Attractions of Philippines
Located in Southeast Asia, the Philippines is an island nation of approximately 7,100 islands and by global standards, the rate of English use in the Philippines is extremely high, ranking among the top countries in the world in terms of English usage. The Philippines, although an Asian country, was once an American colony and is characterized by the fact that a very large number of people use English as a second language!
Experience a fulfilling study abroad experience in the Philippines, where students can learn good English at a high level.
|Average annual temperature of 26-27℃, with regional variations such as rainy and dry seasons
|220V, A-type, B3-type, C-type
|93% Christians, 5% Islam
Attractions of Studying in the Philippines
Studying in the Philippines has two main advantages.
Firstly, there is a wide variety of activities that can be experienced locally. The Philippines is dotted with some of the most beautiful islands in Asia, including Boracay Cebu, and the Visayas. The blue seas and lush green mountains make studying in the Philippines a unique experience in the great outdoors. Enjoy the activities and marine sports!
Another attractive feature of the Philippines is the teaching style that is adopted in the country. There are various types of courses, from one-to-one classes to small-group classes, Spartan courses and many others. The Philippines is known for having a higher percentage of one-to-one lessons than other study abroad destinations. Through one-on-one lessons, students can take classes tailored to their individual level and have more opportunities to speak English naturally since there are only two people in the class with the instructor.
Thus, even for a short period of time, students can acquire sufficient language skills!
1. Cebu IslandCebu Island is known as one of the best resort destinations in Asia. Compared to Hawaii and other tropical countries, Cebu Island is closer to Asia, making it a popular destination for study abroad.
Only 40 minutes by car to Mactan Island, a famous resort and sightseeing area, students can experience diving, snorkeling and other marine sports!
Kawasan Falls, Cebu Zoo, Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu, Fort San Pedro, Colon Street, Hilutungan Island
[Cebu Island Climate]
Cebu Island has a mild climate with an average temperature of 26 to 27 °C throughout the year. The temperature difference between hot and cold is minimal, making it a relatively comfortable climate.
The Philippines has two seasons, the wet season and the dry season. During the wet season in particular, there are often temporary rain showers called squalls, therefore, select the right attire carefully before traveling to Cebu.
2. ManilaManila is located on the island of Luzon in the northern part of the Philippines and is the economic and cultural center of the country. Being the capital city, it is one of the most convenient areas in the Philippines, with a wide variety of shopping malls and restaurants.
The city center of Manila has a history of being a Spanish colony in the past, giving it a European feel, which is another part of the charm of Manila!
Ocean Park, Rizal Park, Manila Cathedral, National Museum of Fine Arts, Intramuros
The climate in the area where Manila is located is called a savanna climate, characterized by high temperatures throughout the year. Hot and humid, the climate is prone to squalls during the rainy season, similar to Cebu Island, resulting in heavy downpours.
3. BaguioBaguio has become as popular a study abroad destination in the Philippines as Cebu Island.
While the image of studying abroad in the Philippines has always been that of Cebu Island, Baguio has rapidly increased in popularity since 2017 and many international students come to Baguio annually.
The unique feature of studying abroad in Baguio is the concentration of Spartan schools, which allows students to focus more on language learning. Students who wish to focus on their studies and concentrate on English are encouraged to consider Baguio as a study abroad destination.
Originally built as a summer resort for the U.S. military, Baguio is still popular as a summer resort for well-off individuals, including the President of the United States.
As such, it is a recommended place to study in the Philippines, as it is one of the safest areas in the country!
Our Lady of the Atonement Cathedral (Diocese of Baguio), Session Road, Baguio Night Market, Baguio City Market, Mines View Observation Deck, Saint Louis University (SLU) Museum of Igorot Cultures & Arts
Unlike in the Cebu Islands and Manila, Baguio is characterized by a large difference in temperature between the dry season and the cold season. In winter, the temperature can be particularly cold, with optimum temperatures sometimes falling below 10℃. (Compared to other Philippine cities, the temperature in Baguio is 5 to 10°C lower)
4. Iloilo CityIloilo City is the central city of Panay, an island in the province of Visayas in the central Philippines.
Known as one of the oldest cities in the Visayas region, it has also developed into an industrial and economic hub.
Iloilo is nicknamed "City of Love," and as the name suggests, many people in Iloilo are calm and gentle.
As the city has a NO casinos and NO street children policy, Iloilo is a comparatively safe area in the Philippines.
As opposed to big cities like Manila or Cebu, time flows more slowly in Iloilo and the scenery and atmosphere are more tranquil.
