I can't help you with specific programs to Malta, but I can say that studying abroad changed my life forever. I grew up in a small town in VA and ended up at the University of Arizona for undergrad. I joined the school karate club and eventually made the university team. I fell in love with the martial arts and Asian cultures. The experience inspired me to study abroad in Japan. By the way, this goes back almost 30 years to the early 1980's. So when I say it changed my life forever, I actually have three decades to look back on.
So, how did it change my life? First, and very up close and personal, I met my wonderful Japanese wife almost immediately upon arrival. We've been together ever since. I mastered the language and came to understand the culture. I worked there for years and became deeply involved in international business. It eventually lead me to get an MBA in international business management at the prestigious Thunderbird School of Global Management (ranked the top international MBA program globally by USNWR, Financial times, etc. for many consecutive years -- Thunderbird School of Global Management - International Business School
). I continued with the martial arts and earned my black belt rankings in Japan. As an undergrad, I worked there and saved enough money to take time off school and travel in over 22 countries prior to graduation. By the time I got home after 3 years of being abroad in undergrad, I was a seasoned world traveler and had some of the most incredible (both good and extremely challenging) experiences of my life.
Even today, as a financial planner, a big chunk of my practice is with non-US citizens and I have a specialty in transnational estate planning. My kid is multi-lingual and a dual US-Japanese citizen and can claim a third citizenship as well should he choose to do so. He also chose a girlfriend with an international background and we love her very much.
Most importantly, although I am a proud American, I consider myself a global citizen and find all things international intriguing. I've been to the base camp of Mt. Everest (tallest mountain in the world) and the Dead Sea in Israel (lowest land elevation on earth). I've been to the Taj Mahal and the great pyramids of Egypt. I've had sushi and sake in Japan and dined in Paris. I was in Hong Kong in 1997 when the British handed over the city to the Chinese and I was in Nepal when Chernobyl melted down and nuclear fallout was predicted to reach the Himalaya. I've witnessed disgusting bloody police brutality in China and narrowly avoided being attacked by criminals in Egypt (my martial arts training saved my life). I've seen the aftermath of destructive earthquakes in Japan and been humbled by strangers helping out strangers in these adverse conditions. I've seen magic sunsets in Mexico and spent lazy weeks chilling out on the beaches in Thailand. I once saw a perfectly circular rainbow below me in elevation near the base camp of Annapurna.
I have friends from all walks of life and it all started with an innocent study abroad program.