Medical elective in Malta

Malta has become a popular choice for Medical electives.  The weather in Malta is warm for most of the year and it is relatively cheaper than other destinations. You will meet other students from other countries through the Medical student’s association who also organise events such as outings and bar-be-cues.  So why not do your elective in Malta, take advantage and mix learning with pleasure !

The Medical elective programme in Malta permits medical students from all over the world to enhance their medical experience in a brand new state of the art teaching hospital: Mater Dei Hospital.

Past students have often remarked on the great opportunity to observe a wide variety of cases since Mater Dei is the only main hospital on the Island.

The programme runs all year round and students should book places as early as possible as places are limited.

The languages spoken in Malta are Maltese and English.  English is widely spoken in Malta and whenever the Maltese language is used consultants make it a point to translate.

How to apply for a Medical elective in Malta

This programme is run by the Malta Medical Students’ association in collaboration with the University of Malta Faculty of Medicine and surgery.

In order to apply you will need to submit an application form to the MMSA electives coordinator and include a passport photo and a letter of recommendation from your University confirming that you are a medical student.

If you require a Visa to travel, you will need to send a copy of this too.

You will also need to submit :

  • a Police conduct certificate (this should not be more than a month older than the date of application)
  • Evidence of Malpractice Insurance
  • In case English is not your first language you will also need a letter from your University stating that your level of English is adequate to follow the Medical electives Programme.

When you have submitted all the documents you should receive a provisional letter of Acceptance from MMSA.

You will then need to submit a Health form signed by your doctor with results of some blood samples.

You should receive a letter of acceptance around 2 months prior to the commencement of your medical elective placement.  You will also receive an invoice with the total amount payable.

50% of this amount must be settled 30 days prior to your arrival date in Malta.

The application form can be downloaded online from the faculty website.

Nursing elective in Malta

For Nursing electives, students should contact the Department of Nursing studies at the University of Malta and express your interest in enrolling for a Nursing clerkship.

Working hours on your placement

Rotation in more than one speciality is possible. However for students to take the full benefit of the clinical elective it is recommended that the minimum rotation is of 2 weeks. There is no limitation to the length of  your stay.

Working hours are generally between 8.00am and 2.30pm, however this can vary depending on your consultant.

On the first day you will be expected to be there at 7.45am for a show round and information meeting.

Electives are placed in one of the following hospitals according to the speciality chosen :

Mater Dei hospital  (all specialities except for Geriatrics, Oncology and Dermatology)

Karin Grech Hospital (Geriatrics)

Sir Paul Boffa hospital (Dermatology and Oncology)

How much Does it cost to Enrol for a Medical Elective in Malta

An elective of 4 weeks comes to €375 and is broken down as follows :

Application fee €75 (paid once) + €75 per week administrative fee.

If you need a Visa or Residence permit an additional €75 is applicable (this fee is paid once not per week)

You will be asked to pay 50% of the amount when you receive the letter of acceptance and must be settled 30 days prior to your arrival.

The remaining amount is paid on your first day of placement.

Accommodation for Medical electives

Our accommodation at Looza residence is especially ideal for Medical electives due to it’s superb location so close to Mater Dei hospital.

Looza is also of superior quality to the shared apartments offered by the University of Malta that are often not well maintained.

We offer comfortable rooms for single or shared use with self-catering facilities similar to a flat share

Shared rooms are shared by a maximum of 2 persons.

A lovely sun terrace furnished with garden furniture, bar-b-que and plants are available for the enjoyment of our guests and supermarkets and shops are at a 5 minute walking distance too.

Looza Residence and Vista apartment are both located within a short 7 – 10 minute walking distance from Mater Dei hospital.

You won’t need to catch any buses to get to the hospital or University as our comfortable accommodation is located at just a very short walking distance.

We are located  also located at a short bus ride away from Karin Grech hospital and Sir Paul Boffa Hospital.

For those who prefer total independence a new independent one bedroom apartment called Vista Apartment is also available for rent.

This apartment is located up the road from our home, also at 10 minutes walking distance from Mater Dei hospital.

Vista apartment is a modern, tastefully decorated apartment equipped with a kitchen, washing machine and also has wifi internet connection and tv.  It is ideally located for Medical electives.

Testimonial from our guestbook :

The location is perfect if you have a placement at Mater Dei or are studying at the University both of which are less than 10 minutes walk away. There is a large bus terminus at the hospital where you can catch a bus to pretty much anywhere on the island. The accommodation is clean and comfortable, and the kitchenette is very well equipped. There is a large roof terrace which is perfect for evening meals. The internet connection is fast and reliable. I chose to have breakfast included, which was delicious and very reasonably priced. Stefie and George are very friendly and helpful. I would definitely stay here again if I come back to Malta!                                                                                              Andrew from Scotland

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