Faculty-led Program on the Mediterranean: Malta

About the Program

Come with me to Malta

Participants in this program will examine the idea and the act of martyrdom, which lies at the heart of the world’s great religions.  We will do this in Malta, an island nation in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea which geographically and culturally spans the crossroads of Christian and Muslim civilizations.  Malta provides a landscape dotted with martyries.  Here the martyr’s sacrifice is celebrated and memorialized year round.  This study will allow students an insight into understanding other cultures while experiencing Maltese culture firsthand.  

While in Malta students will experience the vivid and calm moments of Maltese life in a small sun-kissed island filled with majestic churches, beautiful beaches, extraordinary catacombs, glorious museums, laid-back cafes, and a simply wonderful nightlife.

Dates & Deadlines

App Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2023
Program Dates: Monday, May 13 to Tuesday, May 28, 2024

The study abroad center is no longer accepting applications for this program at this time. If you are interested in this program, please fill out the waitlist form below:

‌Faculty-Led Program Waitlist

HIST 3279: Conflict & Justice Study Abroad: History Salvation at Stake: Martyrdom in History (3 credit hours)

  • This is a UNIFI: Responsibility category course. It can count as a general education UNIFI elective credit.
  • Talk to your academic advisor about how this course would work for you!
  • Participants will also take a mandatory, 1-credit hour course in the spring in order to prepare for the study abroad experience. For information on enrolling in this spring course, participants should contact the program's course leader.

Although Malta is not well known in the United States, it is home to some of the oldest standing structures in the world.  What makes Malta particularly fascinating is the culture of the Maltese people, which is situated at the juncture of Islamic and Christian traditions in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.  Students traveling to Malta will navigate this intersection themselves, experiencing it through sight and sound and interactions with the Maltese.  This is a crossroads which viscerally calls into question one of the predominant stereotypes of our time, the so-called Clash of Civilizations thesis which posits the non-complementary natures of Christian and Muslim traditions.  Since both traditions revere the figure of the martyr, we will examine how this heroic character provides a common point of contact between Islam and Christianity and the various other religious traditions which have invested in martyrology. 

The Study Abroad Center will enroll participants in their study abroad course.



  • Students planning to participate in the spring commencement ceremony in May can enroll in this summer term program, however, their degree will not be conferred until the end of the summer term and is contingent on the successful completion of the program and all required coursework.
  • Students attending colleges and universities other than UNI are welcome to participate in this program. If you are not currently a UNI student, but would like to participate in this program, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.

Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost: $5,942*

*estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors

Estimated Total Program Cost $5,942
Estimated U-bill Charges $3,461
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs $2,481


Malta Summer 2024 Cost Estimate (PDF)

Cost of Studying On Campus at UNI*

*per semester, estimated, will vary per person

Tuition & Fees $4,864
Room & Board $4,824
Books $400
Personal Expenses $887
Transportation $350
Total $11,325

Source: https://admissions.uni.edu/cost-aid

‌Eligibility Requirements to Study Abroad

The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to study abroad. Students must have a completed study abroad application, including supportive recommendation form(s). Additionally, students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to study abroad:

  • Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this cumulative GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
  • If your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (103 East Bartlett):
    • Letters of reference from two academic contacts (e.g. academic advisor and former or current professor) supporting your pursuit of study abroad. If you are attending a faculty-led study abroad program, one of the letters must be from a course leader. However, if the program has two course leaders, only one of the letters can be from one of the course leaders.
  • Must be over the age of 18 years old
  • Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
  • Must be in good standing with the university
  • UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements, if applicable.
  • Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.