Foreign Student Admission

Major Requirements for Beginning Freshmen

A foreign applicant who graduated from a high school abroad and has not enrolled in college may be admitted to the freshman class if he meets the following requirements:

  1. completion of the high school program in the country where he had his secondary education;
  2. qualifying in a college-qualifying national or international foreign- administered examination such as the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examination or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or any equivalent examination:
    • GCE: 3 ordinary level passes and 2 advanced level passes
    • SAT : minimum total score of 1200
    • IBE: International Baccalaureate Diploma;
  3. in the case of an applicant whose native language or whose medium of instruction in the secondary school is not English, a minimum score of 500 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) .

A graduate from a high school abroad who fails to satisfy the requirements for automatic admission (i.e., item 2 above) may take the UP College Admission Test.

A Filipino who graduated from a secondary school abroad applying for freshman admission to the University must satisfy the same requirements as those for foreign students.

Dual Citizenship

A student holding dual citizenship (e.g. Filipino-American, Filipino-Chinese) who wishes to be considered as Filipino for the purposes of studying in the University of the Philippines must submit prior to admission a copy of the order of the Identification Certificate issued by the Bureau of Immigration. Students who choose to be classified as Filipino during their initial enrolment will be considered Filipino until their graduation. Both male and female students are required to enroll in National Service Training Program.

Advanced Placement Examinations (APE)

A qualified freshman applicant who has taken courses at the advanced level will not be given advanced credits for these subjects. However, he may apply to take the Advanced Placement Examinations (APE).

Diploma or certificate holders of the International Baccalaureate may be granted advanced credits for certain subjects provided that the total credits including automatic credits granted do not exceed 15 units per subject area.

Foreign Transfer Admission

A foreign student with credits for college-level course work should meet the University requirements for transfer students.

A TOEFL score of 500 (paper-based test) or 173 (computer-based test), is required of an applicant whose medium of instruction in school/s he attended is not English. If the applicant is transferring from another Philippine school, he should secure a permit to transfer from the Department of Education (DepEd).

Other Requirements/Regulations for Foreign Applicants

English Proficiency Test

A foreign applicant whose native language or whose medium of instruction in secondary school is not English should arrange to take the TOEFL. Information about this test, including the places and dates of administration, may be obtained by writing directly to TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, USA. The applicant must request that a copy of his scores be sent to the Office of the University Registrar, University of the Philippines Los Baños, 4031 College, Laguna, Philippines. To satisfy the English proficiency requirement, an applicant must be able to present a minimum score of 500 (paper-based test) or 173 (computer-based test).

Non-Quota Programs

Foreign freshman applicants who qualify under automatic admission as well as qualified transfer applicants may choose a degree program only from the non-quota programs.

Requirements for Submission

Only properly accomplished application forms with all the requirements listed below will be processed:

  1. accomplished Undergraduate Admission Application (UPLB Form No. 3);
  2. non-refundable application fee of PhP 150.00 for resident foreign students and US$20 for non-resident foreign students in the form of money order, cashier’s or manager’s check payable to the University of the Philippines Los Baños;
  3. official transcript of records from each high school and college attended;
  4. official examination certificates, if any – 2 copies
  5. course syllabus, school catalog and handbook examination;
  6. certification from a reputable bank in the applicant’s country about his capability to finance the travel, educational, personal and other expenses he is expected to incur in his studies in the Philippines – 2 copies;
  7. official TOEFL results; and
  8. copy of birth certificate or passport which is duly authenticated

For evaluation purposes, photocopies of records may be accepted provided they are properly authenticated by the Department of Education or by duly designated authorities in the country of the applicant. Final admission will be subject to verification of documents submitted against original copies of credentials. Certified English translation should also be submitted, where necessary.

Applications accompanied by photocopies of academic records not properly authenticated will not be processed.

Credentials filed in support of the application become the property of the University of the Philippines and will not be returned to the applicant.

Immigration Requirements

A foreign student may be allowed to enroll only if he has a student visa (9-f) or any of the following types of visa:

  1. 9(e), 9(e-1) or 9(e-2) – foreign government official or dependent
  2. 47(a)(2) – exchange fellow or scholar sponsored by an international organization
  3. 9(g) – pre-arranged employment (working visa)
  4. PD 218 – foreign investor
  5. 9(d) – treaty trader
  6. 13, 13(a) to 13(g) – permanent resident

Visas other than student visa may be applied for at the Philippine Consulate/Embassy in the student’s home country.

A foreigner with a tourist visa (9-a) will not be allowed to enroll in the University.

The International Students Section (ISS), Office of Student Affairs, assists foreign students in obtaining their study permit and student visa, as well as in their accommodations and arrival. They are likewise assisted in terms of academic and social adjustments in the University.

All communications regarding foreign students, aside from admission matters, should be addressed to the Head, International Students Section (ISS), Office of Student Affairs, UP Los Baños, 4031 College, Laguna, Philippines.

Applying for a Student Visa

A. Requirements:

  1. Original and two photocopies of the admission letter from the University, containing a clear impression of the University’s dry seal;
  2. Six (6) copies of original Personal History Statement (PHS), duly accomplished and signed by the applicant in English and in one’s native writing system, with personal seal, if any; left and right thumb prints on the PHS, and original photos;
  3. Transcript of Records/Scholastic Records (original and two photocopies) duly authenticated by the Philipine Embassy or Consulate in the applicant’s country of origin or legal residence;
  4. A notarized affidavit of support and proof of adequate financial support in the form of certificate of bank balances; and
  5. Passport pages where name, photo, date and place of birth appear.

B. Procedure:

  1. Applicants submit the above documents to the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) at least three (3) months before the start of the semester they intend to enroll in;
  2. OSA endorses applications to the Chief, Visa Division, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Manila;
  3. DFA coordinates with different government agencies (e.g., National Intelligence and Coordinating Agency or the Commission on Higher Education) for clearance;
  4. DFA sends the authorization for the issuance of a student visa to the Philippine Embassy nearest the home of the applicants;
  5. Applicants check status of their visa application at the Philippine Embassy nearest their place of residence one month before the start of the semester they intend to enroll in;
  6. When informed of their visa approval, applicants report to the Philippine Embassy with the following documents:
    • Visa application – FA Form #2
    • Medical Certificate – FA Form #11 in triplicate, duly accomplished by designated physician with life size X-ray film and laboratory report; and
    • Police Clearance.
  7. Upon arrival in the Philippines, students report to the OSA for their study permits. An OSA staff is usually assigned to accompany them to the Bureau of Quarantine for their medical clearance, and to the Bureau of Immigration for their Alien Certificate of Immigration.

Foreign students must wait for approval of their student visa applications before coming to the Philippines. Tourist visas do not allow them to study.

Study Permit

All foreign students should secure a Temporary Study Permit from the ISS office before registering. Old students are required by the ISS to submit a copy of grades for the immediately preceding semester or a verification of their Immigrant Certificate of Registration (ICR).

New foreign students should submit the following:

For non-immigrants

  1. copy of the following:
    • passport which shows picture and number,
    • visa – 2 copies,
    • Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) if visa is g-f-2, and
    • letter of admission – 2 copies
  2. three ID photos

For immigrants

  1. copy of ACR/ICR, and
  2. one ID photo

Deadline for Filing Application

To have ample time to secure his student visa and make necessary arrangements if accepted for admission, a foreign applicant is urged to file his application for admission at least six months prior to registration for the semester applied for, i.e., not later than December 31 for first semester admission and May 31 for second semester admission.