Why learn English in Valletta?
English is one of the two official languages in Malta – a legacy from 164 years in the British Empire.
Malta is the ideal destination to combine your Mediterranean holiday with learning the English language.
This quaint European island in the southern Mediterranean Sea, located to the south of Italy is an obvious tourist hot spot thanks to it’s idyllic location and balmy climate. Malta has also become an ideal study destination for language schools in recent decades due to English being an official language on the island. Ever since Malta’s entry into the British Empire almost every Maltese inhabitant speaks fluent English.
Malta has a sub-tropical Mediterranean climate with warm seawater, very mild winters and hot summers. The island also benefits from a well-developed hotel and gastronomic scene.
Cavendish School is located in the heart of the capital, Valletta, which has been named as a UNESCO world heritage site. UNESCO described Valetta as ‘One of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.’
Why a language school in Valletta?
Valletta is full of beautiful architecture built by the Knights of St. John between the 16th and 17th centuries, the founder decreed that it was ‘a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen’. You can still see this today with most of the original architecture well-preserved. There are high walls surrounding the peninsula with many buildings in baroque style.
Valletta is the smallest capital within the EU. One huge advantage is that everything can be easily reached on foot. The charming capital is a vivid, cultural and economic centre. There are many bars, cafes, restaurants and shops to enjoy in your leisure time as well as cinemas and theatres including the oldest used baroque theatre in Europe.
From Valletta you can easily travel to other destinations on the island as the coach station is only a 3-4 minute walk away from our school. It is very easy to visit the medieval city of Mdina or the sandy beaches of Malta after your lessons. The journey on the bus to every part of the island is short and inexpensive. You can also walk to many destinations such as Sliema which is only 15-20 minutes away.
Our school facilities in Valletta, Malta
Cavendish School is situated in a historic house in Valletta which was built in the 1900’s.
Once the home of a wealthy businessman, this historic home has undergone complete renovation and is even more elegant and impressive than before. Amongst the 40 language schools in Malta, we are one of only two schools whose licence has been granted in Valletta. This is a huge opportunity for our students to escape the crowds and study in a relaxed and beautiful environment.
Our School Facilities:
- Air conditioned comfort with natural light all year round.
- Audio-visual equipment.
- Stationery and workshop.
- Internet café & Wi-Fi.
- Lift to all floors.
- Cosy cafeteria and lounge area.
- An apartment with roof terrace (for our English language students bookable as holiday home).
Malta has a lot to offer in your free time
The sub-tropical Mediterranean climate makes the island ideal for outdoor activities all year round.
The Mediterranean Sea is ideal for all watersports and sea swimming round the coves but most especially diving. Malta is one of the world’s finest diving locations with sunken WWII bombers and undersea caves to explore. On land Malta’s other hidden treasures include some of the world’s most impressive prehistoric sites including giant cliff top temples and a 5,000 year old underground necropolis.
Valletta has a cinema with eight halls and every film is shown in English.
Concerts by international artists, theatre and art exhibitions take place almost all year round (September to June).
There are also open-air events, like traditional productions of Shakespeare in the gardens of the presidential palace and the annual festival of jazz on the quay of the Grand Harbour (July) or the annual fireworks festival all around the island.
The museums are open all year, as are the pubs, nightclubs and restaurants.
The importance of the Catholic Church is represented by many festivals (festas) in the villages and towns on the island. From June to September no week goes by without there being a festa somewhere in Malta or Gozo. During these festivals the village and the church are decorated with thousands of lights and the community worships their patron saint by way of a musical pilgrimage through the village. The highlight of every festa are the fireworks.
Tips for Valletta
- St. John’s Baroque Co-Cathedral is Malta’s most impressive church
- Grand Master’s Palace is still the official residence of the Maltese president
- Jazz sessions in the summer months every Friday on the steps of St. Ursula Street
- Isle of MTV is the annual one day pop festival on the island
- End of September: “Notte Bianca” – “Night of museums” where there are also celebrations in the streets all night long
- January: “Valletta Baroque Festival” – a celebration for lovers of baroque music
In the sea
Wherever you are on the island, you’re always close enough to enjoy watersports, diving and relaxing which are all within easy reach and available all year round.
Comino’s Blue Lagoon with it’s white sand is the top spot for swimming closely followed by Wied il-Ghasr, St. Peter’s Pool and Fomm ir-Rih. If you prefer to be more active then Mellieha Bay offers windsurfing, kitesurfing, waterskiing, canoeing, banana boating and parasailing.
Malta is Europe’s best diving destination and it’s easy to understand why with the clear, deep blue water around Malta as well as the dramatic coastline. With a clear view underwater, often more than 40 meters visibility, the extraordinary world of coral reefs, caves, grottos and WWII relics are perfect for divers and underwater photographers. Because of the diversity of species, the very good water quality and the excellent view of the rocky sea bed, the diving areas around Malta are said to be one of the best in the world to view sea life.
Food and entertainment
In the main streets of Valletta as well as on the shore there are various restaurants, which offer very good food. The variety is so superb, that you will never have to visit the same restaurant twice.
