Clubclass English Language School, a family-run business, was founded in 1999 with the aim of providing high level tuition and quality accommodation to foreign students wishing to learn English. Since opening its doors to learning 20 years ago, Clubclass has firmly established itself as one of the leading English Language Schools in Malta and the only one to offer learning, accommodation and facilities all under the same roof. This combination helps students spend less time commuting and allows them more time for study or leisure. Other accommodation options such as our student house, student hostel, residence apartments and as well as residence with host families are also available.
Over the years, Clubclass English Language School has attracted thousands of students from all across the globe, with students checking in from mainland Europe and as far as Asia and South America. The ever-increasing popularity of Clubclass amongst international students is testimony to the passion we put into our teaching and the strong relationship we build with all those who choose to stay with us.
At Clubclass we strive to foster a family atmosphere between staff and student in order to create a home-away-from-home environment. Ultimately, we take pride in our students achieving the best results possible from their respective courses and more importantly, that they enjoy their experience.
Clubclass is licensed by the Malta Tourism Authority and the Ministry of Education, fully accredited by FELTOM and is a full member ALTO. Clubclass English Language School is also qualified under the German Bildungsurlaub scheme.
The smallest country in the European Union and barely exceeding 300 square kilometres, Malta is the main island of the Maltese Archipelago. Located right in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, it is easily reachable from all main European airports. Having been a colony for various foreign rulers throughout the ages, Malta gained its independence from Great Britain in 1964 and joined the European Union as a full member on 1st May, 2004.
In 1936, English, together with Maltese, became a formal language in Malta and is spoken by practically all its native inhabitants. Around the islands, way signs are reproduced in both Maltese and English, as are all museum displays, restaurant menus, advertising billboards and so on. In short, students visiting Malta will not only be learning English in the classroom, but they will be living and breathing it during every moment of their stay in Malta.
Of course, the dominant feature in Malta’s attractiveness is the warm weather and the exceptionally beautiful, blue Mediterranean Sea. Nightlife in Malta is vibrant, easily reachable and affordable. However, Malta has much more to offer than sun, sea and fun. For the discerning and more mature student, Malta is steeped in history, with free-standing structures that are older than Stonehenge and palaces built by the Knights of St. John. Valletta, Malta’s magnificent baroque capital city, is a museum unto itself and home to no less than thirty chapels and churches, some of which are beautifully ornate and definitely worth a visit.
If you want to learn or improve your English, whilst being treated like family, exploring the beauty of the Maltese Islands and discovering its rich history, you’ve come to the right place.
General Information about Malta
In the recent years Malta’s economy has thrived successfully, thus attracting companies in investing their businesses on our shores and individuals from all corners of the world willing to work and live here – Malta has become a multi-cultural country.
The Maltese Islands are official bi-lingual and having a booming economy, ideal weather, short transport distances and lots more to offer, Malta is the perfect place for an internship experience abroad!
Below please find some general information about Malta which might be useful for you. For further information please visit www.visitmalta.com
The Maltese coastal waters are generally clean and safe for swimming and snorkeling as there are no tides. The island’s top sandy beaches are located in the northern part of Malta. Around the Sliema and St. Julian’s area there are a number of rocky beaches. Beachwear is for beaches only, and topless and nude sunbathing is prohibited.
Malta’s weather is heavily influenced by the sea. With long, hot and dry summers and short, cool and sporadically wet winters, Malta’s climate is typically Mediterranean. Malta is very sunny with an average of five to six hours of sunshine a day in winter and over twelve hours of sunshine a day in summer. The temperature in Malta is very stable, the annual mean being 18ºC and the monthly averages ranging from 12ºC to 31ºC. In Winter although the temperatures do not reach -0ºC, it is still very cold due to the humidity, so one has to ensure that a jacket is worn. Temperatures during the summer months easily reach 30ºC and students are advised to wear a hat, sunglasses, and use protective sunscreen to avoid any over exposure to the sun. In peak summer months, students must take the necessary precautions against heat exhaustion and sunburn, and try to avoid the strong direct sunlight between 11:00 and 15:00.
All major credit cards are accepted at most shops and restaurants in Malta. There are numerous ATM machines where one can make cash withdrawals.
Unlike many other countries, driving in Malta is on the left hand side of the road so please be careful when crossing the road as drivers do not always stop at pedestrian crossings.
Health & Safety
Malta has an excellent health service. Hospitals are modern and supported by a regional network of health centres. Students who are EU/EEA nationals are entitled to free medical care at public hospitals in Malta on presentation of their E111 European Health Insurance Card. During the summer months mosquitoes are common at twilight and though they do not transmit any disease, can be an annoyance. The Mediterranean is prone to jellyfish and though none are deadly, they can give the unaware swimmer a nasty sting.
Local Cuisine and Restaurants
The Maltese cuisine is based on typical Mediterranean food with a strong Italian influence. Amongst many Maltese dishes the most popular are: ‘Fenek’ (stewed rabbit cooked in wine), ‘Minestra’ (a vegetable broth), ‘Lampuki’ pie (fish pie), ‘Bragoli’ (parcels of mince, chopped eggs and parsley wrapped in thin sheets of beef), ‘Timpana’ (a baked pasta dish). A popular snack is ‘Pastizzi’ (savoury pastries filled with either ricotta cheese or peas). These dishes are often cooked in Maltese homes and available in most restaurants specialising in local dishes. ‘Helwa tat-Tork’ (a sweet sugary mixture of crushed and whole almonds) and ricotta sweets are popular. The best Maltese fruits are oranges, grapes, strawberries, melons, mulberries, tangerines, pomegranates and figs. Lots of restaurants are available for all tastes and budgets – from gourmet dining to fast food. Malta also offers an exciting choice of international cuisines such as Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese, Indian, Malaysian, Lebanese, Turkish and many more. Several fast-food chains are also available, such as Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, etc.
The largest and most popular entertainment area in Malta is Paceville. Here one can find a great number of bars, restaurants, nightclubs etc. and the majority of young Maltese and English Language students frequent these places in the evenings. Paceville is mostly popular with youngsters (17-25 years) especially during the summer months, as college and university students will be on their holidays. For the more mature generation, there are wine bars, discos and casinos. For those students who are not really interested in nightlife and clubbing, one can also find cinemas, a bowling alley and a shopping mall in Paceville.
The public bus service in Malta and Gozo is a good way to get around as the buses serve the major tourist areas and go practically everywhere. Almost all bus routes in Malta originate from City Gate Bus Terminus in Valletta. Students planning to use the public buses must have the correct fare when boarding the bus or they can buy a Travel Card. The Gozo Channel operates a car ferry between Cirkewwa, Malta and Mgarr, Gozo offering frequent crossings with a journey time of approximately 20 minutes. There is also a ferry service between each island and Comino. Check locally for schedules.
Commercial centres and shops are usually easily accessible by public or private transport. The main shopping areas in Malta are Valletta (the capital city) and Sliema. Shops are normally open from Monday to Saturday (09:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 19:00); however there are certain shops and supermarkets which remain open all day and also open on the weekend. In tourist areas, many shops remain open until 22:00. Shops are normally closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.