AClass Academy of English
St. Catherine's High School,
11, Suffolk Road, Pembroke, PBK 1901, Malta - Europe
+356 21 374 588
How do I find my way to AClass Academy on the first day?
If you are staying with a host family they will be able to give you simple directions to the school. Most of our host families are within walking distance of AClass, or just a short bus ride away. If you book our accommodation airport transfers are required, our driver will then be able to meet you at the airport and present you with a useful Welcome Pack containing a detailed map of the area with the location of the school clearly marked. Click here for Directions via google maps.
How do I use public transport in Malta?
Public transport in Malta is easy to use, you can either purchase a ticket on the bus or purchase a 7 day pass. Bus cards are available to purchase from the school administration office where we provide single journey or weekly tickets. Buses are frequent and travel all over the island, many stop close to the school – a handy bus route finder can be found here http://www.publictransport.com.mt/searchresults
Do I need to take a placement test ?
Yes, all students complete a placement test before starting the course as we need an accurate indication of your level. Our initial placement test can be accessed from this website under the Information section, it takes about 30 minutes to complete it and it will give you an indication of your level. You may also be asked to take a short placement test on arrival after meeting with the Director of Studies you will be placed in an appropriate class, assessment continues throughout your first day as your teacher will assess your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills at the start of your course. We aim to place all students accurately by the end of the first day and we reserve the right to place students in a level we believe accurately reflects their true ability.
What time do lessons start ?
General English Courses normally follow the timetable below.
9.00 – 10.30
11.00 – 12.30
1.00 – 2.30
How can I pay for my course ?
You can pay for your course before you arrive or on the first day of your class. If you wish to pay on the first day, please visit the office between 8.15 – 8.45 a.m. in order to process your payment before the class begins. You can pay by cash or credit card. Credit card transactions incur a fee of 3%.
Do I need a Visa to study in Malta?
EU nationals do not require a visa, however if you are a non-EU National you may require a student Visa. Click the link below for more information and to download application forms https://foreignaffairs.gov.mt/en/Pages/Travelling-to-Malta.aspx
Once you have contacted AClass Academy via e-mail and paid for your course we will be able to send you a letter of invitation to use in your application for a visa.
If your visa is refused we will refund the deposit less a 100€ administration fee. We will require a scanned copy of the refusal letter at least one week prior to the start of the course in order to secure the refund. In addition, in support of an application for a short-term or travel visa, applicants must show that they have travel insurance of a minimum coverage – AClass Academy has partnered with the reputable insurance firm guard.me to offer you a great service please click here for details or to buy insurance http://guard.me/acae
Can I change class ?
After your placement on the first day you will be assigned a level and then progress based on your motivation, ability and time you spend on materials. If you wish to change your class level please speak to your teacher first. Your teacher will decide if you are ready to move classes.
How do I book activities ?
You can book your activities before you arrive or you can book excursions on arrival at AClass Academy. We work with reputable tour operators and you may choose from a selection on our notice boards.
What should I pack for my English Language Holiday?
We suggest the following:
If you are visiting AClass in the spring or summer months you will need much lighter clothes. During June, July and August, the temperature can reach up to 40 degrees Centigrade so you will need a hat and plenty of sunblock. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water too. Why not look at http://www.malta.com for more information on the weather.
If you are coming to Malta to learn English in the winter/autumn months you will need a few warm clothes such as jumpers, jeans , a coat and warm socks and boots. Temperatures can drop to around 5 degrees Centigrade.
What is the difference between lessons and hours?
Each lesson lasts 45 minutes while 1 hour is 60 minutes
20 lessons = 15 hours
30 lessons = 22.5 hours
Do I need Insurance?
We recommend that you travel with insurance, this may be a requirement if you need a Visa for Malta. We offer special offers with a reputable insurance company guard.me http://guard.me/acae
When do I need to arrange my departure transfer?
Bring in all your flight details to the office on the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday prior to your departure. We will make all the necessary arrangements for your transfer.
What are reduced hours?
AClass Academy requires a minimum of 3 students per class to be able to offer the course in full. In the event that your class has only one or two students lesson will be reduced and you will receive Private One-to One lessons at no extra cost.
The hours will be reduced as follows:
1 student = 20 lessons is reduced to 10 lessons; 30 lessons is reduced to 20 lessons.
2 students = 20 lessons is reduced to 15 lessons; 30 lessons is reduced to 24 lessons.
Can I change my course or accommodation after arriving in Malta?
There is a €30 charge to change your accommodation or your course once you have arrived in Malta. Moreover, you will have to pay any additional cancellation charges which vary depending on the hotel you may have booked. Our Administrative Office staff will always try our best to find you alternative accommodation.
Will I get a certificate at the end of my course?
Yes, all students who attend at least 80% of their course will receive an AClass Academy Certificate of Merit at the end of their course. This certificate states the level and the number of hours you have attended. If you need a specific letter for your employers or University we will be happy to help; kindly speak to our Director of Studies.
What should I bring to school?
AClass provides you with all the course materials you will need; all you have to bring with you is a pen and some paper or a notebook to write in.
What about Public Holidays?
AClass Academy is closed on public holidays if you are in a General English Course, you will receive 30 minutes of extra lessons daily during that week.
If you are following a Private One-to-One Course then you will make up all the hours booked.
What if I am sick and do not come to school?
If you are unwell please let the school know so they can contact your teacher. Unfortunately, we do can not make up hours you have missed due to illness.
What is healthcare like in Malta?
Malta has excellent health care, hospitals are modern and supported by a regional network of health centres. Travellers do not normally require certificates of vaccination or immunisation to enter the Maltese Islands. Visitors from EU member states should make sure that they have a European Health Insurance card. It is advisable that all visitors, irrespective of their nationality, take out a personal medical insurance policy. Malta has reciprocal health agreements with Australia and the United Kingdom. Nationals of these countries, visiting the Islands for no longer than one month, are entitled to free medical and hospital care in both Malta and Gozo.
Visitors receiving special medical treatment should bring a medical prescription or a letter of introduction from their family doctor, in case they need to purchase particular medicines.
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