquarium etc - not forgetting that old favourite: shopping!

Important Information

Read this...: Malta and the Maltese lifestyle is fairly laid-back, making it a cool place to go and study English. Still this does have a knock on effect on the programme rules and your time there.  As a general rule, we recommend this program to students who are relatively mature for their age, already have some freedom at home and are responsible. Specifically, with a Parental Authorisation signed before leaving students have the right to a free afternoon and a free evening per week. During these periods they'll have the right to leave the program area (the accommodation as a rule) with accompaniment or supervision. In comparison to other programs in Malta we have chosen this "strict" (in the Maltese sense) and serious program where bad behaviour and rule braking is not tolerated. Still, please be aware that students have more freedom here than in England or Germany.
Excursions with the school have a staff-student ratio of about 1-20/25. Bedtime is at about 11.30 pm for participants of all ages. Rooms are checked around midnight. Maltese laws regarding the buying of cigarettes and alcohol as well as entry into bars are not particularly well-observed on the islands, so while bag and room searches are sometimes conducted by the school after excursions the opportunity for kids to try to step over the line is always there. The school however, will expel anyone breaking the school rules. The programme is the same for everyone, from the youngest (12) to the oldest students (17).
NB: We think this is an excellently run, safe and fun program. We would send our kids. It's just important that as parents you understand that Malta has more temptations available than other destinations for the errant.

Arrivals & Departures

Arrivals and departures are offered on either Saturdays or Sundays. However, arrival and departure days must be the same day of the week (e.g., arrive Saturday - leave Saturday).

Transfers

Airport pick-ups and returns are organised from the main Malta airport, Luqa. They are included in the price and there's no specific arrival and departure time - during the day is fine. However they must be either Saturday or Sunday. It's a week to week program. If you book different days you will be charged an extra fee.

Transfers

Transfers from/to:
- Malta
Transfer included 
Out of hours charge €30.-/each way.

Schedule

Arrivals Saturday or Sunday:
- 09h00 - 19h00
Departures Saturday or Sunday (same as arrival) :
- 09h00 - 19h00
(Recommended arrival and depart times)

Sample Timetable

Time Activity
9h00 - 12h00 Sliema Tour & shopping centre Tignè
12h30 - 14h00 Lunch - buffet
14h00 Go to school
14h30 - 16h00 Courses
16h00 - 16h15 Break
16h15 - 17h45 Courses
17h45 To accommodation
18h00 - 20h00 Dinner
20h00 - 23h00 Photo tour Mdina
The information above is for example purposes only.