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Wishing to study in the Philippines? Here are an overview of its higher education system and some guidelines on registration procedures.

Located in the South-Asia and bordered by the Pacific Ocean, the Republic of the Philippines is nicknamed the “Land of smiles”. It is a wide country, consisting of more than 7,000 islands while Manila is its capital city. A total of 144 dialects are spoken in the country, among which are Tagalog, Visaya, Ilocano, Hiligaynon and the Bilocano.

Being a former Spanish colony, it is also deemed to be the world's third major English-speaking country, including American English. Other languages such as Spanish and Arabic are also spoken by the Filipino.

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Despite poverty, the Philippines is a very dynamic country with a persistent economic growth with a population of more than 100 million people.

Higher education system

Every year, the Philippines welcomes thousands of foreign students wishing to pursue their higher studies, in English, in an Asian country. Note that the country has the whole of Asia's best higher education system with more than 100,000 teachers in more than 2,200 universities and other higher education institutions.

Moreover, registration and course fees are lower than in many countries. Thus, you will need between US$ 1,200 and US$ 2,500 in a private higher education institution against US$ 1,000 dollars in a public university. However, you are advised to inquire about these fees with the university you have chosen.

Conditions

You are eligible to study in the Philippines provided you are a student, you are at least 18 years old and you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in the country. If you wish to move temporarily to the Philippines to enroll with a university, an academy, college or school, you must seek the authorization of the Commissioner of Immigration.

Therefore, you first have to contact the university or higher education institution where you would like to study. You can proceed further once your application has been approved by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Immigration and Deportation Bureau (IDB) and by the Department of Foreign Affairs at the Philippines embassy or consulate in your home country. You should then be able to apply for a visa.

Visa

Indeed, you have to obtain a visa to be authorized to study in the Philippines. The request has to be made at the Philippines embassy or consulate in your home country once you have received the acceptance letter issued by the university or higher education institution where you have enrolled. Documents to be produced are the following:

  • a duly filled and signed application form along with a duplicate
  • a duly filled and signed duplicate application form
  • your passport (which has to be valid for at least six months following your scheduled departure date)
  • two color passport-size photographs
  • your original birth certificate along with a copy (to be verified and authenticated by the Philippine embassy)
  • an affidavit stating that your parent or legal guardian will be supporting you financially (original and copy to be verified and authenticated by the Philippine embassy)
  • your criminal record (original and copy to be verified and authenticated by the Philippine embassy)
  • your Morality Certificate along (original and copy to be verified and authenticated by the Philippine embassy)
  • your medical examination results, including a chest x-ray (original and copy to be verified and authenticated by the Philippine embassy)
  • the Personal History Statement sent by the Philippine university or higher education institution where you have enrolled
  • two copies of your list of contacts in the Philippines
  • the latest certificates you have received, if you have enrolled for diploma studies in the Philippines (to be verified and authenticated by the Philippine embassy)
  • fees of 2,250 Philippine pesos.

Health insurance

Remember to inquire whether your university insurance will provide coverage during your studies in the Philippines. Otherwise, you will have to subscribe to a new insurance.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Study in the Philippines Forum
Commission on Higher Education www.ched.gov.ph
4ICU Philippines - University rankings in 2015 www.4icu.org

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