International Students

International Students


One-third of the student population at the Institute of Tourism Studies is made up of foreign nationals.

Prospective students with foreign qualifications are asked to contact the Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC) so recognition on their qualification may be provided.


Applying for Visas

International students who require a visa are guided by the ITS’s International Department.

The main aim of the international office is to welcome international students at the Institute of Tourism Studies and help them adjust to life in Malta. There are various ways in which our office helps foreign students.

Before the student comes to Malta, the office:

  • Produces letters that kickstart their visa process.
  • Helps students find accommodation by giving them useful contacts.
  • Contacts Identity Malta and ensures that the entity knows that there are ITS students applying for visa and from which embassies.

After the student comes to Malta, the office:

  • Helps students acclimatise to Malta.
  • Keeps in contact with the students to help them with their needs.
  • Helps students apply for the student visa with identity Malta.

Application Process:

  • The student first applies online through the ITS website, after he gets accepted the Registrar Department sends the acceptance letter.
  • The International Department then sends an e-mail with the basic information about the student so that he can kickstart his application at the embassy.
  • When the student pays the first semester fees the International Department sends a more detailed letter to both Identity Malta and the student.
  • When the student arrives in Malta the International Department shows them around the campus and helps them find the closest amenities to their flats.
  • After a couple of weeks, the office starts approaching non-European foreigners and helps them apply for a student visa.


Additional Useful Information for International Students


The International Department will be able to help you in finding the right accommodation in Malta. You may contact them on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Kindly note that the institute will be needing your Maltese address in order to send you the visa letter.

Alimentary Costs

The food-related cost depends on the students’ purchases.  In Malta there are numerous convenience shops and ITS does have a canteen where ITS students can dine.


Regarding transportation costs one can find the different costs on the Malta Public transport website.


When international students apply for a one-year student visa, the application must include a one year private health plan. You can get a quotation even online by going to a Maltese private insurance provider.


English Language Requirements

At the Institute of Tourism Studies, a sound level of English language writing, speaking, listening and reading is necessary since English is the language of instruction.

When applying to pursue studies at ITS, international students are required to provide evidence to indicate their level of English proficiency.  For evidence of English language proficiency, international students are expected to provide a minimum score in at least one of the following:

Certificate Level (MQF Level 3) IELTS Academic: 4.5, TOEFL Internet: 72, Cambridge English Preliminary: B1

Higher National Diploma Level (MQF Level 5) IELTS Academic: 5.5, TOEFL Internet: 72, Cambridge CAE: B2

Degree Level (MQF Level 6) IELTS Academic: 5.5, TOEFL Internet: 72, Cambridge CAE: B2

Masters Degree (MQF Level 7) IELTS Academic: 6.0, TOEFL Internet: 72, Cambridge CAE: C1

Applicants who require assistance on the above, may be guided and assisted accordingly by the Institute.


Tariffs and Fees

Applicants from countries not within the European Union are required to pay a registration fee as well as course fees, as indicated on the ITS website (

All applications are subject to approval by the Admissions board and/or by the Board of Governors and the final decision on acceptance is taken by ITS. Moreover, applicants may be subject to an English proficiency test and/or an interview.  ITS also reserves the right to speak to applicants and/ or parents (in cases of underage applicants) to determine the propensity of the student related to the course applied for.  The admissions board may suggest alternative programmes and/or levels of support in cases whereby the applicant might be at risk in terms of health and safety and/or might be applying for a programme which might be detrimental to the development of the applicant.


Additional Information


All registered full-time and part-time students shall be subject to the Rules and Regulations of the Institute of Tourism Studies.

General Provisions

Students must follow the timetables set out by the Institute of Tourism Studies and may be required to attend morning, afternoon and/or evening sessions. They may also be required to attend sessions succeeding normal hours, on public holidays and during the weekend.

Students in programmes of study where food is handled are required to successfully complete a Food Hygiene course in accordance with current Health & Hygiene Regulations.

All applicants will be asked to undertake a medical examination, conducted by a medical practitioner at a clinic of their choice. and fill in a medical questionnaire which will be provided together with the application form.  This medical questionnaire is needed to certify their suitability to join a programme of studies at the Institute of Tourism Studies. The Institute reserves the right to determine the number of new entrants in relation to the availability of resources and the standard of applicants.


The Institute offers a Student Maintenance Grant in the form of a stipend. The grant is available to full-time students who meet the eligibility criteria and who are not in full-time employment during the scholastic period. Full information on stipends may be found on the ITS website ( mt). The first stipend will be paid in the beginning of December 2020. Thereafter stipends will be paid every four weeks in arrears. Students receiving a stipend are also entitled to receive half the annual Government bonus and have to pay their National Insurance contributions.

Eligible students will also be paid a grant of €333 per scholastic year paid in the beginning of December 2020. Students attending ITS just to repeat particular modules in which they failed will be eligible for stipend on a pro-rata basis.

Grade Point Equivalences

A combination of a minimum of 3 Advanced and Intermediate levels, of which one needs to be an Advanced level (MQF level 4) pass, and these qualifications must add up to a minimum of 44 points as per the matrix provided below.

Advanced Level

Grade A             30 Grade Points

Grade B             24 Grade Points

Grade C             18 Grade Points

Grade D             12 Grade Points

Grade E              6 Grade Points

Intermediate Level

Grade A             10 Grade Points

Grade B             8 Grade Points

Grade C             6 Grade Points

Grade D             4 Grade Points

Grade E              2 Grade Points

MQF Levels in Correspondence with SEC Grades

MQF Level 3

  • SEC Grade 1-5
  • SEC MQF Level 3
  • Secondary Education SSC&P Level 3

MQF Level 2

  • SEC Grade 6-7
  • SEC MQF Level 2
  • Secondary Education SSC&P Level 2


The Institute of Tourism Studies makes every reasonable effort to ensure the accuracy and validity of the information provided on this prospectus. However, as policies, and information may change, ITS reserves the right to change information contained in this prospectus at any time without notice. While we have made every attempt to ensure that the information contained in this prospectus is correct and data is obtained from reliable sources, ITS is not responsible for any errors or omissions.


Last updated: 14/04/2020

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