The Philippines attracts students from more than 65 countries- USA, European countries such as France and Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Korea to name a few. Half of the foreign students come from East Asia, particularly from China, Korea, and Taiwan, according to the UNESCO. While lots of foreign students are found anywhere in the world—like in US, UK, Germany, France, Australia, or Japan—some cannot ignore studying in the Philippines.
According to Bureau of Immigration Statistics, foreigners studying in the Philippines have increased from 26,000 in 2011 to more than 61,000 in 2012. As the world’s 3rd largest English-speaking nation, the Philippines provide huge knowledge resources, up-to-date instruction, and a multicultural learning atmosphere with its 93.9% literacy rate. It is home to a number of ISO-certified universities and 275 higher educational institutions identified as Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development. Several international schools in the Philippines follow American, British, German, Chinese, French, and Japanese educational tracks.
The business and accounting schools in the country adhere to the US’ Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) while the engineering and marine schools are included in the APEC Engineer Registry and International Maritime Organization (IMO) white list. Students are also guaranteed of getting training from more than 115, 000 teachers with master’s and doctorate degrees in the Philippines.
Foreign students do not only get the chance of earning excellent education, but they also find ways of enjoying their stay in the Philippines. After having serious lessons in their classrooms, they can relax by swimming, surfing, diving, and snorkeling in numerous pristine beaches anywhere, or unwind in some of the island’s heritage sites like the man-made rice terraces, marine parks, mountains, underground rivers, and other tourist hideaways that depict Asian and European architecture. If these are not the places for them, they can still enjoy hanging out in countless five-star hotels and restaurants, entertainment shows, shopping malls, and cafes.