NSTS – National Student Travel Service

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National Student Travel Service
Academic and Travel Organisation
Industry English Language Teaching
Founded Malta, 1954
Founder Francis Stivala
Headquarters Malta
Key people
Francis Stivala, Managing Director
Services English Courses,
Exam Preparation Courses (TOEFL, Accommodation in Malta
Website www.nsts.org

About NSTS Malta[edit]

The National Student Travel Service (NSTS) is an organization dedicated to student and youth educational travel. It was founded under the auspices of the National Student Travel Foundation (NSTF), itself a not-for-profit non-governmental organization (NGO). NSTF organizes educational projects for self-development in European Affairs, Science and Innovation as well as English Language Courses (held at the NSTS English Language Institute - ELI).Read More

History of NSTS Malta[edit]

Dates of Establishment:

  • 1950 - Saw birth of international student travel movement in search for peace and international understanding
  • 1950 - Student unions set up international structures for cross border cooperation
  • 1954 - University students formed the Maltese Student Travel Department
  • 1963 - Reconstituted as The National Student Travel Service (Malta)
  • 1963 - Commenced first English Language Course for foreign non-English speakers in Malta
  • 1964 - Introduced host family accommodation for foreign students
  • 1966 - Operated first student charter flights to Rome and beyond
  • 1972 - Hosted first international student conference SATA
  • 1973 - Became full member of the Federation of International Youth Travel Organisations
  • 1977 - Reconstituted as National Student Travel Foundation (Malta)
  • 1977 - Agreement with Air Malta for student low cost flexible fares
  • 1978 - Leased Hibernia and converted into self-catering to replace hotel
  • 1979 - First companies and NSTS-STUDENT & YOUTH TRAVEL brand created
  • 1983 - Contracted private beach club facility NSTS-Aquacentre in Sliema
  • 1989 - Launched NSTF-Mini European Assembly European research project
  • 1989 - Founded the Federation of English Language Teaching Organisations (FELTOM)
  • 1992 - Full member of European Youth Card Association: EURO<26
  • 1994 - Moved English Language operations to new premises in Gzira (ELI)
  • 1996 - Opened branch office on University Campus
  • 1997 - Secured long term lease on Hibernia to convert into hostel
  • 1999 - Inaugurated fully refurbished Hibernia Residence and Hostel
  • 2001 - Full member of International Youth Hostel Federation
  • 2001 - Expanded and improved branch office on University Campus
  • 2001 - Secured ownership of property by University at Msida
  • 2002 - Received SKAL “Academic & Professional” Malta Tourism Award
  • 2003 - 40th Anniversary celebration: inaugurated NSTS 40 residence by the University
  • 2004 - 50th Anniversary celebration: secured ownership over English Language Institute premises
  • 2004 - Acquired ISO 9000:2001 certification
  • 2006 - Inaugurated Rafiki’s café bar, chill-out, self-expression, trade area


ELI- English Language Institute

  • Location: English Language Institute, 12, Taliana Lane, Gzira GZR1581, Malta
  • Student Capacity:
  • Minimum Age:
  • Class Size: 8
  • Student Computers: 10
  • Other Facilities: Internet Cafe, Wi-Fi, Library, Business Lounge, Student lounge, TV, Garden Area

English Language Courses[edit]

  • Intensive English Course
    • Lessons per Week: 20 or 25 or 30
    • Course Duration: Min 1 Week
    • Class Size: 6
  • Business English Course
    • Lessons per Week: 20 or 30
    • Course Duration: Min 1 Week
    • Class Size: 5
  • Intensive and Business English Course
    • Lessons per Week: 30 (20 lessons of General English and 10 lessons of Business English)
    • Course Duration: Min 1 Week
    • Class Size: 5
  • Summer Intensive Course
    • Lessons per Week: 20 or 25
    • Course Duration: Min 1 Week
    • Class Size: Max 15
  • Absorption Course
    • Lessons per Week: 10 to 40
    • Course Duration: Min 1 Week
    • Class Size: 1 to 1, or 1 to 2
  • Examination Preparation Course
    • Lessons per Week: 20 or 30
    • Course Duration: Min 1 Week
    • Class Size: 5

Teacher Training[edit]

  • The school in Malta is a TEFL accredited center which offers teacher training courses to obtain the internationally accredited TEFL certificate

Accommodation Properties in Malta[edit]

    • The NSTS Campus Residence and Hostel

Located in Msida, adjacent to the University of Malta sports complex, within 15 minutes by public transport to the capital city of Malta - Valletta, 10 minutes to the shopping centre of Sliema and the nightlife hub of St. Julian's. NSTS Campus Residence & Hostel consists of 98 rooms with a choice of 5 beds and 4 beds in original duplex format, 3 beds, 2 beds or 1 bed over three floors each room with a private shower and toilet facilities. The NSTS Campus Residence & Hostel includes a large rear outdoor swimming pool with terrace and sun-bathing deck.

    • The NSTS Hibernia Residence and Hostel

Located in Sliema. 1 minute from the Seafront. Offers 1 to 8 bedded rooms. The 6 and 8 bedded are low-cost accommodation with separate rooms for males and females. Rooms have double-deck bunk beds, own locker and key for rucksack with shelf and rail, bedside shelf and night lamp, common wash-basins, showers, toilets in the ratio of 1:5 beds. With common dining room and kitchen facilities.

NSTF National Student Travel Foundation[edit]

The National Student Travel Foundation (NSTF) was founded in 1977. It was set up by the students of the University of Malta for their international educational formation and 30 years since its founding, it still finds its raison d’etre in the interest it brings to students of all ages. NSTF is a non-profit NGO which is directly in touch with a large number of Maltese students through the various educational programmes it organises each year. These programmes complement the educational efforts of local educational institutions at various levels. “Putting Young People First” is the philosophy that guides the National Student Travel Foundation which seeks to provide all students with a unique non-formal educational experience..Read More

Accreditation and Membership[edit]