Top five universities in the Philippines for foreigners

Top five universities in the Philippines for foreigners

(Disclaimer: The top five choices are solely based on the opinion of the writer and his limited time for research)

The idea of studying abroad might be a little bit terrifying for some, but for most people, it is one of the most exciting things they could do. Truth be told, studying in a foreign country is one of the most beneficial experiences a college student could get for a lot of reasons. Few of them are getting the chance to see the world and seeing new things they have never imagined exist. They will be surprised to see a brand-new culture and its history, unique terrains and beautiful sceneries, and they will get to meet a lot of amazing people that can help them expand their network.

However, studying abroad is costly. Together with the living expenses, one must also consider the tuition without compromising the quality of the university.

There are a lot of colleges and universities in the Philippines, and a few of them have constantly maintained or advanced their position to the World University Ranking. One of the upside of studying in the Philippines is that the tuition is cheaper than the other universities from other countries.
Here are the top 5 universities in the Philippines best suited for foreign students:

  1. University of the Philippines – Diliman

No matter how many opinions people have on their university being the best, everyone, even foreigners would agree to UP being the best in the Philippines. Simply because it is the PREMIER university of the Philippines. Only the most diligent students are accepted and considered. Staying in the University to earn a degree is even tougher. UP students are expected to perform at their best at all times. As the only national university in the country, the University of the Philippines System takes pride in being the pioneer in higher education through academic excellence, outstanding research, public service, and modernized facilities.

Being able to study in this prestigious university is one of the dreams of the smartest students in the Philippines. The entrance examination is tough and the grade requirement for freshmen is high.

However, the requirements for the admission of international students for the undergraduate program has been reduced to attract more foreigners which will in turn increase the diversity of the university.

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Top 5 Universities for international students
Top 5 Universities for international students

   2. University of Santo Tomas (UST)

The alumni of the The University of Santo Tomas claim that UST stands as one of the best universities in the Philippines and beyond. In its 400 years of existence, UST has created its own identity – a center rich in cultural heritage, moral values and spirituality, an institution which offers the best quality education, and a training ground for future professionals and leaders of the country. Through the years, UST has been producing top notch students excelling in all fields. As its name implies, “The Catholic University of the Philippines”, UST produces students who are spiritually inclined. If both intelligence and personality are the basis of our standards, truly, The Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas is the best university in the Philippines.

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 3.   De La Salle University – Manila

De La Salle University Manila (DLSU) continues to be highly-regarded globally as the ultimate Philippine cradle of learning for the well-rounded individuals. Indeed it is one of the rare breed of Philippine higher educational institutions where topnotch rigorous academic programs (in a fast-paced academic period) are offered vis-à-vis its equally-valued religious programs. No other well-respected institutions in the Philippines offer heavily-filtered admission process that favors student applicants who possess outstanding IQ and EQ combined. The award-winning programs and professors welcome those who managed to surmount the high bar of admissions. And the DLSU students always deliver – always the upper decile of performers in nationwide board examinations and global qualifications. It is no surprise why DLSU graduates of Business, Science, Engineering and the Arts are constantly sought after by the real world out there, one of the evidence of the priceless worth of this educational institution. Remember, there is always a reason why DLSU – time and time again – gets mentioned in job adverts, work promotions or indeed biographies. More so why DLSU never fails to be included in the global rankings of universities. The other local educational institutions could only admire or perhaps play catch-up with the pioneering and well-respected programs, facilities and system that DLSU offers. No wonder this is the home of the future visionaries and pioneers of the country. Education par excellence with a conscience.

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4.   Mapua Institute of Technology

The first and only school in southeast Asia accredited by ABET, among the most respected accreditation organizations in the U.S. with eight programs accredited namely electrical engineering, electronics and communications engineering, computer engineering and just this august 19,2011 includes Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental and Sanitary Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The only school in the Philippines with this status where education is compared to that of Massachusetts institute of technology.

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   5.  Ateneo De Manila University


It is considered as the most elite school in the Philippines and has the biggest number of alumni who have been admitted to the world’s most prestigious universities like Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, Yale, Cambridge, London, MIT, NYU, Georgetown and the like as a testimony to its world-class quality.

Ateneo gives opportunities even to graduates from not-so-well known schools as long as these students are very hardworking. Examples are former Law Dean Cesar Villanueva (a graduate of Holy Angel University who was given scholarship by Ateneo Law, and would eventually finish doctorate in Harvard).


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Edrian Echague

Low tolerance to bigotry, willful ignorance,supernatural crap,pseudoscience & religious bullsh!t$. He was awarded as one of the Ten Most Outstanding Maritime Students of the Philippines in 2012. Currently residing in Kuwait and working as Academic Adviser to the Royal Family of Al-Sabah. He represented the Philippines to the World Leadership Conference in Singapore in 2009. His participation to the conference was sponsored by The Worldbank Philippines. For tutorial services in Kuwait, (Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, English, SAT, GRE, TOEFL, IELTS), message him in his whatsapp account: +96569023172 Follow him on twitter: @echaguethegreat Follow him on instagram: @edriantechague

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