Also in other parts of Malta and on Gozo there are a variety of pubs, wine bars, night clubs and restaurants, which offer local cuisine as well as food from all over the world.
Golf and walking
Malta’s golf course is located close to Valletta and welcomes its guests all year round. Golf equipment can be rented and you can also book golf classes if you like. The school is happy to find out prices for you.
In and around Valletta is a lot of development, but along the cliff line on the west of the island, in the north and on Gozo there is still beautiful countryside, to take longer walks and go on excursions. Tours can be organized by yourself or the staff of our school– all you need are sturdy shoes and sun block – also during winter months.
Custom-made courses for you
Cavendish School of English are highly experienced in designing the best courses just for you or your group. Our language courses can be specially designed for individuals as well as small or large, open or closed groups. Cavendish School of English works closely with you to make sure that your language course covers the needs of all those taking part. Schools, universities and businesses can all benefit from our special programmes to train and qualify their staff and students.
Adult Group Courses
Schools and educational groups who wish to make group bookings with Cavendish School of English will benefit from the following:
- Group transfer to and from the Malta airport.
- Preferential rates for groups of 20 or more.
- A specially designed excursion program.
Please make sure that you contact Cavendish School of English at least a month before making a group booking, to allow plenty of time for a special program to be developed for your group. Booking early is advisable, particularly during the summer months.
Junior Group Courses
Junior courses for groups of students aged 7 to 18 can be arranged throughout the year.
On the first day of their English language course, students are given a short informal English test and then placed into groups, from beginners to advanced, with other students of a similar level.
Often, on the first day, students are taken on a sightseeing tour of Valletta and the local area.
Morning lessons will be between 8:25 and 12:50 with teachers who are experienced at making English fun and easy to learn. The emphasis in the classroom is on the spoken word and students quickly gain confidence and start to enjoy the challenge of using English with their home stay hosts and in normal everyday situations.
All main classrooms at Cavendish School of English are well-equipped with interactive whiteboards, computer and internet access, and the learning environment is friendly and fun. A variety of up-to-date teaching methods and materials are used to ensure that students reach their potential.
Lessons will be between 13:10 and 17:35. If students have lessons in the morning then excursions are arranged in the afternoons to various places of interest.
Accommodation in Valletta, Malta
There is a wide range of accommodation in Malta from 5 star hotels to family owned B&B’s. Why not stay with one of our dedicated English speaking home stays for the full immersion experience? We can book accommodation close to the school or along the main bus route.
The Cavendish Apartment
Our roof terrace apartment is at the top of the school building and offers fantastic views across this beautiful city. You can rent one room or the whole apartment. It has two bedrooms (1 double bedroom and 1 twin with balcony), a fully equipped kitchen with dining table, comfortable lounge, bathroom with a shower and a washing machine. If you decide to only rent one room then get ready to make friends as you may be sharing the communal areas with another student.
Home Stay accommodation
Accommodation with private hosts is the ideal way of really getting to know the Maltese culture and local life. It also ensures students keep on speaking English language outside of lessons. Following main criteria are guaranteed: private accommodation is carefully chosen and is checked regularly by Cavendish School and the EFL Monitoring Board. Hosts in Malta are required to get a licence before they can take students.
The hosts take special care of the needs of adult students:
- You might live together with other students in single or double rooms.
- From Monday to Friday there will be breakfast and dinner included.
- Saturdays and Sundays you will get a lunch box as well.
Palazzo Sant Ursula
Palazzo Sant Ursula is a renovated, spacious 17th century building close to the Grand Harbour in Valletta. The house has a roof terrace, where you can relax on sunny days and warm summer nights. Wi-Fi is available and there is a kitchen for self-catering.
Location: Very good housing area, good connections to other parts of Malta from the coach station. This B&B is 5 minutes away from numerous stores, restaurants and cafes & about 10 minutes away from school and the coach station.
- Familiar atmosphere
- Shared toilet
- Only about 2 minutes from school.
Important! Please book the Guesthouse well in advance, because it gets quickly booked up, especially in the summer months!
Balco Symphony in Gzira
- Single room with own bathroom
- Two fully equipped kitchens
- Internet available
- Two minutes from Valletta by bus
Balco Harmony in Gzira
- Double and shared rooms available
- The facilities are similar to those of the Balco Symphony
- 3 star Hotel with an excellent location on the Sliema seafront
- Outdoor pool with children’s section & indoor pool
- Fitness room & sauna
- Hairdresser & Nail Technician
- Indian à la carte restaurant, Chinese à la carte restaurant and continental buffet restaurant
- Children’s play area, games room, bar & internet cafe open 24-hrs a day
- Bus stop within a few meters away that drives you around the Maltese island
- 20-25 minutes from school by bus
- 5 star hotel located in Valletta
- Amazing views of Marsamxett harbour and Manoel Island
- Unforgettable dining experience
- Beautiful furnishing and decor
- Its central position allows for easy travel to all parts of the Maltese islands
- Only 10 minutes on foot from school