Studying abroad is becoming more and more popular with each passing year. Studies show that more than two hundred thousand students from the United States study abroad every year.


Monday, December 28, 2009

A problem of international study is the consideration of financial aid as it applies to international students. Fortunately, there now exists international student loans designed especially to help students from the United States to study abroad and to aid international students with studying in the United States.

Remembr school starts in the Philippines in June of every year!

In fact, international studies are becoming so popular that most international student loan programs also help students from Canada to study elsewhere and international students to come study in Canada.

What I’m sure of is that if you’re from a country that’s richer than third world countries, then you will find life in the Philippines a lot cheaper than what you’re used to. See if you can get a scholarship at SLU. Many college students also manage to get part time jobs at McDonalds, Jollibee, Greenwich, or other fastfood outlets. If you have great English communication skills, you can even try working part time at call centers. They offer very good salary rates which may even be more than enough for your needs.

Many banks offer loans against mortgages, or if another person signs as guarantees with good credit standing.  Also many local coop banks do as well.  This would be similiar to a car loan.  This is an example that one company offers:

Welcome to FLEETLINE FINANCE. As part of its welfare package, we are offering
a business and personal loan scheme at 3% interest rate and loan ranges from $3,000 to $10,000.000. This is to help individuals reach their financial
* Personal Loan
* Business Loan
* Debt Consolidation Loan
* Improve your home
*Car loan
Interested persons should contact us for more information via
Thanks,  Management.

Should I study nursing in the Philippines if I am from USA or other countries?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

if your aiming for BSN, it’s very practical to just get it in the Philippines because its cheaper for the same quality of education (assuming that you’re in a good nursing school) you could get in an average nursing school in the US. However, there’s so many sub-standard nursing schools sprouting like mushrooms in the philippines that you have to be cautious before enrolling yourself in. if you’re in one of these schools, please find a better school; and with good high school grades or good current college grades, it should be easy to be admitted in a good nursing school as long as you have good entrance exam results as well. however, the best nursing schools in the philippines could also be discriminating to other nursing schools and may not accredit units from these schools. While it is true that US hospitals don’t discriminate applicants based on what school they were in (as long as you meet the min req like passing the state board; and oh, yes they really don’t, that’s why there’s so many foreign graduate nurses), it doesn’t hurt to have the best education you could get.

If you’re planning to take MAN later on, it would be better to take it in the US. in my opinion, taking MAN without clinical experience and/or no exposure to the field is a definite no-no. your hospital training during your undergrad days just isn’t enough, especially that nursing education in the philippines focuses more on the knowledge and concept and not on the hospital area. besides, only a few schools offer MAN where as there’s so many in the US.

You probably could have (as a US Citizen) done this just as cheaply and forgone your now having to take an NCLEX. THe only school in the Philippines that is recognized by ETS (The people who admininster AP tests in the US and graduate exams for universities) is the University of the Philippines. Nothing else. You could have finished Community College’s nursing program and gotten established as a nurse. 
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Record number of U.S. students study abroad, in diverse locations

Sunday, December 13, 2009


from  USA TODAY   More U.S. students are studying abroad than ever before, and they're choosing an increasingly diverse array of destinations, a new report says.

A record 241,791 U.S. students went abroad for academic credit in 2006-07, up 8% from the previous year, and nearly 150% more than a decade earlier, the report says. It was released today by the Institute of International Education, a non-profit New York-based group that tracks international enrollment trends with U.S. State Department funding.

"U.S. students recognize that our world is increasingly interdependent," says Goli Ameri, assistant secretary of State for educational and cultural affairs. "There is tremendous interest on the part of other countries for Americans to study there."

Among report highlights:

•Europe continues to host the largest share of students, 57%, but that's down from the year earlier. Some of the fastest growth is occurring in Asia and Africa, where the number of students increased by 20% and 19%, respectively. By country, some of the biggest increases occurred in students going to South Africa, up 28%; China, up 25.3%; Argentina, up 26.2%; Ecuador, up 29.6%; and India, up 24.2%.

•The top three major fields of study are the social sciences (21.4%), business and management (19.1%), and humanities (13.2%). Students studying foreign languages represented 7.2% of the total; that was the only field to see a drop in the number of students going abroad.

•A trend toward shorter durations continues. More than 55% of students study abroad for periods of eight weeks or less, up from 53% the previous year. The number of students spending an academic year abroad has dropped from 5.5% to 4.4%.

Helping fuel the trend is an increase in programs and opportunities, the report says. More colleges and universities are creating partnerships with institutions abroad. Goucher College, near Baltimore, now requires all incoming students to study abroad. This summer, the former chair and vice chair of the 9/11 Commission urged Congress to approve a bill that aims to increase to 1 million the number of students studying abroad in a decade.

