With the Philippines’ seat of government located in its capital city, it’s also the location to some of the best schools in Southeast Asia, including those that accommodate international students.

Among the educational institutions catering to multi-national students are the international schools in Manila.

There are other schools in the country that cater to students of diverse nationalities. If you or your child is interested in studying at a school accepting international students in this area, there are some things that you have to know, specifically the common requirements for foreign students wishing to study in the Philippines.

These requirements include the following:

No pending disciplinary action from the previous school

The student must be cleared of any disciplinary action from the previous school to be eligible for transfer to an international school. He or she must also be clear of any emotional problem to considered for transfer.

Has parents who are Philippine residents

The student must be residing with a parent(s) in the Philippines but not necessarily as Philippine citizens. Exceptions can be made upon school approval before the start of admissions.

Must pass the Admissions Test administered by the school

As a standard requirement in most schools, the foreign student must pass the Admissions Test to be given by the school.

Must pass the interview by a Guidance Counselor

During the interview, the Guidance Counselor will assess the student’s capacity to benefit from the school’s academic offering, as well as other relevant assessment factors.

Must submit pertinent documents

The student will be asked to submit pertinent documents such as his or her passport together with the parent(s). The student must also submit academic records (previous and current, if a transferee), as well as transfer documents from the current school.

Other requirements

Aside from these common admissions requirements, there are also schools that require foreign students to submit a valid visa, while others require the student to pass either theGeneral Certificate of Education (GCE)or theScholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

Some schools, meanwhile, demand that foreign students pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). These are students who are non-native English speakers or whose school does not use English as the primary medium of instruction.

The differences in admissions requirements are due to the varying policies of the schools admitting foreign students, as well as the educational level of the foreign student.

That said, some requirements are only required on students who are entering collegiate level while others are only requested from taking graduate studies. To be sure, you should directly inquire with the school that your child wishes to enroll in. Studying in the Philippines as a foreign student can be quite an adventure, as the country is a proverbial cultural melting pot. It also has a big English-speaking population, which makes communication relatively easy. Finally, the country is home to some of the finest beaches, stunning churches, and hospitable people who are particularly welcoming to foreign nationalities. With this in mind, you are sure to have fun while studying in the Philippines.