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Study in the Philippines: A Guide for International Students

Laid out over an archipelago in South-East Asia, the Philippines is a nation where urban and natural surroundings meet the ocean. The Philippines is also a nation that’s a hive of activity. Although it might seem as though the Philippines has a fairly large area, its actual land area is pretty small, making it a densely populated country - and one that is ripe for exploration by travelers and international students alike. 

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The Philippines briefly became independent in 1898, before being handed over to the United States. It then gained its independence from the US in 1946. This modern past has given the Philippines its unique identity. Filipino culture is a wonderful mix of Spanish and American cultural traditions and influences that have merged with more local flavors. 

As enticing as its culture is, it’s the Philippines’ natural beauty that draws in visitors from all across the world. The islands are home to crystal blue lagoons, rainforests, secluded swimming holes and coastal mountain springs. 

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In fact, it's the country’s beaches, which are widely regarded as being in the same league as those in Australia or California, that make many people want to visit. Mile after mile of white or golden sand awaits you. 

In short, whatever you look for in a study abroad destination - culture, nature, urban, rural - the Philippines is certain to have something for you.

Education in the Philippines

Want to learn about how the higher education system works in the Philippines? The Philippines is an evermore popular destination for a variety of students, given its good programs, reasonable fees and its culture and hospitality. Take a minute to find out more about the structure of the education system in the Philippines!

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Student Visas

Do you need a visa to enter the Philippines to study? Learn more about the student visa process, and what you need to enter the country, depending on your citizenship. Don't worry! The Philippines keeps it simple enough.

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Housing & Living Costs

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in the Philippines.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for degree programs in the Philippines can vary. Both international and domestic students are expected to pay tuition fees in the Philippines, but these fees can vary a lot. We've put together information on how this works, and on scholarships, in this section.

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Language & Culture

The Philippines is a country rich in history and culture. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, and more! We also talk about how to stay safe in the Philippines in this section.

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Application Process

Learn more about how to apply to schools using the Philippines' more ad hoc approach to higher education applications.

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Last update: 05 Jan 2021

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Study in the Philippines: Student Visas & Permits

If you want to study in the Philippines, then you will need a visa. If you’re of Filipino descent, but are not a citizen, then you’ll be classed as Balikbayan. This makes the application process slightly easier. But, as most international students probably wouldn’t be classed as Balikbayan, this section will focus on the standard application process.

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