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Mela, in Malta…

Practical training

I’m doing a three month practical training in Malta. Those three months are divided to three placements, each lasting four weeks. That has given me a nice overview about physiotherapy in Malta.

Maltese fishing boats “Luzzus” in Marsaxlokk.

Spare time

I am working morning shifts from Monday to Friday, as physiotherapists in public hospitals most often do. It gives me the evenings and weekends off.

I came here with my wife and son, so most of my spare time we spend together. Sometimes we go around Malta and see all the interesting and beautiful places but most of the time we do what we would back home, spend time in playgrounds, go around shops and flea markets, eat out, hang around in our home etc. of course now in a totally different environment.

I have made many friends with other Erasmus students and I/we also spend time with them. Fortunately we’ve had many visitors from Finland and it’s been nice to go around Malta with them also.

Blue Lagoon, Comino.

Differences with Finland

Working as a physiotherapist in Malta is mostly the same as doing it in Finland. Techniques are the same and in hospitals physio’s work mainly on morning shift. I think the biggest difference is the paperwork. Because actually there is quite a lot of actual true paperwork. In Finland all the medical files are digital and you add new reports straight to an electronic medical record softwares like Pegasos, but here it is all still done on paper.

View from the hospital office.


It has been a very interesting, educational and in every way a good experience. My Erasmus experience has most probably been very different from others experiences in Malta, due to that I came here with my family. Malta offers something for everyone and I recommend coming here for Erasmus to anyone who is open to different cultures and experiences. Malta truly is something different, compared to Finland or other northern European countries.


Il-ġurnata t-tajba

We have had so nice time here in Malta and soon it is time to come back to home. Life here has been great experience and I’m not really ready to go home yet! But I guess I have to return to the reality. Thank god there is still some time to enjoy this pretty Island.
We have done 200 hours clinical practise here in Mater Dei hospital. Mater Dei hospital is the biggest public hospital here in Malta. Medical Imaging Department includes skeletal imaging, ultrasound, mammography, CT, PET-CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, bone density etc. We had one week placement on every modality. We had also 12 ECTS of normal courses. We did couple courses about pharmacology, professional issues and Maltese culture and language course. Those courses included lectures, presentations and exams.  
When I have had spare time I have visited different places. I have seen Valletta many times which is capital city of Malta, Mdina which is old capital city. I have been also in Maltas two little islands called Gozo and Comino. I have spend time also with my Finnish school friend Tiia and with my new Erasmus friends. We have enjoyed the sun!!
Working culture is pretty much same here in Malta than in Finland. The most different thing is that Maltese takes working easier. Some times they are even slightly lazy. They can take nap during the night shift which is never a option in Finland. But sometimes I like this way of working more than the Finnish way. Even working is easier here Maltese education is very strict and studying here is very hard.

Greetings from Malta

So far me and my classmate Anni have lived over two months here in Malta and we have enjoyed our time here very much. The saddest thing is that we have only three weeks remaining and atleast I’m not ready to go back to Finland just yet. Luckily I have only one week of clinical placements left and then I have two weeks of holiday!


Malta is a very small country, which consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino with population of over 400 000 people. The main island Malta is only 27 km long and 15 km wide and it is located in the middle of the Mediterranean sea directly south of Sicily.


Our exchange consists of 200 hours of clinical placements and teaching. We are studying at the University of Malta and working at the Mater Dei Hospital. Mater Dei is the main general and acute public hospital in Malta and our placements takes place at the Medical Imaging Department. We are studying e.g. pharmacology, professional issues, Maltese culture and language and last week we had exam week which wasn’t that horrible than we thought. We had only three exams, pharmacology, Maltese language (oral and written) and two presentation.


Maltese lifestyle is very relaxed but extremely lazy! A family may have as many cars as family members because they are too lazy to walk from one place to another. That is one of the reason why the traffic is so crazy in here. Maltese are typically welcoming, warm, friendly and willing to help other peolpe. They speak so loud and passionately with lots of arm-waving that a normal conversation may seem to turn into a huge fight in seconds.