Frequently Asked Questions


How many languages do I have to be able to speak to participate in the Polyglot Conference?

There is no minimum requirement, and certainly no entrance test! The Polyglot Conference is not about numbers, but about passion. It is open to everyone who loves language. The idea behind the conference is to create a space to come together and share that passion. Every year, we welcome hobbyists, professionals, academics, entrepreneurs, publishers—everybody and anybody to the conference.

Who attends the Polyglot Conferences?

The events are designed for anyone who loves language: teachers, interpreters, translators, students, scholars, language bloggers, linguists, writers, and people who simply want to know more about languages. Whether you are just starting to learn a new language or are a seasoned polyglot, the conference welcomes anyone with a passion for languages. Our attendees come from various backgrounds, united by their love for language learning and cultural exchange.

What do you get out of attending a conference?

By attending the Polyglot Conference, you will meet other language enthusiasts, discuss new learning resources and techniques, learn about the latest linguistic research, and speak in different languages with attendees from around the world. It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in language and culture, spending a week focusing on language in a way that most of us are unable to do in our daily lives.

Is there a minimum age requirement?

The Polyglot Conference is intended for adults, but highly motivated and mature teenagers (16+) are welcome. If you are under 18, an adult guardian will need to register and attend along with you. If you are under 16 and really want to attend, please send us a message explaining your situation, and we’ll be happy to consider each application on a case-by-case basis.

What is the difference between the Polyglot Conference and other Polyglot events?

The Polyglot Conference was the first and remains the original event where language lovers from around the globe have the chance to meet in person. We pride ourselves on maintaining a professional atmosphere and consistently striving to spread the message of multilingualism to an ever-wider audience. Anyone can submit a proposal to speak at the event, but as the conference has grown, the organisers have worked hard to seek out high-quality speakers from both within and outside the online polyglot community.

The Polyglot Conference is held in a different location each year, celebrating the host city as part of the programme. This approach allows attendees to experience and appreciate the unique linguistic and cultural heritage of each host city.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Refund requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Since this is a donation-based ticket, any refund requests must be made before 15th October 2024 for a chance of a partial refund. Please keep in mind that this is a limited event with fixed costs.

Are the talks recorded at live events?

Yes! We record all of our talks, so the information can be later accessed by anyone interested in the topics discussed. We believe in sharing our knowledge with the widest possible audience, so we can be an inclusive organization. All presenters at the conference have to accept this condition before they take to the stage.

Can I stay at the venue? 

Yes! There are room options available at the venue, and we are happy to provide a discount link for attendees wishing to stay onsite. Please note that this is not a budget option.

Do I need a visa for Malta?

Malta is an EU country in the Schengen Area. Visitors to Schengen countries can stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. Check your stay count if you travel often to Schengen countries.

Verify if you need a visa to enter Malta based on your nationality. Your passport must be no older than 10 years and valid for at least three months beyond your intended stay. Additionally, your passport must have at least two blank pages for the visa. The visa application form must be complete and duly signed by the applicant. Verify the specific entry requirements and any necessary documentation for your visit.

If you require a visa support letter, we are happy to provide one with a valid conference ticket and the necessary information for your application to the Maltese Embassy. Please reach out to us by email if you need this support.

For full and up-to-date information, visit the Maltese Embassy Visa Advice page.

How do I get to and from Malta Airport and Valletta?

For the most up-to-date details on public transport options to and from Malta Airport, please check the official airport website Taxis are also available, and there is information on the same site. Additionally, Bolt operates in Malta and can be a convenient option.

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How do I get around Valletta and other places in Malta?

Valletta is a very walkable city, though the streets can be narrow and the cobblestones tricky. If you have mobility issues, it’s worth inquiring about specific locations you wish to visit.

For the conference itself, we have ramp access to the building and lifts, so attending the conference in a wheelchair will not be an issue.

Malta has a wonderful bus network that you can use to get around the island. Many places close to Valletta have regular connections, making it possible to stay elsewhere and commute to the conference each day.

There are also ferry boats, but they can be unreliable due to choppy waters and may stop without notice for safety reasons.

For more information on local transport, visit the Malta Public Transport website.

How do I get to Malta?

The nation of Malta is made up of a small group of islands. There are several options for reaching its capital, Valletta, via many low-cost airlines, such as Wizz Air, Easyjet, Ryanair, Air Baltic, Jet2, Norwegian, Transavia, IndiGo and UniversalAir, as well as many national carriers. Check the arrivals and departures boards at Malta’s Airport to get an idea of possible connections that might be useful for you.. YAdditionally, you can catch a ferry from Catania in Italy to Malta. For ferry options, visit https://www.directferries.com.

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Will there be language courses?

We hope to offer some Maltese lessons. We are currently exploring these options and will be in touch with participants who are interested in learning Maltese as soon as the details are confirmed.