Studying in the Philippines

As an alternative destination for learning, the Philippines offers quality education at very affordable costs for international students. English is widely spoken in the Philippines along with the Filipino language as English is the medium of instruction from pre-school to university so international students looking to improve the their English language abilities can avail of the English speaking environment at the same time.

Education in the Philippines is similar to the U.S. educational system where it is divided into primary (elementary), secondary (high school) and tertiary (university) levels. The school year in the Philippines starts in June of the current year and ends in March of the next, with a two-month summer break during April and May. There is also one week of semestral break (the last week of October), and a week or two of Christmas break.

University level schooling in the Philippines attracts thousands of international students enrolling here, the vast majority of which come from United States, South Korea, India, Pakistan, and other European countries like Sweden and Italy. Many students from Taiwan are currently enrolled in medical schools.

English As A Second Language (ESL)

The Philippines has the following advantages as your alternative destination for the study of English:

  • English is widely spoken in the Philippines. It is used as the business language as well as the medium of instruction in schools and universities. 
  • The Philippines offers the same quality English language education at a much affordable cost.
  • There is a significant Chinese community in the Philippines
  • Geographically speaking, the Philippines is located just next door to Taiwan and would only require a two hour period for travel.

Regardless of whether you go to the Philippines for a short term language course or for a longer period of study, there are a number of things to consider in preparation for your trip. From your itinerary, accomodations, transportation, visa requirements, money matters, all these (and more) require some planning.

In line with this, you will find a number of helpul resources on the left side navigation menu to help you with your research. The information has been been gathered from relavant government agencies and so you may be re-directed to their official website to access the information.