Philippines has 26k foreign students


MANILA, Philippines—More than 26,000 foreigners are currently studying in various schools throughout the country with South Koreans topping the list, according to the Bureau of Immigration.

Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr., in a statement, disclosed that more than 17,000 college enrollees accounted for the bulk of the foreign students while the rest were studying in elementary and high school or taking short-term language courses.

David said those enrolled in college are holders of student visa while elementary and high-school students are issued special study permits (SSPs).

He explained that both the student visa and SSP are issued by the BI to qualified foreign students pursuant to Section 9(f) of the Philippine Immigration Act.

The BI chief cited the increasing number of foreigners studying here as “proof that the Philippines is fast emerging as a major educational hub in the Asia-Pacific region.”

“The fact that more and more foreigners are opting to study here is testament to the improving standard and quality of education provided by the country’s learning institutions,” David said.

BI student desk chief, lawyer Grace Gaudelyn, said that of the 17,087 foreigners who applied for student visas from July 2010 to June this year, 12,806 are old students while 4,281 are newcomers.

She explained that foreign students are still considered tourists; thus, they are required to update their stay as temporary visitors while studying in the country.

Lara said that South Koreans, numbering 11,612, topped the list of the foreign students, followed by 3,961 Chinese and 3,225 Iranians.

Under existing BI rules, only schools or language centers accredited by the BI are authorized to admit foreigners for enrollment.

There are 104 schools and learning institutions nationwide accredited by the BI.

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  • Iggy Ramirez

    Oh, just so you know, Koreans are coming here to study because they said nobody in Korea really gives a damn about whether they got quality education or not as long as they have proof that they have finished school. For all we know, these Koreans never got to understand anything.

    Some of them study here for financial reasons, some of them didn’t get to go to their preferred school, some of them are here to learn English, and some of them just wanted to get away from Korea, have a fabulous vacation at a tropical country and earn degrees while doing absolutely nothing.

    If you were the teacher of a foreigner, could you really afford to fail a student who came from a faraway land and who is doing the sacrifice of risking his life in a strange place, away from his or her family  just to get an education that nobody really cares about? I don’t think so.

    I don’t know about the cases of Chinese students but I heard that some Iranians think that they are getting quality education, especially in the field of medicine, here in the Philippines.

    I’m not really opposed to anything but we just need to take measures before we get to be called diploma mills. I mean, there are good schools here but there are way too many that are not and these are the ones that will easily accept desperate cases.

  • John Tamad

    “The fact that more and more foreigners are opting to study here is
    testament to the improving standard and quality of education provided by
    the country’s learning institutions,” David said.

    What improving standard and quality? They’re here to learn English, then they will move to the US or Europe. The Philippines is just a language prep school stopover for them.

  • Anonymous

    I believe the quality of our education on average is deteriorating. But our top schools are getting better, and the quality of our education in some areas is comparable with the best in the world. We should invite more foreign students to our better schools. The higher fees paid by these foreign students hopefully will subsidize the the tuition of the poorer students. We should also close schools that are not up to par.

  • Victoria

    3,225 Iranians? Goodness, I can’t believe Philippine government are taking more Iranians into the country. Hey, call me anti-Iranian, but my experiences with Iranians are not pleasant. A friend of mine was cut to pieces(literally) by an Iranian medical student, after beating her black and blue. Another one, I had a female Iranian classmate in the Mt. Province, who was always against the Filipinos, and all she and her Iranian friends talked about was how dirty the Filipinos are, living in the pig stye, etc. they told me to my face while they were my guests, that Philippines is a sick nation, and the Filipinos are non-achievers. And all they did too, is hunt Iraqis who used to live peacefully around the cities in the country. And they talked amongst themselves how to catch Iraqis. I chuck them out of my house one day, and told them to go home and kiss Khomeini’s backside. We have enough troubles back home without these mongrels(sorry about my use of  words). I was told that there are always exceptions to the rule. Not all Iranians are bad..Show me a good Iranian, I said. I haven’t met one yet.

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  • Anonymous

    More than 11,000 Koreans? Oh my bloody goodness! Don’t like the trend, either. And I hate these people. These Koreans are rude, noisy and behave as if they own the country by mistreating Pinay servants, and Pinoy workers. They have this reputation also of being so stingy and so BALASUBAS in terms of money, I tell you, these people are not like Japanese in terms of money, I had had miserable experiences from these people in the past, and I tell you, if they could get away getting the services of the Filipinos for free, they would do it. These people are also known to hit servants at the back of the head when their servants made a mistake. Get lost, rude Koreans and please don’t you ever hit physically the Filipinos again, or you might get killed here.

  • Anonymous

    There was a Korean who got drunk in one of Manila’s bar and he said “F*ck Filipinos”. The stupid Filipinos just chuckled and did not do anything.

    One british guy who got drunk in Bangkok said “F*ck Thais!”. He never got to sit for almost 15 minutes from Thai people mauling him.

    Filipinos are really good people to the point that these motherf*cking Koreans think they can get away with their abuses.

    Filipinos are cowards. That’s all I can say. I wish the day would come when Filipinos would stand up to their pride and do what is necessary.

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