Your new life at Malta medical school

Your new life at a Malta medical school is waiting…

Struggling to picture what life will be like as a Maltese medical student? Fear not, our handy guide takes you the airport to the Malta medical school as well as some the incredible locations along the way.

A plane touches down at Malta International airport. It is sunny.

Touchdown! You’re now en route to being a doctor

Our meet and greet service operates over two arrival dates in September. It includes free transport, taking the 60-minute scenic route from the airport to your accommodation in Gozo. This is a great opportunity to meet other students as well as the staff. Please note, friends and family who wish to accompany you will need to arrange their own transport and accommodation.

Study while surrounded by deep blue seas

The Blue Grotto’s cave system another of Malta’s natural wonders. The grotto was named by a British soldier who thought it looked like the Grotta Azzurra in Capri, and it’s a popular place for diving and snorkelling. Brad Pitt fans might recognise the area as it was used as a location for the film Troy (2004).

An inviting cave in the bright blue sea.
The ancient Mdina City in Malta on a sunny day.

Imagine what medicine was like in the past

A trip to the fortified medieval town of Mdina (population 250) will take visitors on a journey back through the years. Surrounded by bastions and perched on a hill in the centre of the island, Mdina was once the capital of Malta and is known the ‘Silent City’. Few cars have permission to enter and that gives the town its authentic, peaceful atmosphere.

Always remember what came before at Mosta Dome

There is a reason for visiting The Church of the Assumption of Our Lady in Mosta, and it’s not just because of the building’s spectacular foundations. In 1942 two German bombs fell on the church just as a busy mass was taking place. The bombs did not explode, an incredible fact hailed as a miracle. Visitors come to remember and also to see the beautiful dome at sunset.

Mosta Dome at sunset.
A man whooshes down a yellow water slide. It looks loads of fun.

Ready, steady, splash!

Sun-seekers will love Malta’s Splash & Fun Park, located on the coast road next to the White Rocks and Bahar Ic-Caghaq. With several swimming pools, water slides, a large wave pool, a lazy river and plenty of deck chairs to relax on, it’s no wonder this fun attraction is popular. At sundown the park puts on sizzling BBQ nights for those who have worked up an appetite on the rides and slides.

Visit the Riviera – Riviera Bay

Riviera Bay is also known as Ghajn Tuffieha (Maltese for ‘Apple’s Eye’). A good deal smaller than most beaches, the steep descent to its sandy shores make it a less populated choice than Malta’s busier beaches. Look out for the watchtower at the top of the cliffs, an ancient defence structure from the mid-1600s. The tower was put to use in World War II and remains an iconic part of the area.

A panorama of the Maltese coastline on a beautiful, bright, sunny day.
View of the famous Popeye Village on a sunny day.

Visit a film set – Popeye Village

Did you know that Robin Williams came to Malta to film Popeye? Popeye Village (also known as Sweethaven Village) in romantic Anchor Bay was built as the film set of the 1980 musical production during the last seven months of 1979. Today it is still one of Malta’s major tourist attractions and visitors can take a walk around Popeye’s cabin, Olive Oyl’s house and more.

Underwater wonders – The Coral Lagoon

The Coral Lagoon is one of Malta’s natural wonders, popular with divers and snorkellers who come here to enjoy its crystal-clear waters. Underwater caves inhabited by sea flora and fauna mean the area has become one of the country’s most popular Instagram spots: just try to make a visit without snapping endless shots of stunning scenery and views.

A gorgeous view of blue water down into a lagoon.

Commute to Gozo hospital

Thanks to the Gozo Ferry, passengers can sail to Gozo with ease. The route goes between Cirkewwa (to the north of Malta) and Mgarr (a harbour on the southeast coast of Gozo) and the crossing takes about 25 minutes (one way). No need to worry about timings as the ferry makes the journey several times a day, every day of the week. In good weather the trip offers endless photo opps of land and sea including views of Comino island halfway along the route.

Check out Queen Mary Malta’s facilities-packed campus

You’ll find the state-of-the-art medical school in Victoria, on the grounds of the Gozo General Hospital. Inside you can check out the clinical simulation centre, communication skills suite, three large lecture theatres, two PC labs, seminar rooms, library, staff offices, a student common room, and the all-important rooftop café. The anatomy centre next door features a dedicated area for dissection plus facilities for showing clinical images, videos of surgical procedures and specialised computer imaging.

Dive the Azure Window

Known as the Azure Window thanks to its arch, the structure collapsed in a storm in 2017 but is still well worth a visit. This natural limestone formation, also known as Tieqa tad-Dwejra, appeared on screen in several films and series. Since the collapse it has developed a unique and important underwater structure according to the divers who frequent the area.