The literacy rate in Maldives is 98%, with schools following the British system of education. However the inland nation does not really offer a typical study environment like that found in most other countries of the world. In fact the government has a program in place to send its students to other nearby countries for higher education.
Maldives has only one university that was inaugurated in February 2011. It held the designation of a college since 1999. Some of its programs include arts, Islamic studies, marine studies, engineering, tourism, health and management. In addition to full degree programs, the university offers some short term programs.
There are many internship programs available in the country related to a variety of fields like conservation, marine life studies and reef studies. Internship programs are equally suitable for experienced professionals or students taking a gap year and wishing to gain some experience. Such programs offer no financial compensation and are strictly voluntary in nature, but participants do get accommodation, food and domestic transport. Programs require a minimum three month commitment but preference is given to candidates willing to give six month commitments.
For those interested in casual studies, then Maldives offers internationally recognized diving courses. Many of the islands have sheltered lagoons which are protected from strong open sea currents and hence provide the ideal environment for beginners. For the more serious students more advanced courses are also offered which are certified by different agencies housed on the islands. The courses are conducted in all major European languages in addition to English.