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Summer in Malta: HD 495/497 in the Mediterranean

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Program Overview:

This summer, in partnership with the University of Malta, travel to beautiful Valletta, Malta with Dr. Bigham.  Malta, an archipelago in the central Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and the North African coast, is a nation known for historic sites related to a succession of rulers including the Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, Normans, Sicilians, Spanish, Knights of St. John, French and British.
During this 5 week course, CSUSM students will travel to beautiful Malta for ten days with the remaining weeks of class online before and after the trip. CSUSM students will work with the staff and volunteers at one of the community-based YMCA programs focused on youth health and development, attend lectures by University of Malta faculty, participate in daily course meetings, and take part in cultural exploration. Dr. Eliza Bigham, in CSUSM's Department of Human Development, will be your program leader. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge while learning!

Program Highlights:

  • 90+ hours of service with the YMCA in Valletta, Malta
  • Guest lectures on the influx of refugees from Africa and other countries and other social topics\
  • Weekend guided tours, including the National Museum of Archaeology, and many other ruins and historical sites
  • Excursion to Gozo (home of the Ggantija prehistoric temples)
  • Excursion to Sicily, Italy

Academic Calendar:

  • First Summer Session (June 4 - July 8)
  • June 4 - 18:  Local placement in YMCA (5-10 hours/week)
  • June 18 - 28:  YMCA in Valetta, Malta
  • June 30 - July 8: Completion of materials and professional development plan

Academic Focus and Units:

3 units HD 495 or 4 units of HD497 through CSUSM's Extended Learning

Language of Instruction:

English.  No knowledge of Maltese language or culture assumed.


  • Class level: Students with upper-division standing by the end of Spring 2018
  • GPA: 2.75 and above; good academic standing


Students and faculty will be housed at a hostel in multi-student dorms.

Estimated Cost:

$2,200 + Extended Learning Fees (paid directly to Extended Learning for HD495 or HD497 through your myCSUSM, estimated at $252 for HD 495 and $332 for HD 497)

Above fees include tuition, room and partial board, medical insurance, ground transportation to/from airport, to/from field experience sites and on all field excursions. Airfare, meals not listed, and personal expenditures are NOT included in the program cost and are estimated at $1,500 to $2,000 (largely dependent on airfare booked).

Global Education will be in touch with students before final payment in the event that the Euro is more favorable than projected.  If so, we will reduce the final payment due.

To Apply:

1. Contact Dr. Elizabeth Bigham at to arrange a meeting to discuss the program.  Preference given to students currently on the waitlist.

2. Complete the online application via the link below. All application materials must be received by noon Monday, March 26 along with your non-refundable $300 deposit to the Office of Global Education, Craven 3200. Online payment preferred through CashNet.  Please be advised that all payments aside from those via e-check will accrue a 2.75% convenience fee. Cash, checks, and money orders made payable to CSUSM will also be accepted.

3. Final payment is due by noon Monday, April 23 to the Office of Global Education. Payment of tuition related expenses will be billed by Extended Learning to your student accounts following enrollment and will follow payment guidelines set out for Summer Session. Remaining program fees due to Global Eucation follow the procedure outlined above.

4. Two mandatory pre-departure orientations will be held in April and May to plan for the service activities, review the course materials, and confirm all travel details.

Summer in Malta Application

5.  Submit your flight details so we can procure your health insurance:  Flight Information Form