The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. It is situated in the western Pacific Ocean. The climate in the Philippines is tropical and generally pleasant. There are two seasons: the rainy season from June to October and dry season from November to May.
The Philippines has three official languages: Filipino, English and Spanish. Filipino is the collective name for the various mutually-intelligible dialects of Tagalog. English is generally the language of the business sector and is mostly spoken as an additional language, while Spanish survives as a mother tongue in some remote areas.
Manila, known as the “Pearl of the Orient”, is the nation’s capital city. The Philippine peso, also referred to by its Filipino name piso, is the official currency of the Philippines. The Philippines’s total population is estimated to be 111.8 million
Although the Philippines appears to have a huge land area, its real land area is quite small, making it a highly populated country perfect for exploration by tourists and international students alike.
Not only is the Philippines a beautiful country, but it also has one of the best higher education systems in Asia, ranked 46th in the first edition of the QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings.
In this article, we’ll explore the Higher Education System in the Philippines, Admission requirements, the cost of living in the Philippines as a student, tuition fees and the low universities in the Philippines.
Higher Education System in the Philippines
Higher education in the Philippines has been heavily influenced by the American system. Schools in the Philippines are regulated by the Commission on Higher Education (CHE), responsible for overseeing the quality of education and arbitrating student-institution disputes.
- Most degrees take four years to complete and can be earned either by undertaking a preset program or by accumulating credits through standalone courses in a specific subject area.
- Undergraduate degrees in the Philippines take four years to complete.
- Medical programs take approximately seven years.
- Most postgraduate degrees are one or two years.
- Programs in engineering and science take three years.
- As for doctoral degrees, these take longer than in many Western countries. It takes at least five years of full-time study to complete – with some taking up to seven years.
- High school diploma (for undergraduate studies)
- Bachelor’s degree certificate (for masters studies)
- Master’s degree certificate (for Ph.D. studies)
- Academic transcripts
- Letters of recommendation (for postgraduate studies)
- Letter of Purpose
- Application fee payment receipt
- Proof of English knowledge (IELTS, TOEFL scores)
Costs of Living
Compared to many other countries, the Philippines has an affordable cost of living for international students. Manila, compared to the likes of London, New York or Boston, is extremely affordable.
The average monthly cost of living in Manila, without rent, is around PHP28,200. Rent is typically treated as a separate expenditure in the Philippines, as it is in many other parts of the world.
Food expenses vary depending on whether you spend on imported brands from back home or go for less expensive local ones. Local daily markets, which are filled with fruit, vegetables, meat, and seafood, are the most cost-effective way to shop. It’s not just cheap, it’s also fresh.
Eating out is also not too expensive. A meal of barbecue pork and rice with a beer costs around PHP180 in local restaurants. A cappuccino will set you back roughly PHP110, while a three-course meal for two would set you back PHP780.
Public tuition fees are about 1,000USD while private universities place their tuition within the range of $1200-2500. Most Master’s programs are run within 1-2 years while others programs depends on the institution
Low Tuition Universities in the Philippines
- University of the Philippines.
- De La Salle University.
- Ateneo de Manila University.
- University of Santo Tomas.
- Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
- University of Asia and the Pacific.
- Silliman University.
- University of San Carlos.
- University of the Philippines Diliman
- Mapua University
- Silliman University
- De La Salle Lipa
- Colegio de San Juan de Letrán
- Ateneo de Davao University