The United States "cannot conduct itself effectively in a competitive international environment when our most educated citizens lack minimal exposure to, and understanding of, the world beyond U.S. borders," they argued in an op-ed in The Christian Science Monitor.

Even 1 million students would be a tiny share of all U.S. students; last year, more than 17 million students were enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities.

Even then, he says, challenges await. U.S. students are increasingly choosing to study in less-developed countries, for example, but those countries are already short of space. And countries that would welcome more U.S. students aren't prepared to accommodate a growing preference among U.S. students for shorter programs.

"Where will another 500,000 U.S. students go? There is not an inexhaustible supply in other countries," Goodman says. "There is a mismatch in terms of programs and capacity." 
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10 Tips Why Going to College in the Philippines Might Be a Good Idea

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

College life for everyone is both pricey but always exciting for everyone and for one to enjoy their college life to the fullest; they must choose the perfect school where they never feel too far from home. The Philippines being an Asian country is one of the ideal places to consider in choosing the right college country to spend college.

Nowadays, lots and lots of college students from abroad consider studying here. There are so many wonderful things in the Philippines that will surely please every college student. Here are the reasons why spending college in the Philippines is a good idea:

• Philippine college education is much cheaper from college and universities in other countries.

• There are well known universities in the Philippines that guarantee quality education – Philippine schools offers state of the art teachings which the latest modern equipments and school facilities so students will always enjoy better learning.

• English, being the school’s first language - Students coming from other countries wouldn’t find difficulty blending in with their Filipino schoolmates for the English language is used as a medium of instruction in all Philippines schools.

• There are international schools and universities in the Philippines – even though students from abroad get to finish their degree in the Philippines, they can always and certainly use their finished education in their own country. Philippines have established colleges and universities that have affiliates abroad and are globally known.

• Friendly Filipino students – Filipinos are all naturally friendly and accommodating. One will never feel alone once they move to the Philippines.

Those are just few of the many reasons why college students would want to prefer studying in the Philippines. Here are the tips to having a better and more comfortable environment in studying in this Asian country:

• Students from abroad must respect the customs and traditions of the Filipino people – this is just a usual rule for everyone trying to live in another countries. This is to avoid conflict and have a better harmony for everyone’s living environment, both local and foreign.

• Foreign students must understand the great value of cooperation and teamwork among his co-students – though being new to the country; one must comprehend and willingly join to various school activities to gain friends and acquaintances to have a healthier and sociable studying environment. This wouldn’t that much of problem for any foreign students for Filipino students are really friendly and welcoming. This is from the blog

Foreign Students in the philippines

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The foreign students for AY 2000-2001 has an aggregate of 2,323 of which, Americans have the highest number with 452 or 19.45 percent; followed by Korean students with 394 or 16.96 percent, then by Taiwanese with 325 or 13.99 percent. (Table 6).
Table 6.    Number of Foreign Students by Academic Year
Academic Year
No. of Foreign Students
The number of foreign students studying in the country shows a declining trend.  The decline can be attributed to the implementation of E.O. 423, series of 1997 where conversion of tourist visa to student visa is prohibited.

110,000 students from Korea arriving

The Philippine tourism attaché in Korea expects that some 110,000 Korean students will travel to the Philippines this year, mainly to attend English secondary language lessons.
Tourism Attaché Maricon Basco Ebron said the number of students would account for about 17 percent of the total 650,000 visitor arrivals expected from Korea in 2007.
Ebron made the assessment at the sidelines of the recently concluded Korea Student Fair 2007-Fall, which attracted 30,000 Korean students, all seriously planning to study abroad.
In that event alone, Ebron said around 8,000 students were booked by 14 Philippine-based schools occupying 16 exhibit booths at the fair.
She based her estimate on the traditional average of 50 students per booth that exhibiting Philippine schools used to generate in these events.
Of the 16 booths at the fair, seven were located outside the Philippine pavilion, which had nine booths occupied by the private sector and six by the Department of Tourism for its promotional displays and marketing activities.
Ebron said the bookings at the fair normally constituted only the initial wave of student registrants. “By word of mouth or referrals from fellow students, succeeding waves of enrolees follow suit,” she said.
She said the department’s 2007 target of 110,000 student arrivals from Korea was based on the actual figures recorded by the Bureau of Immigration over the years, placing it at 14 to 17 percent of the total.
“Yet, that percentage is quite conservative since it does not include students with alien resident visas or those young people being brought in by Korean retirees and businessmen,” Ebron said.

She said the number of students among visiting Koreans was strategically important to the department since the sector made up the bulk of long-staying Korean guests, who essentially had to spend more for their upkeep while in the Philippines.

