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Gateway School of English describes its new 50+ Programmes

Published on Monday, November 13, 2017

We are pleased to introduce our recently launched 50+ programmes, targeting mature students who wish to combine an English language course, no matter what their current proficiency level, with a leisurely Mediterranean holiday in Malta. These courses run four times a year and are organised in conjunction with major cultural and historical events held annually, allowing participants an opportunity to savour life in the slow lane, the Maltese way.


Although it is well known for its sun and fun factor and, for this reason, is especially popular with teenagers and young people (whether students or tourists) who flock to the sea and nightlife areas summer after summer, Malta undoubtedly holds equal appeal as a destination offering a wealth of history and culture, making it an attractive choice for more mature holidaymakers as well as for pensioners looking for a change of scene and pace, and possibly also a place to retire in with its element of relaxed island life.


The coming year 2018 will be a particularly favourable year for these 50+ programmes as the Maltese capital of Valletta will hold the long-awaited title of European Capital of Culture. The “V18”, as it is commonly referred to, will offer a rich and varied range of activities, exhibitions, performances and more throughout the entire year, giving students plenty of options for some extracurricular and educational fun no matter when they decide to visit.


The strategic points in the year’s timeline at which we organise the 50+ programmes are: in February/March for Carnival, in March/April for Easter, in October for the Notte Bianca, and in December for Christmas. 50+ aged students can nevertheless join our regular adult courses at any time of the year if they cannot make it in the periods indicated, but the 50+ programmes are exclusively for students over 50, and applicants are guaranteed that they will be with students of the same age group.


Our marketing team is also taking care to promote these programmes the world over so we are expecting to have a very good nationality mix in the coming year, as is always the case in all our other courses thanks to our steady cooperation with agents from several different countries.


We offer these programmes as packages which include accommodation, either in hotels, the school residence or host families within walking distance from school, depending on individual students’ preferences. A supplementary social programme is also available for students to choose activities day by day if they so wish. Among these are sea- and countryside walks, a visit to a local Crafts Village in Ta’ Qali (with time for some shopping!), stops at prehistoric temples, and tours around the historical cities (Valletta, Mdina and the Three Cities) and their respective churches, harbours and gardens.


There is also a full day trip to the sister island of Gozo with its fortified hilltop city of Cittadella (the former capital), and students will also get a chance for a spot of agritourism with some wine- and cheese-tasting at a local winery and a Gozitan cheese farm. All in all a packed social programme to tickle everyone’s fancy.


It is good to point out that agents are entitled to a commission on both the package fees (courses & accommodation) and supplementary activities, depending on which and how many activities students book. For more information on these programmes, agents and students can visit our website (see link below) or contact us on


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