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.

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.