University of Malta English Language Requirements FAQs
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I speak English fluently and I think I satisfy the University’s English Language requirement. May I be exempted from presenting a Secure English Language Test (SELT) result?
All applicants who have not studied in Malta, including those who may be considered under the maturity clause, are obliged to satisfy the University’s English Language requirement by presenting a Secure English Language Test (SELT) result at the required levels and by the stipulated deadlines. Maltese nationals who completed their secondary education abroad and are presenting overseas qualifications also need to present a SELT result if they are not in possession of a pass in English Language at GCSE/Intermediate/Advanced Level. Certain exemptions may be considered by the Admissions Board if applicants are native English speakers or if they have completed their studies at a university in a country where English is the native language. More information about the University’s English Language Requirements can be accessed from here: www.um.edu.mt/int-eu/international/english_language_requirements
I have studied English in my home country. Is this acceptable to satisfy the University’s English Language requirement?
All overseas applicants, including applicants who may be considered under the maturity clause, are obliged to satisfy the University’s English Language requirement by presenting a Secure English Language Test (SELT) result at the required levels. The qualifications you present from your home country in support of your application are evaluated to assess the comparability of overseas qualifications against national framework levels. If you are not immediately notified by the International Admissions Office that the certificate/result you acquired in English in your home country is adequate to satisfy the University’s English Language requirement, you will be expected to present a Secure English Language Test (SELT) result, from one of the recognised Examining Boards, at the required levels, by the stipulated deadline. Without a valid SELT result, applicants will not be admitted to the course even if all other entry requirements are satisfied.
Who offers Secure English Language Tests in Malta?
A number of the leading Examining Boards have accredited Test Centres around the world, including Malta. Please check out their respective websites to find out where the local Test Centres are located. The Malta University Language School universitylanguageschool.com also organises courses validated by the University of Malta and certificates awarded by it are acceptable for admission to University courses.
Is the ECDL Certificate comparable to an O level or an A level?
Although the ECDL Certificate is rated at Level 3 of the MQF, on the same level as a Secondary Education Certificate (SEC), this does not mean that the ECDL certificate can be used as a replacement for a SEC pass. Similarly, although the ECDL Advanced and ECDL Expert Certificate are rated at Level 4 of the MQF on the same level as an Advanced Level Certificate, this does not imply that candidates can use the ECDL Expert Certificate to satisfy the requirement of an Advanced Level pass.
The University of Malta does not accept ECDL Certificates to satisfy course requirements where a SEC or Advanced Level pass are required.
I need to sit for the ECDL tests. Where can I register for them?
The list of ECDL Accredited Test Centres is available online at: www.ecdl.com.mt/testcentres.html#core
Do all courses require ECDL?
When the ECDL Certificate is one of the admission requirements for a particular course, this will be indicated in the course Bye-Laws which can be accessed from the Course Finder facility available here: www.um.edu.mt/courses
I hold a pass at Advanced Level in Computer Studies. May I be exempted from presenting an ECDL Certificate?
No, the ECDL requirement can only be waived in the case of applicants with a first degree in Computing.