How to get a Student Visa in the Philippines

Friday, October 9, 2009

I just discovered it. My niece who's living in the US wanted to get her nursing degree here so I inquired. Anyone abroad who wants to study here and is planning to get a student visa, here's what to do :

Contact the Philippine university or college online and ask for a certificate showing their approval to take you in as student. Bring that certificate, and other papers as per Philippine Embassy requirement, to the Philippine Embassy there, and you get the visa.

You may get the visa here, but then you will have to go back to the US again (if you're a US citizen) to appear personally in the Philippine embassy. Foreign students can go here visa-free for 20 days, just enough to secure a student visa. I think it can be extended.

For more details, just contact the foreign affairs department online.

Here's the link to the foreign affairs department in Manila:

Who is a foreign student?
To be qualified, Manila Visa explains that the applicant must be a bonafide foreign student who is at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of enrolment, and whose main intention is to take up a course in a university or college authorized to admit foreign students (these CHED-accredited schools are referred to as Higher Educational Institutions or HEIs). The applicant must likewise possess the ability to financially support his studies in the country.

Under the law, the 9(F) student visa applicant must communicate directly with the HEI of choice and submit the following requirements:

Five (5) copies of accomplished and duly signed Personal History Statements (PHS), with 2×2 pictures.
Scholastic records duly authenticated by the Philippine embassy/consulate located in the student’s country of origin.

Notarized affidavit of support including bank statements to cover all expenses of the student.
Photocopy of data page of student’s passport showing date and place of birth.
Birth certificate or its equivalent duly authenticated by the Philippine embassy/consulate located in the student’s country of origin.

An applicant desiring to study medicine or dentistry must submit the above documents to the CHED-Office of the Student Services (OSS) for evaluation, who will then issue the Certificate of Eligibility for Admission (CEA), and forward it to the HEI.

For those desiring to enroll in a dental course, the following supporting documents are required:
a.Scholastic records signed by the registrar and stamped with the school seal
b.Birth certificate/passport
c.Notice of Acceptance from the admitting school with quota number
For those desiring to pursue a medical course, the following supporting documents are required:
a.Transcript of Records authenticated by the registrar and stamped with the school seal
b.Birth Certificate or passport
c.Notice of acceptance from the admitting school with quota number
d.Diploma or Certificate of Graduation from a collegiate course
If the HEI or university is satisfied with the requirements submitted by the applicant, it shall issue a “Notice of Acceptance” or NOA in favor of the applicant and shall likewise send a corresponding copy to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), together with the CEA, in the case of a medical or dental student.
Upon receipt of the NOA, the DFA will then indorse it to the Foreign Service Post (FSP) of the student’s country of origin, afterwhich a corresponding Student Visa shall be issued.
As a general rule, the applicant must be outside the Philippines when he submits the requirements. However, if the applicant is already in the Philippines by virtue of any other visa category, he may apply for the conversion of his visa status to a 9(f) student visa by filing the following documents:
Original NOA
Proof of adequate financial support
Scholastic records authenticated by the Philippine embassy/consulate in student’s country of origin
National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance
Quarantine Medical Examination
PHS with 2×2 photo
Photocopy of data page of student’s passport showing date and place of birth
Initially, the applicant will be given a period of one year authorized stay in the Philippines, which is renewable/extendible every semester. However, the applicant’s authorized period of stay in the country will be based on the length of the course which he/she enrolled in.
Exempted aliens
The spouse and the unmarried, dependent children below 21 years of age of the following visa holders need not secure a student visa:
a.Permanent foreign residents
b.Aliens with valid working permits
c.Personnel of foreign diplomatic and consular missions
d.Personnel of duly accredited international organizations residing in the Philippines
e.Holders of Special Investor’s Resident Visa
f.Holders of Special Retiree’s Resident Visa

Checklist of Requirements for Student Visa

  1. Duly notarized letter request from the applicant;
  2. Duly notarized General Application Form accomplished by the applicant (BI Form No. MCL-07-01);
  3. Original copy of the Notice of Acceptance (NOA) containing a clear impression of the school’s official dry seal or a duly notarized written endorsement from the school for the conversion of the applicant’s status signed by the school’s Registrar;
  4. Original copy of Medical Certificate issued by the Bureau of Quarantine and International Health Surveillance or a government medical institution with competence to certify that the applicant is not afflicted with any dangerous, contagious or loathsome disease and is mentally fit;
  5. Plain photocopy of applicant’s passport bio-page, latest admission and authorized stay; and
  6. NICA Clearance; and
  7. Bureau of Immigration (BI) Clearance Certificate.