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  • Locations: All, Malta
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 04/01/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Stephanie LaCava
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Residence hall with kitchen access
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Director:
Mayte Green-Mercado
Program Description:
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The Program
  • Two week, 3-credit field experience in Malta, explores the island's rich history of encounters and exchanges throughout millennia. 
  • Participants will visit archaeological and historical sites and museums and explore Malta's pre-historic past visiting the Megalithic temples, its Roman and Punic remains, Arab and Mulsim heritage as well as the history of early Modern Malta, which served as the home of the crusading military order of Knights of St. John. 
During this two-week 3-credit course students will take part in a field experience in the Mediterranean country of Malta that focuses on the island’s rich history of encounters and exchanges throughout millennia. Through visits to archaeological and historical sites and museums, students will have the opportunity to explore Malta’s pre-historic past visiting the Megalithic temples, its Roman and Punic remains, its Arab and Muslim heritage, it will delve deeply into the history of early modern Malta, which served as the home of the crusading military order of Knights of St. John. Through these guided visits students will consider the entangled histories of religious conflict and productive exchange between Christians, Jews, and Muslims, and the challenges of migration and displacements historically and in the present. In addition to these site visits and presentations, students will engage with local experts in Malta, and with members of an organization that deals with refugees and their integration to Maltese society. Students will also have the opportunity to enjoy boat tours to Malta’s two islands, Gozo and Comino, its lovely beaches, shopping, and other tourist attractions. To that end, students will also have a few days in the program to explore Malta on their own away from the group.

Your Host Country: Malta
The Maltese archipelago is located at the center of the Mediterranean Sea and it consists of three Islands: Malta, Gozo, and Comino. It is a member of the European Union, and its official languages are Maltese and English, and Italian is also widely spoken. Its capital, Valetta, is a World Heritage City, and it was selected European Capital of Culture in 2018. Malta boasts of warm weather, some of the oldest megalithic temples in the world, beautiful Baroque architecture, forts, palaces, and cathedrals, quaint narrow streets, museums, and fishing villages.

Faculty Director Profile:
Mayte Green-Mercado
Dr. Mayte Green-Mercado is an Assistant Professor of Islamic History at Rutgers University —Newark, specializing in medieval and early modern Mediterranean, Islamic, and Spanish history. Her research focuses on religious minorities in Spain and the Mediterranean, and the entangled relations between Muslims, Christians, and Jews. She has previously directed a study abroad program in Granada, Spain. 
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To view a preliminary program's 2019 syllabus, please click here. Please note this syllabus is subject to change. 

This is a two week, 3 credit course. All of the credits count toward the Honors College at Rutgers Newark’s 12-credit honors-designated coursework. The credits can also count toward degrees in History or Ancient and Medieval Civilizations at Rutgers Newark, and the Middle East and Islamic Studies Minor.
This program also includes an optional internship component. Students who wish to do the internship may earn an additional 3 credits, for a total of 6 credits when done in conjunction with the course. The internship will precede the course, and will take place between May 23 and May 28th. The internship is geared towards work with refugees and migrants in Malta and the Mediterranean. Students who participate in the internship will be working with Prof. Tim Raphael, who is organizing a project with National Geographic Photo Camp, and partnering with Spark 15, an organization that aims to to help refugee and migrant youth in Malta to have access to education and jobs. Please contact the program’s director (Mayte Green-Mercado, for more on this possible opportunity.

Accommodations and Meals
Students will live at the Malta Student Residence, in the town of Lija, and will be transported by bus daily to the sites. The University Residence has facilities such as a kitchenette and laundry, internet access, a swimming pool, and various common areas. Some meals are provided. Students will enjoy a welcome and farewell dinner as a group (which are included in the program costs), but are responsible for other meals and their flights to and from the United States to Malta.

Financial Information
Program costs for 2019 will be updated by early Spring Semester.

For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet. For more information about Finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission, please visit the Finances section of our website. As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.

Students are encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria. To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships At-A-Glance worksheet, and visit our Scholarship Directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.