Recommended for students who want to experience the fun and ambience that only a rural area can offer.
Miagao Church (Santo Tomas de Villanueva), Boracay Island, Guimaras Island, Museo Iloilo, Molo Church, Smallville Business Complex Iloilo Climate: Iloilo is located in a tropical monsoon climate with high average temperatures throughout the year and very mild winters (approximately 25°C).
Living in Philippines
The climate is mild throughout the year, with an average temperature of about 26 to 27 °C. The average temperature is around 25°C even in the winter season, making it possible to spend a comfortable time in the Philippines due to the stable temperatures. Another feature of the Philippine climate is that there is not much difference in temperature between the wet and dry seasons.
Although there are variations depending on the area and region, the rainy season is generally from June to November and the dry season from December to February, with March to May being the hottest season throughout the year.
In general, prices in the Philippines are inexpensive. The warm year-round climate and the abundant production of fruits and other products on this island nation make them particularly inexpensive to buy.
However, prices in the Philippines have been gradually rising recently. Nevertheless, the Philippines remains relatively more affordable than other study-abroad destinations such as the United States. The Philippines is a recommended country for those who want to study abroad with a budget-friendly cost of living.
Petty crimes such as pick-pocketing and snatch thefts are common in the Philippines. Many people leave their mobile phones on the table or put their wallets in their pockets while eating, but be extremely careful as this is a cause for being targeted in the Philippines.
The Philippines had an image of many drug-related incidents such as drug use a long time ago, but since around 2016, the crackdown on drug users was tightened, which has greatly improved the situation. Especially now that it is a popular resort tourist destination from all over the world, security is no longer as much of a concern as it used to be.
Nevertheless, incidents of theft and rip-offs are common, thus it is advisable to be careful in daily routines.
Estimated Cost of Study Abroad
|Air Ticket (Round Trip)
|Insurance (Study Abroad Insurance)
|School (Tuition Fee)
* The cost of airline tickets varies depending on the departure and arrival airports.
* Tuition and accommodation fees vary from school to school.
* The costs of living for study abroad vary from person to person.
List of Language Schools
Stargate Global Education
Recommended for those who want to learn English from scratch, even those who feel they lack confidence in their language skills!
CBEA (Cebu Business English Academy)
Customizable classes and accommodations! Easy to attend, similar to an English conversation school in town!
CG Academy -Sparta-
Be immersed in English from dawn to dusk!
Recommended for those who want to improve their English proficiency in a short span of time!
CPI (Cebu Pelis Institue)
A resort-style school recommended for those who want to enjoy Cebu while improving their English!
Face to Face English School
Suburbs of Manila
An affordable, quick and efficient way to improve English while residing with an instructor!
Q: What visa do I need to apply for to study in the Philippines?
A: Students studying in the Philippines are required to obtain a permit called the Special Study Permit (SSP). This is a permit that is required for all language school students.
The SSP cannot be applied for in Japan in advance and is basically applied for in the Philippines after the your arrival in the country. In most cases, the SSP can be applied for at the language school and there is no need to be concerned if you do not obtain it in advance in Japan.
Q: What documents are required for entry into the Philippines?
A: The following documents are required for immigration clearance into the Philippines.
Certificate of Vaccination for Overseas Travel
Negative certificate of antigen test within 24 hours of departure date and time (only for those who
have not been vaccinated or have not completed the vaccination)
Return air ticket (only for those staying for less than 30 days)
Registration with e-Travel
Visa (for stays longer than 30 days)
Q: What is an ACR-I Card?
A: The ACR I-Card (Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card) is a microchip-based credit card-sized identification card issued to registered foreigners and is required for those who intend to obtain the Special Study Permit (SSP) and those who will stay in the Philippines for more than 60 days.
For the SSP application, most schools will be able to arrange for you to apply for it. The cost to issue the card is approximately 3,000 pesos (approximately JPY6,000). It is valid for one year from the date of issuance.
Q: Do I need to have any vaccinations (immunizations) to enter the Philippines?
A: There are no vaccinations that are obligatory for study abroad students in the Philippines.
The following is an explanation of the two types of vaccinations that are recommended.
Hepatitis A causes nausea, abdominal pain and other flu-like symptoms when it is consumed in the body, such as foods and beverages.
The cost for vaccination is between JPY7,000 and JPY10,000.
Transmitted from mosquitoes to pigs and pigs to humans; symptoms include high fever, vomiting, headache, and other symptoms that carry the risk of becoming seriously ill.
The cost for vaccination is between JPY5,000 and JPY8,000.