GBSB Global launches the Foundation Program in Business with Academic English expanding opportunities for students in Malta

Last Updated on Friday, 5 April, 2024 at 1:51 pm by Andre Camilleri

GBSB Global Business School has announced the launch of its latest academic offering, the “Pre-Tertiary Certificate in Foundation Programme in Business with Academic English”, following successful accreditation by the Malta Further and Higher Education Authority (MFHEA). This program (MQF 4, 60 ECTS) has been designed to provide international and local Maltese students with a solid academic grounding in both business fundamentals and practical English language skills, enhancing their readiness to enroll in a chosen multi-year program, particularly the Bachelor of Business Administration and Digital Innovation at GBSB Global Business School.

The Foundation Program lasts 9 months and allows students to learn core business concepts while developing the necessary language and technical skills to apply for GBSB Global’s undergraduate courses, which are taught entirely in English. It will also help them take a more critical approach to their studies and become stronger learners while familiarizing themselves with GBSB Global’s academic culture and a more independent way of life.

“This accreditation allows us to broaden the scope of our education and create more opportunities for prospective students in Malta”, said Wiktor Patena, Dean of GBSB Global Business School.
“We are a multicultural business school with more than 150 nationalities, most of whom do not speak English as their first language or share the same academic background. The new program will serve as a stepping stone for those seeking a solid academic foundation before moving on to higher levels of education.

The new Foundation Program offers two Exit Awards that can be pursued as stand-alone certificates based on the specific needs of each student, whether or not they are willing to continue education and apply for a bachelor’s degree upon completion of the program:

Level 4: The Pre-tertiary Certificate in English for Business Studies (30 ECTS) is designed for students who only wish to improve their English language skills and prepare for academic studies in English while meeting all other admission requirements. Upon completion of this course, students are expected to achieve an IELTS – 6.0 level in English.

Level 4: The Pre-tertiary Certificate in Business Studies (30 ECTS) is useful for students who are fluent in English but do not have a specific achievement in certain subjects taken during their high school studies and do not meet all the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Business Administration and Digital Innovation. In this case, students can join this program at a later stage and do not need to complete the Pre-Tertiary Certificate in English for Business Studies section.

The latter will be particularly attractive to local Maltese students interested in exploring business-related academic or professional careers. Applications for the fall intake of the Foundation Program are already being accepted, and the first students will begin their studies in October 2024.

A detailed description of the Foundation Program can be found on the Malta Qualifications Database ( page. For further information and admission requirements, please contact the GBSB Global Business School Admissions Office at

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