Philippines is a newly industrialized country and emerging market in Asia. You probably didn’t know the Philippines has welcomed an increasing number of international students in recent years, and is also a popular tourist destination – not surprising when you look at those tropical, sunny beaches. However, the Philippines has a lot more to offer than an attractive coastline; those who study in the Philippines will be able to explore its fascinating mix of Islamic, Malay, Spanish and American influences on Filipino culture.
There are currently two intakes for entry into universities in the Philippines, one in June and one in November. You are advised to apply directly to your chosen university, providing an academic transcript relevant to your level of study. Depending on the university and program, you may also need to provide letters of recommendation and/or sit admission exams.
As the language of instruction at most universities in the Philippines is English, you’ll need to prove your proficiency with a test such as IELTS or TOEFL if you’re not a native speaker.
Philippines Visa Application Process
All international students will need a student visa, which you’ll need to apply for from the Philippine embassy or consulate in your home country after you’ve gained admission at a Filipino university. You’ll need to provide the right documents (which should be stated on your embassy’s website) and then attend an interview at the embassy or consulate. Your Philippines visa will be valid for a year and is renewable each semester. The documents you’ll typically need include:
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- Your passport, which should be valid for at least six months after you intend to leave the Philippines;
- Your completed visa application form;
- A medical health certificate (DFA Form 11) with life-size chest x-ray and laboratory reports;
- Three photographs of yourself;
- A police clearing certificate;
- Your notice of acceptance to study at a university in the Philippines;
- Proof that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay, or a scholarship;
- Your paid visa fee.
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