Foreign students attending English language courses at local specialised schools numbered 76,730 last year, equivalent to an increase of 1.6% over 2015.

The majority of students attending English language courses in Malta came from Italy (24.5%),

Germany (14.2%) and France (11.1%). Together, these accounted for 49.8% of total students.

The largest share of language students (31.3%) were aged 15 years or less. Students aged 50 and over were in the minority and numbered 5,071.

Female students outnumbered males and accounted for 60.4% of the entire student population.

July was the busiest month for English language specialised schools with 19,334 arrivals, or 25.2% of the annual total. This was followed by August and June with 12.9 and 11% of total arrivals respectively. A similar pattern was also recorded in 2015.

The most popular course offered by specialised English language schools was general English. This course accounted for 53,304 students (69.5%) attending during 2016. This was followed by the intensive English course, with 17.2% of total students.

The share of foreign students attending English language courses in 2016 when compared to total inbound tourists for the same year, stood at 3.9%. This share ranged from 3% to 4.8% among males and females respectively.

Foreign students enrolled in specialised schools for English language spent a total of 229,005 weeks in Malta. The average length of stay during the year under review stood at three weeks, down by 0.2 weeks when compared to 2015.

Students from Colombia recorded the highest average duration with an average of 13.5 weeks per student.

These were followed by South Korean and Turkish students with an average duration of 10.2 and 6.2 weeks per student respectively.

In 2016, teaching staff in English language specialised schools numbered 1,221. The largest share

of teaching staff (36.3 per cent) were aged between 18 and 24.

Female teaching personnel made up for 72.1 per cent of the total teaching staff. Non-teaching staff amounted to 799, of which 61.3 per cent were employed on a full-time basis.

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