12 Mar 2021

Study in the Philippines: Application Process

The Philippines doesn’t have a national application portal. Instead, you apply to individual schools. There’s no limit on how many schools you can apply to, but some schools do put a limit on how many programs you can apply to in one go. 

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To apply, you'll generally need to have the following:

  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to present proof of your English-language abilities. An internationally-recognized test will meet this requirement.
  • You’ll then need to send in your school certificates and any other transcripts that you might have.
  • You’ll need to send a copy of your passport to prove your nationality. 
  • You’ll need a letter of motivation saying why you want to study that program at that school.
  • You’ll also need two letters of recommendation.

If your documents aren’t in Filipino, English or Spanish, then you’ll need a notarized translation into the language of tuition. If anything is wrong with your documents - no matter how slight - your application will be rejected in its entirety. 

Upon acceptance, you can apply for your tourist visa and prepare for your adventure in the Philippines. 

Study in the Philippines

Want an overview of the Philippines? This section gives you a quick insight into what life is like in these islands, as well as the Philippines' history and welcoming culture.

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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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Despite being regulated by the CHE, Filipino schools are free to set their own tuition fees. To stay competitive, however, most schools set their fees at between $1000 and $2500 per academic year. Courses like medicine and engineering will fall towards the higher end of this spectrum. 

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