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Welcome to the Philippines!
Situated in Southeast Asia, the Philippines is the third largest English speaking country in the world.
More than 95% of its population speaks English which is its official language. It is a culturally diverse country with a rich history combining Asian, European and American influences.
Aside from its cultural diversity, the Philippines is a newly industrialized and emerging market in Asia. It has welcomed an increasing number of international students in the recent years, and is also a popular tourist destination for its beautiful coastlines.
Offering the opportunity to study in English at an affordable cost, the Philippines is the best destination for foreign students. There are almost 2300 higher education institutions in the country which are ISO certified universities and also identified as centers of excellence.
Apart from high quality education with English language medium of instruction, inexpensive tuition fee, safe, beautiful and conducive environment for learning, affordable cost of living, a degree from the Philippines will let you explore job opportunities around the world!
Education in the Philippines is relatively cheap and globally competitive
Courses in the Philippines are more affordable compared to Western and European countries. Despite the lower cost of tuition, a number of Philippine universities has made their way in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS World Ranking 2019). In addition, the Philippines is considered as the 3rd largest English-speaking country in the world. One can study English in the Philippines for only $500 for a 60-hour class, which is a third of the price in Canada and the US (BBC News)
English is one of the official languages in the country
English serves as the medium of instruction and is deeply rooted in the Philippine education and culture. The language is used even outside the classroom in day-to-day communication. An international student can easily move linguistically around the country! In fact, one of the biggest factors in driving international students to the country is its strong English Language Training (ELT).
The Philippines is a culturally diverse country
In the Philippines, there are about 7641 islands, more than 100 million people from different backgrounds, and a rich culture that is made up of Eastern and Western influences.
Foreign students will learn lessons beyond the four walls of the classroom through the rich Filipino traditions and customs. They will get to experience the warmth and hospitality in every Filipino home and understand why Filipinos are ranked as the 3rd happiest and most optimistic people in the world.
Living in the Philippines is relatively cheap
Life in the Philippines is considerably affordable compared to life in Western countries. The Philippines provide good quality education as Western countries at a fraction of a cost with its reasonably priced tuition and low rental accommodation. This means that international students do not need to worry about continuing their education with a limited budget and living a comfortable lifestyle at the same time.
The Philippines has a lot of beautiful sceneries
The Philippines is aesthetically beautiful country which is home to immaculate beaches and coral reefs. Throughout the country, there are numerous waterfalls, rainforests and mountains to be explored and marveled. A foreign student will never run out of breathtaking places to visit during school breaks!
Why Study in the Philippines?
EDUCATION SYSTEM IN THE PHILIPPINES
In the Philippines, education is provided by both private and public institutions – schools, colleges and universities. Three different government agencies control and handle each level of education. The basic education level is being handled by the Department of Education (DepEd), the higher education level is governed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) regulates the technical and vocational programs and institutions around the country.
The government mandates that education is compulsory for 13 years: elementary (grade 1-6) junior high school (grade 7 -10) and senior high school (grade 11 -12). Formal education in the country is made up of K-12 and tertiary education from colleges and universities. However, a high school student can either opt to continue into tertiary education to get a degree or enroll in a technical and vocational program.
And whether you are a student interested in studying in the Philippines or a parent exploring educational options for his child, the country has a lot of educational opportunities to offer to international students.