One international student describes her life and study experience in Malta
When looking for a university to study medicine, Amelia Campbell-Reynolds had a few prerequisites. It had to offer a globally recognised medical degree and be located in a place similar to her home in Zimbabwe. Finding a university with a close-knit community, safe surrounding, and incredible weather was no easy task. She says she found exactly what she was looking for in Gozo and Queen Mary, Malta Campus.
Now that Amelia is in her second year in Gozo, she says she is making the most of her life as an international student in Malta. She has lots of tips to share.
Meet Amelia Campbell-Reynolds
Amelia Campbell-Reynolds was born in Zimbabwe but wants to see the world.
‘I was born and raised in Zimbabwe, so I’m very used to the sunshine and the warm weather, which is why I chose to come here to Malta,’ Amelia explains. ‘It’s also my first time leaving home, so I wanted somewhere that was small and everyone knew each other, which is exactly what I got.’
Now a second-year student, Amelia says she made the right decision in moving to Gozo and loves everything the island has to offer, from the high cliffs that drop into crystal clear waters to the incredible local cuisine made from fresh produce.
International student life in Gozo
Amelia chose to be close to campus so that she could easily walk to her lectures.
‘I live in Victoria, so it’s a 10 minute walk to the University,’ Amelia says. ‘When I’m on campus, I like to spend a lot of my free time in the common rooms. It’s nice to play pool with my friends.’
Amelia is a big fan of eating out. She says Cup Cake, a coffee shop known for traditional food and big portions, is a brilliant restaurant to go to with your friends on a Sunday morning for breakfast. She recommends having the Kinder Bueno pancakes.
‘Gozo is a stunningly beautiful island. My favourite place to go is probably Xlendi Bay as it has beautiful views from the cliff tops. St George’s Basilica is also worth a visit. It’s beautiful and it’s steeped in history.’
“Life as an international student in Malta is incredible, and the kind people and warm weather reminds me of my home in Zimbabwe.”